Aedeagus (mail parts)                        



An aedeagus is the male copulatory organ in insects.  They are well-studied and comparative illustration sets of them populate the scientific literature because their morphology, usually tucked safely away in the body of the bug, is often one of the surest ways to distinguish different species from each other. The sexual aspects of the animal body are “objectified” as typological parts, albeit for scientific purposes; a taxonomic Rosetta Stone.


These collages of beetle aedeagi are made from pieces of security envelopes (mail parts) - it is both word play and metaphor for the function of these forms in delivering (genetic) information - an embodied message for the possibility of yet a next generation.