Jewlery designed by insects?
The caddisfly larva is an aquatic insect that creates a beautiful case out of stones. Kathy Stout uses the case to create unique jewelry. The twist!! She raises the caddisfly larva in a simulated stream and give them Gem Stones to build their cases with. Ben Stout, Kathy's husband, is a biologist at Wheeling Jesuit University. He designed the simulated stream that is used to raise the caddisfly larva. It took 3 years to perfect the stream, but when it was completed they had an opportunity to give the caddisfly larva a unique predator free environment to live in. And in return, they receive a beautiful gemstone case!
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Person Interviewed: Kathy Stout
Title: Jewlery Designer
Location: Ohio County, West Virginia
Address: 11 Oak Drive Circle, Wheeling, WV 26003
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