Phylum insecta now.
This initially began as a bumblebee, which Kate sketched out when we were brainstorming species ideas for this pattern.
We wanted a variation with multiple legs and antennae instead of ears,
and somehow the ladybug ended up trumping the bee.
So now you know: the bumblebee didn't make the cut. Not because he was bad, but because he was too similar to this ladybug. But swop out some of the features -like the polka dots for stripes and add a stinger on his behind and some wings - and you'd have the bee. Or seven-spotted helmeted kicking beetle. Or lightning bug. Or scarab. Or tarantula.
Let me guess: you want to add a central spot right in that big blank space on his back. I do, too. I debated for the longest time whether to applique two semi-circles that meet at that center seam, before sewing up the whole critter. And then decided: what's a single spot when a person has the rest of the animal kingdom to make?