Kangaroo Island insects featured in new KICE school mural

Students from Kath Flynn's art class, with a little help from Adelaide artist Katie Shriner and pre-eminent entomologist Dr Richard Glatz, have painted a new mural featuring the insects of Kangaroo Island.

The mural, now varnished, has been installed at the senior years' courtyard at the Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE) Kingscote campus.

Ms Flynn said the mural was a bit extra over and on top of the art class curriculum. "The students who worked on it are my little shining art stars."

Bugs and insects have been a bit of a theme for the art class all year, including bug paintings and prints, spider and human-insect hybrid sculptures.

"We also became aware of the decline in insect numbers around the world," she said.

She then learned of the green carpenter bee story and how it had become extinct in the eastern states. Dr Glatz, who is working to preserve the KI population, sent her photographs and details about the small, native bee.

KICE was then able to secure the assistance of Ms Shriner, who has completed murals around the world, thanks to the school's Expressive Arts program.

The Adelaide artist and KI entomologist helped choose the various insects, including an eastern bronze azure butterfly that until recently hadn't been seen for 80 years. Others include an orb spider, inch ant, praying mantis and fiery sun moth.

The students drew the green carpenter bee attached to a leash held by a boy, possibly signifying man's control over the insect world.