Adrian Kozakiewicz, 20, the self-described largest insect breeder in Europe, has amassed a loyal Instagram following due to the big, colorful bugs he photographs… on his face.
“I show only exceptional insects, ones that most people aren’t familiar with,” he says. “That + on your face = viral gold.”
The 20-year-old travels the world hunting exotic insects, which he keeps in his insect room in Karlsruhe, Germany. He owns around 600 insects and other creepy-crawlies in all, representing 70 species of every size, color, and eeek factor. “I love insects because of their amazing diversity and appearance,” he says. “There are species adapted to every habitat in the world, in the way they live and their camouflage.”
Kozakiewicz began breeding insects at just 10 years old. He visits Asia three or four times each year, searching to track down nocturnal creatures in the rainforests of Thailand, Malaysia, and Laos. Once home, he breeds his bugs in bottles, plastic boxes, and terrariums, and sells the offspring to zoos and bug dealers or trades them to fellow collectors. Most of whom, you can safety say, do not display them on their face.
Cute, but I think I’ll love him from afar.