Sculptor Tom Hardwidge builds pint-sized clockwork insects and spiders out of defunct ammunition and sundry watch parts. In another universe, these little buggers are climbing in your coal-powered, head-warming derby and spitting axle grease all over your telescopic monocle.

You can check out many more of Hardwidge's arthrobots at his site. And lest you dismiss this as a pure flight of fancy, know that the CIA was building robotic dragonflies in the 1970s.

[Spotted on Neatorama]