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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.

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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.

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Illustration for article titled Meet the steampunk arthropods who will infest your airship
Illustration for article titled Meet the steampunk arthropods who will infest your airship
Illustration for article titled Meet the steampunk arthropods who will infest your airship
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