Put away that can of insect repellent; there's a swarm of stylish bug-inspired patterns showing up on jewelry, clothing and even dinnerware this summer that will have you looking for ways to add these fashionable creatures to your home and wardrobe.
Gold-colored cicadas add a touch of the exotic to a bangle bracelet from women's retailer Coldwater Creek, bringing to mind Victorian-era insect jewelry. And dainty Kate Spade Caledonia bug stud earrings, accented with white enamel, gold metal and pavé stones ($78 at Zappos.com) are an elegant accessory for lighter summer styles.
Why settle for a sterile white or black digital phone? The retailer Incase offers a cover featuring a whimsical Andy Warhol pattern of bright butterflies. The hard-shell case, $39.95 at Shopbop.com, fits the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
And colorful painterly butterflies float across a smocked top, $14.99 at Old Navy. Dolman sleeves and an easy fit make this piece the perfect accent for one of the season's slim-fitting cropped pants.
To add a bit of spice to a summer table, serve up vibrant Kaleidobug melamine plates from Anthropologie featuring intricate patterns of insects in eye-popping neon colors. The store also carries Insect Spectrum jute lamp shades with graphic bug patterns, just the thing to add a delightful glow to a casual summer party.