After leaving school at fourteen Hoskin worked in an architect's office until he joined the Army in 1942. By 1950 he had taken up painting and by 1953 had 'worked through reliefs and constructions to sculpture proper', having had no academic training in either discipline. In 1956 he became an assistant to the sculptor Lynn Chadwick and began to weld and work in iron. He held his first solo show of sculpture at Lords Gallery in October 1957 where this work was exhibited. It was one of several works in his exhibition that took their inspiration from insects and birds, other titles being 'Stag-beetle', 'Crustacean' and 'Insect'.