Wallace's Blue Longwing 8 x10 inches, Acrylic on Museum Board on Panel, 2013
Purple Emperor 8 x 10 inches, Acrylic on Museum Board on Panel, 2013
Coolie 8 x 10 inches, Acrylic on Museum Board on Panel, 2013
Here is another set of small butterfly paintings. The butterflies, depicted life-sized, are in an oval insert with a faux mat painted with a symmetrical composition of stylized botanical elements.
Wallace's Blue Longwing (Heliconius wallacei) is a fairly rare longing found in northern South America and Amazonia, populating lowland rain forests and feeding on pollen and nectar. They live a long time (9 months!)
The Purple Emperor butterfly (Apatura iris) is a nymph native to Europe and was once common in southern England. It lives in dense forests and feeds on sap and honeydew as well as dung, urine, and animal carcasses. (Ah, the attraction of the beautiful to the repulsive!)
The Coolie butterfly (Anartia amathia) is another nymph widely distributed throughout Latin America and seen in cleared areas frequented by man.
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