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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Insect Painting in progress

 The next three paintings in the butterfly series will feature the egg, larvae, pupae and adult stages of the same species of butterfly. 

I am quite certain many of you will recognize this caterpillar and the species of butterfly it belongs to. The toxic plant it feeds on is called milkweed (swamp milkweed in this case) and the noxious substance is absorbed by the insect and persists in the butterfly stage to make it unpalatable to any would-be predators.

The pastel painting below of the larval stage will also include the egg stage as I will add tiny egg cases on one of the leaves.
caterpillar, insect and butterfly paintings in pastel by Wildlife Artist Colette Theriault

1 comment:

Screaming Feline said...

Interesting, I had no idea they did that! The caterpillar looks amazing :)