I’ve always loved butterflies…it comes with my love of gardening. My oldest son and I started a butterfly collection when he was 8 and he continued to fill the shadow boxes through the years. It’s quite a nice collection now. Over the summer I started a little field guide of my own with the adult wings, caterpillar, and chrysalis of the common butterflies found in Maine. Here are a few of the pages:
It was such enjoyable work and it made me wonder how I could attract more of these beauties to my garden, so I did some research on the caterpillar’s food/habitat. I’ve always kept milkweed somewhere in the garden for the Monarchs and I painted this piece last year:
This winter I want to do a series of these butterflies with their primary food source and in each life stage – egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult butterfly! The first one I’m going to do is the Black Swallowtail – I’ve just got the ink down, so I’m ready to paint:
Do you have a favorite butterfly? What ones would you like to see me illustrate? I’ll be posting my series here all this winter – stay tuned!