Finally! I’m working on making these botanical art prints available in my Etsy Shop! Yay! Now you can purchase them individually or as a set ; )
I’ve been taking pictures for the shop listings and trying to compose a nice setting for the prints…trial and error style!
This is a Question Mark butterfly: eggs, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult. Shown with it’s host – Elm tree. There are many butterflies in this family, called “anglewings” -Comma, Asian, Eastern, Southern, Mexican, Giant, and Hoary – just to name a few!
The adults feed on fermenting fruit, tree sap, dung, carrion and rarely flowers – when they feed on fermenting fruit, they can appear to be intoxicated and are reluctant to fly even when touched! We think of butterflies as beautiful and associate them with flowers…but they’re not always so sweet ; )
Somebody’s hiding – the fox was outsmarted this time!
Great Spangled Fritillary. I LOVE the colors and pattern of these wings – they’re subtle and eye catching at the same time! Their host plant is violets. It pleased me to paint that pretty purple with the copper/golden wings – such a dainty combination ; )
I have violets growing in every corner of my gardens – I just let them ramble like weeds in between everything else…but, I haven’t noticed any fritillaries in my yard yet! I’ll be keeping a close eye out for them next summer ; )
Now, what next? Do you have a butterfly you’d like to see?
The clouded sulfur butterfly likes alfalfa (shown here) and clover. They are common and widespread, easy to spot for their sunny colored wings. There are many forms in the sulfur family – the colors range from orange to white with various spot patterns, some with no black margins: cloudless sulfur is all yellow, cabbage white is all white with black corners, and orange sulfur is orange with black margins…etc.
The tiger swallowtail is such a beautiful butterfly – such striking pattern and colors! I’m tempted to plant a black cherry just to encourage more of them to come to my garden!!!
Some females have a dark color form – the black stripes barely visible on the black background. The butterflies like to visit my pink/purple flowers: echinacea, pinks, verbena, etc.
There’s a great article on raising swallowtails HERE – I’d love to try it sometime!
This has been a cloudy, cold, dreary, sort of Autumn week! So, what better to do then draw and paint inside where is dry and warm! …and, the coffee and doughnut sure help! I got the pencil done on Monday, the pen lined done by Tuesday, and the painting started by Wednesday:
The Mourning Cloak has many host plants, so I chose mulberry for this illustration (I could see how a caterpillar would be well camouflaged among the berries!)
Adult mourning cloaks feed on sap and decaying matter, less commonly they are seen nectaring on flowers…for some people, seeing them on the compost pile breaks with the beautiful image that butterflies are supposed to have. I had a special surprise one morning when I woke up and found one on my bedside table! To this day I do not know how he could have gotten there! I still think it was a special gift for me from God ; )