Resplendent Forester Butterfly, Bebearia sp.

Resplendent Forester Butterfly

13×19 watercolor 19×25 framed Solo Butterfly Series This wonderfully colorful butterfly was discovered in a rainforest of Ghana in 2012. It is the Resplendent Forester butterfly, Bebearia sp. There are several Forester …

Claudina Butterfly

9×13 watercolor Solo Butterfly Series The striking Claudina Butterfly, Agrias claudina, is found high in the canopies of South American tropical forests.  The yellow tufts on the males’ hindwings emit pheromones to …

Bella Moth

9×13 watercolor Solo Butterfly Series This lovely, delicate winged insect is a moth, not a butterfly. It’s scientific name is Utetheisa ornatrix, but is commonly known as the Bella Moth or …

Red, White, Black by Lucy Arnold

Red, White, Black

30×22 watercolor This watercolor of butterflies is a study in monochramatic design. That is, the color scheme is just one hue (red) plus black and white. I did do some …

Peacock Butterfly Inachis io by Lucy Arnold

Peacock Butterfly

9×13 watercolor Solo Butterfly Series The lovely European Peacock Butterfly, Aglais io, also known as Inachis io, is from the Nymphalidae family. It is found in parts of Asia and east …

Blue Clipper butterfly, Parthenos sylvia

Blue Clipper

9×13 watercolor 13×17 framed Solo Butterfly Series The Blue Clipper Butterfly, Parthenos sylvia, was challenging to paint – especially in my favorite medium, watercolor. But I found the blue version of …

Regal Moth Citheronia-regalis

Regal Moth

9×13 watercolor Solo Butterfly Series The Regal Moth, or Royal Walnut Moth, Citheronia regalis, is found in North America. It is the largest moth (by mass) north of Mexico, growing up …

Death's Head Moth Acherontia-atropos by Lucy Arnold

Death’s Head Hawkmoth

9×13 watercolor 13×17 framed Solo Butterfly Series The Death’s Head Hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos, sports a skull-like design on its body.  This fact, of course, has lent it a certain macabre …

Funerary Dagger Moth Acronicta-funeralis by Lucy Arnold

Funerary Daggermoth

9×13 watercolor 13×17 framed Solo Butterfly Series The Funerary Daggermoth (Acronicta funeralis) seems appropriately named for its interesting markings. Rather macabre, though, right? The caterpillar of this moth is know as …

Whitelined Sphinx Moth Utetheisa ornatrix

White-lined Sphinx Moth

9×13 watercolor 13×17 framed Solo Butterfly Series Hyles lineata, or White-lined Sphinx Moth, is also known as the Hummingbird Moth. The resemblance is uncanny when this large moth hovers over …

ruddy daggerwing butterflly

Ruddy Daggerwing

9×13 watercolor 13×17 framed Solo Butterfly Series The Ruddy Daggerwing butterfly (Marpesia petreus) is of theNymphlid family. Its range extends from Brazil north through Central America, Mexico, the West Indies and …

Gaudy Commodore butterfly Precis octavia

Gaudy Commodore Butterfly

9×13 watercolor Solo Butterfly Series The Gaudy Commodore Butterfly, Precis octavia, is an African butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.  The upper wings are truly impressive with intense blue and orange, which are …

Milkweed Tussock Moth by Lucy Arnold

Milkweed Tiger Moth

9×13 watercolor Solo Butterfly Series The Milkweed Tiger Moth, Euchaetes egle, is a North American species. It is a very drab sort of moth – if one only looks at …

Harlequin Beetle by Lucy Arnold

Harlequin Beetle

9×13 watercolor The aptly named Harlequin Beetle, Acrocinus longimanus, is a longhorned beetle native to the Americas. This fabulously patterned beetle is quite large, growing to about 3″ in body …

Passion Vine Bugs by Lucy Arnold

Passion Vine Bugs

9×13 watercolor Many people think of any and all insects as “bugs”, but that’s not really the case. Only insects of the order Hemiptera are true bugs, as are these two …

Stinkbug-&-Bolivar's-Katydid by Lucy Arnold

Stinkbug & Bolivar’s Katydid

9×13 watercolor Who knew a Stink Bug (top) could be so cute? Stink Bugs are true bugs of the order Hemiptera. The Bolivar’s Katydid (bottom) is amazingly well-camouflaged to blend …

Madagascar Sunset Moth, Chrysiridia rhipheus

Madagascar Sunset Moth

22×30 watercolor The Madagascar Sunset Moth, Chrysiridia rhipheus, is one of the most beautiful winged creatures in the world – in my opinion. This one is painted so much larger than …