24×24 watercolor; 32×32 framed
In 2006, I journeyed into the heart of the Amazon jungle with my father and sister, both scientists. My own background is biology as well as art, and we all share a great love of natural history. We traveled up the Rio Negro on a tiny riverboat, going on daily and nightly excursions by canoe into the flooded jungle canopy. We spotted pink dolphins, caimen, exotic birds, butterflies and other creatures while enveloped in the cacophony of jungle insects, frogs and howler monkeys. This fantastic trip inspired six months of small watercolors for a diary, and culminated in several large natural history-themed paintings. The first was “Amazon Insects”.
Amazon Insects Identification Chart
A. Acrocinus longimanus Harlequin Beetle
B. Anisoscelis foliacea Leaf-Footed BugA
C. Vestria sp. Rainbow Katydid
D. Typophyllum bolivari Bolivar’s Katydid
E. Umbonia crassicornis Thorn Bug Treehopper
F. Edessa rufomarginata Stink Bug
G. Eugenysa sp. Tortoise Beetle
H. Anisoscelis sp. Leaf-Footed Bug
I. Euagona juno Bull’s Horn Bug
- Morpho menelaus Blue Morpho
- Gymnelia villia Wasp Moth
- Eryphanis polyxena Purple Mort Bleu
- Dismorphia amphione Tiger Mimic – White
- Urania leilus Green Urania Moth
- Mechanitis isthmia Common Mechantis
- Hyalurga fenestra Wasp Moth
- Automeris sp. Peacock Moth
- Callicore maimuna Figure-Of-Eight Butterfly
- Phiaethrid dido Scarce Bamboo Page
- Cithaerias aurorina Blush Butterfly
- Eurytides sp. Swordtail Swallowtai
- Rhetus arcius Sword-Tailed Beautymark
- Oleria sp. Clearwing Butterfly
- Agrias narcissus
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