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My aim is to attract people to natural subjects
through my art, and to share interesting information
about both the creatures and the host plants that sustain
Each of these
originals is a new watercolor done on 16 x 20 inch arches
paper. Below these images are examples of the information
provided on the labels of all my works.
BUCK MOTH (Hemileuca maia)
Late in the afternoon in autumn females lay eggs in a ring around twigs of their caterpillar host plant, scrub oak, live oak, blackjack oak and dwarf chestnut oak. The eggs over winter till the next spring when the caterpillars emerge. They feed through the summer before they make their cocoons in leaf litter or just below the soil. In the fall they emerge as moths.
FEMALE RIVER JEWELWING (Calopteryx aequabilis)
A large 2" long iridescent damselfly of northern streams, its legs are very long. It perches on streamside vegetation and rocks. The wings beat slowly and butterfly like. The female has prominent white stigmas. This damselfly flies from late spring to early summer.
HELICOPTER (Megaloprepus caerulatus)
Pseudostigmatidae are a family of tropical damselflies known as forest giants. They are the largest of all damselfly species. Water filled tree holes are the most dependable and widespread habitats for laying their eggs. Their wingspans can be as wide as 7.5 inches.
The male in this work is hovering, guarding the female as she deposits eggs in a tree hole.