To my ongoing series of butterflies I have added this new painting of a Spanish Moon Moth, which I know isn’t a butterfly but it is just as colourful as one, if not more. Both moths and butterflies fall under the order of Lepidoptera and many moths are just as showy as butterflies so there isn’t as much of a difference as you might think. The Spanish Moon Moth’s scientific name is Graellsia isabella. It is native to Spain, as you would expect, and parts of France. It feeds exclusively on pine needles high in the Alps and the Pyrenees. This is a digital painting done on my iPad Pro.
The latest in my series of butterfly paintings. Here is the Piano Key butterfly, scientific name Heliconius Melpomene. It is native to central and South
America and is also known as the Postman Butterfly. Most often this butterfly is just red, black and white but I found a reference photo with blue accents that make it extra exotic. This is a digital painting done in the Procreate app for iPad Pro.
Another butterfly painting…just can’t get enough of them! This is a somewhat more rare type of the Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) called the Blue Buckey butterfly. Common Buckeyes have mostly drab browns and oranges but the Blue variety have really nice purples and blues to counter the warm browns and oranges. This particular one I chose to paint because of the dazzling variety of colors it has. Mesmerizing patterns, too. The Buckeye butterfly is found throughout North and South America. Just because it’s “Common” doesn’t mean it’s not outstanding!