Spanish Moon Moth

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© Letizia Morley 2017

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.

Piano Key Butterfly Painting

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© Letizia Morley 2017

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.  Continue reading “Piano Key Butterfly Painting”

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly (Digital Painting)

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© Letizia Morley 2017

I have recently been trying out an app on my iPad called Procreate. It is a pared down, intuitive digital painting app made specifically for iPads that, in my opinion, perfectly mimics traditional mediums. There are hundreds of different brushes and effects, and here I’ve used felt-tip pen, spray paint, charcoal and watercolor brushes to create this painting of a red-spotted purple butterfly. Its scientific name is Limenitis arthemis astyanax, member of the admiral butterfly family, native to the Eastern United States.

Tailed Green Jay Butterfly (Digital Painting)

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© Letizia Morley 2016