This is a type of Digger wasp. Digger wasp females typically capture their prey – in her case crickets – and paralyzes it. She then buries the prey in the prepared nest but not before laying a single egg on it. The emerging larva will feed on the live paralyzed prey, eventually killing it. Latin name, Chlorion lobatum is a very brightly colored metallic green with antennae that curl at the ends.
After watching for a few weeks as an organic sweet potato sprouted and grew leaves on my kitchen counter, I finally planted it outside in a pot. This is what it looked like a few days ago, but today it’s 3x bigger.
This colorful lil Rainbow Scarab is a Dung Beetle. Latin name Phaneus vindex. I’ve been fortunate enough to witness these guys in action on numerous occasions. I’ll never forget the first time I saw one. I was outside in North Florida with my dog, who ah, welll. . . had just created a small dung pile. Within minutes I heard a loud buzzing (like a very loud bee). I looked, and to my surprise I saw this shiny, huge beetle buzz right by us and land on the dung pile. She was so vibrant and shiny green that I just had to watch as this beautiful beetle effortlessly pulled that log of dung down under the soil within seconds, leaving only what looked like an ant hill. I later learned that she lays her eggs on the excrement where the larva eventually will feed on it until they eclose (hatch) into a full size beetle. Cool eh!?
Painted with Liquitex acrylics, detailed with Prismacolor colored pencils
One might notice that among the insects I paint I clearly favor the beetle (order – coleoptera). It’s actually a pretty common favoritism among entomologists and insect enthusiasts. A famous biologist/naturalist, JBS Haldane once surmised that the Creator must be inordinately fond of beetles. That said, I offer you a few tidbits about the beetle: The earth is home to easily 350,000+ different species of beetle. Beetles are a diverse group of insects and inhabit nearly every ecological niche on the planet. Most can fly and typically have four wings. The outer two wings are hardened (elytra) and serve as a body cover to protect the flying wings and the abdomen. Beetles begin their life as an egg which hatch into a larvae or grub that goes through a metamorphosis which turns this worm-like creature into an adult with six legs and four wings. New species are still being discovered regularly.
Exotic beetles are such a fascination in Europe and Japan that they are collected much like coins or stamps. Some enthusiasts often breed them.
This Euchirus longimanus painting was created using Liquitex acrylic paints, and Prismacolor pencils.
Euchirinae subfamily of the Scarabs is found from Turkey to the Himalayas through much of Indonesia. This subfamily is characterized by the males having very long front legs with a few spines and is from Indonesia. The females have normal length front legs.
Drew Frank Sinatra for Mom back in 2002. I loved that SHE loved it! Mom passed in ’07 and Frank has been in my garage since. Friend and fellow Blogger, AnnMarie, inadvertently reminded me of this piece, so I pulled it out, dusted it off and am posting it for her. Stop by and check out her awesome poetry and art at Ann Together.
Some spider drawings done with Platinum Carbon fountain pen in toned Canson sketchbook. These are for a friend and fellow blogger, Inari, who drew a beautiful spider for me. Check out, “what’s on the drawing board?” at Inari Designs