Some beetle sketches from many moons ago.
While surfin’ around the other day looking at insect photos and reading up on the six-legged, I came across a cool Word Press blog called Confessions of an Entomologist. As I perused the neat posts and stories, one in particular got me thinking about the Dobsonfly, Why World Oceans Day is Sexy. So, one thing lead to another and here is my watercolor of a Dobsonfly. Be sure to check out the links above to read more about the very interesting lifecycle of the Dobsonfly
When driving through rural areas in Florida it is not unusual to have these huge grasshoppers flailing themselves at your car in large numbers. I imagine for some people seeing this for the first time they might find it sort of creepy. Romalea microptera, common name Lubber is a large grasshopper found throughout Florida and the southeastern United states. Known for it’s size and color (about 3″). Though the Lubber has small wings, it does not exactly fly but jumps rather clumsily (thus the name Lubber). These grasshoppers can be very damaging to crops and ornamentals.
For more information on the Romalea microptera: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/lubber.htm
These stag beetle drawings are the first in a series of co-op themes created by Vani and I. Vani is my life long best friend, and we have created many drawing themes in the past. For this theme we chose 3 Stag beetles (Dorcus titanus, Odontolabis spectabilis, and Prosopocoilus occipitalis) to draw. The first three images are Vani’s creations and the last image is mine.
Stop by and check out Vani’s blog, Captain Primate to see more of his awesome artwork and insect collections.
There is a bizarre fungus that turns carpenter ants into zombies and gets them to die in a place that’s perfect for the fungus to grow and reproduce. These sketchbook drawings are of several ants who fell victim to this very specialized fungus.
Markers in Canson Earthbound toned sketchbook.
For more info on this fungus, it’s lifecycle and the effects it has on ants: http://www.livescience.com/5631-zombie-ants-controlled-fungus.html
Painted with Liquitex acrylic paints on acrylic paper. First an underpainting was done with markers then I thin my acrylics with an airbrush medium making the paint more transparent and watercolor-like. This makes the acrylics layer nicely while allowing the undercolors to peek through.
A fascinating little beetle the Palm Weevil is, but unfortunately they are considered pests in areas where palm trees are abundant. The female is attracted to the sweet smell of palms. At the palm she will find a soft spot in the base of the trunk. There she will dig a hole with her rostrum (mouthparts at the end of what looks like a snout). Then she deposits her eggs into the hole with her ovipositor. When the larvae emerge they feed on the palm pulp . . .
The rest of the process starts to get a little more technical here. For those of you that are interested you can read a more detailed description of the life cycle of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, Red Palm Weevil here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhynchophorus_ferrugineus
This little colorful and exotic creature is a Fulgorid bug. Other common names are, Dragon-Headed bug and Wart-Headed bug.
Phrictus quinquepartitus from the order Hemiptera (2-4″)
Also considered a plant hopper or leaf hopper, she is a sap-feeding herbivore and is typically arboreal. She feeds by uncurling her proboscis, which is a long curled-up straw like mouth part. Most Fulgorid bugs share the same distinctive features of long, strangely shaped heads.
Reference taken from the book, “Insects, Spiders and Other Terrestrial Arthropods” by George C. McGavin
Liquitex Acrylic paints on watercolor paper.