magpie moths project- finished!

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I’d post the final illustrations for the New Zealand magpie moth project I had been working on for the masters thesis of Cassandra Marks (University of Auckland).

The project involved illustrating diagrams of the male and female moths, showing the sexual dimorphism (especially obvious in the antennae) as well as dorsal and lateral illustrations of the caterpillar. These illustrations were fun to do because they were the first entomological illustrations I have done in watercolour- and it was fun to add some colour to these pretty little moths!

Here are the final illustrations:

MagpieMoth_Female_600dpi-edited

 

female moth

(smaller hairs on the antenna)

MagpieMoth_Male_600dpi-edited

male moth

(much longer hairs on the antenna)

MagpieMoth_Caterpillar_Dorsal_600dpi_edited

magpie moth caterpillar

(dorsal view)

MagpieMoth_Caterpillar_lateral_600dpi_edited

magpie moth caterpillar

(lateral view)

Another thing I really enjoyed in this project was reconstructing life-like positioning of the caterpillar (especially in the lateral view). The specimens I had to draw from were dead and so didn’t really look so much like a living caterpillar would anymore- so that was a fun challenge to try and depict what a living caterpillar might look like.

here is also the palette of colours I used. I used Winsor and Newton cotman watercolours and the most used colours were Ultramarine Blue and Burnt sienna to mix up varying shades of brown-black and blue-black. They were the perfect colours for this species!!

palette-swatch_magpie-moths006

All images copyright E. Scheltema 2014. Please respect my client (these illustrations are part of their research) and do not copy or use any of these images without permission. If you are interested in commissioning work or collaborating on a project like this please contact me 

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