Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar

This specimen of a Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar has very distinct anatomical features between the two sides of its body – it is male on the left and female on the right! This is a very rare occurrence called gynandromorphism which prompted the publication of an article on the Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society. For the article, I worked on a full color illustrated plate with multiple views of the specimen with black and white line details. I was honored to be invited to also create an illustration for the journal cover, which depicts the specimen on a branch of sweet gum, the host plant of the Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar.
In addition, I worked on a 3D model of the same specimen to give an even more detailed look to its anatomical features. The animated rotation of the model is used during presentations of this rare occurrence at scientific conferences. Here you can see an animated turntable video, and over at Sketchfab you can manipulate and interact directly with the model in a 3D viewer.
Media: digital
Client: National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology