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Insect Illustration

This is a selection of insect illustration projects I worked on over the years:

Selection from scientific journals

– Illustration of the Cicada Graminitigrina bowensis included in the publication: Ewart, A. & Marques, D., “A new genus of grass cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae) from Queensland, with descriptions of their songs” Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 52(2): 149–202, Brisbane, 2008.
– Illustrations of the Micro-Moth Wockia Chewbacca included in the publication: Adamski, D. & Boege, K. et. al., Two new species of Wockia Heinemann (Lepidoptera:Urodidae) from coastal dry-forests in Western Mexico, Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 111(1), 2009.
– Illustration of the head of Micro-Moth Holcocera gigantella.

Media: India ink on scratchboard
Queensland Museum – division of insects
United States Department of Agriculture – Systematic Entomology

Micro-Moth Wockia chewbacca

This image of an SEM of the micro-moth Wockia chewbacca was selected to the scientific photography competition Image Lab, and an exhibition at the Belém Cultural Center. This scanning electron microscope image (illustrated and published before) was colorized and enhanced. The label in the exhibit read “Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to a new insect: Wockia chewbacca. This is the caterpillar of a Mexican micro-moth named after the Star Wars character. The unusual body projections and hairs had never been seen before and the studies conducted at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History found no explanation for their existence. In the head, less than 3mm wide, we find (from top to bottom) 12 eyes (in red), the antennae and the spinneret that produces the silk in the cocoon”.

Media: digitally enhanced scanning electron microscope photography

Rose Chafer Beetle

Dorsal and ventral views of the Rose Chafer beetle (Cetonia aurata)

Media: acrylic on paper

Eastern Hercules Beetle

Comparison of the head of the female (above) and male Eastern Hercules beetle (Dynastes tityus)

Media: gouache on paper

Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) over Lantana flowers, highlighting the pattern and color differences between the dorsal and ventral sides of the wings.

Media: digital