Viceroy Butterfly On Queen Anne's Lace Watercolor Batik
Painting - Watercolor And Ink On Ginwashi Rice Paper
Viceroy Butterfly on Queen Anne's Lace, Watercolor batik on gin washing rice paper, by Conni Schaftenaar.
The Viceroy butterfly is an interesting creature, mimicking the coloration of the Monarch butterfly almost perfectly as a protection against predators, primarily birds. As children, my brother and I were fascinated with butterflies, moths, and other insects and had many reference books about them. One Field Guide to Butterflies (if I remember the title correctly) was a well-loved, well-thumbed paperback handbook about North American butterflies. The page about the Viceroy stated that Viceroys took on the coloration of Monarchs because Monarchs are bitter and the birds avoid them; Viceroys apparently taste good to birds, so they evolved a coloration that protects them.
I found this photo on a reference photo site called pmp-art.com. The photographer is Jennifer Livick, and her beautiful photo can be seen here: https://pmp-art.com/jennifer-livick/gallery/27401/viceroy-img_1034a#gallery_img
I centered the butterfly in my painting and added another QAL flower on the left.
1st Place Tie in the Butterflies contest, July 2020
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