The piece from which I drew this creature is a copperplate engraving done in 1594 by Flemish engraver Nicolaes de Bruyn (1571-1656).
What is fascinating about the piece is that this dragon(?) shares the space with a wide range of accurately-drawn insects such as crickets, a wasp, flies, a ladybug, a scorpionfly, a large moth,and a couple of dragonflies.
Zoologist, media consultant, and science writer Dr Karl Shuker inquired where the engraving is housed in the collections of the Rijksmuseum in Amersterdam and discovered that the engraving’s odd monster is meant to represent a locust!
Rhinoceros Beetle,© 2015 Liz Vitale
A beetle crawling over your shoe is considered an omen of death.
Especially if it’s a Rhinoceros Beetle. which is about six inches long and some folks might have a heart attack…
Pipevine Butterfly,© 2015 Liz Vitale
My watercolor skills cannot yet do justice to this deep-blue butterfly and its bright orange-and-black wing spots, but I’m getting better!
In some cultures, ants are believed to be the final earthly incarnation of fairies, or the souls of children who had died unbaptised.
RIBBIT! © 2015 Liz Vitale
Speak the word!
Too many times
Our outer politeness inhibits!
If you’ve something to say
At the pond today,
Yell, RIBBIT,RIBBIT, RIBBIT!
Drinks under the Daisy, Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale
Come with me
On this day so lazy
And we’ll have mint juleps
Under a daisy.
Black Widow, Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale
On an unknown date in June 2012, my dream diary reads,”found a giant black widow spider and prepared to lasso it”.