Thursday, April 14, 2016

Frog-legged Leaf Beetle Woman

According to the Book of Beetles (edited by Patrice Bouchard, Ivy Press, Great Britain, 2014) the Frog-legged Leaf Beetle (sagra buqueti) from which this newly-discovered homo-insecta evolved is one of the world’s largest, most colourful leaf beetles. Despite its considerable size (20-39 mm) and distinctive appearance, little is known about the beetle in the wild. However, other equally colourful and sizeable species of the genus Sagra can be found on climbing vines in the jungles of Asia. (See image second from top). The remaining images in this post are progress views of my recently completed unnatural history illustration of the Frog-legged Beetle Woman, culminating with the finished work. 

Completed Frog-legged Leaf Beetle Woman, 2016, watercolour, 41.91 x 29.72 cm