News Stories from August 2014

Natural History Illustration: British Snakes August 29th 2014

Story posted: 29. August 2014 by Lizzie Harper

There are over 8,000 species of reptile on earth; Britain has only six of these, and three are snakes.  Natural science illustrations of reptiles are always a challenge thanks to the problems presented by scientifically illustrating their scales; however, this in no way diminishes my affection tor them.

Two of the three species are common across Britain, while the third (the Smooth snake  Coronella austriaca ) is only found on southern heathland.

First up is the Grass snake (Natrix natrix). This snake is common and found throughout the UK, and at 70-100cm long it's our…

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Natural History Illustrator out and about: Canoeing the Wye August 15th 2014

Story posted: 15. August 2014 by Lizzie Harper

I'm a botanical illustrator, scientific illustrator; and also a mum.  Sometimes, life is sweet and I can combine these roles AND have a wonderful day out.  Recently, this happened as the family canoed from Glasbury to Hay-on-Wye (where we live).



Sunny day with a canoe and the kids on the river Wye

The first thing we noticed in profusion were the Beautiful demoiselles (for more on damselflies see my recent blog ).  They were out in force, like flying emeralds glittering across the river.



Beautiful demoiselle

The next spot was a little dipper, one…

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Natural History Illustration: The Amazing Blue Butterfly August 5th 2014

Story posted: 5. August 2014 by Lizzie Harper

Scientific illustration involves learning about your subjects, as well as illustrating them.  I've always been amazed by the blue butterflies (family Lycaenidae ); partly because of their vivid hues; and equally because of their fascinating life-cycles and interractions with ants.

Most of the information in this blog comes from the website of Butterfly Conservation , a charity concerned with recording and researching British butterflies and moths, and preserving both them and their habitats.  With the blues, as with many butterfly species; if you can get the right food…

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