Natural History Illustration: A Gallery of Butterflies - August 30th 2013

Story posted: Friday, 30. August 2013 by Lizzie Harper

Before they disappear for another year, I thought it might be worth putting up a collection of my illustrations of some of the more common British butterfly species.

These have mostly been comissioned privately, or by the Wildlife Trusts.

For a really good guide to British butteflies, you should get The Butterflies of Britian and Ireland by Jeremy Thomas.  The same excellent illustrator, Richard Lewington, also did illustrations for the FSC's Butterflies of Britain chart, which is really handy for use in the field.

Lizzie Harper Scientific illustration of the Red Admiral butterfly

Red Admiral

Lizzie Harper Scientific illustration of the Speckled Wood butterfly

Speckled Wood

Lizzie Harper Scientific illustration of the hummingbird hawkmoth

Hummingbird hawkmoth

Lizzie Harper Scientific illustration of the Small Tortoisheshell butterfly

Small Tortoiseshell.  This one was painted from a specimen found on the window sill, in life it's wings aren't nearly as backward-pointing as this.

Lizzie Harper Scientific illustration of the Orange tip butterfly

Orange Tip

Lizzie Harper Scientific illustration of the Grayling butterfly

Grayling

Lizzie Harper Scientific illustration of the Peacock butterfly

Peacock

Lizzie Harper Scientific illustration of the Painted Lady butterfly

Painted Lady

Lizzie Harper Scientific illustration of the Ringlet and Meadow brown butterfly

Meadow brown and ringlet butterflies.

I've only popped down the commoner species I've illustrated.  For more information on British Butterflies and to see how you can get involved in supporting and conserving them, look up Butterfly Conservation or your local Widlife Trust.

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