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I thought I would draw some butterflies for the extinct animal contest, and then when I looked them up the extinct ones seemed to be dominated by blue species (and subspecies), four of which are shown here.
Lower left corner: Glaucopsyche Xerces (Xerces Blue). Lived on the coastal sand dunes of what is now San Francisco California. Last known sighting, 1941.
Above that: Maculinea teleius burdigalensis, (a subspecies of Scarce Large Blue.) Previous resident of France, catalogued in 1932 and now presumed extinct.
The dark blue moth to the right of the Xerces is Heteropan dolens, last seen in 1929 in Fiji. Extensive spraying and introduction of a parasitic fly (to keep the moth Leuvana Iridescens from destroying coconut crops) resulted in the extinction of both moth species.
The final butterfly is Maculinea arion eutryphron (a subspecies of Large Blue.) Previous resident of the UK, catalogued in 1915. Other subspecies of the Large Blue, once also extinct in the UK, have been reintroduced to the from other regions, but it appears eutryphron is gone forever.
Drawn with colored pencil, these butterflies are laid out like museum specimens and shown about 12 - 16 cm wide (5-7 inches.) This design is part of my extinct butterflies collection.
Blue is my favorite color, and I'm singing the blues to have these lovely butterflies gone from this world, largely by the work of our own human hands.
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thanks Victoria and Rhonda and Jeannie!
Posted about 4 years ago.
congrats on such a high spot!!
This is a wonderful collection of beautiful, blue butterfly designs, Kely!
You really captured the iridescence of the wings; just beautiful.
Posted over 4 years ago.
thanks Veronica! For me, the research is half the fun!
Beautifully photorealistic & I love the research you put in!
thanks Siya! I had a lot of fun drawing them.
Such lovely blue butterflies!
thanks so much Sharon!!
beautiful, beautiful.... big love xxx
butterfly fabric out in my garden - I wish they could be there for real instead of just on fabric!
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Singing the Blues :
thank you Julie and Sonia! Sonia, I love your auk - he's comical and lyrical in equal measure.
Totally gorgeous and they printed so beautifully. Good luck in the contest, I can see a lot of votes going your way! The Xerces Blue was on my list but I went for the great auk bird instead.
Beautiful! Your illustration is lovely and the blue shades are gorgeous!
Gorgeous colours...so pretty!
thank you Alex, Deborah, Joan and Emma! I'm sad they are gone too... and that it's us humans to blame for it... I hope they are going to be in Heaven someday, because I would love to see them live and in person!!
I saw this on the homepage and was instantly drawn to it and then when I read your explanation.......wow- so poignant, wistful, moving - to think that these beautiful beings are gone forever is so sad. At least you have immortalised them in your beautiful fabric design.......love it, love it, love it! : )
Love all the color and luminosity!
Beautiful. I wish I could see these butterflies too.
This is beautiful!
thanks Su! Yeah, I find it hard to accept that people kill beautiful things in order to 'own' them... even though I know it's true. But the Xerces probably had more to do with loss of habitat/host plants, and the Heteropan was demolished by an introduced parasitic fly. Still humans responsible for their demise... but on a different level. Sigh. On a happier note I saw a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/weavingmajor/7345974750">red spotted purple</a> in my garden for the first time in at least 10 years - a nice surprise to see a flash of iridescent blue among the monarchs and swallowtails and skippers - it gave me hope!
Really lovely design, and interesting background notes, sad tho'. When you see how lovely they are you can see that their beauty is also downfall so to speak, as everyone must have been after them to liven up their collections. The same thing has happened/ is happening with blue butterflies elsewhere (PNG, Australia, etc.)
this is beautiful!
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