Saturday, May 30, 2009

Beautiful 6 Spotted Tiger Beetle: Bug 15

I have to admit, this is one of my favorites so far!

Beetles come in so many shapes, sizes and colors. But some of the most beautiful ones I remember seeing in my own yard in the summer were these gorgeous iridescent bluish-green ones. They like to hang out in the woods, on the ground, along paths or near the water.

I've illustrated this Tiger Beetle on a fallen oak leaf, lit up by the sun. I thought the orangey-browns and yellows of the leaf was a good color to really make this bright beetle pop! And when you see these guys in real life, they really do like to be on leaves!

Here are a couple of websites if you'd like to see or learn more about them:
Click here for some gorgeous results from Flickr!


Doris Sturm said...

That really is a beautiful painting. The colors are magnificent, Samantha, and he does look irridescent. I do like the contrast on that leaf - the leaf looks like it is on fire too.

I didn't realize how small they were till I saw it in comparison with the dragonfly on one of the flickr photos...very nicely done!

Samantha G said...

Thank you!

I thought the leaf looked a little bit like it was on fire, too- I was going for a colorful fall leaf, but maybe a fireproof beetle is a cooler idea.