This was a really cool commission to do. I was contacted by a scientist in Russia, wondering if I would be willing to do some scientific illustrations for a book he was creating, the subject being African Moths.
Um, yes please?!
I'm in school for science, so that's a plus. I love moths and butterflies, so another plus. And this guy contacted me out of the blue, saying that he has been searching for an artist for a long time and decided on me. How flattering!
So this is Chrysopsyche mirifica, a species of a moth that resides in Africa. Fuzzy little buggers, or lady, since this is the female of the species. That was always a strange concept for me, genders for insects. But I mean, really, they are eukarya, so why wouldn't they? Hell, plants have dude and lady parts!