Day #4 and #5 of 5: Orange Julia

Passion for Flowers
11" X 14"

The Orange Julia (dryas ulia) is mainly found in the Amazon, but also in south Texas and southern Florida. It is in the Heliconian (long-winged) family, so it loves the passion flower.

The butterflies in my painting are male, which have less black on the the wings than the females. Males seek mineral rich water from many places, including the sandy banks along rivers, salt licks, and even from the eyes of animals like turtles and caiman! Both males and females have a specialized proboscis (tongue) for this purpose. Females don't seek the same thing though; they like dissolved pollen rather than minerals!

Here is a slideshow of the painting's development:

Below are my reference photos in a collage.

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