This watercolour painting is of an Endangered Australian butterfly called the "Australian Fritillary" with the scientific name of Argynnis hyperbius inconstans.
Title - Wake Up To Another Day
Medium - Watercolour on Paper
Size - 30cm x 42cm / 12" x 16.5"
Painted - 2019
These butterflies live in open, swampy, coastal areas and settle on low vegetation or on the ground. The eggs hatch midsummer after being laid on a host plant or on leaves. It has a wingspan of 60-66mm. In this scene the butterfly rests beside a Viola flower.
This was part of a solo exhibition in which I painted twenty portraits of twenty Australian native animals that are disappearing - a tiny selection of the 10,000+ species worldwide that are extinct or facing extinction. To add accuracy and relevancy you will find a guide on each of these artworks. The line indicates the size of the animal and a circle with capital letters alongside it will state is classification categorised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.