Red-spotted purple

I framed this red-spotted purple (I think the person who named a lot of these butterflies was colorblind), Limenitis arthemis astyanax, with four layers of card- blue, orange-yellow and two brown, trying to replicate and highlight the colors in the butterfly. I think I did a pretty good job. Here’s a side view

Cicada shadow

This cicada has found her forever home in an explosion of yellow and darker yellow. Collected dead and spread (that’s what we call pinning the insect so the wings will stick out. I love dog-day cicadas- I love the weird noise they make in the trees and I think they’re so beautiful. This amazing work…

Luna shadow

I’m super proud of this piece. I tried pick colors and shapes that would really flatter the moth (Luna moth, Actias luna). I think it turned out really art deco. This amazing work of beauty is probably available at Southern Makers’ and Artists’ collective in Montgomery, or email me if you’re interested.

Common buckeye shadow

This was the first insect shadowbox I made; I wanted to mount the insects, but the only shadowboxes I could find were so big they looked dwarfed- and then I was like ‘oh, yeah, I do a thing that could solve that’. Anyway, this is a common buckeye, Junonia coenia, collected by an entomology student…

Mantis with leaves, shadowbox

My hands really hurt from cutting these intricate leaves (if it’s not clear, there are two layers of them, one green and one pink), but it’s the least this mantis deserves. (All my insects were collected by entomology students for a class and then given to me when the class was over). This piece is…

Gulf fritillary shadowbox

Thought this gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) deserved a beautiful home, so I made this shadow box for it- tried to pick colors that would really show it off as it deserves. (All the insects I use were collected for entomology classes and then given to me when the classes were over). These intricate designs were…