Watercolor Milkweed

I collected a monarch caterpillar several weeks ago and at the same time I started a watercolor painting of the little larvae. Painting a monarch butterfly caterpillar in watercolorAs he safely munched fresh milkweed leaves, I worked on the painting.

Within a few days a bright green chrysalis hung from the screen covering the top of the caterpillar jar and my painting began to morph into a colorful tribute to one of my favorite butterflies.

Watercolor painting a monarch caterpillar

Last week I excitedly finished the painting  anticipating the emergence of the monarch butterfly and it’s addition to the annual migration.

The Autumnal Equinox occurred on Wednesday and ushered in two beautiful Fall days.  There will surely be many more.

Today there is a drizzle of rain falling and a chill in the air.  The last summer generation of Monarchs is flying south.  One caterpillar is suspended in time, surrounded by morning glories and savoring a bright green watercolor milkweed.

My Monarch Caterpillar_edited-1An insect’s metamorphosis is a miraculous and complex process.  Its journey through life is filled with dangers.  Sadly, my little creature was destroyed in its chrysallis by a parasite that it acquired before I brought it in.

About Karen Hines Art

I am an artist living in the mountains of Virginia and expressing my love of nature through painting.
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