Amata phegea, a frequently occuring day flying species in southern Europe, prefers drier areas (meadows, here on a thistle). The species imitates the appearance of the Zygaena ephilates (Müllerian mimicry), latter has no yellow band on the thorax.
After all the excitement...heartbreak 😔
My poor Lucifer attempted a grand escape from his enclosure at 1am on the 14th of Janurary, he was so strong that he literally cracked open a plastic lid 🌚 (and I am like 90% sure he was a male)
In a sick twist of fate I woke up for some water while he was stuck inside the crack he made, the light turning on made him fuck out, he struggled and closed the gap he had made on to himself, which impaled him right in his thorax, where his little skull formation is 😭😭😭😭😭 he screamed and squeaked so loud, for so long while I struggled to free him in an absolute panic 💔💔💔💔 my heart 💔😭😔
He died on Wednesday night, I knew he was going because I tried to pick him up to feed him and he didn't struggle or squeak or anything, he didn't even run or flap his wings 💔
My poor demon moth 😔 he was so aggressive guys hahahaha he wasn't "more scared of me than I was of him" that's why I named him after Satan himself
Rest well sweet prince of darkness 😭💔🖤🦋
I'm so sorry 😭😭😭😭 #deathsheadhawkmoth#deathsheadmoth#africandeathsheadhawkmoth#handrearedmoth#moth#southafricaninsects#southafricanmoths#southafricananthropology
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This hummingbird moth was a challenge, and I wanted to give up several times, but I fought off the urge to paint over it. I like this weird little guy.
Acrylic on wood panel
As you know, soon I’ll be diving head first into my new moth project. As I’ve been busy working on commissions since December, I don’t have anything new to show you just yet, so instead, I have been looking back at some of my older pieces. Its actually been really useful and its given me the opportunity to reflect and think about how’d I’d like to move forward with my style. Here is one of my favs, a Spanish Moon Moth I made as a commission back in November 2018.
Little update time - some of you will have seen that I’ve been pretty preoccupied with some stressful life stuff recently. We’re only 2 weeks into the new year and I already feel incredibly defeated. To top things off, I’ve been dealing with some awful service from a courier. Trying to sort out a load of mistakes they’ve made with some of my parcels has absorbed most of my time over the past week. To give you an idea of how ridiculous it has become, today I randomly received a ‘returned’ package from them which was an envelope full of HAIR!! Turns out they returned the package to the wrong person. I literally feel like I’ve been cursed 😩😂 but anyway, onwards and upwards. If any of you are also feeling overwhelmed and stressed, just remind yourself, you’ve got this! ✊💚