hemaris diffinis


Insect zodiacs! We were given the assignment to do 11 small spot illustrations and one larger for our own sign.

Identification key:

  • Aries: Death’s-head hawkmoth (Acherontia styx)
  • Taurus: Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas)
  • Gemini: Golden drummer cicada (Thopha colorata)
  • Cancer: Isabella tiger moth or “woolly bear” caterpillar (Pyrrharctia isabella)
  • Leo: Jewel scarab beetle (Chrysina resplendens)
  • Virgo: Spanish moon moth (Graellsia isabellae)
  • Libra: Common water strider (Aquarius remigis)
  • Scorpio: Devil’s flower mantis (Idolomantis diabolica)
  • Sagittarius: Snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)
  • Capricorn: Red assassin beetle (Haematoloecha rubescens)
  • Aquarius: Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
  • Pisces: Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)

Tumblr’s probably making them blurry and awful, click to see them better. I had a lot of fun with these! It was a good chance to pull from all the cool bugs I’d seen already and draw them, and also to find some new ones.