New Gallery Piece, "Beetle Spectrum" is finished!

The latest in my Gallery Series, "Beetle Spectrum" showcases a true rainbow of beetles. Nine different beetle species span the spectrum here, beginning with a coppery-brown, and going through red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, silver, and black. 34 individual beetles have been prepared for this piece, including the species: (from top left to bottom right)

Mycteristes rhinophyllus, Indonesia
Heterorrhina leonardi, Red Form, Thailand
Hemipterids from Java
Euchroea auripimenta, Madagascar
Lomaptera lucidula, Indonesia
Eupholus magnificus, Papua New Guinea
Chlorocara africana, Tanzania
Curculionid weevils from Indonesia
Rutelids from Thailand

The wonderful colors of beetles have always amazed me, and I had surprisingly few problems coming up with a beetle for each color of the rainbow here! This piece was inspired by the anonymous quotation “Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.” This collection will allow you to keep a piece of Nature's rainbow in your home!

I made the checkered background for this piece by weaving together hand-torn strips of artist paper. Framed checkerboard area measures 12x12". Black wooden "shadowbox" style frame measures 15.5" square from edge to edge. Entire piece is about an inch deep and comes ready to hang on your wall. A sheet of glass protects the beetles (it was removed here for photography). There is a key on the back of the piece that tells each beetle species and countries of origin. The piece is also signed on the back.

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