Scientific Illustrations

For several years, I was fascinated with the tradition of scientific illustration, so I taught myself this exacting craft. I volunteered as an unofficial artist in residence for a species inventory (ATBI) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which gave me the opportunity to be a visual explorer,  often illustrating species that were new to science. I also got to look very closely at interesting microscopic structures for long, long periods of time.  I learned a lot about insects, myxomycetes (slime molds) and other little things that run the world.

I hope you enjoy looking at my images as much as I enjoyed making them.

This lace bug, Acalypta duryi, lives in and eats moss.

An Ash Midrib Gall.

Squaw root, Conopholis americana, is a parasitic plant that grows on the roots of oak trees.

Crayfish claw, found on a trail by a creek in North Georgia. Dukes Creek if I remember correctly.

A grape tendril clinging to a leaf.

Diachaea arboricola, a newly described species of slime mold from Great Smoky Mts ATBI.

Striped maple buds in winter.

A Hister beetle from Brazil

Hygrocybe appalachiensis

Lamproderma arcyrionema, a slime mold

Ligdia wagneri, a newly described speces from the Great Smoky Mts ATBI, named after caterpillar expert Dave Wagner.

Mimosa seed pods

Cordyceps sp.... on unlucky beetle larvae I think

Cordyceps sp…. on unlucky pupae 

Venus fly trap with ant

Venus fly trap with ant

Neophylax kolodskyi, a newly described species of caddisfly from the Great Smoky Mountains ATBI. Named after a park ranger who died tragically.

Another slime mold — Physarum viride. This one is my favorite.

The abandoned coccoon of a Polyphemus moth.

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