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Opsiphanes "tamarindii" (1995)

Acrylic on illustration board
30" x 20"


The two butterflies in this painting were both painted from sketches I did of a single insect that I found drowned on the western shore of Lake Nicaragua, near the town of Rivas. Upon my return I tried to identify it, and the closest species I could find to it was O. tamarindii, although I don't feel terribly secure with that identification. I painted it twice to show both sides of the wing and placed it (or them) on a termite nest in a setting typical of the region where I found the unfortunate thing.