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PostSubject: Butterflies and Moths   Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:39 pm

Hi! During the last month, I have been making my own Lepidoptera models. To make them, I used wood, silliccone (covered with sawdust so it can be painted), metal wires and paint. I made nineteen of them, all representing actual species.
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CHRYSIRIDIA RHIPHEUS

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URANIA LEILUS

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ANTHERAEA POLYPHEMUS

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HYALOPHORA CECROPIA

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NOCTUA PRONUBA (female)

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XESTIA INUITICA (female)


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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:43 pm

Here are more (sorry to put them by groups; it is very exhausting otherwise):

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COLIAS PHILODICE (male)

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HELICONIUS CHARITHONIA

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LIMENITIS ARTHEMIS


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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:56 pm

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EACLES IMPERIALIS (male)

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SYMPISTIS PIFFARDI

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ANANIA FUNEBRIS GLOMERALIS

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HYPERCOMPE SCRIBONIA (female)

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NERICE BIDENDATA

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ACTIAS LUNA (looks small, but is actually the biggest piece of my series)

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HYLES LINEATA
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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:14 pm

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GLAUCOPSYCHE LYGDAMUS COUPERI (male)

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SCHINIA FLORIDA

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ARMANDIA LIDDERDALEI
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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:45 am

You are clearly in a lepidopteran wave and it is so nice that it ended like this. It is very clever that you use your artistry, your cleverness to use materials and your interest in these animals to make your own figures. cheers They really look great and species choices are interesting. Nice that you included some moths too. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:13 am

Nice figurines of a lot of interesting species :)

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:34 am

Butterflies and moths ! Of course !!! cheers

Where else can your incredible sence of materials and colours be more put to use ? cheers

A sentence as : " I covered the silliccone with sawdust to be able to paint it.." illustrates your special talent with materials . Very Happy

I can't find words for my admiration and delight in these unique models drunken Applause

Somebody ought to make an exhibition of your work bounce Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:54 pm

Thank you all for your compliments! As you may have noticed, most of the species represented are from Estern North America. In other words, species that can be found in my home region or close to it. Those that are exotic were chosen, at least for a few of them, because they were illustrated in old dictionnaries that I have (it's the case of Armandia lidderdalei and Chrysiridia Rhipheus). And furthermore, the species have been chosen... because of the shape of the pieces of wood that I had. For example, I made "Hyles Lineata" "Xestia inuitica", "Nerice bidendata" and "Sympistis piffardi" because I had wood remains that were cut in a very narrow shape. I used those specific pièces of wood to make the wings of narrow-winged moths species. As for the Glaucopsyche butterfly, it is one of my smallest pièces because it was made with small remains of wood (and Glaucopsyche is a small species already, so...). And most of all, (except for the Luna Moth and the Cecropia, two species I particularly like), I chose species that were never represented as toys. So, I gave the chance to not-so-well-known species to be represneted as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:38 pm

Did Blaine Mathison see my Lépidoptères? I'm curious to know what he thinks of them...
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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:52 pm

They are very well done, I like them a lot :)

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:40 pm

A twentieth one is on its way! But I'm not telling you the species yet. It will be a surprise. silent
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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:26 pm

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A twentieth one is on its way! But I'm not telling you the species yet. It will be a surprise. silent

Well, as it is surely impossible to guess it, let's go for a surprise! bounce bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:28 pm

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Here it is: DIACHRYSIA BALLUCA.
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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:36 pm

Applause

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:49 pm

Now, I have twenty. A "round" number (chiffre rond), like we say in french. I'm happy to have made these, yet I feel a little sad for all the species I didn't make (lack of thin pièces of wood to make the wings)...
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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:34 pm

The green-patched looper, another North American species and again a moth. Green color and moths marked you these last days. Wink We also use the same expression in Portuguese language, número redondo just means round number too. I am sure you will be able of finding more material or other different resources and make another series of these wonderful insects. flower

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:49 pm

Moths species are a lot more numerous in my home province than butterfly species. Maybe it's the reason why I made 15 moth species and only 5 butterfly species. But you also say that the green color marked me these days. Are you refering to the Toy Major Luna Moth made with a butterfly mold?

As for new material.... maybe I could use my big remains of blocks of wood to sculpt other kinds of insects? study
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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:34 pm

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Moths species are a lot more numerous in my home province than butterfly species. Maybe it's the reason why I made 15 moth species and only 5 butterfly species. But you also say that the green color marked me these days. Are you refering to the Toy Major Luna Moth made with a butterfly mold?

Precisely, I have spent also some time searching for green butterflies and I wasn't successful. I was not daring enough to expect it could be a moth. About your preference for doing moths, I applaud it. Moths are relatively common and brands rarely favour them.

As for new material.... maybe I could use my big remains of blocks of wood to sculpt other kinds of insects? study[/quote]

It is surely a good idea, don't take me wrong but I think one of them could be the Diapheromera femorata , present in your region, I guess, and a very interesting animal. Idea

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies and Moths   Yesterday at 10:27 pm

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Bowhead Whale wrote:
Moths species are a lot more numerous in my home province than butterfly species. Maybe it's the reason why I made 15 moth species and only 5 butterfly species. But you also say that the green color marked me these days. Are you refering to the Toy Major Luna Moth made with a butterfly mold?

Precisely, I have spent also some time searching for green butterflies and I wasn't successful. I was not daring enough to expect it could be a moth. About your preference for doing moths, I applaud it. Moths are relatively common and brands rarely favour them.

As for new material.... maybe I could use my big remains of blocks of wood to sculpt other kinds of insects? study

It is surely a good idea, don't take me wrong but I think one of them could be the Diapheromera femorata , present in your region, I guess, and a very interesting animal. Idea [/quote]

A walking stick bug? scratch Maybe...Smile yet I would have to find a way of attaching solidly the legs on the wooden-stick-made body...study I also thougt of Gerridae species (I could make two or three); I could make the legs with metal wire with thin wooden sticks glued (with silliccone) on them between the articulations. Rolling Eyes I could also make weesils, sculpting the bodies in my wooden block pièces. But my hands are rather small, and I fear to lack muscle strength for that. Embarassed I will have to think about it.

Actually, I don't exactly "prefer" to make moths over butterflies: I love both categories. It's just that my province is a lot richer in moth species than in butterfly species. Among my 5 butterfly species made, two are exotic...

As for the Toy Major Luna Moth-painted butterfly, it's the saturnid-like ocellates on the wings that made me realize that specific piece was not a butterfly. No green butterfly has ocellates like those, and all the green species of butterflies I could find had more or less large black boarders on their wings. However, the last time I went to that discussion page, I realized Blaine was considering my theory to be Worth attention. Anyway, to me (if Blaine agrees, of course), it would be Worth putting the Toy Major ocellated-winged green butterfly among the Luna Moth figures; under its picture, on its open page, we could textually specify that this Luna Moth was actually casted from a Papilio butterfly mold. What do you think?
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