Friday, December 10, 2010

Africa's Terrible Hairy Fly:

Scientists have rediscovered a bizarre flightless species of fly, Mormotomyia hirsuta. The 1 cm-long insect had been collected only twice before in 1933 and 1948. It's only known habitat is a bat-filled cleft on an isolated rock formation in Kenya's Ukazi Hills where it breeds in bat feces.

More photos and reading from the BBC News Science article may be found here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rosalia alpina (Linnaeus, 1758)

Rosalia alpina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Cerambycidae
Subfamily: Cerambycinae
Tribe: Rosalini.
Distribution: Europe - extirpated in parts, listed as endangered or protected in others.

Original illustration approximately 6X8-inches. Winsor & Newton watercolors and Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils in an A3 watercolor Moleskine Folio.

This is part of a watercolor illustration that I posted here.