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To create my work, I directly observed caterpillars, chrysalises, and adult butterflies. I used a variety of media to depict salient aspects of gulf fritillary anatomy and to follow the species through its life stages in connection with its passionflower hosts. I focused on accurately recreating what I observed, as well as breaking down the organisms into their component colors, lines, shapes, and values. In my work I emphasized natural textures, which vary greatly as the caterpillars undergo their morphological changes. As a result of this project, I improved my observation and life drawing skills and learned how the process of creating art can be used as a method of investigation and learning about scientific topics, as much now as throughout history.
Keinath, Christiana M., "An Illustrated Investigation of Agraulis Vanillae and its Larval Food Plants" (2017). Senior Theses. 177.