Thursday, September 26, 2013

Unknown butterfly

We found this pretty butterfly under a chest of drawers when we were cleaning today.  I can't find it in my field guide so I wonder if anybody out there knows what the species is?  I live in northern France so that may make a difference.


  1. Hi Your butterfly is a Magpie Moth. It is quite common here in the UK...

  2. This is lovely, Valerie...I'm loving the effect on toned paper.

  3. Thanks Stewart, I've never seen one of these before but I will keep a look out for live ones now.
    Kate, I started to use the tinted paper after seeing one of your gouache sketches a while back and now I'm hooked! I have just finished this sketchbook so I'll have to make myself another one soon!

  4. Magpie moth! what a great name for your sketch. It is such a striking insect.


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