Grey Cracker

Grey Cracker

Common Name: Grey Cracker
Scientific Name: Hamadryas februa
Exhibit: Butterfly Garden
Medium: Colored Pencil
Date finished: February 7, 2009
Observation: Like the Violet Turaco, this picture took me a long time to complete. I probably started drawing it on August 30, 2008 (Though it could have been started on August 16 right after I finished the female Giant Hummingbird. Its hard to remember at times). So that would mean that I had been working on it for fourteen Saturdays in the Butterfly Garden. At about two and a half hours each time, that would come to about thirty-five hours total. Hm, that is the same amount of time that it took me to draw the Turaco. Well, about the butterfly itself, the one I copied was not in the best condition with one of its hindwings torn, but I was able to use the other hindwing as a guide. Though as time went on, the butterfly sustained more and more damage as I moved it around. Luckily the damage mostly occurred in the areas I had already finished. While alive these butterflies have a habit of landing upsidedown which helps hide them from predators that are specifically looking for the silhouette of a butterfly. They don't look as much like butterflies when they are upsidedown. Though in some cases I don't see how landing that way is really necessary when the butterflies match perfectly with their surroundings. There is a stone at the center of the garden's fountain which makes them all but disappear.