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Expert’s comments: Historically insect collecting has been widespread and was in the Victorian age a very popular educational hobby. The practice is still widespread in many countries, and is particularly common among Japanese youths. Robert Moore depicts his own collection: different shapes, different colors. The colors of butterfly and moth wings may serve several purposes. Colors are often used in courtship, so that male and female butterflies recognize each other as the correct species. Bright colors may also serve to warn birds that a particular butterfly such as the Monarch is bad tasting. Others may have colors that mimic the bad tasting species and thereby gain protection for themselves. This painting reminds us of a poem by Adryan Bates, "Butterfly, butterfly, fly in the sky, butterfly, butterfly flies so high, butterfly, butterfly lands on my thigh, butterfly, butterfly gracefully dies".

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Acrylic with modeling paste

Big Butterfly Collection (2014)

$2,900

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