Sunday, May 23, 2010

Eurasian Baskettail

Sometimes evolution produces real beauties like the Eurasian Baskettail, a species with scattered populations in south eastern Sweden. It can be spotted near shallow lakes for example in the Frostavallen area in Skåne.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sledging

This is an illustration for Höör's parish, that is informing visitors about what you can do there. I tried to capture the speed by minimizing detail.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Iceland

This is a memory from a trip to Iceland a few summers ago, I would rather say between the volcanic eruptions than before the last famous one - that's what Iceland is like. The glacier is the great Vatnajökull during a day's hike in the Skaftafell National Park. Two ravens are playing above the cloud shadows.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Surveying butterflies

Animal ecologist Lars Pettersson at Lund University recently asked me to illustrate how to survey butterflies; the surveyor walks a certain route and notes every butterfly within an imagined 5x5x5 meter box.
The foreground Large Blue Butterfly has an interesting lifestyle. Its caterpillars secrete a sweet substance that attracts a species of red ant. The ants take the caterpillar to their nest and eat its secretions. After wintering in the tunnels the caterpillar begins to feed on the ant's eggs and larvae. Then it hangs itself in the nest's roof and builds a chrysalis around itself. After three weeks it is transformed into a butterfly, crawls out of its chrysalis, and flies away to find a mate.