Specimen NO. 917 | Saddleback Caterpillar

[Calosoma wilcoxi]

Adult beetles hunt caterpillars. Several accounts associate the presence of these beetles with the demise of cankerworms and the end of their devastating outbreaks in natural forest settings.

SPECIAL THANKS

to the Museum of York County

for their generous permission to paint right there in their Naturalist Center—so I could experience these beautiful creations up close and personal.

 

Specimen NC 2269

Hunter Ground Beetle

oil & gold leaf on wood

3.25 x 5.25 in

2019