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Rhinoceros Beetle (Xyloryctes jamaicensis)

Insect Illustrations

I love drawing highly detailed and accurate renderings of insects. I know, it’s a little unusual. It connects all my geeky hobbies—exploring the outdoors, photography, drawing, and entomology. These drawings are passion projects, created for just of the fun of it.

Rhinoceros Beetle (Xyloryctes jamaicensis)

Rhinoceros Beetle (Xyloryctes jamaicensis)

I found this nearly deceased beetle while hiking at Ferne Clyffe State Park. When placed under magnification, I was amazed at how furry he was.

Three-Spotted Horse Fly (Tabanus trimaculatus)

Three-Spotted Horse Fly (Tabanus trimaculatus)

One of the largest flies I’ve encountered. Drawn from a deceased specimen found in a greenhouse in Champaign, IL.

Progressive Bee Fly (Exoprosopa caliptera)

Progressive Bee Fly (Exoprosopa caliptera)

These bee minics are often found lounging on the side of my brick house in mid-summer.

Western Hemisphere Sweat Bee  (Agapostemon viresces)

Western Hemisphere Sweat Bee (Agapostemon viresces)

This small bee is often seen in orchards and flower gardens.