A native butterfly in its natural environment, this time close to home in Eltham, Victoria, Australia. I’ve found that the underside of butterflies’ wings is often more interesting, usually having more subtle colours with interesting patterns, and also not as commonly illustrated. However, the commonly-named “Moonlight Jewel”, who’s upper wing sides are an amazing metallic lavender blue (hence the name), has a surprisingly bright underside. Shown here against the eucalypt woods where it makes its home, as do all the residents around here.
Painted in quality Oil Paint on Board, reinforced with a support frame, dimensions: 41 x 30 cm