These are the ink drawings I made of the Lamprima Adolphinae beetle for my media course in second year illustration. The first was a stippled observational drawing, the second a more decorative piece (the music notes are composed of the Beatles' classic "Let it Be"), and the third is a messy media exploration of ink slapped on with toothbrushes, plastic bags, straw ends and sandpaper.
During this past summer, I went on a trip to Italy, and found myself in Florence's Giardino Bardini, a beautiful garden crawling with flowers, vines, and of course insects. While there, I was delighted to spot what appeared to be the little green bug I'd drawn months earlier, the Lamprima Adolphinae! The little critter was tucked into these delicate pink roses called "blush noisettes".