Tiger-Striped Longwing and Planet Earth

10″ x  12″

Oil on Wood

The Tiger-Striped Longwing (Heliconius ismenius). These butterflies roam from Southern Mexico all the way to Ecuador and Venezuela.

To protect themselves from predators, they, along with several other species of the same genus, have evolved an amazing adaptation to advertise their toxicity if eaten. Known to biologists as Müllerian mimicry, all of these butterflies have “tiger” stripes on their wings to let predators know to stay away and look for dinner elsewhere.

It’s true, that a butterfly can also be a badass. As an artist, I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition to put this butterfly atop our planet as though it’s protecting it from the multitude of dangers we all face today.

Tiger-Striped Longwing and Planet Earth - Original oil painting by wildlife artist Timothy Davison of the Davison Art Company featuring a butterfly standing on top of our planet. One foot is in central America, where the butterfly is from, the other is in South Dakota, where this painting helped raise money for the Butterfly House and Aquarium in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This simple painting appears to come off the surface, revealing the wood grain beneath. Framed with a custom driftwood frame. © COPYRIGHT TIMOTHY DAVISON