Swallowtail Butterfly, Broad Chaser Dragonfly, and a Zebra Cactus

Butterfly, Dragonfly, Cactus

A Swallowtail butterfly & Broad Chaser Dragonfly with a Zebra cactus


The Scarce Swallowtail, Iphiclides podalirius, is despite its name (scarce) quite common in Italy, where I saw many of them.

I have seen the The Broad Chaser Dragonfly, Libellula depressa, in the Netherlands. In the male the abdomen develop a blue colour that, like that of a lightning bug, seems both transparent and iridescent, and even shine a bit. On the photo of my drawing, you won’t be able to see that much, but to get this special colour, I’ve used metallic blue by Derwent. It makes this special part of this dragonfly stand out.

A Zebra cactus, Haworthia attenuata, is a succulent with a shape similar to that of aloe plant. They have clusters of thick, pointed green leaves with bumpy white lines in stripes around each leaf. Zebra plants are small, growing less than 6 inches tall. For us it is a house plant, thought in warmer climates it can grows outdoors.


11 thoughts on “Swallowtail Butterfly, Broad Chaser Dragonfly, and a Zebra Cactus

  1. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I like this photo with the Art Card and the plant, it’s a very nice combination.
    I have Zebra Cacti, too! The first I bought, after a few months made 4 little babies at its side. Makes me happy! 🙂


  2. I think I’ve said it before, Paula, but it’s worth saying again: there’s so much movement in your drawings of insects. You not only know their habitat and physical characteristics, you know how they move – and convey that so well in your artwork.

    I hope all is well with you and your family. Does your daughter take time off of lessons for the summer, or keep on them?


    1. Hi, Sid. Thank you for your comment. A new butterflies composition will follow soon. We had many butterflies in our communal garden this year. We all had a good holiday and visited new and old places nearby and cycled a lot. We are back in home school mode now. Best wishes to you!


  3. It is so fun to read your butterfly posts. As a child I was interested in butterflies and used to have a butterfly poster above my bed. I could recognize many of them but now I notice I have forgotten…:-( But still I am pretty sure that Iphiclides podalirius wasn’t in my poster, I guess they are scarce in Finland?


  4. Dragonflies – I love them – this one is lovely and plum and is a sweet blue, really nice with his friend the green butterly. In Native American culture the dragonfly is a symbol of purity. 🙂 Nice, huh?


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