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.