Favorite Insect Painting of All-Time

My favorite insect painting of all time is “forty-one insects” which was created by Wenceslas Hollar in 1646.  The best part about this painting is that it is timeless.  Even though it’s in all black and white, the beautiful butterflies still look vibrant.  It’s significant because it displays various butterflies and the beautiful designs on their wings.  It also has many other insects such mosquitos, beetles and more.

Another thing that I really love about this painting is that it focuses on butterflies.  Butterflies are important to humans because they have fascinating life cycles.  We can use the various stages of life cycles to teach children about the world.  It is remarkable when you stop and think about the transformation that a butterfly goes through.  It stays inside of its cocoon until it is ready to transform into a breathtaking butterfly.  Having the ability to adapt to change is an important lesson to teach children.  Butterflies can teach children to embrace change because the outcome could be even better than what you have today. butterflywatching

Butterflies are aesthetically appealing and provide a lot of happiness.  There is something special about seeing a bright and beautiful butterfly when you are walking outside.  It would be unfortunate if butterflies go extinct and people are unable to enjoy their beauty.  They add a lot of color that creates beauty in the environment.

When you see a butterfly outside, it is an indicator of a healthy environment.  Scientists count the number of butterflies and moths in a region before they start learning about an ecosystem.  When there is a reduction in the number of butterflies and moths, scientists use the information to study habitat loss, fragmentation, and climate change.  They tend to be sensitive to change and can be a good indicator when something is going to go wrong in the future.

Butterfly watching is especially popular in Britain.  The citizens love to watch and record the butterflies and tourists come from all over to see some of the beauties.  Eco-tours are common in Europe where butterflies are popular.  They bring in thousands of dollars to Britain’s economy each year.  If butterflies were to ever go extinct, Britain would not make as much money off of eco-tours and tourism.

Unfortunately, the population of butterflies continues to decrease over time.  Four butterfly species went extinct within the past century.  An area that is of major concern for moths is in South Britain.  A stunning statistic is that there has been a 40% population decrease among moths over the past forty years (from 1968-2007).  People can use “Forty-one insects” as an inspiration for a better future.  We need to take care of the environment in order to save the butterflies.

“Forty-one insects” is picture-perfect painting because it displays a wide variety of butterflies.  The wide variety of designs on the wings is entertaining, detailed, and outstanding.  And despite the fact that this painting was created hundreds of years ago, it is still relevant to our everyday lives.  Look at it today compared to many modern prints and you see vary little difference.

“Forty-One Insects” will always be my favorite insect painting of all time.  The artist does an outstanding job at painting the small designs and details that are on the wings of a butterfly.  And the painting looks full of life even though it’s in black and white.  These types of paintings can help people understand and appreciate the importance of butterflies and insects in our environment and everyday lives.