Taking Evasive Action: American Lappet Moth and Common Nighthawk.
The concept for this painting has been in my head for some time, and I finally started to work on it when my wife, Leah signed our family up for a booth of artwork at the joint meeting of the American Entomology Society, the Canadian Entomological Society and the B.C. Entomology Society that will take place in November 2022 in Vancouver, BC. The theme of the meeting is Entomology as Inspiration: Insects through art, science, and culture (https://entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting). Male Lappet Moths (Phyllodesma americana) are much better fliers than the heavy-bodied females and often fly great distances searching for a female, making them vulnerable to aerial predators such as Nighthawks.
12x16 acrylic painting.