Butterflies through Binoculars: The West by Jeffrey Glassberg, as Mylitta Crescent or Phyciodes mylitta, a fairly common butterfly of the western United States and Mexico. The length of the butterfly's body was 13 mm or 1/2 inch.
When I checked into flickr this morning I was delighted to see that, in southwest Florida, Elizabeth Smith had also painted a butterfly that she found, a Gulf fritillary.
I've been working out how to sketch with color when I'm out in the field. Having spent most of my life in a studio this has been an amazingly complex problem to solve! I sketched the underside of the butterfly with watercolor and the upperside with colored pencil. I liked both media for this project. The watercolor went on faster but is harder for me to work with quickly as it's been a difficult medium for me. The colored pencils were a bit slower but are easier for me to work with when I'm not in my comfort zone. I'm also looking forward to experimenting with using both together.