So, I have a bit of a weird New Years resolution: I’m trying to draw a new species of weevil every week. Why weevils? I honestly have no idea aside from the fact that “weekly weevils” has a nice ring to it. In order to plan out which species to use, I’ve been exploring around on iNat to find the funkiest beetles possible. I won’t trace anyone’s photos or copy them, of course (that’s stealing!), but it’s really useful to be able to see photos of species I never even knew existed, all from different angles and of different individuals, so that I can get a good feel for what these weevils look like. There are some incredibly talented insect photographers on here, so much so, that I’ve recently decided to extend my art resolution to include different types of insects as well (monthly moths, and I’ve found some beautiful leafhoppers as well for when I get bored), and scrolling through the species listings of different taxonomic groups has been great inspiration.
So far, I’ve done a drawing of Compsus viridivtattus, and I’m now working on one of Rhynchites bacchus.
Have any of you ever found a species or observation on iNat that inspired you to make some art of any kind? If so, what species or observation was it? What did you make (drawings, paintings, photography, poetry, etc.)?