Thursday, November 15, 2012

Monarch Caterpillar :: Surface Pattern Design

Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Late last August into September we witnessed the monarch butterfly migration through Arizona as they stopped to visit the Grand Canyon. A conservation-minded research group tagged some of the butterflies and pointed out some 5th instar larvae (the last and largest stage)! These chunky caterpillars are so lovely and their markings appeal to my designer sensibilities. The above linocut-based pattern looks great printed large (tile ~11" in height) — and would make for dramatic wallpaper. (Note: Spoonflower now prints custom wallpaper; contact me in you're interested :)).

Want to help? You can get involved in the butterfly research project (and learn to tag butterflies) by contacting the Southwest Monarch Study organization.