8.250 x 5.800 inches
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Beverley Harper Tinsley
Painting - Watercolor And Graphite
Macro study of shimmering dragonfly sitting on a stinkhorn fungus (phallus impudicus). Ripe with rich forest colors including trees in background with shrubs and ferns in foreground. Vibrant colors reflect energetic watercolors portraying the rich energy of forest ecology and natural scenes. Dragonflies are important predators that eat small insects like flies, bees, ants, and wasps. These faeries of the forest are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their young, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. There are about 5680 different species of dragonflies known today. Phallus impudicus, known as the common stinkhorn, is a widespread fungus recognizable for its rotten odor and its phallic shape when mature. This feature gives rise rise to several names in 17th-century England. It is a common mushroom in Europe and western North America, where it occurs in habitats rich in wood debris such as forests and mulched gardens. It's also a common city mushroom that can appear in lawns and grows from summer to late autumn. The fruiting structure is tall and white with a slimy, dark olive colored conical head. Known as the gleba, this material contains the spores. Spores are the reproductive structures of fungi. Insects are attracted by the odor of the black, spore-filled liquid that smells like rotting meat to insects. The odor is also described as reminding one of carrion. It is not poisonous and the young mushroom is consumed in parts of France, China and Germany.
January 4th, 2013
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