Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar

A Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (Papilio Machaon Caterpillar) climbs its way up a flower in this small canvas painting. The bright colors in this artwork are eye-catching and sure to liven up any space.

Papilio Machaon Caterpillar painting
Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio Machaon) Caterpillar © Copyright 2022 – Present

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About this Caterpillar Painting

painting with a caterpillar
Frame not included.

Title: Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar
Size:
6″ w x 8″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Shape: Vertical (portrait)
Description: An insect art painting of the Papilio Machaon Caterpillar (commonly known as the Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar). The yellow and black striped caterpillar wiggles and climbs its way up a stalk of Queen Ann’s Lace.

Hand-painted on high-quality 6×8 inch canvas by American artist Teresa Bernard. This artwork is ready to hang as is or can be framed for a more refined appearance.

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Artist Comments

I saw this little caterpillar one day and thought it would be a fun painting to do. Its colorful stripes and long body is what caught my attention. Someday soon this little insect will transform into a beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly.

Some Interesting Facts about Caterpillars

Are caterpillars insects?
Yes. Caterpillars, like their parent butterflies or moths, are insects. The caterpillar’s only job is to eat. It can grow and expand its size more than 1,000 times while eating before metamorphosing into a moth or butterfly.

Caterpillars have twelve eyes.
A caterpillar has twelve tiny eyes called stemmata; six on each side of its head. One would think that a creature with so many eyes would have excellent vision, but not in this case. Their tiny eyes only aid in distinguishing between light and dark.

Caterpillars have a huge number of muscles in their bodies.
The muscles in a caterpillar far outnumber those in humans. A caterpillar has 4,000 muscles, while humans have 650. They rely on these muscles to move because they do not have any bones inside them.

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The Monarch Butterfly (2019)
6″ w x 6″ h
ladybug oil painting
Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight (2016)
6″ w x 6″ h
ladybug on a flower painting
Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage (2016) 6″ w x 6″ h

 

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Snail #1: Last Leaf

A common snail sits atop a green leaf in this small nature painting. This is a perfect art piece for anyone who loves snails.

snail painting 1
Snail #1: Last Leaf © Copyright 2021 – Present

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About this Snail Painting

small snail painting
Companion paintings are sold separately.

Title: Snail #1: Last Leaf
Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Shape: Square
Description:  A painting of an ecru-colored snail sitting on a bright green leaf. The snail is of a common variety of mollusk. The snail is a common variety of mollusk. This artistic piece is signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.

This small snail painting measures 6×6 inches. Its compact size makes it perfect for small or limited spaces. The artwork is hand-painted on gallery wrap stretched canvas and will not need a frame because the image wraps around the edges of the canvas support. However, it also looks great framed if you prefer it that way!

certificate of authenticity

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Artist Comments

Snail #1 is the first in a series of four small nature art I did of this remarkable little creature.  (You can see the other paintings in this nature art series by scrolling down.) This painting depicts a variety of snails that are classified as terrestrial gastropod mollusks. They are air-breathing snails that live on land as opposed to other types of snails that live in freshwater or saltwater.

Companion Snail Paintings

Snail #1 has three companion paintings. Each painting in this series is sold separately. Whether purchased alone or with others, any of these paintings will look great when proudly displayed in your home or office.

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Gove Snail painting no 2
Snail #2: Left Hanging (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Gove snail painting no 3
Snail #3: Out on a Limb (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Grove Snail painting no 4
Snail #4: Turning Over a New Leaf (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h

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The Monarch Butterfly (2019)
6″ w x 6″ h
ladybug oil painting
Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight (2016)
6″ w x 6″ h
ladybug on a flower painting
Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage (2016) 6″ w x 6″ h

 

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Snail #4: Turning Over a New Leaf

A common land snail makes its way around a leaf in this small nature painting. Anyone who enjoys snails would appreciate this work of art.

land Snail painting 4
Snail #4: Turning Over a New Leaf © Copyright 2021 – Present

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About this Land Snail Painting

land Snail small painting
Companion paintings are sold separately.

Title: Snail #4: Turning Over a New Leaf
Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Shape: Square
Description:  A nature painting of a common chestnut brown land snail moving around a leaf. This artistic piece is signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.

This is a small land snail painting measuring 6×6 inches. Its compact size makes it perfect for small or limited spaces. The artwork is hand-painted on gallery wrap stretched canvas and won’t need a frame because the painting’s image extends around the edges of the canvas support giving it a contemporary look. Whether you choose to have it framed or leave it unframed, it will look great in your home or office, or any place it is displayed.

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Artist Comments

Snail #4 is the last in this series of small wildlife paintings I did of this wondrous little invertebrate. (You can view the other paintings in this nature art series below.) They are commonly referred to as “land snails”. This name applies to any variety of terrestrial gastropod mollusks that have shells and live on land.

Companion Snail Paintings

Snail #4 has three companion paintings. Each painting in this series is sold separately. Whether purchased with its companions or not, any of these paintings will look great when proudly displayed in your home or office.

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Grove snail painting no 1
Snail #1: Last Leaf
(2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Gove Snail painting no 2
Snail #2: Left Hanging (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Gove snail painting no 3
Snail #3: Out on a Limb (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h

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The Texas Horned Lizard (2018)
6″ w x 6″ h
ladybug oil painting
Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight (2016)
6″ w x 6″ h
ladybug on a flower painting
Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage (2016) 6″ w x 6″ h

 

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Snail #3: Out on a Limb

A garden snail makes its way out on a limb in this small creature painting. This artwork is ideal for anyone who loves snails.

garden snail painting 3
Snail #3: Out on a Limb © Copyright 2021 – Present

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About this Garden Snail Painting

garden snail small painting
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Title: Snail #3: Out on a Limb
Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Shape: Square
Description: A small creature painting depicting a commonplace reddish-brown garden snail moving its way out on an evergreen tree limb. The artwork is signed by artist Teresa Bernard.

This small garden snail painting measures 6×6 inches. Its small size makes it perfect for small rooms or areas where space is limited. It is hand-painted on gallery wrap stretched canvas. Snail #3 won’t need a frame because the painting’s composition spreads out around the edges of the canvas giving it a fashionable look. Framed or unframed, this painting will look great in your home or office or any place it is put on view.

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Artist Comments

Snail #3 gives me a nostalgic feeling for Christmas. Perhaps it’s the evergreen branch this small mollusk is perching on. This painting is of a garden snail, a species of land snail (terrestrial gastropod mollusk), and is one of the most widely spread species of all terrestrial mollusks worldwide. It is another in a series of small paintings I did of this amazing little life form. (See other paintings in this nature art series below.)

Companion Snail Paintings

Snail #3 has three companion paintings. Each painting in this series is sold separately. Whether purchased with its companions or not, any of these paintings will look great when proudly displayed in your home or office.

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Grove snail painting no 1
Snail #1: Last Leaf
(2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Gove Snail painting no 2
Snail #2: Left Hanging (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Grove Snail painting no 4
Snail #4: Turning Over a New Leaf (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h

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(2021)
12″ w x 9″ h
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(2020)
24″ w x 18″ h
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The Monarch Butterfly (2019)
6″ w x 6″ h

 

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Eye of The Zebra

A tightly-cropped painting of a Zebra’s face. The eye is the focal point of this African wildlife artwork. This Zebra painting would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves these beautiful animals.

zebra painting
Eye of the Zebra © Copyright 2021 – Present

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About this Zebra Painting

eye of the zebra painting
Frame not included.

Title: Eye of the Zebra
Size: 9″ w x 12″ h
Support: Canvas Panel Board
Shape: Vertical (portrait)
Description:  You will feel like you are on a safari with this close-up wildlife painting of a zebra. The zebra’s eye dominates the center of this painting while black and white stripes dance around it. This painting would look great as wall art in a bedroom, living room, or den. Eye of the Zebra is signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.

This painting’s composition is hand-painted on a quality canvas panel board. It will need to be mounted in a frame before it is put on view.

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Artist Comments

I was commissioned a few years ago to create a series of five commission paintings for a gentleman who loves Africa. (You can find those in “Past Work.”) They included the landscape and wildlife of Africa. I really enjoyed doing them as it made me feel like I was actually there on some kind of safari. Every now and then, I’ll do another painting on Africa and this is one of them. I hope you enjoy this zebra painting.

Other Africa Paintings

Camelthorn Trees of Africa painting
Camelthorn Trees Of Africa (2011)
24″ w x 24″ h

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The American Bison 
(2020)
24″ w x 18″ h
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Texas Longhorn in The Meadow (2013)
20″ w x 16″ h

 

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Snail #2: Left Hanging

A common grove snail with a yellow and brown striped shell is depicted in this small wildlife painting.

Gove Snail painting no 2
Snail #2: Left Hanging © Copyright 2021 – Present

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About this Grove Snail Painting

grove snail small painting
Companion paintings are sold separately.

Title: Snail #2: Left Hanging
Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Shape: Square
Description:  A wildlife painting of a common grove snail moving up a limb. The snail “wears” a hard spiral shell with yellow and brown stripes. The painting is signed by oil painting artist Teresa Bernard.

This 6×6-inch grove snail painting is hand-painted on gallery wrap stretched canvas. Its small size makes it ideal for small spaces or areas with limited space. Because the artwork stretches around the sides of the canvas, it does not need to be framed before being displayed. However, it also looks great framed if you prefer it that way!

certificate of authenticity

This painting comes with an official Certificate of Authenticity. More information here.

Artist Comments

Snail #2 is the second in a series of small nature paintings. It includes a common grove sail, also known as a “Lemon Snail.” (See below for more paintings in this nature art series.) This tiny creature is an air-breathing land snail (terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk) and one of Europe’s most common land snail species. It can also be found in North America.

Companion Snail Paintings

Snail #2 has three companion paintings. Each painting in this series is sold separately. Any of these snail paintings, whether purchased separately or as a collection, will look great in your home or office.

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Grove snail painting no 1
Snail #1: Last Leaf
(2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Gove snail painting no 3
Snail #3: Out on a Limb (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Grove Snail painting no 4
Snail #4: Turning Over a New Leaf (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h

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The Texas Horned Lizard (2018)
6″ w x 6″ h
Papilio Machaon Caterpillar painting
Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (2022)
6″ w x 8″ h
ladybug on a flower painting
Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage (2016) 6″ w x 6″ h

 

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The Monarch Butterfly

This insect art is an oil painting of the Monarch Butterfly. This painting beautifully captures the wonder of nature and is ideal for any nature enthusiast.

monarch butterfly painting
The Monarch Butterfly © Copyright 2019 – Present

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About this Monarch Butterfly Painting

painting of the monarch butterfly
Frame not included.

Title: The Monarch Butterfly
Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Shape: Square
Description:  A painting of a Monarch Butterfly. This colorful insect is perched high on a bright orange flower blossom. The orange and black colors in this painting’s composition beautifully contrast against a sky-blue background.  There is a sense of peace and happiness that the monarch butterfly radiates. This artistic piece is signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.

This small butterfly painting measures 6×6 inches. Its compact size makes it perfect for small or limited spaces. The artwork is hand-painted on gallery wrap stretched canvas and will not need a frame because the image wraps around the edges of the canvas support. However, it also looks great framed if you prefer it that way!

certificate of authenticity

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Artist Comments

This monarch butterfly painting is one of several compact-size paintings I’ve composed. I decided to do some smaller paintings to attract a broader range of buyers and collectors for my art pieces. So I purchased a supply of 6×6 inch stretched canvases and started composing paintings on them. I work on these small canvases alongside the larger paintings when I paint, working on both sized artworks during the same painting session.  I had no idea how much I would enjoy creating these smaller paintings until I started doing them.

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Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight (2016)
6″ w x 6″ h
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Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage (2016) 6″ w x 6″ h
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Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (2022)
6″ w x 8″ h

 

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The American Bison

An original painting of our nation’s official national mammal, the American bison. This large artwork would look fantastic with any rustic decor.

American Bison painting
The American Bison © Copyright 2020 – Present

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About American Bison Painting

painting of an American Bison

Title: The American Bison
Size: 24″ w x 18″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Shape: Horizontal (landscape)
Description:  A wildlife painting depicting a lone American Bison standing out on the open range. In the background, the prairie rises to meet a blue sky with whispy overhead clouds. This painting will look great in any rustic, Native American, or western-theme room. The artwork is signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.

This American Bison painting is hand-painted on a large gallery wrap stretched canvas. No frame is required to exhibit it because the artwork extends around the edges of the canvas. However, it will look great should you choose to have it framed.

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Artist Comments

The story behind this American Bison painting begins in 2016. It is the year the American Bison became America’s official national mammal. It is also in the summer of that same year, we traveled to Rapid City, South Dakota, on a family vacation. While there, we made it a point to visit Custer State Park, where several herds of American bison roam freely. We just had to see these magnificent animals up close, and we were not disappointed.

Upon entering the park, a ranger told us to keep a safe distance and be conscious that this park is their home. We, humans, are the visitors, at least from the bison’s point of view. We drove through the park and were privileged to watch a herd of the largest mammal in North America crossing the road just a few feet ahead of our vehicle. They took my breath away. I wanted to exit the car and approach them, but that would not have been wise because Bison are massive wild animals that can become easily startled and behave aggressively toward what they perceive as an approaching predator.

I’m amazed by the Bison, they are truly a favorite animal of mine. I created this painting of the American Bison several years later after returning home from this trip.

American Bison, Where Are They Today?

In the 1500s, an estimated 30 to 60 million bison were living in North America. Today, approximately 200,000 bison live in all 50 states, including Native American lands, wildlife refuges, national parks, and private lands. The top five states where bison roam are South Dakota (where the largest population is), Nebraska, Montana, Colorado, and Oklahoma. The largest bison herd is in Yellowstone National Park, where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times. What makes Yellowstone’s bison herd so special is that they are pure blood descendants of the early bison that grazed on America’s grassy plains.

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“Bison are dangerous. Don’t get “up close” to them. We ran the Bill Cody Ranch for a while. One day someone drove up in a minivan with a broken-off buffalo horn sticking out of the side of the van. They had been up in Yellowstone Park, pulled off the side of the road to look at buffalo, and had opened the side door to take pictures. The flash set one of them off, and he charged the van. They managed to get the door closed just before he hit.” — Paul47, Rural Life, Gab

“I love South Dakota, just everything about it. Your painting captures my memories beautifully.” — blewmom, Rural Life, Gab

“Awesome Artwork, …wonderful paintings in naturalism…my compliments.” — Fred Baniago, NATURE & ANIMALS, MeWe

“Teresa, that’s a beautiful painting! Thanks for sharing. I liked South Dakota when I was there years ago too.” — Muriel Kuri, The Good Morning Brigade, Gab

“You have great talent!” — John Groulik, ART: REALISM AND HYPERREALISM STYLES (ONLY), MeWe

“Nice painting, bison is my favorite animal.” — Víctor Murillo, Rural Life, Gab

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Wildlife Paintings for Sale

Gallery quality original oil paintings of wildlife for sale. Paintings include domestic and wildlife animals and insect art on small to large-sized stretched canvas or canvas panels. All animal and insect paintings are hand-painted and signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.

Four-legged Animals

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wild animal oil paintings
Eye of The Zebra 
(2021)
9″ w x 12″ h
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The American Bison 
(2020)
24″ w x 18″ h
wildlife portrait
The Texas Horned Lizard (2018)
6″ w x 6″ h
pet portraits for sale
The Large White Dog (2016)
16″ w x 20″ h
livestock animal paintings
Texas Longhorn in The Meadow (2013)
20″ w x 16″ h

Insects

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insect canvas art
Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (2022)
6″ w x 8″ h
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The Monarch Butterfly (2019)
6″ w x 6″ h
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Ladybug #1 – Hanging on Tight (2016)
6″ w x 6″ h
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Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage (2016) 6″ w x 6″ h

Invertebrates

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Snail #1: Last Leaf
(2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
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Snail #2: Left Hanging (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
animal wall art
Snail #3: Out on a Limb (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
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Snail #4: Turning Over a New Leaf (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h

Artist Comments

One of the things I love most about living out in the country is seeing wildlife in its natural environment. From the smallest to the largest of all God’s creatures, I love them all!

I’ve painted domestic animals and wildlife from all over the world, not just those I’ve seen in the countryside where I live. Some were commissioned pet or animal portraits, while others were of wildlife that I find fascinating.

If you can’t find the animal or wildlife painting you’re looking for here, contact me. I’m also a commission artist. I’ve painted for fellow art enthusiasts worldwide. If you have a specific painting in mind you would like me to paint for you, follow the link for more information on “How to Commission a Painting.”

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All wildlife oil paintings for sale are hand-painted and signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard. If you would like to purchase one of the paintings above, click on the thumbnail image to navigate to the painting’s more information page. By purchasing your painting from this site, you are buying directly from Teresa Bernard.

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Texas Horned Lizard

This small wildlife painting depicts the Texas Horned Lizard. It would make an excellent gift for a budding herpetologist or someone with an interest in reptiles.

Texas horned lizard painting
Texas Horned Lizard © Copyright 2018 – Present

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painting of the Texas horned lizard
Frame not included.

Title: Texas Horned Lizard
Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Shape: Square
Description:  A wildlife painting of the Texas horned lizard, also known as the horny toad by native Texans. This is a close-up painting of the lizard who sits on a neutral-colored background. The artwork is signed in the lower left corner by artist Teresa Bernard.

This is a small painting measuring 6×6 inches. Its compact size makes it perfect for small or limited spaces. The artwork is hand-painted on gallery wrap stretched canvas and won’t need a frame because the Texas Horned Lizard painting image extends around the edges of the canvas support giving it a contemporary look. Whether you choose to have it framed or leave it unframed, it will look great in your home or office, or any place it is displayed.

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Artist Comments

The Texas Horned Lizard, or simply “horny toad” as we called them when I was a kid growing up in west Texas, was a fun painting to do. It brought back lots of fond childhood memories. As children, my friends and I would see these little spiked critters all the time and often would play with them for a while, and then we would release them. As an adult, I noticed they aren’t in abundance so much anymore. So I did a little research to find out why. This is what I discovered from my readings.

In Search of the Horny Toad

About 70% of the Texas horned lizard’s diet is made up of harvester ants. Through the years, their population has declined by about 30%. Although I’m happy to read that they may be making a comeback. The decline is due to the overuse of pesticides and the spread of nonnative fire ants. Both eradicate harvester ant colonies, destroying the lizard’s principal source of food. The Texas horned lizard is now a protected species, and, in Texas, it is illegal to take, possess, transport, or sell them without a special permit.

According to Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, issue August/September 2018, “Texas horned lizards once occurred throughout Texas, but now only a few populations remain. Efforts to move Texas horned lizards from one location in Texas to another, with the hope of establishing new self-sustaining populations in previously occupied habitats, are underway. Several Texas zoos are also working to develop colonies for reintroduction programs. RAWA (Recovering America’s Wildlife Act) funding would pay for “lizard factories” to help with reintroduction efforts.”

I shared a post about my findings on social media and received some interesting comments from my friends and followers.

One friend whom I’ve known since my early teen years lives in a small Texas town. She told me they have a horny toad festival every year called The Old Rip Festival. And it’s all about a horny toad named Old Rip! She sent me a link to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine website. It tells all about the legend, lore, and legacy of Old Rip, a horny toad that supposedly lived for 31 years!

Another follower comments, “you still see these in West Texas and Panhandle. Fire ants haven’t taken over every inch of ground as they have here, and harvester ants are still there, so that helps with the “horny toads.” Hope they make a comeback here someday.”

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Other Wildlife Paintings of Interest

Gove Snail painting no 2
Snail #2: Left Hanging (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Papilio Machaon Caterpillar painting
Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (2022)
6″ w x 8″ h
white dog pet portrait
The Large White Dog (2016)
16″ w x 20″ h

 

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Updated: 25 July 2022

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