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The endangered Spattterdock Darner (Aeshna mutata) is known for its bright cerulean blue eyes and thorasic stripes. It can grow to three inches in length with a wingspan of close to four inches. Spatterdocks first appear in late May and can be seen flying throughout the breeding season until early July. Feeding and breeding are both done on the wing, and interlocked pairs can often be seen flying high in air during coupling. Both the male and female will breed with more than one mate during a season. The eggs, sometimes in the hundreds, are laid on the stems of the Spatterdock plant or other emergent vegetation.
Favored habitats for this species are small and fragile wetlands which make it especially vulnerable to habitat loss through land development, pollution and other environmental factors. It ranges from the Great Lakes to New England, though has become extremely rare in some areas due to these factors.
Technique: Watercolor and colored pencil
Size" 16" X 12"

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Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she is enjoying illustrating the local flora and fauna. She recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA where she sold images of coastal species in galleries and markets and freelanced in illustration and design. Her clients include the Smithsonian Institution, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and a variety of publishers, websites and organizations. www.tamaraclark.com

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  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago

    Congratulations!

    Wildlife in Blues Collection!
    March 4, 2012

  • Thank you!!

    – Tamara Clark

  • Margaret  Shark
    Margaret Sharkover 2 years ago

    This is stunning. Your technique is outstanding. I truly envy your talent.

  • Thanks so much Margaret! :)

    – Tamara Clark

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 1 year ago

    Congratulations!

    Wildlife in Blue – Amazing Work!
    March 3, 2013

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