About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Creature Feature #359: Jewel Caterpillar

Jewel Caterpillars are the larval stage of several species of Dalceridae moth, found in the rainforests of Central and South America. Sometimes known as "slug caterpillars", their gelatinous translucent coating gives them the appearance of a discarded jewel. But touching them is not advised - this coating is sticky and unpleasant, acting as a deterrent to predators. The spines break off easily, allowing the caterpillar to wiggle away from attack. They do not appear to be poisonous.

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