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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Creature Feature #459: Mayfly

The Mayfly spends the majority of her life in her juvenile form, an aquatic larvae. For around a year she makes her home in streams, under sediment, rocks or decaying vegetation and feeding on algae. Some species are predatory. In spring or autumn, all of the Mayfly in the pool mature simultaneously, emerging from the water as immature winged adults. She will undergo one more moult before she attains her full adult form. Once a fully mature adult, the Mayfly are short-lived, with some species surviving only a few hours, others only a matter of days, long enough to breed. Like many species of moths, the full adult form is only for reproductive purposes and she cannot eat; her mouthparts are vestigal and her digestive system is filled with air.

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