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.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

#804: Violin Beetle

The Violin Beetles are five species of terrestrial beetle occuring in Southeast Asia. His leaf-shaped body and cryptic colouration allows him to camouflage against the forest floor and his flattened shape means he is able to squeeze into narrow crevices. Larvae are commonly found in the layers of bracket fungus. Both larvae and adult beetles are predators, hunting insect larvae. If threatened, he excretes butyric acid.

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