"FIVE FAMILIES" is underway on the south facing wall at 455 Hyde Street. Here is our concept rendering on the building schematic. In the spirit of our recently completed Monarch Migrating Mural at 943 Howard Street, this mural highlights the five butterfly families of San Francisco.
WESTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio rutulus)
Have you heard of Tigers on Market? @natureinthecity has developed the habitat restoration project with lepidopterist Liam O'Brien. Apparently, Market St. resembles their natural river canyon environment. They live out their full lifecycle in the London plane trees planted in the canyons of tall buildings. Family: Papilionidae
PAINTED LADY (Vanessa cardui)
Painted ladies once had the common name 'cosmopolitan' in N. America. For good reason, too! They are one of the most widespread butterfly, found on every continent except S. America and Antarctica. Monarchs are also in this family and both migrate. You may recall the massive numbers sighted in Southern Cali after last spring's super bloom. And of course, I couldn't help but make the connection to the infamous 'Painted Ladies' of Alamo Square. Family: Nymphalidae
LARGE MARBLE (Euchloe ausonides)
Sadly, these beauties have faced a serious decline. The last sighting entered in San Francisco according to @inaturalistorg was in 2015. The mural shows the dorsal side, but gets its name from the striking marble pattern on the ventral side. Family: Pieridae
XERCES BLUE (Glaucopsyche xerces)
Once found in the coastal dunes of the Inner Sunset, the xerces blue is believed to be the first American butterfly to go extinct due to habitat loss caused by urbanization. Our conservation partner @xercessociety is named after this butterfly. Family: Lycaenidae
UMBER SKIPPER (Poanes melane)
A common urban butterfly. Caterpillars feed on the leaves of grasses while the adults feed on nectar producing flowers. Family: Hesperiidae
CALIFORNIA POPPY (Eschscholzia californica)
Our beloved state flower! NOT A NECTAR SOURCE for butterflies but included as a celebratory symbol. Also an homage to Van Gogh's "Poppies and Butterflies." #MigratingMural#lepidoptera#butterflies
I love seeing my patterns come to life, and how they look together 🌟
Day 4 of #patterntomarketchallenge, great training once again! I learned veeery useful tips on how to present my work. Will be very useful when the time to put it into practice comes!
Thank you @patternanddesigns 🙏