2022 AMI Online Salon

Hagenius brevistylus, Dragonhunter Dragonfly

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Jamie Hefley
  • Client: Iowa State University Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration Program, Faculty Advisor Kimberly Moss
  • Copyright:  Jamie Hefley, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Traditional Pen and Ink/Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Journal Publication Figure
  • Primary Audience: General Public/Public Scientists

Project Description

 This entomological illustration features the aquatic nymph form of Hagenius brevistylus, the Dragonhunter Dragonfly. The objectives of this assignment were to render an insect species from direct observation to feature its diagnostic characteristics accurately, through macroscopic and microscopic views, and to learn the techniques of traditional pen and ink using a dip pen. The intended audience is the general public, especially amateur/public scientists, for identification purposes. It highlights a life stage of this common species that is not typically found in field guides. In fact, entomology subject matter experts reviewing the piece verified that very few visual depictions exist. Such an illustration can also be useful for the scientific record. Although not published, it was intended for a journal publication.