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Hister sp.

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Title: Hister sp.

This beetle was painted from a specimen belonging to the Hope Entomology collections at The University of Oxford Museum of Natural History. I used a stereo microscope to capture the fine details as the actual specimen is only 5mm in length.

This family can be found in a wide range of habitats, from dung and compost to dead wood, both diurnally and nocturnally.

Histeridae is a family of beetles commonly known as clown beetles or hister beetles. This very diverse group of beetles contains 3,900 species found worldwide.


Artist Bio:

I am a Derbyshire-based, artist/illustrator and art tutor.

I have a degree in textile design, and a masters from Central St Martins in Communication Design/Illustration.

My inspirations include natural history, explorers and naturalists, Hitchcock films, kitchen sink dramas, ghosts & haunted housesĀ  and Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier novels.

I am currently working on a series of Shackleton illustrations which evoke the foreboding atmosphere and historic accounts of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, as well as developing an idea for a graphic novel inspired by Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.