Ornate Tiger Moth

Limited Edition

Signed and numbered giclée print.
Each moth print comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Each size limited to 100 pieces, and is printed
on archival Hahnemühle German Etching paper.

Frames are custom made in Britain using English Oak,
African Obeche and specialist Rohm glass.

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Description

Ornate Tiger Moth

Latin Name: Grammia ornata
Distribution: From Western North America, through the the Pacific Northwest to southern California, northern Utah and western Wyoming and Montana.
Wingspan: 18.6 millimeters

The Ornate Tiger Moth was first described by Alpheus Spring Packard in 1864. Alpheus was a prolific entomologist and palaeontologist of the age, describing over 500 new animal species in his lifetime. He also founded the highly respected peer-reviewed scientific journal The American Naturalist, which still exists to this day.

The Ornate Tiger Moth is part of the larger Arctiidae family. It’s a striking tiger moth with bright yellow hindwings speckled with scarlet and black markings. Most adults are on wing from mid-May through to late June, and it’s speculated that a small second generation can be seen in August and September. They usually inhabited oak woodlands, costal grasslands, mountainous conifer and pine forests and mountain meadows.

The Ornate Tiger Moth also has another name; the Achaia moth. Strangely enough, this monkier seems to be a nod to the northernmost region of the Peloponnese in Greece.

The Artwork & Limited Edition

The original Ornate Tiger Moth artwork was painted in watercolour in 2020, and is the same size as the limited edition medium print. 

Limited Edition Print Size:

Mini: 15 x 15cm, limited to 100 pieces
Medium: 23 x 23cm, limited to 100 pieces

Every print is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The certificate is signed, numbered, and comes in a fitted glassine envelope. A custom debossed seal is featured on the back.

The Frames

All frames are custom made in England.

The Wood

Frames are available in two wood varieties: English oak and dark African Obeche.

Oak is a pale cream wood characterised by its strength, durability and characterful grain. It was seen as the monarch of the forest by ancient Indo-Europeans, and our word for ‘tree’ actually derives from their word for ‘oak’ (*deru-).

Obeche is also known as the the African Maple tree. It’s a hardwood species that’s native to several west-central African countries, and its natural heartwood is a pale yellow colour that darkens with age. This wood has been dyed to mimic ebony woods, which are beautiful but endangered due to over-timbering. Dyed Obeche wood mimics wenge wood with its warm dark colouring, straight timber and durability – all without the ecological concerns.

The Glass

Glass is fragile, prone to breaking during shipping and, most importantly, it doesn’t offer the best protection for your prints in the long run.

Light breaks down paper over time, weakening and discolouring paper fibres. The pigments found in ink will also fade with too much exposure. That’s why most art museums filter UV from light sources using a variety of window-coverings and coatings, specialised art frames and reduce light exposure by limiting the number of hours a painting is on display.

There is one simple and effective way to protect your artwork at home; and that’s by using UV protective glass. These frames are made using specialist Rohm plexiglass, which is the highest grade of glass on the market today. This material should not be confused with cheap styrene or acrylic sheets used in department store frames – it’s highly transparent, beautifully bright, break-proof and offers seven times more UV protection than glass.