Spotted Lanternfly

Limited Edition

Signed and numbered giclée print.
Each lanternfly 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

Spotted Lanternfly

Latin Name: Lycorma delicatula
Distribution: Originally native to China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and eastern Asia. Also present in South Korea and parts of Northern America.
Wingspan: 25 millimeters

The Spotted Lanternfly was first described in western literature by Adam White, who found this miniature beauties outside Nankin in 1845. He initially named the species Aphaena delicatula. The Spotted Lanternfly is a tiny planthopper that measures no more than the size of your thumb – a mere 25mm long and 12mm wide. Their hind-wings are a deep crimson, and are partly visible through their semi-translucent forewings when they are at rest. This gives their forewings a red cast, reminiscent of a lantern’s glow. Despite their name, these creatures are not from the same family as flies – rather, they’re Hemiptera, or a ‘true bug’.

The Artwork & Limited Edition

The original Spotted Lanternfly 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.