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Nick Ellwood / Illustrator

North Yorkshire Moors National Parks – Natural Science illustration – Rye Valley wildlife, The Mayfly life Cycle
Journal

From a series of 30 illustrations and field sketches celebrating the diverse and stunning British wildlife around the Rye Valley North Yorkshire.

 

The drawings will become part of a permanent exhibition and large scale display and mural in the Sutton Bank Centre, North Yorkshire Moors National Parks, helping to create a new exhibition and information centre including the parks gift shop and cafe/restaurant.

 

Great to work with ┬áJournal on such a fascinating project and to help celebrate and promote on of the UK’s most stunning areas of natural beauty and rich wildlife.

 

The illustrations below show the different stages of a Mayflies life (all of which can happen in just 24 hours!) and is part of a large exhibition panel exploring nature’s ‘Lifecycles’ along the Rye River:

 

The Mayfly hatching

 

 

The Nymph (mayfly).

For the first part of its life the mayfly remains underwater and forms a vital part of the river’s eco system, cleaning and feeding off the river’s bacteria.

 

 

Dun Sub imago (mayfly)

 

 

The Spinner (mayfly)

 

The adult mayfly

 

 

A dying Mayfly

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