Rite of passage

"Rite of Passage," ©2007.

"Rite of Passage" is the fourth illustration by David Graham Edwards depicting the Butterfly Princess from the series of novels of the same name.  It depicts Mariposa defending herself against a dragon beetle in the middle of a rain storm.

In A Butterfly's Tale, Mariposa recalls that this was her first encounter with a dragon beetle, and was one of the first tests of her leadership of the butterfly colony.  The novel reveals that the encounter ended when the dragon beetle was cornered high atop a mountain precipice and plummeted to its death. 


The dragon beetle depicted in the illustration may have been an adolescent, since the dragon beetles appearing in A Butterfly's Tale and The Quest for the World-Breaker are significantly larger than shown here.

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