Many forms of life rely on senescent trees. Hollows and dead branches are home to larvae of beetles like the near threatened hermit beetle (Osmoderma eremita) and stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), or the vulnerable great capricorn beetle (Cerambyx cerdo) and Alpine longhorn beetle (Rosalia alpina).
Moths and butterflies also love bushes and forest borders and their populations are decreasing. In this painting you can spot the eastern eggar (Eriogaster catax) with her favorite blackthorn (Prunus spinosa); the Jersey tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria) and the plants hemp-agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) and dwarf elderberry (Sambucus ebulus); the Apollo (Parnassius apollo) along with thistles and centaureas.
“The Tree of Life” is temporarily hosted in the National Geographic awarded Sant’Egle Eco Resort in Tuscany.