National Zoo illustrations

The flora and fauna illustrations below appear on exhibit signs at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. Most are found in the Backyard Zoo, Butterfly Garden, and American Trails exhibits.


Arizona Lowland Leopard frog illustration – Emily S. Damstra

Arizona lowland leopard frog Lithobates yavapaiensis illustration

Gray wolf – Emily S. Damstra

gray wolf Canis lupus illustration

Monarch butterfly – Emily S. Damstra

Monarch butterfly illustration Danaus plexippus

Ruby-throated hummingbird and red trumpet vine flower – Emily S. Damstra

Illustration of ruby-throated hummingbird feeding from red trumpet vine flower Archilochus colubris, Campsis radicans

Bluegill – Emily S. Damstra

Bluegill sunfish Lepomis macrochirus illustration

Red knot breeding plumage – Emily S. Damstra

Red knot Calidris canutus illustration

Red knot, non-breeding plumage – Emily S. Damstra

Ruddy turnstone, breeding plumage – Emily S. Damstra

Ruddy turnstone breeding plumage illustration Arenaria interpres

Ruddy turnstone, non-breeding plumage – Emily S. Damstra

Arenaria interpres Ruddy turnstone non-breeding plumage illustration

Shenandoah salamander – Emily S. Damstra

Shenandoah salamander Plethodon shenandoah illustration

Spicebush swallowtail on Wild bergamot – Emily S. Damstra

Spicebush swallowtail on Wild bergamot Papilio troilus Monarda fistulosa

Spring azure – Emily S. Damstra

Spring azure butterfly illustration Celastrina ladon

Swamp milkweed with Monarch caterpillar – Emily S. Damstra

swamp milkweed with monarch caterpillar Asclepias incarnata Danaus pexippus

Tiger swallowtail – Emily S. Damstra

Tiger swallowtail illustration Papilio glaucas female

Variegated fritillary on black-eyed susan – Emily S. Damstra

Variegated fritillary black-eyed susan illustration Euptoieta claudia Rudbeckia fulgida illustration

Zebra swallowtail – Emily S. Damstra

Zebra swallowtail illustration Eurytides marcellus

American lady – Emily S. Damstra

American lady butterfly illustration Vanessa virginiensis

Cat looking out window – Emily S. Damstra

Illustration indoor cat looking out window

Cat looking at catbird – Emily S. Damstra

Outdoor cat eyeing bird illustration

Dill with Black swallowtail caterpillar – Emily S. Damstra

Dill Black swallowtail caterpillar illustration Anethum graveolens Papilio polyxenes

Eastern pondhawk dragonfly chasing Asian tiger mosquito – Emily S. Damstra

Eastern pondhawk dragonfly Asian tiger mosquito Erythemis simplicicollis Aedes albopictus

Cabbage white butterfly – Emily S. Damstra

Cabbage white butterfly illustration Pieris rapae

Clouded sulphur – Emily S. Damstra

Clouded sulphur butterfly illustration Colias philodice

Orange sulphur on Joe-pye-weed – Emily S. Damstra

Illustration orange sulphur Joe-pye-weed Colias eurytheme Eupatorium maculatum

Parsley with Black swallowtail caterpillar – Emily S. Damstra

Illustration parsley with Black swallowtail caterpillar Petroselinum crispum Papilio polyxenes

Pearl crescent – Emily S. Damstra

Pearl crescent butterfly illustration Phyciodes tharos

Peck’s skipper – Emily S. Damstra

Peck's skipper illustration Polites peckius

Purple loosestrife illustration – Emily S. Damstra

Purple loosestrife illustration Lythrum salicaria

Red admiral – Emily S. Damstra

Red admiral illustration Vanessa atalanta

Anatomy of a flower (Salvia) – Emily S. Damstra

flower anatomy illustration Salvia nemorosa

Harbor seal – Emily S. Damstra

Harbor seal illustration Phoca vitulina

Hooded mergansers – Emily S. Damstra

Hooded mergansers illustration Lophodytes cucullatus

Gray seal male – Emily S. Damstra

Gray seal Halichoerus grypus Illustration

North American river otter – Emily S. Damstra

North American river otter illustration Lontra canadensis

Golden-bellied grosbeaks – Emily S. Damstra

Golden-bellied grosbeaks illustration Pheucticus chrysogaster

Wrinkled hornbills – Emily S. Damstra

Wrinkled hornbill illustration Aceros corrugatus

Eastern Bumblebee worker – Emily S. Damstra

Eastern Bumblebee worker illustration Bombus impatiens

Baltimore checkerspot – Emily S. Damstra

Baltimore checkerspot illustration Euphydras phaeton

Black Swallowtail caterpillar – Emily S. Damstra

Black Swallowtail caterpillar Papilio polyxenes

Four butterflies on Butterfly bush flowers – Emily S. Damstra

Butterfly bush flowers

North American beaver – Emily S. Damstra

North American beaver illustration Castor canadensis

Bald eagle – Emily S. Damstra

Bald eagle illustration Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Brown pelican – Emily S. Damstra

Brown pelican illustration Pelecanus occidentalis

California sea lion female – Emily S. Damstra

Illustration of California sea lion female, swimming Zalophus californianus

California sea lion male – Emily S. Damstra

Illustration of California sea lion male Zalophus californianus

Common raven – Emily S. Damstra

Common raven illustration Corvus corax

Gray seal female – Emily S. Damstra

Gray seal Halichoerus grypus illustration