Tag Archive: herbivore

Jan 19 2016

Karner Blue Butterfly

Endangered fire dependent creature.

Endangered fire dependent creature.

Try to solve the Karner Blue Butterfly maze.

For much of the 20th century forest management techniques overlooked the need various species (such as the Karner Blue Butterfly) have on fire to ensure their survival.  An area cleared by fire (or by mowing near large buildings or along power line corridors) creates a habitat suitable for various creatures to survive.  The endangered Karner Blue Butterfly depends on a plant, the Wild Blue Lupine, that only grows in open sandy areas in pine and oak savannas.  Without the leaves of this plant for sustenance the butterfly’s larvae die.  For the Karner Blue to thrive there must be dense stands of Wild Blue Lupine.  Wildfires once ensured blankets of Wild Blue Lupine would sprout up in burned out areas.

Pine and oak forests stretch far to the south, but the Karner Blue Butterfly only occurs in the northern parts of these forests – from New York to Minnesota.  Michigan is one of the strongholds for the Karner Blue Butterfly, and in northern Michigan they can be found in the Huron-Munistee National Forest.  In cold climates with adequate snowfall the eggs survive the winter.  The snow protects them from dehydration and freezing.  In warmer climates the eggs either freeze or dry out and cannot hatch in the spring.  The butterfly can be found as far south as Ohio and Indiana.

Original artwork is copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.  Drawn with india ink on 9″ x 12″ Bristol white vellum surface paper.  Made in Michigan with quality materials.

Download the Karner Blue Butterfly here.

Here is the solution for the Karner Blue Butterfly maze.

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Jan 29 2014

Kangaroo Maze

Kangaroo Maze

Kangaroo Maze

The kangaroo, like most marsupials, has a pouch to carry its young while they grow. There are about 50 species of kangaroos, all originating in Australia or the nearby islands. The best known of these is the red kangaroo that can grow to over 6 feet tall and reach speeds of 35 miles per hour. The smaller varieties of kangaroos are known as wallabies.

  • Over 95% of the animals indigenous to Australia are marsupials. The wide variety of ecosystems on the continent encouraged a wide variety of species development. Kangaroos are common in the Australian outback.

  • Male kangaroos are known as boomers, females are called fliers. Joey is the word for a young kangaroo. Male kangaroos are bigger than females; females are faster.

  • When the baby kangaroo is born it is less than inch long. Hairless, blind and with no back legs it crawls against gravity for about 3 minutes until it reaches its mother’s pouch and falls in. It stays there and develops for up to 9 months growing into a joey.

  • The quality of the mother’s milk varies as the baby grows to meet its nutritional needs. Sometimes there will be two young in the pouch of very different ages and each will get different milk from a separate nipple to exactly meet its needs. After a joey leaves the pouch for the first time it will return to shelter there many times for up to a year more before becoming completely independent.

  • Kangaroos eat grass and other vegetation. They can survive for months without drinking water.

  • A group of kangaroos is called a mob. They are social animals and live in groups of at least 2 or 3 individuals. Sometimes there will be over 100 kangaroos in a mob.

Here is the solution to the Kangaroo Maze.

Download a PDF of the Kangaroo Maze here!

You can buy a greeting card with this design on it here.

The original artwork is drawn with Faber-Castell india ink on a piece of 7″ x 10″ Canson mix media paper by Rob Hughes.

Permanent link to this article: http://heretoamaze.com/2014/01/29/kangaroo-maze/

Jan 08 2014

Alpaca Maze

Are you curious enough to solve the Alpaca Maze?

Are you curious enough to solve the Alpaca Maze?

The alpaca is native to the Andean Plateau from southern Peru to northern Chile. It is a gentle herd animal with a curious and shy temperament. Alpacas are prized for their warm and soft fleece that is made into luxury yarn and quality clothing. During the industrial revolution cloth made from alpaca fiber fostered an international demand that continues to this day.

  • The alpaca is a camelid, that is, it is a member of the camel family. 40 – 45 million years ago all camelids lived in North America. Some of these camelids migrated to South America and over millions of years became alpacas.

  • Alpacas are herbivores and have three stomachs to aid in digestion.

  • Alpacas have two toes on each foot.

  • Alpacas get nervous and upset very quickly if there are fewer than three of them around.

  • There are about 53,000 alpacas in the United States; in Peru, there are over 3.5 million!

  • Alpacas are about 2 and a half to 3 feet tall at the shoulder. Their long necks let them graze while standing up. They can also lift their heads up to 6 feet off the ground to get leaves and branches.

  • A fully grown alpaca typically weighs about 100 to 180 pounds. Males are generally 20 or 30 pounds heavier than females. Rarely, an alpaca weighs more than 200 pounds.

  • Alpacas come in a variety of earth tones, such as brown, grey and reddish-brown. Some are pure black, others completely white. There are about 16 natural shades in all.

  • Suri alpacas have long curly hair. Huacaya (pronounced Wuh-kai-ya) alpacas are fluffy like teddy bears. Huacaya fiber is comparable to merino fiber (the finest of all sheep’s wool). Suri fiber is even finer. All alpaca fiber takes dye very well.

You can see the solution to the alpaca maze here.

Download a PDF of the Alpaca maze here!

Know someone who would like an alpaca greeting card?  You can buy it here!

The original artwork was drawn on 7″ x 10″ Canson mix media acid free paper with archival Faber-Castell inks by Rob Hughes.

Permanent link to this article: http://heretoamaze.com/2014/01/08/alpaca-maze-in-the-tribal-art-style/

Dec 18 2013

Rabbit Maze

Rabbit Maze

Rabbit Maze

Rabbits are adapted to a wide variety of habitats. They are loved as pets and for their soft fur that can be spun into yarn. Rabbits can run at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. In the wild, rabbits seldom live more than a year or two at most. Domesticated rabbits may live a dozen years or slightly more. Rabbits like to stand on their hind legs to look around.

  • Pet rabbits routinely live to be about 10 years old. They are herbivores.

  • Rabbits in captivity may have a litter every 6 weeks or so; and each litter may have 10 or more babies. In the wild, they can reproduce even more often.

  • A male rabbit is called a buck; a female is a doe.

  • Rabbit babies are called kits; they are born hairless and with their eyes closed.

  • Rabbits’ ears are very large in proportion to their face.

  • Cottontail rabbits are the commonest wild rabbit in the United States. They are similar in size and shape to the domesticated rabbits that originated in Europe.

  • Cottontail rabbits weigh about 2 or 3 pounds and can be up to 16 inches long.

  • There are about 50 domesticated rabbit breeds.

  • The largest of these are the Flemish Giant and Continental Giant breeds. The largest Continental Giant on record weighs about 55 pounds and is over three feet long.

  • Angora rabbits grow fur long and soft enough to be spun into yarn. Rabbits are shorn four times a year, yielding a total of about 12 ounces of fiber. Angora is a super luxury wool!

  • Rabbits are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and at dusk.

  • Rabbits cannot throw up.

You can see the solution to the rabbit maze here.

Download a PDF of the Rabbit maze here!

The rabbit maze is also available as a greeting card from zazzle!

Original artwork by Rob Hughes available.  It is on a 7″ x 10″ of Canson mix media acid free paper and drawn with Faber-Castell inks.

Permanent link to this article: http://heretoamaze.com/2013/12/18/rabbit-maze-in-the-tribal-art-style/

Nov 28 2013

Horse Maze

Horse Maze in the tribal art style.

Horse Maze in the tribal art style.


         People domesticated wild horses about 10,000 years ago. At first they were almost certainly used for utilitarian purposes. Today there are over 350 different breeds that fill every conceivable niche. Horses are now bred for show, racing, work and jumping to name a few. A group of horses is called a herd, or a team when working together (pulling a cart, for example).

  • The average weight of a horse is about 1000 pounds. Horses usually weigh between 800 and 1200 pounds when fully grown.

  • The average height is 5 feet measured at the withers (the shoulder of the horse.) Horses are measured in a unit called a hand; a hand is equal to 4 inches. Horses typically range in height from 56 to 63 inches, that’s 14 to 16 hands.

  • Horses live to be about 25 – 30 years old.

  • A thoroughbred horse and rider can leap over a five-foot wall, and they can jump over 20 feet in distance.

  • When a horse gallops all its feet leave the ground between each stride.

  • Horses are not native to the Americas; they were brought over by the Spanish in 1519 near the modern day city of Veracruz in Mexico. Over the centuries escaped horses were captured and domesticated by native people. 300 years later the Nez Perce (pronounced nezz purse) people in what is now Northern California bred Appaloosa horses. These horses commanded a premium price due to their strength and durability.

  • The Akhal-Teke (pronounced Ah-kul Tekk) horse breed from Turkmenistan has an iridescent coat. A palomino (that is yellow-colored) Akhal-Teke shimmers like gold in the sun.

You can view the solution to this maze at this link.

Download a PDF of the Horse maze here!

If you like this design you can get it as a greeting card here.

Original artwork by Rob Hughes.  Made with Faber-Castell indian ink on 7″ x 10″ Canson mix media acid free paper.  Built to last!

Permanent link to this article: http://heretoamaze.com/2013/11/28/tribal-art-horse-maze/

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