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Copperwing Dragon by QuinapalusTheFool Copperwing Dragon by QuinapalusTheFool
“Faithless” Copperwing, Western Copperwing
Scientific Name: Draconis insidiae

Owing, no doubt, to its smaller than average size, slow growth and lack of precious metal-hoarding tendencies, numerous attempts have been made over the centuries to tame the Copperwing. All of these efforts have ended in well-publicized deaths, save one: Lord Hepten Bowersworth survived an attack by a female Copperwing he had raised from the egg in 1671, suffering only the loss of his left leg. When confronted about the incident by neighbours, Lord Bowersworth simply said “she doesn’t know her own strength; she just got a tad overexcited.”

Lord Bowersworth’s body was found nine years later, appearing to have been mauled badly and burned nearly beyond recognition. Local authorities believed a dragon was at fault, but the dragon was never found.

The species name “insidiae” and the common name “Faithless” Copperwing were earned on behalf of the dragonlet’s unfortunate habit of mauling those that spend the most time raising it. While Copperwing dames usually survive the attacks of their young, human caretakers or foster mothers are often not so lucky. Most recently, a mature wyvern (species unknown) that had successfully reared a foster clutch of Hawaiian Blackbacks was given a single young Copperwing to bond with; the wyvern survived only three hours. Unlike some other dragons, the D. insidiae is non-venomous.

The Copperwing is indigenous to Western Canada and lives almost exclusively in the Rocky Mountains. Unlike most other species in this genus, D. insidiae prefers to live in trees rather than in caves. The Copperwing’s earthy colours allows it to blend in with bark and dead leaves; consequently, it is rarely seen, even by those specifically looking for it.

D. insidiae metallic scales were once highly sought for jewelry, resulting in the species being hunted to near-extinction. In the early 1800’s, legislation was enacted to protect Copperwings, their eggs and their young.

This species is a strict carnivore. The diet of the dragonlets is almost exclusively cicadas, expanding to include small rodents like mice and squirrels as the dragons grow.


Apoxie Sculpt over a wire and foil armature, hematite eyes. 9 cm tall.

The making of, here: quinapalus-lair.blogspot.com/2…

Comments and critiques welcome ;) Thanks for looking!
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lizzarddesigns Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wonderful sculpt.
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QuinapalusTheFool Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Thank you!
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bronze4u Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artist
Earthy, lovely, amazing! Keep up the lovely work! :)
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AshlingNairne Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love him he is so beautiful. Thanks so much for putting him on display.
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QuinapalusTheFool Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I am glad you enjoy him! (Sorry for the late reply... I just survived FOUR MONTHS without internets! D'oh!)
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Caerban Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How did I miss this guy on my first mooch around your gallery? Pah! I must have been half asleep. Lovely!
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QuinapalusTheFool Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
I am usually half asleep, so I know the feeling :D (Don't tell my boss...)

Sculpting us my first love in the art world (and darn, I used that stupid emoticon AGAIN!). Glad you like him :D
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Caerban Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I do! More please :D
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sevenstardust Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing job! :)
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QuinapalusTheFool Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Thanks!
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