By the way, I was just in the field where I found out that my open-weave white bag was in pretty bad shape. I used it for w few days, and then switched to a spare I brought along - BioQuip's black, very fine mesh, blunt ended net - pretty much identical to the bag in the video above. It sucked. The fine mesh meant that I missed several bugs that I tried to sweep up off the leaf litter - the fine mesh was like using a fan that pushed them away from the net mouth. The black net made it hard for me to see the little brown bugs inside - don't believe what he says about it being easier to see small bugs inside the net. And the blunt end made it really hard to confine things enough to get them into the killing jar - just too much room for them to hide in. At the end of the trip, I threw the net bag away rather than waste the jet fuel to bring it back home with me.
The moral of the story is simple. Check the condition of the net bag that is on the net before you hit the field. And remember that you hate black nets when you grab the back-up bag for a trip. In other words, I need to not be stupid.
Akito was in high school when he started attending lep soc meetings. He was really interested in snout butterflies back then. He has expanded his horizons to say the least - and is the most impressive person that the McGuire Center has on staff.
$30k penalty plus incarceration TBD. And surrender of his collection which I'm sure is more than "1,000 specimens". Look like they've really thrown the book at Limmer. I'd guess they'll go light on the incarceration given that he's 75 YO; the loss of his prized collection I'm sure is a real heartbreaker for him.
I am an artist looking to buy a large quantity of tarantula specimen preferably Acanthoscurria Feria and also some Acanthoscurria juruenicola. I’ve searched the internet and all I can find are suppliers that only stock a few specimen and sell them at a high price . I did find someone last year that sold them for under $5 but I bought all they had so I’m struggling again . Hope you don’t mind the topic just I’ve searched the internet and couldn’t find anything
I decided to post this breeding report showing the lifecycle of Boloria improba ssp. improbula from Norway. The catch being that i actually haven't completed the lifecycle a 100% yet, as i'll explain further down. So i collected a female in july last year. She readily laid eggs in the presence of Salix herbacea, which is the hostplant. The eggs hatched after 6 days. A few of the larva went into hibernation as L2, but most hibernated as L3. However, one larva actually went all the way to pupa in the same season. It used alittle over 4 weeks as a larva before pupating the 17th of August. Unfortunately i managed to damage the pupa when taking photos, which killed it. So i never got any imago. It would be interesting to see if the pupa would've hatched the same season or if it hibernated, but i'll never know. Anyway, I do have alot of larva that is currently hibernating, so i hope i will be able to complete the lifecycle 100% this summer and get adults.
“Seems to me the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” -David Attenborough
February ABF Zoom: Lepidoptera of NW Louisiana - Monday, Feb. 26th @ 7:00pm Central Time
Mike Quinn via listserv.uh.edu
Feb 25, 2024, 7:17 PM (13 hours ago)
The Austin Butterfly Forum speaker this month will be Entomologist Royal Tyler, who will speak to us on Lepidoptera of Northwest Louisiana.
February Zoom Meeting
Monday, 26th, at 7 pm central time (Dallas/Chicago)
Lepidoptera of NW Louisiana and How I Document Them, presented by Entomologist Royal Tyler, of NW Louisiana
Royal Tyler will initially cover how he got started documenting nature, and Leps in particular. What his light setups are, what type of cameras he has used, daytime versus nighttime photography, and then go through some of his research papers and findings (primarily on micromoths). Royal will then focus on the butterflies of Louisiana and how he plans to find more species in 2024 and photograph them, and how he plans to find the rare ones.
Royal is a life-long well rounded naturalist who primarily worked in natural resource management in his early years before starting his own business 6 years ago to sell lawn care and pest control products. This has freed Royal up to pursue his passion for nature a little deeper, especially for conducting research and writing papers. He has primarily published on lepidoptera and bee fauna of NW Louisiana. Royal enjoys photographing and studying the microfauna that we know less about, and which present a challenge to get "just right shot" for identification.
Royal has published the only detailed study of native bees in NW Louisiana where he found several unidentified species that may be new to science, and he has expanded the known range of several species of bees. Royal has documented and published host plant information and life cycle data on several lesser known species of micromoths. Many of his papers can be seen here: https://independent.academia.edu/RoyalTyler/Papers
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Our meetings are open to all. The zoom link will open ~6:30 pm for anyone wanting to visit with our speaker beforehand. Presentations generally last an hour with a Q&A session afterwards.
I got a specimen of Papilio nephelus from a dealer and he told me it was from Java. I' ve never seen the subspecies from Java (might be nominate?), but this one seems similar as ssp. sunatus from Malay Peninsula. So I think it might be mis-marking. I tried to sign the subspecies of P. nephelus and P. chaon on the map according to some data but I donot know whether it is correct, and may I get some advice and corrections？Thanks.