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Topic: Vanessa atalanta migration 2024 | Author: Chuck | Replies: 17 | Views: 512
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Re: Vanessa atalanta migration 2024

by Chuck » Mon May 20, 2024 2:55 pm

Now that I think of it, I've not seen any in a while. Watch, I'll spot one later today. But, clearly they are not blasting around by the hundreds anymore.
Topic: Agrias butterflies | Author: wollastoni | Replies: 150 | Views: 15052
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Re: Agrias butterflies

by wollastoni » Mon May 20, 2024 1:33 pm

Don't see them like that.
Agrias are involved in very complex mimicry rings triggering different forms in each zone of Amazonia. Studying the distribution of each forms is very interesting. Each Rio of Amazonia seems to trigger different forms, these are the local forms. Then you have some individual forms (various forms inside the same population). Then you have "hybridization" between forms/subpecies at contact zones. Mix all that, and you have the craziness of Agrias (sub)genus ! That's why they are so interesting to study/collect.

Especially on some species like phalcidon (the king of Agrias species to my mind).
Topic: Bug Fair May 18 and 19 Los Angeles Natural History Museum | Author: jellybean | Replies: 5 | Views: 176
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Re: Bug Fair May 18 and 19 Los Angeles Natural History Museum

by Chuck » Mon May 20, 2024 12:05 pm

We've discussed this here in the past, same story.

LA is a great show, specimens you won't find commercially (some people don't feel like shipping), plus you get to meet some great collectors.

I tried on the east coast, there's little interest and costs are high (particularly insurance). The only way this could start up is as suggested, get some other collectors to start a niche at a gem or reptile show.

European shows are more successful because:
1. Momentum- once a show is running it's "easy" to keep going; starting a show is tough.
2. Not too far/ expensive- All of Europe can fit into US northeast; NY to California is a full day of air travel each way
3. US has plenty of forests and wild areas close to just about anywhere, less of a need to buy specimens
4. Culture- Europeans are more into exotic stuff like aquarium fishes, antiquities, etc.
5. USA has more alternative interest opportunities...Europe has far fewer motorcyles, snowmobiles, camping, etc. There more Porsches in USA and even more ski resorts in USA than in Europe.
Topic: Papilio rutulus | Author: lamprima2 | Replies: 14 | Views: 705
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Re: Papilio rutulus

by lamprima2 » Mon May 20, 2024 3:04 am

Thanks, Chuck
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Re: Agrias butterflies

by Annarobertson1947 » Sun May 19, 2024 11:41 pm

wollastoni wrote: Sun May 19, 2024 3:46 pm Excellent books indeed.

And the more you will study Agrias, the more questions you will have ! It is a very interesting (and difficult) group.
Well the confusion is compounded by the plethora of form names that i see as a money making system for dealers.
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Re: French Guiana - October 2021

by wollastoni » Sun May 19, 2024 4:18 pm

Another great video from my colleague Michel Belloin in French Guiana.
It gives you an idea of how diverse the fauna is in Amazonia (when not destroyed).

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Re: Agrias butterflies

by wollastoni » Sun May 19, 2024 3:46 pm

Excellent books indeed.

And the more you will study Agrias, the more questions you will have ! It is a very interesting (and difficult) group.
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Re: Agrias butterflies

by Annarobertson1947 » Sun May 19, 2024 7:43 am

I think all my questions are now answered, i purchased Manfreds book
Topic: Californica darlingtonia | Author: kevinkk | Replies: 6 | Views: 146
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Re: Californica darlingtonia

by kevinkk » Sat May 18, 2024 2:42 pm

Like a lot of things, it started small. Soon, there was more, then I found a large farm style water trough at a garage sale, and that is what
I am using now, quite unmovable at this point, full of peat, soil mixture, and the water. Like I mentioned, it's reaching a mature balance
of what is going to grow, some get crowded out, and it's all pitcher plants at this stage, very effective at passive capture, sometimes I can
hear insects buzzing inside of the pitchers.
The Darlingtonia are growing better than I expected, after reading their ideal requirements, a little slow growing, but at the time, seed was one of
the few ways to acquire the species, now it seems they could eventually take over.
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Re: Californica darlingtonia

by Chuck » Sat May 18, 2024 1:57 pm

I love bogs, they are so unique. To have a home garden like that is amazing.
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Re: Papilio rutulus

by Chuck » Sat May 18, 2024 1:55 pm

That is a spectacular specimen, well demonstrating the potential size and morphology of the female. A tiny blemish does nothing to diminish it in any way.
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Photographs

by lamprima2 » Sat May 18, 2024 4:59 am

Dear Moderators,
I spent about 45 minutes trying to download my photographs to
the Forum page in the correct sequence, avoiding repeats.
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an ordinary Ph.D. Please remove extras from my post.
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Topic: Les Fleurs du mal | Author: lamprima2 | Replies: 1 | Views: 48
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Les Fleurs du mal

by lamprima2 » Sat May 18, 2024 4:52 am

Here are a few more weird backyard flowers:
Dracunculus vulgaris
Aristolochia macroura
Aristolochia fimbriata
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Topic: Vanessa atalanta migration 2024 | Author: Chuck | Replies: 17 | Views: 512
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Re: Vanessa atalanta migration 2024

by boghaunter1 » Fri May 17, 2024 4:52 pm

Hello all,

Yesterday, 16 May 2024, I saw a small, solitary, flight worn, Red Admiral flying about in my farm yard, This was the 1st time, in many years, that I've seen a spring migrant Red Admiral up here in NE Sask., Canada.

John K.
Topic: Bug Fair May 18 and 19 Los Angeles Natural History Museum | Author: jellybean | Replies: 5 | Views: 176
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Re: Bug Fair May 18 and 19 Los Angeles Natural History Museum

by wollastoni » Fri May 17, 2024 7:49 am

Indeed, you guys need to organize a big fair on the East coast too.

Several fairs are succesful in Europe, I don't see why it would not be a success in the US too. You can coorganize it with shell or mineral collectors, if you fear to lack visitors in the first years. (that's what they do in Modena fair in Italy).
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Re: Papilio rutulus

by lamprima2 » Thu May 16, 2024 11:51 pm

I felt like a kid who broke his favorite toy.
I am a proud owner of an exciting specimen now,
- thank you all for your comments!
Topic: Californica darlingtonia | Author: kevinkk | Replies: 6 | Views: 146
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Re: Californica darlingtonia

by kevinkk » Thu May 16, 2024 11:09 pm

adamcotton wrote: Thu May 16, 2024 8:22 pm at should be Darlingtonia californica ... superb plant!

Adam.
Good grief! Thanks for that Adam.
Yes, we have a State Park named after the plant.
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Re: Californica darlingtonia

by lamprima2 » Thu May 16, 2024 10:36 pm

7-8 years? Congratulations!
Topic: Californica darlingtonia | Author: kevinkk | Replies: 6 | Views: 146
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Re: Californica darlingtonia

by adamcotton » Thu May 16, 2024 8:22 pm

That should be Darlingtonia californica ... superb plant!

Adam.
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Re: Trichiotinus lunulatus

by vabrou » Thu May 16, 2024 4:29 pm

T. lunulatus box of blue, box of green and box of Trigonopeltastes delta
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