It's widespread but kind of rare in Arizona. I've gotten them up by Flagstaff, over in the White Mountains near Springerville, in the Chiricahua Mountains, and in the Santa Catalinas by Tucson, but I've never encountered them very commonly. They are much more common in the high country of Colorado, where you can get dozens at lights pretty much near any stream or river with willows in late June and early July.
Agapema anona is much more common, but it is very different, being in low deserts late in the fall.
I suppose that to some extent whether the net in the video is good or bad depends on what you are trying to catch and how you use the net.
When I was collecting large butterflies (swallowtails of course) mud-puddling I didn't need to use the net in the same way you describe, just place the extended net over the butterflies and pinch them inside it. Many would be so engrossed in drinking that they wouldn't even fly up into the net.
Beware of scammers who may see your post and offer what you want without actually having them for sale. Before paying someone you don't know you should verify that they really have the spiders to send you.
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