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by Chuck
Tue Nov 29, 2022 4:04 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Islanded Endemics

Temotu Province is in political Solomon Islands, though way east near Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides). Santa Cruz islands are within Temotu Province, and include the island also called Santa Cruz. Malaita is a large island in Solomon Islands proper, NE of Guadalcanal. It's pronounced Mah-laye-tah. h...
by Chuck
Tue Nov 29, 2022 3:13 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Islanded Endemics

Something for the Coleopterists Batocera lamondi, endemic to the island of Malaita, Solomon Islands https://i1.lensdump.com/i/R6inz1.md.jpeg I assume this ssp of Buprestid is endemic to Temotu Province, Solomon Islands. At least that's what I recall. The photo doesn't come close to showing the brill...
by Chuck
Mon Nov 28, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Travel in Saudi Arabia
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: Travel in Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, they don't pay attention with catching and exporting insects. As in most Muslim countries, insects are considered something worthy of attention :) I wish that would be the case in Indonesia. And Malaysia. And how about Turkey, that's a great Muslim country to break their collecting...
by Chuck
Mon Nov 28, 2022 1:44 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Anaea andria
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Anaea andria

Great photo of andria.

As far as the trees, at least you still have Elms, and still have leaves. LOL.
by Chuck
Wed Nov 23, 2022 9:00 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 564

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

I'm trying something close. Usually I just wet paper towel and put in some alcohol to prevent mold. This time I'm using the same physical method, with water and 70% isopropyl alcohol at about the same "vodka" volume. https://i3.lensdump.com/i/RRsj3i.md.jpeg I had these papered and laying a...
by Chuck
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:37 pm
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Northern Norway
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: Northern Norway

Wow, wolf, that is a spectacular field report! Incredible photos. Ah, some day I'll get to Norway.

Are there still trolls up that way? I love the documentary Trolljegeren.
by Chuck
Wed Nov 23, 2022 2:35 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Islanded Endemics

Good thread. Assuming you mean full species rather than subspecies Chuck? I have that Athyma. It's a lovely one Wolf. I don't mean to restrict anything, just citing my personal level of interest. The islanded mountain species in US south west are very interesting. PERSONALLY, I'm less astonished by...
by Chuck
Tue Nov 22, 2022 10:16 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Islanded Endemics

That's a cool Lep. I've never seen that. I enjoy all endemics, though of course Leps are more aligned with my field of study. The Eclectus parrots are an awesome example of polymorphism in endemics. You picked up that damned lizard? I tried to grab one that size, and it spun around and tried to grab...
by Chuck
Tue Nov 22, 2022 9:33 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Islanded Endemics

I have a particular affinity for endemism due to islanding, whether it be islanded by sea, sand, or temperature. Of course, my primary passion is for Island endemics- those found only on one island or archipelago. And amongst those, endemics at the species level (or, even higher!) Of late, John Greh...
by Chuck
Tue Nov 22, 2022 1:14 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 564

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

Regardless of the liquid, I find it important/ easy to: 1. Simply relax in a box w/ some liquid to soften antennae, legs, and wing edges to avoid damage. 2. If need be, inject a LITTLE bit of liquid; it shouldn't come flowing out. Then let it sit in the box longer to allow the injected liquid to pen...
by Chuck
Tue Nov 22, 2022 1:05 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: iNaturalist
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: iNaturalist

It will be interesting to leave the identifiers to it for a few days and then check the IDs to see how many are correct, how many understandably incorrect (closely related species) and how many completely erroneous. Adam. Four days later, all ID to genus, about 50% to species. The species level ID ...
by Chuck
Mon Nov 21, 2022 12:47 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 564

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

OK, I'll try it. I've always used isopropyl alcohol and water. Vodka is about 40% ethyl alcohol and 60% water, so there is water in there to relax the specimens. The ethyl alcohol serves to prevent mold and such, but is more of a dehydrant than isopropyl. So I can't say why this would work better th...
by Chuck
Sun Nov 20, 2022 8:36 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How do you find people to trade insect specimens with?
Replies: 19
Views: 554

Re: How do you find people to trade insect specimens with?

One thing that I have is that talking about myself is that so many collectors doesn't want to receive Lycaenidae and Hesperiidae in the exchange when they are the butterflies that I use to collect more frecuently than the others,I suppose that it's a matter of size and people doesn't want to spread...
by Chuck
Fri Nov 18, 2022 8:24 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Dynastes centaurus (Ghana)
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Dynastes centaurus (Ghana)

58chevy wrote: Fri Nov 18, 2022 7:59 pm Is that a gecko wrapped around the horn?
chameleon
by Chuck
Fri Nov 18, 2022 7:23 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1744

Re: Agrias butterflies

I think rotten banana serves as a food source and urine rotten shrimp/fish is of course source of minerals which males need to reproduce. But for some reason the effectiveness of the last are very a lot by the region it could be as you mention also the soil components as minerals are available else...
by Chuck
Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:25 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1744

Re: Agrias butterflies

Those have always been pretty scarce here in the US. I've only encountered two in collections over this last 25 years. ...the females are as rare as hens teeth. Rarities simply don't make it to USA. Doesn't matter what the collectible is, it's the same story. First, you have more bureaucratic costs...
by Chuck
Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:11 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1744

Re: Agrias butterflies

And if someone needs narcissus and other Agrias at low price, don't miss my French Auctions Interencheres next wednesday 23rd November : https://www.interencheres.com/meubles-objets-art/histoire-naturelle-dont-entomologie-taxidermie-et-art-tribal-316431/lot-33749609.html It should cost between 10 a...
by Chuck
Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:16 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: iNaturalist
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: iNaturalist

It will be interesting to leave the identifiers to it for a few days and then check the IDs to see how many are correct, how many understandably incorrect (closely related species) and how many completely erroneous. Adam. You're getting me depressed. But I suppose it's one more experiment. Perhaps ...
by Chuck
Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:10 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agehana maraho
Replies: 11
Views: 363

Re: Agehana maraho

LOL good point Adam.

I have that paper, read it a couple times, and love it. The whole MtDNA revolution is amazing.

Can you imagine having a complete series of Pterourus, not over geography, but over a million years?
by Chuck
Thu Nov 17, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: iNaturalist
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: iNaturalist

Interesting and fruitful anecdote about iNaturalist: Yesterday I uploaded about 60 observations of small moths to iNaturalist. I was able to batch process the location (since they were all from the same location) but couldn't figure out how to batch process the taxonomy, so uploaded them as "un...