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by Chuck
Mon Dec 05, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 23
Views: 691

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

I have used vodka or gin with no apparent difference. Love this method because it inhibits mold and the drying time is faster due to a lower vapor point. I am glad you like the vodka method ! A game-changer ! chuck < you shoud try with vodka as explained, as your method doesn't seem to work : wings...
by Chuck
Sun Dec 04, 2022 9:06 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Pyronia tithonus
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Re: Pyronia tithonus

My gosh, those things are hairy.

Thanks Dave, very nice photo of the variation (top photo)
by Chuck
Sun Dec 04, 2022 9:04 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Augosoma centaurus (Ghana)
Replies: 10
Views: 318

Re: Augosoma centaurus (Ghana)

I have a specimen from the 1970s labeled Dynastes (Augosoma) centaurus. And, I can remember it being listed as such in a catalog, can't recall which, and I'm sure I don't have the catalog anymore. Whether in the 1970s it was labeled as Dynastes because that was the trend, or because it made the spec...
by Chuck
Sun Dec 04, 2022 8:58 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 23
Views: 691

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

I updated my post, with photos, above.
by Chuck
Fri Dec 02, 2022 6:55 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 71
Views: 2047

Re: Agrias butterflies

Do agrias floresce flouresce florece however you spell it, under UV? Do they reflect other spectrums when observed at an angle, as some Troides do?
by Chuck
Fri Dec 02, 2022 1:05 pm
Forum: The Porch Light
Topic: It's just a word-
Replies: 7
Views: 156

Re: It's just a word-

I haven't felt as though I have anything to contribute lately. Everyone has something to contribute. Every contribution adds to our understanding of entomology. The more research I do, the more I realize how little we know. Perhaps there are those who have a small collection of eastern US/ Canada L...
by Chuck
Thu Dec 01, 2022 12:08 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 23
Views: 530

Re: Islanded Endemics

Joanae and polyxenes are not reliably separated visually. How many of those old specimens “identified” as joanae but look like polyxenes are actually joanae? Beats me. I got a polyxenes in KY that looked a bit like joanae. I'm not concerned about ranges, I've extended the known range of hundreds of...
by Chuck
Wed Nov 30, 2022 3:02 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 23
Views: 530

Re: Islanded Endemics

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0141882 Chuck, see here regarding P. joanae. Thanks. I've read that, as well as the original description, then a follow-on to the original description with more of the photos / identifiers that were used for the original description....
by Chuck
Wed Nov 30, 2022 2:56 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 23
Views: 530

Re: Islanded Endemics

...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 brilliant orange reflection on the elytra. I put a few on Ebay 20 years ago at what I thought were very high prices and they sold immediately....
by Chuck
Tue Nov 29, 2022 4:04 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 23
Views: 530

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: 23
Views: 530

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: 8
Views: 374

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: 12
Views: 326

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: 23
Views: 691

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: 213

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: 23
Views: 530

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: 23
Views: 530

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: 23
Views: 530

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: 23
Views: 691

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: 577

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 ...