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by kevinkk
Tue Feb 07, 2023 3:04 pm
Forum: Other Insect Orders & Other Invertebrates
Topic: Mini-monsters...
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: Mini-monsters...

Until you see one, those giant centipedes don't give a person a sense of the amazing size. I saw one a a reptile show, it looked like a snake.
The 1K price tag was a bit out of my budget.
by kevinkk
Tue Feb 07, 2023 2:56 pm
Forum: Insect Photography & Video
Topic: Treehoppers from Ecuador
Replies: 7
Views: 64

Re: Treehoppers from Ecuador

I just watched a butterfly one where the narrator claimed birdwings lived in Pakistan. He didn't even mention the Solomon islands. Not exactly what I'd call learning material, but it can be junk food. Troides helena occurs in Pakistan. Troides are the birdwings. Thanks for the correction, in any ev...
by kevinkk
Tue Feb 07, 2023 7:21 am
Forum: Insect Photography & Video
Topic: Treehoppers from Ecuador
Replies: 7
Views: 64

Re: Treehoppers from Ecuador

Some of those youtube videos are good, and they show interesting animals, I just watched a butterfly one where the narrator claimed birdwings
lived in Pakistan. He didn't even mention the Solomon islands. Not exactly what I'd call learning material, but it can be junk food.
by kevinkk
Tue Feb 07, 2023 7:14 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: What's up with US Saturniidae?
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: What's up with US Saturniidae?

I don't think any problems exist, each year is different, people don't always advertise livestock. Some times you need to post a want ad, and even then it's a crapshoot. I've found that over the last ten years or so, a large variety of natives have been offered, it's just that life isn't a productio...
by kevinkk
Sun Feb 05, 2023 7:24 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: From pinned to riker?
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: From pinned to riker?

I've done it, I can't recall why, but the pin probably needs removed, and for that, I had to soften the area around the pin and use pliers to hold the pin,
and tweezers to push the body off, It worked 99% of the time without a problem.
by kevinkk
Sat Feb 04, 2023 4:39 pm
Forum: Legal issues
Topic: Canada to US?
Replies: 15
Views: 641

Re: Canada to US?

A long read Eurytides- interesting article. Clearly virtually every collector knows National Parks are off limits, as are state parks. Interesting individuals as well, seemed a little obsessive, I recall seeing a program where a collector had what must have been thousands of Colias, a single species...
by kevinkk
Fri Feb 03, 2023 2:41 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Papilio toboroi
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Papilio toboroi

As far as butterflies flying over water, I've never forgotten the monarch I saw out whale watching in Monterey, the butterfly was flying low, hit the water, and I figured- that butterfly is finished- but it pulled itself out of the water and continued on...west
by kevinkk
Tue Jan 31, 2023 4:25 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Brahmaea
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Brahmaea

Nice looking moths, the larva are as interesting, They're on my breeding want list.
by kevinkk
Tue Jan 31, 2023 5:15 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Papilio polyxenes gynandromorph
Replies: 9
Views: 280

Re: Papilio polyxenes gynandromorph

That is amazing. On both sides. To get those one of a kind animals, you gotta be lucky in the field, or scoop a lot of caterpillar poop. I caught my fist abberation this last season, and I'm proud of it. I knew a collector years ago I met on a group trip who specialized in gynandomoprhs, he was alwa...
by kevinkk
Fri Jan 27, 2023 4:05 am
Forum: Insect Photography & Video
Topic: Movie magic !
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Movie magic !

A little before my time, I don't recall much of the Dr. I am a little familiar with the pushmepullyou as a model kit. Somehow calling it a "lunar" moth seems to add a little magic. Movies did mean a lot when us older persons were innocent and impressionable, I remember being quite upset an...
by kevinkk
Tue Jan 17, 2023 4:45 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: current favorite Rhodinia verecunda
Replies: 5
Views: 295

current favorite Rhodinia verecunda

My favorite tends to be the one around at the time. A fresh hatched moth. Rhodinia verecunda, raised on ceanothus. An amazing animal, they hatch in the fall, or in my case winter, hatched outdoors, in 40 and 50 degree weather. Not the normal moth, it's been cold, wet and a little fall colored beauty...
by kevinkk
Tue Jan 17, 2023 4:27 am
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: Can someone help me identify if these are Lice or Bedbugs?
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: Can someone help me identify if these are Lice or Bedbugs?

Chuck wrote: Mon Jan 16, 2023 9:15 pm A local in Belize told he he was on a fishing trip and discovered he had crab lice, he poured motor oil all over his privates. He said it worked.
I think I'd rather have the bed bugs. Good thing this is a family show. :o
by kevinkk
Mon Jan 16, 2023 12:48 am
Forum: The Porch Light
Topic: wriggling pupa
Replies: 13
Views: 461

Re: wriggling pupa

Thanks for doing this Livingplanet3. it's interesting, I'm not going to go into my insect experiments when I was younger. The mention of the fertilized ova is a surprise, although I know some breeders who decapitate male moths to induce copulation with difficult species, but this experiment goes a l...
by kevinkk
Fri Jan 13, 2023 9:28 pm
Forum: Legal issues
Topic: Biologist gets 3yr probation for Ebay imports
Replies: 1
Views: 286

Re: Biologist gets 3yr probation for Ebay imports

I see a lot of nice eBay specimens I'd like to bid on, all off limits for me, because they're overseas. You can sure buy just about anything on eBay, there are a lot of items for sale there, I see prohibited items all the time. Sometimes I make a complaint, my pet peev is copyrighted items that I co...
by kevinkk
Fri Jan 13, 2023 4:23 am
Forum: The Porch Light
Topic: wriggling pupa
Replies: 13
Views: 461

Re: wriggling pupa

That sounds weird. Do you recall if the halves were simply placed back together in proximity, or if there was a space in between? I wonder if the pupa matured into an adult.
by kevinkk
Fri Jan 13, 2023 4:13 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Distance caterpillars travel to pupate?
Replies: 12
Views: 287

Re: Distance caterpillars travel to pupate?

They are preprogrammed for crawling a certain distance. The good example is a round jar or container for Sphingidae larvae or any other species which pupate underground. The caterpillar will pass the ideal spot to bury multiple times and finally bury it self at the same location. They don’t really ...
by kevinkk
Thu Jan 12, 2023 4:29 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Distance caterpillars travel to pupate?
Replies: 12
Views: 287

Re: Distance caterpillars travel to pupate?

Wouldn't the speed of a larva depend on it's size? I know larva can motor right along, and I would guess the species that travel the furthest would be burrowers like Sphinx. I've never thought about how fast they crawl- just how fast they can escape my eye when changing food plant, I know they will ...
by kevinkk
Wed Jan 11, 2023 4:43 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Distance caterpillars travel to pupate?
Replies: 12
Views: 287

Re: Distance caterpillars travel to pupate?

Yes, the pupa must be somewhere. I think there are two mitigating factors, the species, and individual behavior. I have found wild Papilio rutulus pupa before, at the base of a hundred foot tall poplar tree under a board. they clearly traveled some distance to pupate. I had a brood of luna raised un...
by kevinkk
Wed Jan 11, 2023 4:03 am
Forum: The Porch Light
Topic: wriggling pupa
Replies: 13
Views: 461

Re: wriggling pupa

I was conjecturing, I don't recall ever reading in 50 some years anything about what is inside a freshly pupated caterpillar. We probably have all seen the gradual development of the adult through the shell, as well as witnessing the process of emergence. I won't comment on your list of myths it's t...
by kevinkk
Sun Jan 08, 2023 3:50 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How do you find people to trade insect specimens with?
Replies: 22
Views: 1045

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

You just need to post a want ad. Trading is the original form of capitalism, the issue is that one needs a trading partner, and it is simpler to accept money, which can be saved for use at the right time. One of my first experiences with breeding livestock, I posted an ad for trade. I got a response...