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by kevinkk
Tue Nov 29, 2022 4:44 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Travel in Saudi Arabia
Replies: 5
Views: 281

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 kevinkk
Sun Nov 27, 2022 4:18 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Lep Foraging
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: Lep Foraging

they are easy to spot, the year I had them here at home, I found a dozen or so. It's been a year or more since I've seen one in the neighborhood,
but they just tend to fly though, so you need to be out at the right time.
by kevinkk
Sat Nov 26, 2022 1:42 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Lep Foraging
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: Lep Foraging

They both look the same... except I can't grow dill to save my life. The fennel, on the other hand is going to be doing battle with my flamethrower one of these days. I bought 1 container at the nursery for about 10 bucks, nice bronze fennel that has a purplish color in spots. We have volunteer fenn...
by kevinkk
Sat Nov 26, 2022 12:57 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1749

Re: Agrias butterflies

The use of liquids that can also cause dessication, I probably butchered that word- is interesting, many of us use dispatching liquids that have a drying effect, livingplant3, absolutely correct, what works for one person may not work so well for someone else, that's why there are so many "sure...
by kevinkk
Fri Nov 25, 2022 6:23 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1749

Re: Agrias butterflies

It took a long time to fully relax those big butterflies, water only, with the insect layed on a moist paper towel. Water only. Some of the larger females took 7 days, much longer than the purported 24 hours, but that was for much smaller specimens. It did work though, and a good thing, I was inject...
by kevinkk
Fri Nov 25, 2022 6:00 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Lep Foraging
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: Lep Foraging

Fennel also grows wild in northern Cali, I spent nearly 20 years in Humboldt and that stuff was everywhere, maybe dill grows wild as well, I know here at home, I have seen Papilio zelicaon oviposit on my fennel plants, they're not very common here on the coast though. Finding wild larva or pupa is p...
by kevinkk
Fri Nov 25, 2022 5:47 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1749

Re: Agrias butterflies

Try to soak the kitchen paper with vodka, it works better than boiling water and avoid moisture. With vodka, you can then leave big specimens like Agrias for 2 or 3 days if needed and don't have to inject them. Now, I only use this method, that I learnt last year from an entomological friend. Olivi...
by kevinkk
Sat Nov 19, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Dynastes centaurus (Ghana)
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Dynastes centaurus (Ghana)

Cabintom wrote: Sat Nov 19, 2022 1:33 pm :) Either a giant Dynastes or a tiny Chameleon or maybe a bit of both? (I may have staged the photo...)
You could probably get a good story going, like they used to do on "Wild Kingdom". 8-)
by kevinkk
Fri Nov 18, 2022 10:45 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?

I had good contacts even before the internet, and in hindsight, appreciate the 80's, as far as shipping livestock, I've never had an issue. It's like anything else, once you ask for permission from the authorities, that's your first mistake. One of the problems our hobby has run into, is that person...
by kevinkk
Wed Nov 16, 2022 6:02 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?

Coincidence. This is the right spot to trade or sell deadstock. Being in dissimilar countries may present an issue. I just answered an ad posted on the classifieds and sold my extra papered material, mostly bred stock, but some wild caught and just extra, we don't go into the field to make money, ev...
by kevinkk
Sun Nov 13, 2022 5:29 am
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: please help identify, might be "Carpet Beetle Larvae"
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: please help identify, might be "Carpet Beetle Larvae"

ok, time will tell. and just now, i make a small donation thanks so much, david A realistic approach. I find exterminators amusing and predatory. Simply trying to keep things clean is the best way, and even then it can be frustrating at times, I just dumped out my sugar from a plastic container wit...
by kevinkk
Thu Nov 03, 2022 1:06 am
Forum: Insect Photography & Video
Topic: Update II
Replies: 17
Views: 313

Re: Update II

I've found that legs of lepidoptera usually get in the way, I'll agree the forelegs exposed are a nice touch, but nearly all my leps have the legs
tucked underneath, depending on the species it can be a real challenge.
by kevinkk
Mon Oct 31, 2022 4:38 am
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: Sphinx moth caterpillar I think
Replies: 9
Views: 168

Re: Sphinx moth caterpillar I think

It's a sphinx, without a better side shot, it's hard to tell, someone more familiar with southwestern species might pick it out easy, but it could be Hyles
sp, or Euproserpinus weisti, Lintneria separatus-
by kevinkk
Wed Oct 26, 2022 1:04 am
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: Mantis identification
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Mantis identification

Mantids are always interesting, I've released hundreds here at home, but on the Oregon coast, they never got out of L3 outdoors.
by kevinkk
Tue Oct 25, 2022 3:57 pm
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: Mantis identification
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Mantis identification

Chinese mantis- Tenodera sinensis and the European Mantis religosa are both introduced species, I've raised many sinensis, because those are the ones sold at nurseries for pest control, they always have had a brown color, what ever you have is probably a native. I'd hang on to her and she may attrac...
by kevinkk
Mon Oct 24, 2022 3:22 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Butterfly wing patterns & "junk" DNA
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: Butterfly wing patterns & "junk" DNA

Exactly, the process is interesting, but modifying animals is dicey. Just like hybrids, meh.. I've hybridized Hyalophora before, but it was an afterthought.
by kevinkk
Mon Oct 24, 2022 3:53 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Sonoran Blue - Rearing
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Sonoran Blue - Rearing

Some interesting "comments" with the video. A handful of twits. if there is anything amusing, it's watching people who will never meet, argue. I think I recognize one name, it would be helpful if people used the same or their actual names when they get involved with things like this. Maybe...
by kevinkk
Sat Oct 22, 2022 11:04 pm
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: Is this a hornet?
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: Is this a hornet?

There are 46 species of bumble bees in North America, your location is important for id, as well as more than just a side picture, males, females and workers all can have different patterns of color, black, yellow, orange and white. There are a number of interesting documentaries about bumble bees a...
by kevinkk
Sat Oct 15, 2022 12:33 am
Forum: Insect Photography & Video
Topic: Update
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: Update

I don't spread a lot of Sphingidae, but I've never had an issue with the proboscis of any that feed, perhaps it is the way they are dispatched, I just had a batch of Acherontia that I simply put in the freezer for dispatching and none of the tongues unfurled, the same with Manduca rustica. One might...
by kevinkk
Thu Oct 13, 2022 5:00 pm
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 1
Views: 99

Re: What is this?

Looks like a wasp, maybe a solitary type.