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by 58chevy
Mon Nov 28, 2022 11:35 pm
Forum: Insect Art
Topic: Buprestis rufipes
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Buprestis rufipes

Coincidentally, I know of another person who encountered a mass emergence of these from a dead tree. Not sure if it was a cottonwood or something else. He put about 50 of them in a jar and they tore each other to pieces.
by 58chevy
Sun Nov 27, 2022 7:28 pm
Forum: Insect Art
Topic: Buprestis rufipes
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Buprestis rufipes

This is one of my favorite N. American buprestids. They are widespread in range and not considered rare, but are seldom encountered. I don't know of anybody who knows a reliable method of capturing them. If you are aware of a good method, please respond here. They range in size from about 20mm to 35...
by 58chevy
Thu Nov 24, 2022 4:28 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: YouTube - pedromariposa
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Re: YouTube - pedromariposa

Great videos! Thanks for posting. I never knew about this channel until now. I think I'll move to Bolivia.
by 58chevy
Thu Nov 24, 2022 4:12 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 use the same method Chuck uses, with water and 70% iso alcohol on paper towels. 12 to 24 hours is usually enough. If I leave smaller specimens in the container longer than that, their wings tend to fall off. I have never had problems with staining.
by 58chevy
Wed Nov 23, 2022 12:21 am
Forum: Announcements & News
Topic: TX A&M Insect Collection Open House
Replies: 0
Views: 138

TX A&M Insect Collection Open House

Msg from Karen W. Wright, Associate Curator, Texas A&M University Insect Collection Dear Colleagues: You are cordially invited to the annual "open house" of the Texas A&M University Insect Collection to meet with others who share an interest in the study of Texas insects. This is t...
by 58chevy
Fri Nov 18, 2022 7:59 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Dynastes centaurus (Ghana)
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Dynastes centaurus (Ghana)

Is that a gecko wrapped around the horn?
by 58chevy
Thu Nov 17, 2022 12:50 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Please ID: Ascalapha ordorata....hmm....
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Please ID: Ascalapha ordorata....hmm....

A. odorata can sometimes be found by the hundreds following a hurricane along the Gulf coast. They like to seek shelter under awnings & in garages. They are attracted to bait (especially rotten bananas) & lights.
by 58chevy
Tue Nov 15, 2022 12:20 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Libytheana carinenta bachmanii
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: Libytheana carinenta

There is a large swarm of them in south TX every year. If you stuck your net out the car window it would be filled up in a minute or two, just like the locust swarms shown on TV.
by 58chevy
Sun Nov 13, 2022 10:36 pm
Forum: Coleoptera
Topic: Tithoes (fmr. Acanthophorus) maculatus
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: Tithoes (fmr. Acanthophorus) maculatus

Looks scary! I wouldn't let my fingers get near those mandibles (male or female).
by 58chevy
Fri Nov 11, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: iNaturalist
Replies: 14
Views: 543

iNaturalist

interesting short paper published yesterday in PLOS Biology encouraging experts to contribute identifications to iNaturalist. ---------------------------- In recent decades, there has been a massive increase in available biodiversity data—there are currently >2.1 billion species occurrence records i...
by 58chevy
Fri Nov 11, 2022 4:54 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Frankfurt Insect Fair 2022
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: Frankfurt Insect Fair 2022

I agree with Trehopr. Great stuff! Wish they had insect fairs in America (other than the occasional one in California, which is relatively small compared to the ones in Europe).
by 58chevy
Thu Nov 10, 2022 5:33 pm
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Papilio anchisiades
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: Papilio anchisiades

I think it was the winter of 2011 that killed off the H. charitonia. They could still be found along the Gulf coast near Houston after that, but I never saw any more than a few miles inland.
by 58chevy
Thu Nov 10, 2022 4:17 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Speyeria cybele charlottii
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Re: Speyeria cybele charlottii

I collected this species in Arkansas. Anybody know which subspecies lives there?
by 58chevy
Thu Nov 10, 2022 4:11 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Houston Museum of Natural Science article
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Re: Houston Museum of Natural Science article

I've visited this museum many times in the past, but not recently. Farrar Stockton & Nancy Grieg are friends of mine. Farrar has a very nice private butterfly collection, as well as a very impressive mineral collection. This article will motivate me to get back down to the museum.
by 58chevy
Tue Nov 08, 2022 11:27 pm
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Papilio anchisiades
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: Papilio anchisiades

I captured one A. clorinde in San Jacinto Co, TX (near Cleveland, TX) around 2005 or so. H. charitonia was common in the Houston area for about 6 years in a row, but they disappeared after a cold winter and haven't been seen in the area since (as far as I know).
by 58chevy
Tue Nov 08, 2022 11:20 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Cercyonis pegala
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: Cercyonis pegala

I haven't seen that species in decades. The so-called "Common Wood Nymph" is anything but common in the Houston area. Where did you see yours? Interesting comparison to the owl butterfly. I never noticed the similarity.
by 58chevy
Mon Nov 07, 2022 6:14 pm
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Papilio anchisiades
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: Papilio anchisiades

There are numerous records from the Lower Rio Grande Valley. About 30 years ago I saw one at the Sea World butterfly garden in San Antonio.
by 58chevy
Sun Nov 06, 2022 8:04 pm
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Papilio anchisiades
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Papilio anchisiades

This was just spotted in the Austin, TX area.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/141288953
by 58chevy
Sun Nov 06, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Cheirotonus
Replies: 14
Views: 514

Re: Cheirotonus

Awesome! One of my favorite beetles.