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by Luehdorf
Tue Oct 18, 2022 9:44 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Castniidae
Replies: 43
Views: 1244

Re: Castniidae

@bobw I alwas thought castniidae have more collectors focused on them, since I often see some really expensive 500-800 eur per specimen castniidae on ebay or some German sellers website. How come some species are so expensive if they are not collected that often?
by Luehdorf
Tue Oct 18, 2022 9:33 pm
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Panama - field trips 2022
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: Panama - field trips 2022

@trehopr1 @chuck @Jshuey really appreciate your detailed responses. It must be a mix of all the different factors. When taking into account the pesticide drift, the areas where I was searching being heavily used by humans, a lot of light pollution and then probably not hitting the right location at ...
by Luehdorf
Tue Oct 11, 2022 9:57 pm
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Panama - field trips 2022
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Panama - field trips 2022

I have been living in Panama since January now, and I go into the field every week but what surprised me most is that butterfly numbers are really low all over the country. I live in Panama city near the Panama canal, surrounded by the Soberania National Park, and my apartment building is just next ...
by Luehdorf
Thu Jul 21, 2022 12:09 pm
Forum: Announcements & News
Topic: Frankfurt fair 2022
Replies: 8
Views: 608

Re: Frankfurt fair 2022

Does anyone know if the Frankfurt fair is confirmed for this year yet? I want to book my flights. but not before I'm sure it's going ahead. I am member of Apollo who organises it, and I just quickly checked the website and it looks confirmed. I have just sent an email to our president and asked wha...
by Luehdorf
Tue May 31, 2022 1:54 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Rearing Parides species in Central America
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: Rearing parides species in Central America

Will do that! Should I spread the androconial fold? I remember we had this disucssion once a few years ago. What is the best practice?
by Luehdorf
Mon May 30, 2022 5:08 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Rearing Parides species in Central America
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: Rearing parides species in Central America

@adamcotton I just checked the androconial fold and it’s white. So that means it’s Parides anchises farfan for sure?
by Luehdorf
Sat May 28, 2022 4:28 am
Forum: Coleoptera
Topic: Chrysina beetles in Panama and Costa Rica
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Chrysina beetles in Panama and Costa Rica

I am preparing a longer trip to the cloud forests of Chiriqui at the border to Costa Rica.
I only know that Chrysina beetles come to light at night. What else should I know in order to be successful? When at night do they come? Any other advice?
by Luehdorf
Sat May 28, 2022 1:33 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Rearing Parides species in Central America
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: Rearing parides species in Central America

I will definitely try to catch more specimens, and once they are spread share the photos here. I initially tried inaturalist to identify the specimens but probably a lot of the ids are not correct since people only id by photo. I even found parides sesostris, erithalion and eurimedes there for this ...
by Luehdorf
Fri May 27, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?
Replies: 15
Views: 562

Re: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?

Wait until you see the price of maple right now. I’d say do use a local wood, but take your time and investigate the right one. Good point, let’s hope in a few months prices for raw materials go down again. I’ll investigate and share my findings here for sure. It’s gonna probably take even more tim...
by Luehdorf
Fri May 27, 2022 2:16 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: A living jewel, Thermozephyrus ataxus
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: A living jewel, Thermozephyrus ataxus

Wonderful specimens!
by Luehdorf
Fri May 27, 2022 2:07 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?
Replies: 15
Views: 562

Re: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?

Teak is also becoming quite rare and expensive in the world market. While not controlled by CITES, it is under the watchful eye of authorities since it's often labeled as coming from a legal source, but is not. I'd avoid Teak for that reason alone; and what Adam said. LOL I saw a gorgeous and expen...
by Luehdorf
Fri May 27, 2022 2:05 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?
Replies: 15
Views: 562

Re: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?

Teak wood must be absolutely dry before making the boxes, otherwise the wood will split. Normally it must be professionally dried, and after that it will be safe to use to store specimens. Note it is very heavy. I actually think you don't need to use hardwood. I will ask what type of wood those sup...
by Luehdorf
Thu May 26, 2022 11:45 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Rearing Parides species in Central America
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: Rearing parides species in Central America

wollastoni wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 9:58 am Sounds like a great rearing program !
I agree with Adam, try to find some wild Aristolochia and plant them in your garden.

And post us some pictures of your rearing experience if it works !
Good luck !
Will keep you guys updated for sure!
by Luehdorf
Thu May 26, 2022 11:44 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Rearing Parides species in Central America
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: Rearing parides species in Central America

Lol. A lepidopterist in Panama. You’re going to have problems. Here our Lep season is done by September except for Catocala. By then I’m exhausted. You my friend are going to burn out. Hahah I wish! But unfortunately after the first six months I really started missing those palearctic butterflies t...
by Luehdorf
Thu May 26, 2022 11:22 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Rearing Parides species in Central America
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: Rearing parides species in Central America

@adamcotton I did my best and took a photo of the underside and upperside of one male and one female. Really curious which species this is.
Both were caught on the 25th of May right here in Panama City near the Metropolitan Park at 30m height above sea level, and next to the forest.
by Luehdorf
Thu May 26, 2022 1:53 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Rearing Parides species in Central America
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Rearing Parides species in Central America

I just found some nice flowering bushes behind my apartment block here in Panama with lots of female Parides eurimedes or anchises not totally sure yet. Which aristolochia sp. is best for rearing Parides? I have already asked dozens of nurseries but they only have aristolochia leuconeura. Can I just...
by Luehdorf
Thu May 26, 2022 1:49 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?
Replies: 15
Views: 562

Re: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?

Thanks guys for that reminder. I was thinking about using probably teak from sustainable plantations, it’s also quite affordable and the other hardwoods are probably too difficult to work with something like Ipe. Is there any other problems with teak? Oils or something else in the wood that could be...
by Luehdorf
Mon May 23, 2022 11:13 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?
Replies: 15
Views: 562

Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?

I have recently moved to Panama, and I am building my collection here again. A few weeks ago I wanted to order my favourite museum grade boxes from Germany, from Entomologie Meier, just to find out that they closed their business. But I do have some good carpenters here in Panama, and I will just ha...