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by livingplanet3
Sun Nov 27, 2022 12:31 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1183

Re: Agrias butterflies

Does anyone here have the following form of claudina? - https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3f/Agrias_claudina_claudina_MHNT_dos.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/15/Agrias_claudina_claudina_MHNT_ventre.jpg I'm not certain of what this form is currently called, but Sm...
by livingplanet3
Sat Nov 26, 2022 1:33 am
Forum: Insect Art
Topic: Tropical invertebrates
Replies: 0
Views: 46

Tropical invertebrates

Some illustrations of tropical insects (and a spider) from a 1980 book by Edward S. Ayensu, "Jungles" -

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by livingplanet3
Fri Nov 25, 2022 9:46 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1183

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 injec...
by livingplanet3
Fri Nov 25, 2022 5:57 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1183

Re: Agrias butterflies

I will join in with Bobw, I thought this relaxing issue had been solved with the cold method, which worked very well for my Ornithptera. Personally, I have some "health" issues and cringe at the thought of alcohol in the house. You guys can give your specimens all the gin, vodka, and grai...
by livingplanet3
Thu Nov 24, 2022 4:49 am
Forum: Insect Art
Topic: Hebomoia / Stichophthalma hybrid
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Re: Hebomoia / Stichophthalma hybrid

Strange..more Hebomoia than Stichophthalma I think. Possibly artistic license taken with a heavily marked female Hebomoia? Here is a recently set pair of Hebomoia glaucippe formosana with a heavily spotted female as an example. Indeed - I wasn't aware that some female H. glaucippe had hindwing mark...
by livingplanet3
Thu Nov 24, 2022 1:36 am
Forum: Insect Art
Topic: Hebomoia / Stichophthalma hybrid
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Hebomoia / Stichophthalma hybrid

I spotted this Hebomoia / Stichophthalma hybrid while shopping this morning -

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by livingplanet3
Wed Nov 23, 2022 7:42 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: YouTube - pedromariposa
Replies: 1
Views: 87

YouTube - pedromariposa

A YouTube channel that I've been watching for years, with many great videos of butterflies in the wild, especially from Bolivia -

https://www.youtube.com/@pedromariposa/videos
by livingplanet3
Wed Nov 23, 2022 7:26 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 7
Views: 125

Re: Islanded Endemics

Here is a true island endemic. Papilio erithonoides. Madagascar It resembles closely Papilio demodocus commonly encountered on the African continent but also found in Madagascar Nice specimen! Of the demodocus clade, I've only ever able to obtain demodocus and demoleus. I've long watched for an opp...
by livingplanet3
Tue Nov 22, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 395

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

We had a lot of discussion about the best method to relax dried butterflies. Here is a new method I have been now using for a year, that my friend Nicolas Grimaldi taught me last summer: the vodka method!... Many thanks wollastoni for the detailed instructions, and thanks also to all for your input...
by livingplanet3
Sun Nov 20, 2022 8:19 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1183

Re: Agrias butterflies

Thanks. These narcissus specimens were set/spread when I got them. I have spread both Agrias & Prepona since. Here are some from Costa Rica I acquired as papered specimens a few years back. Orange & Red forms of Agrias amydon philatelica. I actually set these verso up & then re=pinned t...
by livingplanet3
Sat Nov 19, 2022 7:30 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1183

Re: Agrias butterflies

A drawer in my collection containing some Agrias narcissus I got from a British dealer in the mid 1980s. I was able to get a nice series relatively cheaply compared to prices today. Old photo. Very nice! Did you have any difficulty spreading these? I've heard that Agrias / Prepona can be somewhat p...
by livingplanet3
Fri Nov 18, 2022 5:54 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1183

Re: Agrias butterflies

I don't believe the color in the pictured specimen to be true as the species is more of a turquoise color... Agreed - the color appears to have been saturated toward the blue end in that photo, although when viewed at just the right angle, a deep blue aspect can be seen in this species, especially ...
by livingplanet3
Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:56 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1183

Re: Agrias butterflies

Wow, that is one intense photograph !! Agreed, here in the US this species seems to have been a real scarcity amongst dealers. I'm willing to bet that virtually any collected over these last fourty years or so probably went directly to Europe or Japan -- with barely any ever making it here. I have ...
by livingplanet3
Thu Nov 17, 2022 11:31 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1183

Re: Agrias butterflies

In all my years of purchasing/trading for specimens I have never yet seen a narcissus available in any old collections I have reviewed ! Indeed, narcissus doesn't appear to be available nearly as often as various other Agrias (at least, not in the US). I was finally able to obtain a specimen (a mal...
by livingplanet3
Thu Nov 17, 2022 7:25 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Large, colorful undet. skipper
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Large, colorful undet. skipper

I think it might be in the genus Phocides.
by livingplanet3
Thu Nov 17, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1183

Re: Agrias butterflies

As livingplanet is showing Agrias phalcidon fournierae, let's show various forms from my collection... Beautiful specimens! I checked the data on my A. phalcidon fournierae, and it's form viola. I have ALWAYS had the highest appreciation for these butterflies. They are literally the GEMS of the Sou...
by livingplanet3
Tue Nov 15, 2022 5:54 pm
Forum: Coleoptera
Topic: Tithoes (fmr. Acanthophorus) maculatus
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Tithoes (fmr. Acanthophorus) maculatus

The first pictures shows Tithoes confinis (Lapoerte de Castelnau, 1840), male. The pair on the second one should be T. maculatus (Fabricius, 1792) as the site says. Third photo is most likely confinis again. These two species are often sympatric, are quite similar to each other, and the markings ca...
by livingplanet3
Tue Nov 15, 2022 1:52 am
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: What is this insect?
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: What is this insect?

Paul K wrote: Tue Nov 15, 2022 1:38 am It is Psocid (booklice)
Psocid was my next guess, but the insect in the photo appears to have abdominal cornicles, as is typical of many aphids? Perhaps what I am seeing, are actually wings?
by livingplanet3
Mon Nov 14, 2022 11:45 pm
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: What is this insect?
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: What is this insect?

Hello. Please help me to know this Insect: I live in Germany (Leipzig) I found about 5-6 per day just on wall of my home. They are super tiny and seeing is difficult. small size (0.5-1 mm) : white/light Brown big size (1-2 mm) : dark brown/ Black The walking speed is fast. They don’t fly. I take vi...
by livingplanet3
Mon Nov 14, 2022 10:55 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1183

Re: Agrias butterflies

I'm not sure what the "rarest" Agrias in my collection would be. Possibly, Agrias phalcidon fournierae. I don't have a photo of my specimen at the moment, but here's a fine example that looks similar - https://photos.smugmug.com/Folder-of-Lepidoptera-Galleries/Lepidoptera-A-thru-C/i-qwNPXZ...