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by wollastoni
Mon Nov 28, 2022 10:03 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1625

Re: Agrias butterflies

livingplanet3 wrote: Sun Nov 27, 2022 12:31 am I've been looking for a specimen of this particular form for quite some time, but have never seen one for sale.
There are some available now, see on Collector's Secret : https://www.collector-secret.com/insect ... fly/agrias
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 28, 2022 9:57 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1625

Re: Agrias butterflies

it is the typical Agrias sahlkei sahlkei of French Guiana and the Obidos region in Brazil. A. sahlkei sahlkei Guyane franc. - Kopie.JPG This specimen must be the most perfect Agrias sahlkei I have ever seen. Congrats Manfred ! BTW I have a lot of Agrias sahlkei from Obidos and they do look differen...
by wollastoni
Sun Nov 27, 2022 8:24 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1625

Re: Agrias butterflies

Yes, it is.
See Manfred’s monography
by wollastoni
Sat Nov 26, 2022 10:17 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1625

Re: Agrias butterflies

A couple more of my Agrias with data Female A claudina croesus from Kempton Show London. Male A sardanapalus lugina form godmani from Chuck Ianni. Dave, the correct ID of your second Agrias is a Agrias claudina lugina form orleansi . Please note that "sardanapalus" is a ssp of claudina (f...
by wollastoni
Fri Nov 25, 2022 3:05 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1625

Re: Agrias butterflies

I think this is the rarest Agrias in my collection : Agrias phalcidon phalcidon form floqueti.

Image

Known from very few specimens.
This local form has been found in a small biotope around Rio Urupadi (Brazil).
by wollastoni
Thu Nov 24, 2022 10:30 am
Forum: Insect Art
Topic: Hebomoia / Stichophthalma hybrid
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Hebomoia / Stichophthalma hybrid

I like this painting a lot. I prefer these artistic interpretations to perfect reproductions.
by wollastoni
Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:15 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

Chuck : these are rather big butterflies, we will see if 24h is enough. For Pieridae, 12/18h is enough.

Another thing to take into account : the volume of the tupperware. Mine is only 5 cm high. I guess the smaller the tupperware is, the faster the process is (with the same volume of vodka).
by wollastoni
Tue Nov 22, 2022 10:02 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

Is there any difference between using vodka and gin? I remember previously someone recommended gin. The gin method explained on Insectnet years ago was a gin injection method. I used it for about one year and it was as good as hot water injection... but as all injection methods, it has some defects...
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 21, 2022 2:18 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

Not a "cup", a bottle cap. Should be 3 ml max...
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 21, 2022 1:30 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

Important notice to all : don't drink the vodka ! :D
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 21, 2022 1:08 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

Thanks.
I have never tried isopropyl alcohol and water, so let us know. It will be interesting.
Which proportion of isopropyl alcohol vs water, do you use ?

Both method seem "chemically" very close and much better than hot water only.
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:11 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

Please try it on a simple butterfly (Pieridae) and a tougher one and let me know how it works for you.
For me, it is a life-changer !
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 21, 2022 9:21 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 534

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! It is very simple , very fast and it relaxes the butterflies much better than the classical met...
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 21, 2022 8:59 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1625

Re: Agrias butterflies

With the vodka method, you don't even need to put them in the fridge.
Here is a dedicated post with pictures and explanations : viewtopic.php?p=3996#p3996
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 21, 2022 8:53 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Idea(Danainae)
Replies: 14
Views: 519

Re: Idea(Danainae)

Very nice !

I met Idea only once in the field (on Biak island, New Guinea). They are very delicate, slow flying beauties. Wonderful to see.
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 21, 2022 8:04 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1625

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. With v...
by wollastoni
Fri Nov 18, 2022 10:51 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1625

Re: Agrias butterflies

And if someone needs narcissus and other Agrias at low price, don't miss my French Auctions Interencheres next wednesday 23rd November : https://www.interencheres.com/meubles-objets-art/histoire-naturelle-dont-entomologie-taxidermie-et-art-tribal-316431/lot-33749609.html It should cost between 10 an...
by wollastoni
Fri Nov 18, 2022 10:37 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1625

Re: Agrias butterflies

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. Agrias narcissus is a common species but harde...
by wollastoni
Thu Nov 17, 2022 5:38 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How do you find people to trade insect specimens with?
Replies: 19
Views: 542

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

Chuck : PM me the other forum url so that I have a look.
by wollastoni
Thu Nov 17, 2022 1:18 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agehana maraho
Replies: 11
Views: 348

Re: Agehana maraho

Wonderful !
Thanks for sharing, Radovan