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by wollastoni
Sat Nov 26, 2022 10:17 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1186

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: 53
Views: 1186

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: 65

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: 395

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: 395

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: 395

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: 395

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: 395

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: 395

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: 395

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: 53
Views: 1186

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: 391

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: 53
Views: 1186

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: 53
Views: 1186

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: 53
Views: 1186

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: 480

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: 323

Re: Agehana maraho

Wonderful !
Thanks for sharing, Radovan
by wollastoni
Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:22 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1186

Re: Agrias butterflies

I still cannot help myself as seeing the "original" Agrias species as being (somewhat) diffrent in appearance from (most prepona). No Agrias or Prepona specialist thinks Agrias and Prepona aren't different. Keith Willmott who synonimised both genera in 2013 wrote that : - " Agrias ha...
by wollastoni
Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 53
Views: 1186

Re: Agrias butterflies

Wonderful variation of the form augustus, Manfred !
by wollastoni
Wed Nov 16, 2022 5:19 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How do you find people to trade insect specimens with?
Replies: 19
Views: 480

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

John, you are mixing the Classifieds with the Marketplace... :-) -In the Insectnet Classifieds , you can post exchange ads or for sale ads for free (once you have an account). There are currently 28 exchange ads. -In the Insectnet Marketplace , you can sell insects directly on Insectnet and we charg...