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by adamcotton
Mon Nov 28, 2022 10:03 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Travel in Saudi Arabia
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Travel in Saudi Arabia

Cassidinae wrote: Sun Nov 27, 2022 11:46 pm As in most Muslim countries, insects are considered something worthy of attention
I don't understand this, did you actually mean 'NOT worthy of attention'?

Adam.
by adamcotton
Sun Nov 27, 2022 10:29 am
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: Papilionid ID, Borneo
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Papilionid ID, Borneo

livingplanet3 wrote: Sun Nov 27, 2022 2:29 am It appears to be Papilio nephelus albolineatus.
Definitely!

Adam.
by adamcotton
Fri Nov 25, 2022 8:09 am
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: May I know what is this insect with spotted pattern?
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: May I know what is this insect with spotted pattern?

They must have been a mating pair. It is hard to tell what they are but perhaps they are Diptera of family Tipulidae (crane flies). It is difficult to be certain from the blurry photo without any indication of size.

Adam.
by adamcotton
Wed Nov 23, 2022 7:22 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Islanded Endemics
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: Islanded Endemics

Strangely, there are two more Madagascar endemic species in the same group, Papilio morondavana and P. grosesmithi.

Adam.
by adamcotton
Tue Nov 22, 2022 7:31 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Idea(Danainae)
Replies: 14
Views: 524

Re: Idea(Danainae)

Tioman Island has many endemic subspecies.

Adam.
by adamcotton
Mon Nov 21, 2022 8:19 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 544

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

This method seems fine if you will spread only a few different butterflies at a time, but when I spread specimens I will often put maybe 10, 20 or more very similar specimens from different places in the box at the same time. Normally I stack them inside their envelopes (data written on each envelop...
by adamcotton
Thu Nov 17, 2022 9:57 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 61
Views: 1717

Re: Agrias butterflies

That gets a 'thumbs up' from me because it was self-caught. All the specimens are superb, but self-collected makes it extra special.

Adam.
by adamcotton
Thu Nov 17, 2022 9:51 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agehana maraho
Replies: 11
Views: 354

Re: Agehana maraho

Love watching them in Taiwan. They fly like slow Pterourus. That's because they ARE Pterourus , see https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0140933 Wu L-W, Yen S-H, Lees DC, Lu C-C, Yang P-S, Hsu Y-F (2015) Phylogeny and Historical Biogeography of Asian Pterourus Butterfli...
by adamcotton
Thu Nov 17, 2022 9:37 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: iNaturalist
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: iNaturalist

It will be interesting to leave the identifiers to it for a few days and then check the IDs to see how many are correct, how many understandably incorrect (closely related species) and how many completely erroneous.

Adam.
by adamcotton
Thu Nov 17, 2022 8:22 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Naming conventions, elevating and de-elevating taxa
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Re: Naming conventions, elevating and de-elevating taxa

Put simply, the oldest available name for a perceived taxon is the valid (correct) name for that entity. This is called the 'Principle of Priority'. An older name cannot be replaced with a completely new name unless it is shown that for one of the few reasons specified under the Code (e.g. homonym, ...
by adamcotton
Mon Nov 14, 2022 8:13 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Unknown Stichopthalma
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Unknown Stichopthalma

I asked Inayoshi-san to look at the new photos, and here is his reply: "About strange Stichophthalma , We can not say what species this population is. I also asked Saito-san and he said it would be either devyatkini or eamesi . He judged that it is more likely to be eamesi . It seems intermedia...
by adamcotton
Sat Nov 12, 2022 12:10 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: iNaturalist
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: iNaturalist

Unfortunately, due to the 'majority vote is correct' policy, many experts do not want to contribute because they see it as a waste of time if their opinion is 'voted' down by a load of people who don't know enough about the taxa involved.

Adam.
by adamcotton
Sat Nov 12, 2022 11:01 am
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Tiger Swallowtails of NY: Finger Lakes, Part II
Replies: 41
Views: 1005

Re: Tiger Swallowtails of NY: Finger Lakes, Part II

adamcotton wrote: Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:58 am The current Code recommends that the holotype be deposited in an institution, but it is not mandatory.
Just to be clear, I am NOT recommending that people describe species/subspecies and keep the holotype in their private collection, I am just explaining that it is not forbidden to do so.

Adam.
by adamcotton
Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:58 am
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Tiger Swallowtails of NY: Finger Lakes, Part II
Replies: 41
Views: 1005

Re: Tiger Swallowtails of NY: Finger Lakes, Part II

Then I'd have to give them all away post haste! Oh no! There is absolutely no obligation for you to give paratypes away at all. Obviously the single specimen designated as the holotype SHOULD be donated to a museum if it isn't already housed in one, but there is actually no obligation to do so. If ...
by adamcotton
Fri Nov 11, 2022 5:45 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Cheirotonus
Replies: 14
Views: 508

Re: Cheirotonus

Chuck wrote: Fri Nov 11, 2022 1:37 pm I've never seen any of these in the wild, @adam have you?
Yes, they come to lights, so back in the days when I was helping with moth studies they would sometimes come in. They are actually not that rare in the right place and season (usual story!).

Adam.
by adamcotton
Fri Nov 11, 2022 5:41 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Unknown Stichopthalma
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Unknown Stichopthalma

Problem is, this is a female, and the illustration in 'Butterflies of Vietnam' is a male. I think Inayoshi-san mainly used the characters he can see in combination with the locality data. As I said above, a photo of the underside would be helpful.

Adam.
by adamcotton
Fri Nov 11, 2022 10:17 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Unknown Stichopthalma
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Unknown Stichopthalma

Since there was no reply with a photo of the underside I asked Inayoshi-san and he replied saying that he thinks it is S. devyatkini, see http://yutaka.it-n.jp/ama/50310001.html .

Adam.
by adamcotton
Thu Nov 10, 2022 4:40 pm
Forum: Announcements & News
Topic: French Auctions : Bordeaux, November 23rd
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: French Auctions : Bordeaux, November 23rd

Presumably it is to a far-flung Delias habitat.

Adam.
by adamcotton
Thu Nov 10, 2022 4:34 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Frankfurt Insect Fair 2022
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Frankfurt Insect Fair 2022

They look like Prepona to me.

;) ;) ;)
by adamcotton
Mon Nov 07, 2022 7:01 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Finally met one of my mentors!
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Finally met one of my mentors!

I guess this is a good reason why people should wear 'name badges' at events like these.

Adam.