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by bobw
Tue Feb 07, 2023 8:39 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Does anyone have a bigger one? I mean an agrippina
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: Does anyone have a bigger one? I mean an agrippina

You would think that a moth of this sort of wingspan would be badly damaged after just its maiden flight. There now seem to be a lot of perfect specimens on the market so I assumed that they must be captive-bred. It comes as rather a surprise that the foodplant is not known!
by bobw
Fri Dec 16, 2022 10:37 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Stichophthalma camadeva
Replies: 11
Views: 517

Re: Stichophthalma camadeva

Knowing Paul Smart as a person, I found it hard to buy his book on principle. There was a very similar book out at the sam time by H L Lewis, which I used a little.
by bobw
Fri Nov 25, 2022 8:50 am
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: Catocala ID
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Re: Catocala ID

It's difficult to be certain as the specimen is very worn and there's no indication of size, but it's either C. sponsa or C. dilecta.
by bobw
Mon Nov 21, 2022 10:34 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 39
Views: 1904

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

I think it was Bill Garthe who used to recommend gin.
by bobw
Mon Nov 21, 2022 8:08 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 85
Views: 3121

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. Olivi...
by bobw
Fri Nov 18, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 85
Views: 3121

Re: Agrias butterflies

Trehopr1 wrote: Fri Nov 18, 2022 2:59 am I don't believe the color in the pictured specimen to be true as the species is more of a turquoise color. Yet, it does have a unique wingshape and the females are as rare as hens teeth.
They also don't have bright red antennae!
by bobw
Wed Nov 16, 2022 3:03 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Naming conventions, elevating and de-elevating taxa
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Naming conventions, elevating and de-elevating taxa

As long as the name is valid it's always available and is fixed to the primary type(s). This is regardless of the rank assigned to it by anybody. If someone were to assign a new name as in your example, cottoni would immediately become a synonym of glaucus , unless someone were to show that the type...
by bobw
Fri Nov 04, 2022 6:22 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Zerene cesonia
Replies: 5
Views: 286

Re: Zerene cesonia

Some of the South American subspecies of cesonia have females that routinely have these extra black markings.
by bobw
Fri Nov 04, 2022 6:19 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Strange wing shape Deaths head hawk moth
Replies: 1
Views: 198

Re: Strange wing shape Deaths head hawk moth

Just a deformity.
by bobw
Thu Nov 03, 2022 9:59 am
Forum: Insect Photography & Video
Topic: Update II
Replies: 17
Views: 425

Re: Update II

Nice little series of junctura (?).
by bobw
Wed Nov 02, 2022 8:09 am
Forum: Insect Photography & Video
Topic: Update II
Replies: 17
Views: 425

Re: Update II

lamprima2 wrote: Wed Nov 02, 2022 7:03 am Next time I'll try to spread the hind legs as well (I hope, no one will find this statement offensive).
Each to their own!
by bobw
Wed Nov 02, 2022 8:06 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Zerene cesonia
Replies: 5
Views: 286

Re: Zerene cesonia

Nice slightly melanic female!
by bobw
Mon Oct 24, 2022 7:39 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Sonoran Blue - Rearing
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Sonoran Blue - Rearing

Claude is on here regularly and should see your post. I'm sure he'll reply then.
by bobw
Wed Oct 19, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Castniidae
Replies: 43
Views: 1446

Re: Castniidae

jhyatt wrote: Wed Oct 19, 2022 1:16 pm I caught one Castniid on the wing in Peru back around 1985. Still a fond memory!
jh
Not easy to do!
by bobw
Wed Oct 19, 2022 11:24 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Castniidae
Replies: 43
Views: 1446

Re: Castniidae

There are only about 5 or 6 serious collectors of Castniidae. The problem is that they fly fast, many are crepuscular and they're difficult to find, and when they are found they've often shredded their wings. Then there are many bauble collectors who like the big showy ones, which forces the prices ...
by bobw
Tue Oct 11, 2022 3:37 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Castniidae
Replies: 43
Views: 1446

Re: Castniidae

wollastoni wrote: Tue Oct 11, 2022 10:39 am Very common species in French Guiana too.
Olivier

I believe that T. atymnius is actually very rare in French Guiana. The species that is very common there, as it is throughout most of South America, is T. licus.
by bobw
Mon Oct 10, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Castniidae
Replies: 43
Views: 1446

Re: Castniidae

Yes, it's certainly the most common species in most Central American countries.
by bobw
Mon Oct 10, 2022 5:40 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Castniidae
Replies: 43
Views: 1446

Re: Castniidae

John

The living specimen in your photo is a male of Telchin atymnius futilis.
by bobw
Sat Oct 08, 2022 1:30 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Castniidae
Replies: 43
Views: 1446

Re: Castniidae

They are sometimes known as "Giant butterfly moths". Some are very colourful and they do have clubbed antennae.
by bobw
Sat Oct 08, 2022 1:07 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Castniidae
Replies: 43
Views: 1446

Re: Castniidae

Below are my drawers of these genera, which was part of the material used to produce the new paper (above), Sorry about the picture quality but they were just quick snaps with my mobile:
RW03 Amauta.jpg
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RW04 Amauta Vadina.jpg
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RW05 Divana.jpg
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