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by nomihoudai
Mon Oct 03, 2022 2:39 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Breeding: Gonepteryx rhamni
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: Breeding: Gonepteryx rhamni

I don't know what the initial text was, but Gonepteryx rhamni is one of the longest living species of butterflies in Europe. The specimen that hatch in summer do not lay eggs but will go into hibernation. When the weather is cold it can happen that a specimen that hibernated survives until June and ...
by nomihoudai
Thu Sep 29, 2022 5:00 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Breeder stories....
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Breeder stories....

The most rewarding breeding I had was of Philotes sonorensis from self collected eggs. I had the chance that my job at the time would bring me to the LA area during February/March. It was a bit difficult sourcing the host plant in Europe. Dudleya species. Each caterpillar would eat a small plant on ...
by nomihoudai
Fri Sep 16, 2022 9:44 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: The silence....
Replies: 47
Views: 1009

Re: The silence....

Well, the issue at hand has two components. One of them is why only around 10% participate in topics and the other is why there is a perceived lower number of people on the forum or in the hobby. I think that the hobby is still going strong, not as strong as 10, 20, or 30 years ago, but still strong...
by nomihoudai
Mon Aug 22, 2022 2:38 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Can insects predict LONG TERM weather?
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Can insects predict LONG TERM weather?

The numbers of insects that hatch in a given period will create a distribution. From this distribution one can define a probability. For some species there is quite some variance in their distribution. This gives them adaptability without having to know anything about the world, seasons or climate. ...
by nomihoudai
Tue Jul 19, 2022 6:53 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: AI insect identification
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: AI insect identification

Hi Bub, thanks for sharing the article. I think that AI can and will do a lot of the insect classification in the future. It already does right now. Personally, I first use Google Lens for things that I come across when on a walk. If that doesn't give me a suitable result I ask among peers and lastl...
by nomihoudai
Thu Jul 14, 2022 8:14 pm
Forum: Other Insect Orders & Other Invertebrates
Topic: Giant Cicadas
Replies: 9
Views: 192

Re: Giant Cicadas

Dave we can't access your email, so we don't really know if there is some extra information that should go with the link. Just posting a link without explanation is indeed confusing.
by nomihoudai
Thu Jul 14, 2022 1:57 pm
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: Unknown Noctuid
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Unknown Noctuid

OK, time to solve the riddle :) Unfortunately, the specimen does not exist. It had been created through a "generative machine learning model". Generative means that this piece of software can create new things. It has been created using the Dall-E model, all I did was type "Blue Catoc...
by nomihoudai
Tue Jul 12, 2022 7:30 pm
Forum: Insect identification
Topic: Unknown Noctuid
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Unknown Noctuid

What moth is this?

Light trap 20 miles North of Chattanooga, TN, 10th of July.
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by nomihoudai
Tue Jul 12, 2022 7:51 am
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Cinnabar larva
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Cinnabar larva

Their population numbers are very dynamic. Many years you don't see them much and some years they are everywhere. Since 2009 I can remember 2 years when they were common. I also didn't know that they exist in NA.
by nomihoudai
Sat Jun 25, 2022 7:26 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Coenonympha tullia
Replies: 12
Views: 185

Re: Coenonympha tullia

At Butterflies of America they state: "DNA data from Kodandaramaiah & Wahlberg (2009) suggest that C. tullia is a Palearctic species distinct from American taxa". This would be this paper I think: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/epdf/10.1098/rspb.2009.1303 Unfortunately it's beh...
by nomihoudai
Fri Jun 24, 2022 6:57 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Inachis io
Replies: 14
Views: 294

Re: Inachis io

On a side note, if I had not grown up in Europe, Aglais io and Cyanistes caeruleus would have been the two species drawing me to the region to see them with my very own eyes.
by nomihoudai
Fri Jun 24, 2022 6:49 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Inachis io
Replies: 14
Views: 294

Re: Inachis io

I don't know how our southern states are fixed for nettles but, Red admirals and Mourning cloaks are said to feed on them as well. Perhaps, at least in the more northerly reaches of the US this butterfly could thrive and survive in much the same way it does in England. As far as I can see Nymphalis...
by nomihoudai
Fri Jun 24, 2022 3:47 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Inachis io
Replies: 14
Views: 294

Re: Inachis io

@livingplanet3 They feed on nettles. I can't remember having seen nettles in the South of the US.
by nomihoudai
Mon Jun 13, 2022 8:03 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Charaxes eurialus
Replies: 11
Views: 249

Re: Charaxes eurialus

adamcotton wrote: Mon Jun 13, 2022 7:00 pm Oh, that is interesting. I didn't realise that there is also a genus Kamilla. Apologies if Dave actually meant Kamilla, but most of these butterflies are Kallima.

Adam.
There is also the genus Mallika Collins & Larsen, 1991 which adds another permutation to the set. ;)
by nomihoudai
Mon Jun 13, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Paper for insect labels
Replies: 7
Views: 310

Re: Paper for insect labels

Buy acid-free paper that verifies the international ISO 9706:1994 norm. (DIN 9706 in Germany). Google should point you towards a shop when searching for "ISO 9706 acid-free". Also use paper that is heavier than regular printing paper. I used 120 g/m² and above. A lot of printers can only p...
by nomihoudai
Sun May 29, 2022 9:48 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Is there a single research forum anywhere?
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Is there a single research forum anywhere?

From 2017 to 2018 I was working on a program that had a different purpose, but would have covered the use case you mentioned, TaxonBench. The goal was to simplify the publishing process. I wanted people to be able to get large collections of images and data onto a public website and make it look lik...
by nomihoudai
Wed May 25, 2022 6:48 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Banded Sphinx (Eumorpha fasciatus)
Replies: 1
Views: 36

Re: Banded Sphinx (Eumorpha fasciatus)

All the members of genus Eumorpha are gorgeous, notably pandorus, labruscae, achemon, and vittis. Years ago I had some from a fellow member in Arizona that sent them to me.
by nomihoudai
Tue May 24, 2022 8:53 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Is there a single research forum anywhere?
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Is there a single research forum anywhere?

Could you please elaborate what you mean by research? A lot of research is done on a professional level. In academia research tasks are well defined topics. They are not necessarily short and can take many years, but they are very well defined. Generally, you then end up with very few people or nobo...
by nomihoudai
Tue May 24, 2022 7:33 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?
Replies: 15
Views: 512

Re: Which tropical hardwood is best for insect boxes?

I'm with Chuck on this one.
by nomihoudai
Tue May 24, 2022 7:29 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Any hotspots near San Antonio in June?
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: Any hotspots near San Antonio in June?

I think 1h around San Antonio is San Antonio ;). I would follow the Guadalupe River from New Braunfels in direction to Canyon Lake. It's already end of May, so that area will be hot.

Sincerely, a Texan that never has been a Texan.