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by nomihoudai
Mon Nov 21, 2022 3:29 pm
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Re: How to perfectly relax butterflies : the vodka method

In the very beginning I used alcohol based window cleaner. I assume it's a similar mixture to Vodka. Unfortunately, specimen will get a bit of a smell from the window cleaner.
by nomihoudai
Thu Nov 10, 2022 9:56 am
Forum: Open Topics
Topic: Finally met one of my mentors!
Replies: 8
Views: 362

Re: Finally met one of my mentors!

It's great meeting people in person. In 2014 I think I had attended a seminar at UF Gainesville where Charlie Covell was present. In any case the seminar was started by Thomas Emmel who I met and talked to. They dedicated a research room at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, FL to Thomas Emmel after ...
by nomihoudai
Thu Nov 10, 2022 9:50 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Cheirotonus
Replies: 14
Views: 504

Re: Cheirotonus

Cheirotonus is one of the beetle genera that also interest me as a non beetle person.
by nomihoudai
Thu Nov 10, 2022 9:49 am
Forum: Field Reports
Topic: Papilio anchisiades
Replies: 6
Views: 254

Re: Papilio anchisiades

Was the cold winter the winter of 2020-21? I was in Florida at that time and a cold spell came in and killed off the Bismarckias (Bismarckia nobilis). Later we had the Blizzard in Texas and we had lost power. I had seen H. charitonia in Houston (2015) I think, and I have seen it a few times in Flori...
by nomihoudai
Thu Nov 10, 2022 9:42 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Nokomis Fritillary (Speyeria nokomis)
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: Nokomis Fritillary (Speyeria nokomis)

Speyeria are nice. In Summer, I do enjoy looking after Speyeria aglaja. The only current member of genus Speyeria in Europe.
by nomihoudai
Thu Nov 10, 2022 8:30 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Cercyonis pegala
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Cercyonis pegala

There is different subspecies, a lot of them without the beautiful yellow! I knew about this species before my first travel to the US as people sometimes mention it, but not about the color variations. I guess it is not that well collected as most Satyrinae, but it does show up in conversations ever...
by nomihoudai
Fri Nov 04, 2022 11:38 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Papilio saharae.
Replies: 8
Views: 425

Re: Papilio saharae.

Does Tunisia have machaon or saharae? I have mounted Papilios from Tunisia for a museum many years ago, but I don't know if it was saharae or machaon. Of course those will be a lot easier to come by than these from Yemen.
by nomihoudai
Fri Nov 04, 2022 11:36 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Eumorpha typhon & Citheronia splendens
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Eumorpha typhon & Citheronia splendens

Do you have a picture of E. typhon next to E. achemon? Eumorpha is an amazing genus with really beautiful species.
by nomihoudai
Tue Oct 25, 2022 10:00 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Sonoran Blue - Rearing
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: Sonoran Blue - Rearing

Hi Seth, great to hear that you enjoyed the video and that it inspired you to get out in the field! My first name is Claude and I am the person in the video. The video was taken by Clark, who is the founder and the previous owner of insectnet.com. I have been a regular poster since 2009 and I have m...
by nomihoudai
Mon Oct 03, 2022 2:39 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Breeding: Gonepteryx rhamni
Replies: 4
Views: 131

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: 186

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: 1214

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: 203

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: 115

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: 226

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: 172

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: 172

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: 114

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: 193

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: 314

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.