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by wollastoni
Mon Dec 05, 2022 5:44 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

My vodka brand is "Eristoff", 37,5% alcohol.

But my friend is using other vodka brands and I have never checked the alcohol % on his vodka, I guess all vodka would work.
by wollastoni
Mon Dec 05, 2022 1:48 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 have used vodka or gin with no apparent difference. Love this method because it inhibits mold and the drying time is faster due to a lower vapor point. I am glad you like the vodka method ! A game-changer ! chuck < you shoud try with vodka as explained, as your method doesn't seem to work : wings...
by wollastoni
Sat Dec 03, 2022 1:18 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 85
Views: 3121

Re: Agrias butterflies

Trehopr1 wrote: Fri Dec 02, 2022 6:52 pm I'm going to give Olivier's vodka relaxation method a go on mine
Be sure to practice on small Nymphalidae or Pieridae before trying on Agrias.
by wollastoni
Sat Dec 03, 2022 1:11 pm
Forum: The Porch Light
Topic: It's just a word-
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: It's just a word-

It is called "ranks" on phpbb software. Here are the existing ranks : - New members : 1 to 4 posts - Junior members : 5 to 99 posts - Meek : 100 to 499 posts - Wallace : 500 to 1999 posts - Darwin : more than 2000 posts Special ranks : - Premium members : member who help finance the forum ...
by wollastoni
Thu Dec 01, 2022 5:21 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 85
Views: 3121

Re: Agrias butterflies

Thanks a lot, Manfred.
by wollastoni
Thu Dec 01, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: Announcements & News
Topic: Yearly donation to the forum - Premium Members 2023
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Yearly donation to the forum - Premium Members 2023

Dear members, You will soon receive an email from me about the yearly donation to Insectnet. Insectnet Forum and the Classifieds are great assets for all of us. It is a friendly place for entomologists where they can share their passion. The yearly cost of the Classifieds software, the new forum dev...
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 28, 2022 10:03 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 85
Views: 3121

Re: Agrias butterflies

livingplanet3 wrote: Sun Nov 27, 2022 12:31 am I've been looking for a specimen of this particular form for quite some time, but have never seen one for sale.
There are some available now, see on Collector's Secret : https://www.collector-secret.com/insect ... fly/agrias
by wollastoni
Mon Nov 28, 2022 9:57 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 85
Views: 3121

Re: Agrias butterflies

it is the typical Agrias sahlkei sahlkei of French Guiana and the Obidos region in Brazil. A. sahlkei sahlkei Guyane franc. - Kopie.JPG This specimen must be the most perfect Agrias sahlkei I have ever seen. Congrats Manfred ! BTW I have a lot of Agrias sahlkei from Obidos and they do look differen...
by wollastoni
Sun Nov 27, 2022 8:24 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 85
Views: 3121

Re: Agrias butterflies

Yes, it is.
See Manfred’s monography
by wollastoni
Sat Nov 26, 2022 10:17 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Agrias butterflies
Replies: 85
Views: 3121

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: 85
Views: 3121

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: 232

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: 39
Views: 1904

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: 39
Views: 1904

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: 39
Views: 1904

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: 39
Views: 1904

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: 39
Views: 1904

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: 39
Views: 1904

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: 39
Views: 1904

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: 85
Views: 3121

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