Solomon Islands Butterflies Feb 7, 2017 20:08:12 GMT -8
Post by exoticimports on Feb 7, 2017 20:08:12 GMT -8
Ah, the folly of youth. I used to scour Solomons for new bugs, shop in Thailand for jewelry (which I don't wear), scour Istanbul for carpets, SCUBA Palau and Solomons (Fiji to too tired and too cold), then go back to USA to race cars, boats, and ski. I have a motorcycle and SCUBA license, and had a USFWS import/export license. I sold "oriental" carpets. Oh, and had (still have) a full time job. That came to a screeching halt when my (now) ex-wife robbed me blind and I found myself a single father (darn, kids eat up a lot of time!!!!!!)
Anyway, I retained some of my bugs for research, and donated 90% to museums. But I'm still sitting on material I brought back from Solomons. A couple years ago I reached out to Clark and asked if I could sell some stuff on the board, but off the marketplace. I hope he remembers. It has taken me two or three years to just write this...see? I have no free time. Clark said it would be OK, and I want to offer up some stuff not on the marketplace or auction for those grubby non-participants, but for those who actually contribute to Insectnet.com.
I don't have time to spread this stuff. Or to take photos, or soften for inspection. You get exactly what I bought, on the terms I bought it.
This material is legal US import. It is legal Lacy Act compliant, with all the SI export permits and Agriculture permits paid and granted. If you care, this is the only legal butterfly specimens to come out of Solomon Islands since 1998- in '98 they had a civil war and the permit office was burned to the ground. ~2002 SI Natural Resources banned export permits except in very few cases. I was one of those few cases. I believe that all of the SI material (except mine) exported to USA since 1998 is not Lacy compliant, since full permits were not issued and/or they didn't get Ag permits. I can tell you that most Solomons exports since 2001 did not have proper export permits from Natural Resources, and AFAIK anything exported from SI (except my material) since 2004 is not kosher in USA.
So I want to get rid of some of these boxes. Here's what I have to offer. Descriptions are as I was sold and no guarantee. "A-" might be rubbed or broken/ missing antenna, and/or have grease stains. "A-" means that is how it was sold to me, no guarantee. I will take a brief look at specimens, but no promises. All of the specimens I bought or caught in-country.
1. Papilio Toboroi Straatmanni ex-pupae pairs $100
2. same, A- (usually antennae) pairs $50 two only
3. same, male A- $25
4. Papilio fuscus (Guadalcanal) pairs ~A- $20
5. Papilio fuscus (Gcanal) male ~A- $5
6. Graphium agemmemnon Gcanal $5
The following are field capture and may be in any condition, various locations:
7. Graphium hiceton $5
8. Papilio woodfordi $15
9. Papilio bridgei $10
10. Package of 20 lycaenids, probably small $20
11. Package of 20 satyrids, $20
12. Package of 20 Euploea/ Danaiids, $20 (some cool material)
13. Greasy (or not) OP urvilleanus for J Hyatt's research only, not for sale otherwise. John, drop me a PM.
Like I said, most of my material went to museums, so I don't have a lot left. No guarantee on condition or sex except as offered above. First come first serve, I will try to provide the first buyers with the best material; if you want something special say so but I cannot guarantee. Commit first, I do the best I can. I can't accept orders for "if you have, or if it is..."
Trades accepted: blue water sailing yacht 36-44 feet, dry decks, delivered USA east coast; unusual South American Ceratocampiinae.
All have collecting data.
Minimum order $50.
>>>USA shipments ONLY <<<< read this !!!! Not kidding! I gave up my export permit and I'm not screwing w/ USFWS.
Payment by USPS MO due within one week of order confirmation.
If you want to commit, send me a PM with what you want, I will confirm availability.