During my excursion for Sonoran Blyes in California's beautiful Gold Country, I noticed many California Tortoiseshells out and about. Missed collecting them, and missed a Satyr Anglewing as well. A. sara was starting out, as many were fresh. We had some rain today, so maybe this weekend might be nice to go out and scout the local collecting spots. The desert areas need another week or so of 60 degree weather so the Desert Plum is in bloom.
No problem, Bill. These are the Sierra Nevada segregates, so their foodplant is different than the Southern California ones that Clark has raised. None the less, this bug is amazing no matter where they are from.
I'm there with you, Bill. I did manage to find some Sonoran Blue hostplant with eggs, so I brought some of them home to rear. If I succeed, and get some nice specimens, I shall put some aside for you and Tom.
Here in the West. Reno was in the lower 60's this weekend, and in the lower 70's in Auburn, CA on Sunday. Sonoran Blues were out, along with Sara Orangetips, Silvery Blues, Colias philodice, Pieris rapae, and a Pieris napi, Celiestrina argiolus echo, Coenonympha tullia californica, and others.
I do wingspan for labeling purposes. I do body length for my personal notes only. Nice darners. I have always wanted to collect Coryphaeschna ingens, and the many Macromia species in that part of the country. I had a chance when I was stationed in Ft. Campbell, KY, but they are not easy to net. 😒
Nice haul, Bill. Did you get any eggs for them? I only had a Attacus atlas that a friend gave me emerge, but it didn't pump it's wings right. I do have three Hyalophora euryalus kasloensis cocoons in my fridge. Should be pulling them out around mid march so they can hatch around the time we get H. euryalus hatching in the Sierra Nevadas. Hopefully can go out for Saturnia mendocino as well.
I used to work those under Brent Karner, who is running BioQuip Bugs, and they always had some good stuff in hand. One year, I got a pair of Papilio(Heraclides)machaonides for $70. It wasn't too shabby and got some cool Cetoniid beetles as well. It is the largest for here in the U.S.
I find the indignation as soon as Bluemoth mentions the bible very strange. Why should one mythology be any more valid than another. Both are unproven and unprovable so why should any logical person believe in either.
Well, Atheism is also man made, much like all those mythos that people believe in, whether its Jesus, Zeus, Krishna, Allah, Valhalla, ECT. Now, I am not against anyone's beliefs, as you are free to believe in what you want to believe. In this case, Bluemoth has put that "Bigfoot", or Squatch as we call him here, was a staple in the bible. Squatch is unproven, although many things in the bible have been proven as true, but like many things, there is much to be found out.
Amazing pics of this amazing species, Kan. It would be nice to see in the future, Delias mysis, which I have always wanted a specimen of, but can never find. Thanks for sharing this beautiful Aussie LEP. 😊
^^^^ Now that just made me remember why I really think bigfoot and many Alien believers are cooky! 😔 I'm sorry, but that is as bad as people still believing that the world is flat and not round, and that politicians are very honest. Once people add the bible to some theory, then there is a problem. As a believer, I take that as an insult. Were there a giant race of humans??? Many cultures have had giants in their traditions and there are some people that are huge. I have patiently watched those pathetic videos this Reo feller made and I do question their authenticity. I have read in some forum where someone has called him out as a sham, but frankly, I believe most of these people who make these videos and shows as just that, shams, cravens, fakers, and hoaxers. Anyone can be out in the woods at night, and if you are not accustomed to it, many of the sounds would be weird. A stick structure as a bigfoot made hideout of sorts sounds like utter bs! Is there any evidence of fur on them? If a big hairy creature like bigfoot actually did build such structures, there would be fur much like many pack rat nests, or any other mammal burrow or hiding spot. Nothing against Bluemoth, but this is just my take on this subject.
If bigfoot is real, so must be Santa Claus and also, the world is flat and not round. Lol I don't believe in Aliens, BF, Easter Bunny, ad nauseam. Unless there is a dead corpse of the thing as viable proof to its existence, how can you believe some random Joe calling himself an "expert"?
I think the man is a complete clown and an egotistical fool, BUT if he decides to put on his big boy pants and actually become a good leader instead of a spoiled rich child, things may go better. Other than that, I have no faith in him and his actions were a put off, bigly.
I'd rather live in a time where you can own land and live away from people. Out there, politics are not often heard or dealt with, and you can have weapons to defend your property. Also, I could collect bugs to my hearts content.