I was thinking more of Clarke running out of space if too many join in, there are plenty of collectors out there to keep this going through the long winters nights but I think Bill has quite a large collection still even with letting a few drawers go.
Just out of curiosity, how long has it taken you guys to amass such beautiful (and massive) collections?
I started when I was 8 years old, though only local common stuff, at 16 I was off to college to study engineering and start a 5 years fitting apprenticeship so didn't really collect anything for a few years, my tropical collection really started when I was about 25 and just keeps getting bigger, around 500 cases of set stuff and 50+ boxes of papered still to set, I'm 48 now so 40 years in all with a short break for study.
Simply Awesome drawers timmsyrj ! I've only seen one other collector post pic's of that many rubianus in one place.
Billgarthe, those are two Awesome drawers featuring Lucanus elephas and Dynastes tityus ! Both are my favorite Eastern North American beetle species. You seem to have picked up most of them in Tennessee. Apparently, a rich haunt for them given all that richly forested state.
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Post by billgarthe on Dec 15, 2015 14:18:18 GMT -8
Yes, TN has been to me. I've also been fortunate to have reared both of them. KY and AL have also been fruitful with a few from souther IL as well. The D. tityus drawer has a pupal case in the lower right hand corner. Love these guys, but now only collect very large ones, specially marked ones, or for friends who want some. I probably let a few dozen go this last summer from my sheets....no need to kill everything I see.
I agree! I love Winter! Main reason is that I hate heat/humidity/insects....mosquitos/blackflies to be precise. Second, I am off all Winter, since I am in the lawncare business. During April-Dec I work 7 days a week , dusk to dawn. So, Winter is my time for fun, walking my Rottweiler "Loki" thru the woods on groomed snowmobile trails. Of course being out on the trails on a 195 HP "ThunderCat" snowmobile is great fun....no speed limit!
Third, time to fool around with my fav. hobby...rare gold coins, and whats left of my butterfly/moth collection. I sold my papilionidae coll. from Neotropics to buy rare coins.
Here is a drawer of P. glaucus (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail)that displays some different forms. The female of this species has transitional forms from black to yellow which include several intensities of the intermediate form. In good years they can be found with some degree of regularity, though it does require patience and persistence. Bill Garthe and I had some good times collecting these a few years ago. Going through drawers of specimens like these brings back some fond memories.
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Here is a drawer of the machaon group. These swallowtails have always intrigued me. I still remember catching my first Papilio machaon in Germany so many years ago. It was nectaring on alfalfa. Going back to the location the next day, I found several more as I remember. I was so excited at the time, I still recall walking around in a state of euphoria. That time of my youth was filled with new adventures, and discoveries.
Post by beetlehorn on Dec 17, 2015 10:46:56 GMT -8
In regards to the question from exoticimports, I find the different forms in many locations. One I found in a parking lot of an AT&T store, a casualty from someone's car grill. I captured most of these in river bottomland along the Cumberland river west of Nashville Tennessee. I see good numbers at the height of their flight in July, and concentrate my efforts around nectaring plants such as thistle, button ball bushes and wild bergamot. Here is a close-up of four specimens. Tom