Some members here have made significant contributions to science by collecting and curating specimens. Vernon and Leroy have performed such incredible work that their efforts will not truly be recognized in our lifetimes. And people like Adam make sense of their work. John and John have done their fare share of studies, and I like to think I've made some small contribution. These men like Vernon, Leroy, and Adam are truly giants in ecological studies and preservation. And I don't hear them complaining about USFWS or CITES. Perhaps if we want to be part of the solution we should emulate them.
I have never had much interest in exotic material from the tropics or even from countries other than the USA and Canada. From time to time I purchase Pupae and Ova and even give/exchange specimens with friends. I have never sold specimens. I have enough to collect, discover and to curate to last a lifetime. I have been a Lepidopterists for over 60 years. I enjoy getting out into the field to find new species and interesting specimens. I enjoy using Traps to collect specimens. I am amazed at what I can find and collect.
However, I have other interest, I have a family and friends. I enjoy fishing with my sons and friend and I also enjoy travelling around the country with my wife. I just like to "Get Among Them".
Besides, I see the price tags on some of these rare neotropical or African species. I do not have that kind of money.
Post by beetlehorn on Jun 20, 2018 21:26:32 GMT -8
I realize that there needs to be some regulation in regards to importing/exporting wildlife for commercial purposes. It is much more of a critical issue when considering birds, mammals and especially reptiles. Insects simply have a much higher degree of reproductive capability than other wildlife, and I have a hunch that insects are probably lowest in priority to wildlife agencies. In my previous post I was trying to make the statement regarding the importance of habitat protection as compared to regulating collecting of insects. There are some insects, especially butterflies that truly need protection from collecting, (especially from commercial exploitation) of that I have no doubt. Some examples are Papilio aristodemus-(ssp. ponceanus), Papilio homerus, Speyeria idalia-(the eastern ssp.), and Neonympha mitchelli just to name a few. In each and every case the one factor responsible for their demise is habitat destruction, not collecting. So wouldn't it be wiser to put the effort towards habitat restoration or protecting wild places that certain species in trouble need for long term survival? This seems to me the most logical thing to do. I know all of this sounds over simplified in regards to the complexity of the problems that we have. In comparison it is much like the immigration problems the US is dealing with.
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2018 4:36:25 GMT -8 by beetlehorn