I've just taken a dozen of these off the boards but I only paid a fraction of the cost of ebay prices, males and females, they are truly magnificent. I would imagine more new hybrids will be coming in the future with further experimentation,
Is anyone else like me in this respect? I love collecting butterflies, so long as they're wild-caught. But these hand-reared hybrids, gorgeous as they are, just don't interest me. It'd be like collecting farm animals to collect these, to me. I kinda have the same problem with reared birdwings; I'd treasure an old somewhat flightworn specimen more that I ever would a mint perfect reared bug.
I love all the specimens in my collection, caught by me, bred by me, bought by me or given as a gift. To my mind it narrows the options and impoverish a collection if you only want wild caught specimens only. We all collect for different reasons, each to their own.
There is a lot of bred material present in the hobby. Papilionids and Saturniids are two of the most popular families. Also various European leps are offered in our fall season. Again, I love them all because they're "spot on" perfect and I am an aesthetic collector.
I am also a field collector and I certainly don't mind finding nice things this way either.
However, the days of going to exotic places to collect your own are largely over due to the sheer cost and the "hoops" one has to jump through to get permits in many cases.
I was just wondering if you have experienced any measure of difficulty in preparing out these specimens.
I've read in some of the above posts that a fair number of specimens experience bent shoulders; so these could be a problem for many would be buyers.
Never had bent shoulders HOWEVER they can be an absolute pig to relax and I don't have this problem with pure agrias and prepona. I cannot offer any reasonable explanation as to why, even after injecting several times with boiling water they are either still as stiff as a board or offer some resistance, spreading them can be a real challenge.
That is the only reasonable explanation that I can come up with Adam, I usually don't have a problem with agrias, prepona or charaxes and can usually have them ready to spread in an hour using the hot water injection method without any issues, these however seem to resistant to any method.