Every now and then, one receives and unexpected gift. How about a couple of old King Edward's cigar boxes full of triangle envelopes with 350+ specimens. There is a box of Speyeria. These were all collected in the late 1970's and all of 1980's in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. There is also a rather large box of Checker Spots, Cresents and Boloria. I am told there is more. However, I can have it all providing I come to Oregon and them pick up the papered collection. There are a number of Cornell Drawers, spreading boards and Schmidt Boxes.
I am not sure why I was sent the specimens and an offer to have the remaining collection. However, these specimens will keep me busy while the snow is on the ground this winter.
I collected my first Catocala in Ohio in a Bait Trap in the Woods to the west of the Mantua Bog. A Catocala parta.
Last Edit: Jun 29, 2021 2:14:28 GMT -8 by leptraps
Beautiful collection. Can’t see enough Speyeria. I left you a response to your private message ; hope you got it. For me this is a hobby ; one I’ve always been interested in and now that Iam in the process of retiring and spending more time in Tennessee instead of New England I have a whole new world to acquire specimens . Only wish there were more species of Speyeria.
This is my drawer of Speyeria idalia (One of two drawers of Speyeria idalia.) and Speyeria nokomis. There have three Speyeria nokomis subspecies: Speyeria nokomis nokomis, Speyeria nokomis apacheana and Speyeria nokomis nitocris. I collected all of the Speyeria nokomis and all of the Speyeria idalia. The third female down was collected in Parma, Ohio in 1962. All of the Speyeria idalia in this drawer are from east of the Mississippi. I have another drawer of Speyeria idalia from west of the Mississippi.
Someone specifically ask to see my Speyeria nokomis. They are not easy to collect. Speyeria nokomis nokomis were collected in Utah. The Speyeria Nokomis apacheana were collected in California and Nevada. The Speyeria nokomis nitocris was collected in New Mexico because I had to go pee. I stopped along the highway and just as I started to pee, there were three males of Speyeria nokomis on a Thistle right in front of me. By the time I got my net from the car and back to the Thistle, there were only two. I got them both. We stayed at the location for several hours and never saw another.
I kept one and the other one went to my traveling companion.