So, your the lucky winner of that o'h so cool N. antiopa auction.
You know I bid rather heartily "I might add" on all 3 of these which were offered up for auction these last two months. I had to "cave-in" eventually and/or "fold my hand" so to speak when then bids kept climbing beyond my comfort zone.
The 1st honey was captured for $88 bucks plus shipping. The 2nd was had for $55 bucks plus S&H. Don't recall where the last one ended.
Anyway, how lucky you are to have won this one. I am feeling a bit "green around the gills" with envy...
Bravo nonetheless and nobody does these better than Waldemar. He also does impeccable preparation on all he offers !
Boy, did I blow an opportunity to make a few bucks. I had a dozen or more of Nymphalis antiopa in my Bait Traps this summer. I did take two pair for my collection, I let dozens of them fly.
In early June I found a small Willow Tree with a couple dozen larvae of Nymphalis antiopa. About a week later they pupated. A week or more later, about six (6) adults emerged along with a couple dozen parisitic flies.
The Mantua Wetlands are full of Salix alba(??), White Willow. At $40.00 a specimen, I could make a nice buck or two....
This one went for $47. Its the best form antiopa for me, the last ones as you rightly say went for more. Normal antiopa don't fetch $40 a specimen, more like $5, I tried bidding more io but lost,this was the most extreme form on offer so I'm glad that I won it.
N.American’s N.antiopa are different subspecies than nominate in Europe. It is a common butterfly here in Ontario ( ssp. lintnerii ) and I also have seen them in Calgary, Alberta (ssp. hyperborea). I never find them in Rocky Mountains mid to higher elevation.
Interestingly, in the Palaearctic I believe they are obligatorily single-brooded and I don't know anyone who's managed to pair them after overwintering them in captivity. Obviously, further north in Canada they are also single-brooded, but further south in the States they are multi-brooded and can be paired in captivity, even after overwintering.
I've found larvae and reared them from southern France, Kyrgyzstan and northern Yukon, but never had a pairing.
My, aren't you the lucky sport; nabbing two of those fantastic antiopa in the last 2 months.
I really gave it to go at trying to win one of these with the first four specimens that were offered. However, after the fourth one I just gave up on trying because of the competition for ownership.
I switched my focus instead to some of the Comma (abbs.) being offered as very few bidders seem interested in them. I suppose they are not quite so eye catching as the antiopa's but, I still find them nifty. I have managed thus far about four of them which satisfies me.
The Inachis (abbs.) are of partial interest to me and I particularly like the ones in the photo just above your last post. However, those are still a little "gamey" in trying to win one. I have not yet gotten one of those but, the competition is only half as much as on the antiopa's.
The Inachis that have the transparent-ish wings with a lack of eye spots just don't do anything for me...
I managed to win one of those about a year ago but, once I had it in hand I pretty much thought well, that's enough of those fellows.
Anyway, all of your specimens are fantastic looking and thanks for posting them.
*Maybe a small favor would be if you could post both of your antiopa specimens together if possible...
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See above post, I've already alluded to the value of normal antiopa, obviously ignored. I'll try and post pictures side by side but it usually won't let me because of the picture size. There was an incredible io in his latest batch but bidding went above what I was willing to pay.
I have a friend who breeds these abberations, he is superb at it, the machaon came from him. All of my machaon britannicus are pretty uniform I'm afraid, most are historic therefore irreplaceable but no abberations.
Always interesting. With the io, how would a person even identify the species, looking so much different? The others, I can see they could be identified. Let me guess- it's captive breeding and not wild caught, it seems like otherwise, you'd need to do some anatomical identification.
About machaeon- I thought that was protected in the UK, or was the book I read that old? And it was old.
Yes it is protected now but all of my specimens are pre 1955 so before protective legislation.
The book I read actually ties in a tiny bit with aberrations. It was a general book about one person's experiences, anyway, he was collecting, and even being protected intended to net a machaeon while nobody was looking, while there in the field, he spotted a nymphalid, I don't recall the species, and netted it, dispatched it, then he said he saw 2 angry men running towards him and assumed they had been after the same butterfly. Years later, the author was at a conference and overheard the same 2 guys talking about studying living aberrations of this nymphalid, they were telling someone a story about spotting one, and before they could catch it, some kid came along and killed it.
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