From Vietnam. This is huge (9.5cm wingspan) and the most beautiful specimen I have seen of this species .I also have one from China that I thought was big but it's much smaller
Beautiful specimen. I have a question; as someone new to the “hobby “ I prefer to mount my butterflies with a smaller gap between the forewing and hindwing. In the case or your specimen I would have moved the hindwings up a bit more . Like to hear your thoughts or those of others . Thanks
Post by lordpandarus on Apr 26, 2021 15:07:36 GMT -8
No! I used to lift the hindwings up too high when I was a beginner and consider it a big mistake now. Some Japanese collectors leave the hindwings even lower and I don't like that but about half way seems right to me .
I also like to lift the forewings a bit higher than a vertical line.
I think that there are at least 3 factors that weight-in on the appearance of a specimen. The personal taste of the individual is foremost. Secondly, is the wing shape (design) of the item involved. For example, is it a Prepona, Helicon, Swallowtail etc. etc. Lastly, are the variables which MAY be present within the species itself.
As a serious hobbyist/collector I see the examples of my work as something of an "art form" in its own right. I do my best to represent each individual in the best possible manner.
When someone down the road looks upon my material they will have a sense that I had enjoyment and personal pride when I was involved in my "hobby-time".
Below, are a couple specimens of a Helicon species which I recently received. They arrived in envelopes and after relaxing I looking at each individual as I prepared them and thus spread each in a slightly different pose; due to that 3rd factor which I mentioned above -- variability within a species.
Now, I happen to think that Helicon butterflies (in general) just look better appearance-wise with their forewings raised somewhat ABOVE the perpendicular line of the (trailing edge of the forewing). Others, may feel differently but, I certainly don't think the specimens appear over-spread.
As to the hindwings you will notice a variance in the distance of the "gap" present between the fore and hind wings. As you can clearly see the lower specimen has a quite bold band of silver coloration present at the leading edge of its hindwings. This was something not nearly as evident or at least greatly (suffused) in the specimen above it.
Hence, I decided that the lower specimen really needed to show more of its stunning individuality so I lowered its hindwings slightly by 2-3mm; thus showing more of its hindwings.
Now, personally I happen to like the manner in which BOTH specimens turned out. The spread is only slightly different but, the manner of their appearance "accentuates" each individual in its own right.
I know of several very talented individuals here on the forum who (like me) take their spreading techniques/abilities to another level. As such, I admire the pictures which they share with us and I too still continue to learn to improve mine where needed !
Last Edit: Apr 30, 2021 12:00:27 GMT -8 by trehopr1