Post by benihikage92 on May 21, 2021 23:33:38 GMT -8
Sorry to disappoint you, but this is not Luehdorfia puziloi. It is L. japonica. The marginal spots on the hind wings are yellow in L. puziloi, while L. japonica has orange spots. The specimen has orange spots. The label says Hachimandaira, Iwate. L. japonica is not distributed in northern Honshu, where Iwate is located. You can find L. puziloi in this area. So the label is right for L. puziloi, but not for this specimen. It's a nice specimen, though. The photo below shows L. puziloi. Sorry it's a little out of focus.
Hello foxxdoc, the specimen pictured was collected and spread by a japanese collector. It is neither rare nor expensive; just a very nice "clean" example offered for sale from his collection.
Maybe he had some extra's he was willing to sell off. Perhaps, he is able to collect the species every summer and thinks nothing of selling a few and sharing the beauty of the species.
Whatever the case may be I am always a willing buyer of attractive lepidoptera where I can find them. More often than not most items which I purchase this way are fairly cheap and/or affordable. I have come to like several European sellers that sell some very clean and well prepared material from assorted countries there.
I do collect and spread (almost immediately) all of my own material. So, much of the eastern U.S. material that I show in my assorted threads is my own work.
I purchase very little "papered" material as a rule. I have had some good fortune (over the years) to "cherry-pick" some pricier or difficult to obtain things from older collections being parted out.
you got a treasure ; however you were seemingly quick to accept it as a wrong ID. how do you know who is right or just an interpretation
of description ?
Luehdorfia puziloi and japonica are well known Japanese species. The first thing I did when I saw the reply by benihikage92 was check if he was correct. If he had not been I would have corrected his statement.