Protect your expensive nets during transport

I have found that most equipment is damaged or destroyed during transportation rather than through use.  As I recently replaced the net bags on two of my net frames, I wanted to find a way to protect them. After much searching I found these vinyl wreath bags on Amazon: They will hold up to 18″ diameter nets with the handles attached and I believe you could zip them around 4 or 5 nets at the same time. I tie the handles together with a pair of ball bungees.  They work very well and are inexpensive to boot! There are only a few left, and I’ve been unable to find anything this size elsewhere on the web, so order now if you want … Continue reading

Quick Note: Utah Lepidopterists’ Society Meeting – Saturday Feb 11, 2012 – 10:00 AM

The Utah Lepidopterists’ Society will be meeting on Saturday Feb 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Provo in room 310 of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. I am looking forward to hearing from Dr. Wayne Whaley on the Papilio indra complex. View Larger Map  

Classic Book Download: Smithsonian Institution – Directions for Collecting and Preserving Specimens

In the late eighteenth and early 20th centuries, naturalists were traveling all over the globe collecting exotic specimens for museums around the world.   In 1911 the Smithsonian published bulletin 39 outlining the directions for collecting and preserving specimens of all types.  Here we find Riley’s famous 1892 work on collecting and preserving insects as well as articles outlining the collection of everything from rocks and minerals to baskets to skeletons and almost anything else imaginable.  It really is a fascinating read. As you are probably aware, I love old science books.  I added this one to the collection, and it is my belief that you will enjoy it too. Bulletin 39 of the Smithsonian Institution: Directions for Collecting and Preserving … Continue reading

Video: Tips on finding Lorquin’s Admiral Hibernacula

Hi all,  Todd Stout Lepidopterist extraordinaire, sent this out as an email. I thought you’d like to see it here. By the way, Todd has  an incredible site on Raising Butterflies.  You really need to check it out. Thanks, Todd… “Here’s a short video I just uploaded on how to find hibernating Viceroy, Admiral and/or Red Spotted Purple caterpillars in rolled leaf hibernacula during the fall, winter, and/or early spring months. Although this video specifically addresses finding Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini burrisoni) hibernacula in Idaho, it can be applied to other Limenitis populations as well where you have the opportunity to seek out isolated willows, aspens, choke cherries, or service berries.”