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Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:24:48 +0000 (UTC)
From: Pete Spino <petespino8...> [SoWestLep] <SoWestLep-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SoWestLep] Collecting butterflies while flying in a plane

Hi Ken,
Very interesting subject and journal report. I'm amazed that there
were that many skippers flying that high. Even though we tend to=20
associate skippers more with grasses and their low lying host plants,
the mountain species of skippers certainly know otherwise and=20
this family is everywhere - making up one third of the species in=20
the country.=20

I'm sure there probably exists someone somewhere who likely tried=20
collecting while skydiving as well!

Pete Spino

On Wed, 11/29/17, Kenneth Davenport <kdavenport93306...> [SoWestLep] <=
<SoWestLep-noreply...> wrote:

Subject: [SoWestLep] Collecting butterflies while flying in a plane
To: "DesertLeps" <DesertLeps...>, "Sowestlep" <sowestlep@yaho=
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 10:19 PM
A couple of years back someone on line joked about what one
could catch while holding a net outside a plane while
flying.=C2=A0 I remembered just such an event and today I found
the article in the Journal of the Lepidopterist's
Society Volume 19 Number 3 in 1965 entitled "Review of
collections of Lepidoptera by airplane" by Perry A.
Glick.=C2=A0 The plane was a Piper Cub plane and on other
occasions various old army planes with a net wired in under
the wings by struts of the plane with net in collecting
position at end of tracks.=C2=A0
Most insects collected were moths or other type of insects
but these butterflies were listed in the article (all in
Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)=C2=A0 altitude 50 feet
Crescent (Phyciodes tharos): altitude 50
(Junonia coenia)-altitude 200 feetStreaky
Skipper (Celotes nessus) altitude 20 feetSilver-Spotted
Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)-altitude 600
Skipper (Hesperia leonarus) altitude 20
Skipper (Lerema accius) altitude 200 feetEudala
Skipper (Lerodea eufala)- altitude 200 feet.
In other news I also found an article discussing the same
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) vs. Clouded or Common
Sulphur (Colias philodice) situation in SE Arizona in the
same Journal in 1971 entitled" Shapiro Collection at
Cornell" by L. L. Pechuman. It mentions 200 specimens
of a Colias philodice X Colias eurytheme hybrid swarm being
among those donations of predominately Eastern USA
butterflies by Arthur Shapiro.=C2=A0 I am also aware Art Shapiro
donated several thousand Colias eurytheme to UC Davis that
were used in a certain study.=C2=A0 I think Leroy Koehn, Brian
Banker and Mark Walker can rest easier knowing they were not
the first to ponder the mystery of what sulphur was
Wishes, Ken Davenport <kdavenport93306...> or
<flutterflies93306...> For more information:
http://www.tils-ttr.org TILS Motto: "We can not protect
that which we do not know" =C2=A9 1999

Posted by: Pete Spino <petespino8...>


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