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Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:42:02 +0000 (UTC)
From: Barbara Driscoll <btdriscoll...>
Subject: Re: Rare NC butterflies being sold on eBay

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Thank you Derb for pointing this out.=C2=A0 People selling rare butterflies=
was discussed in the book The Last Butterflies when some of the soldiers a=
t Ft. Bragg were collecting and selling. They were prosecuted and fined alt=
hough the penalties were not as stiff as one would like.=C2=A0 Can we make =
EBay aware of these activities and therefore they can not use this venue?
Barbara Driscoll=C2=A0Chapel Hill, NC USA=C2=A0
Do something nice for the earth every day!=20

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 09:22:27 AM EDT, Derb Carter <derbc@selcnc=
.org> wrote:=20=20
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There is a collector selling hundreds of specimens of rare butterflies on =
eBay, some up to $100 each.=C2=A0 One of his main collecting sites appears =
to be North Carolina.=C2=A0 "Brand new" specimens for sale from NC include =
Dusky Azure, Hessel's Hairstreak, Edward's Hairstreak, King's Hairstreak, H=
elicta Satyr, Georgia Satyr, Little Metalmark, Two-spotted Skipper, Duke's =
Skipper, and Green Comma.=C2=A0 These species are rare and some imperiled a=
nd monitored by the state Natural Heritage Program.=C2=A0 The site is at th=
e link below.

I strongly suspect that the collector is a lurker on the Carolinaleps lists=
erve.=C2=A0 Otherwise, it would be nearly impossible to locate these rare s=
pecies in NC, and the sighting reports on the listserve provide a collectin=
g roadmap.=C2=A0 Also, most of these rare species are very local and the kn=
own sites are in protected areas where collecting is prohibited or permits =
required.=C2=A0 The Lepidopterists' Society statement on ethical collection=
of butterflies states collectors should consult with local experts before =
collecting rare or local species and obey all laws and restrictions.=C2=A0 =
And collecting for science is one thing, but to sell on eBay is another.

This makes me leery about reporting locations on future sightings of rare o=
r imperiled species.=C2=A0 As I strongly suspect the collector is reading t=
his, as a North Carolinian concerned about our natural diversity, I ask you=
to take your business elsewhere.

https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?item=3D25450558=
8802&_ssn=3Diau111&_pgn=3D15&_skc=3D700&rt=3Dnc__;!!OToaGQ!-zJb9nRH9vuWvSMn=
GAl5Q2GgTwEyWOiLqxtT_EZukVVg2fZwcKY37Mxn2Q06rHgX3vY$=20

Derb Carter

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On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 09:22:27 AM EDT, Derb Carter &lt;<derbc...>&gt; wrote:
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<div><div dir="ltr">There is a collector selling hundreds of specimens of rare butterflies on eBay, some up to $100 each.&nbsp; One of his main collecting sites appears to be North Carolina.&nbsp; "Brand new" specimens for sale from NC include Dusky Azure, Hessel's Hairstreak, Edward's Hairstreak, King's Hairstreak, Helicta Satyr, Georgia Satyr, Little Metalmark, Two-spotted Skipper, Duke's Skipper, and Green Comma.&nbsp; These species are rare and some imperiled and monitored by the state Natural Heritage Program.&nbsp; The site is at the link below.<br></div><div dir="ltr"><br></div><div dir="ltr">I strongly suspect that the collector is a lurker on the Carolinaleps listserve.&nbsp; Otherwise, it would be nearly impossible to locate these rare species in NC, and the sighting reports on the listserve provide a collecting roadmap.&nbsp; Also, most of these rare species are very local and the known sites are in protected areas where collecting is prohibited or permits
required.&nbsp; The Lepidopterists' Society statement on ethical collection of butterflies states collectors should consult with local experts before collecting rare or local species and obey all laws and restrictions.&nbsp; And collecting for science is one thing, but to sell on eBay is another.<br></div><div dir="ltr"><br></div><div dir="ltr">This makes me leery about reporting locations on future sightings of rare or imperiled species.&nbsp; As I strongly suspect the collector is reading this, as a North Carolinian concerned about our natural diversity, I ask you to take your business elsewhere.<br></div><div dir="ltr"><br></div><div dir="ltr"><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?item=254505588802&amp;_ssn=iau111&amp;_pgn=15&amp;_skc=700&amp;rt=nc__;!!OToaGQ!-zJb9nRH9vuWvSMnGAl5Q2GgTwEyWOiLqxtT_EZukVVg2fZwcKY37Mxn2Q06rHgX3vY$ " rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?item=254505588802&amp;_ssn=iau1
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