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I used to collect worldwide papiliondae/ cethosia/ charaxes/ polyura/ parnassius/ saturnidae/ ornithoptera. Sold 30 % so far/ stil have 12K set specimens. Thought show some of natures wonders for everyone to enjoy.

1/ Drawer of bhutanitis complex/ four are extinct/ thus very valuable

2/ saturnidae/ actias

3/ bilateral gynandermorph (butterfly is 50% male/ 50% female split right down the middle !

specimens are ext. rare sell for same price as common aureus.

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2 hours ago, CPK said:

Very interesting!

Where do you sell specimens like that? I suppose there are auction houses which sell such collections?

The trade in insect specimens is worldwide and very popular. There is a site/ much like sixbid called "insectnet.com" On there you can post ads for sale or want to buy/ or exchange specimens. Once you post a listing/ you receive many inquiries/ thus can sell or buy material. Jus like with coins/ there are auction houses like Droult in France that have natural history auctions/ where you can bid on fully mounted Bengal tigers to Birds of Paradise and rare bugs. I had back in 2005 around 20K set specimens/ I sold about 500K worth/ still have more then that avaliable for sale. Just like coins/ I found that I did really well/ selling stuff for 10 X what I paid. A guy I know in France has the finest coll. of ornithoptera worth 50M Euros.

These specimens of o. victoriae abberations are over 10K

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12 hours ago, panzerman said:

The trade in insect specimens is worldwide and very popular. There is a site/ much like sixbid called "insectnet.com" On there you can post ads for sale or want to buy/ or exchange specimens. Once you post a listing/ you receive many inquiries/ thus can sell or buy material. Jus like with coins/ there are auction houses like Droult in France that have natural history auctions/ where you can bid on fully mounted Bengal tigers to Birds of Paradise and rare bugs. I had back in 2005 around 20K set specimens/ I sold about 500K worth/ still have more then that avaliable for sale. Just like coins/ I found that I did really well/ selling stuff for 10 X what I paid. A guy I know in France has the finest coll. of ornithoptera worth 50M Euros.

These specimens of o. victoriae abberations are over 10K

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That's amazing. It's always interesting to learn about other collecting worlds. I've sometimes watched Natural History auctions from Heritage - put some bids on some fossils, etc. but always got smoked. 

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Actually a excellent question. I just sent these off to Slovakia. I pin specimens in three boxes/ then pack them in larger box with padding material to prevent postal shock. I use plastic shopping bags. Works every time!

 

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They are so beautiful.

My worry for the postage would be the humidity. It must be pretty humid in Slovakia now.
Why have you decided to stop collecting them, if I may ask? Your butterflies do not look like those typically bred for collectors and decorators. And they are so pristine.

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1 hour ago, panzerman said:

Actually a excellent question. I just sent these off to Slovakia. I pin specimens in three boxes/ then pack them in larger box with padding material to prevent postal shock. I use plastic shopping bags. Works every time!

 

John

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Interesting, thanks for sharing.  My first thought was that bumps or shocks would cause the wings to move and be damaged, but I guess their mass is so low you'd really need a significant impact to make them move.

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2 hours ago, Rand said:

They are so beautiful.

My worry for the postage would be the humidity. It must be pretty humid in Slovakia now.
Why have you decided to stop collecting them, if I may ask? Your butterflies do not look like those typically bred for collectors and decorators. And they are so pristine.

It was a hard choice/ but in order to devote more time and $$$$ to my coin hobby/ I decided to sell my butterfly/ moths. I built my collection with importance to perfect quality/ expert mounting techiques/ which makes for great eye appeal.

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