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Entomology, my other career

Aloha to all, and to all a goodnight, it's 11 o clock at night out here in the islands, which means I am once again tired, unable to sleep, and cruising the BP forums!
Anyways, I am here to ask a (non-photography related) question which I know I'm going to get emails about. "Thats not photo related, whats up with that?!" Well, sorry, but like "ugly" and "ape" go together, so too do my photography and entomology interests.

I've asked this before and have yet to get someone to do it, but nothing's wrong with asking right?
I collect inscts from around the world, study them, photograph them, eat, drink, and sleep them. Alright, maybe I dont drink or eat them, but any-who. I sometimes cruise the photos of bugs on BP just so I can drool and say "O I wish I had one of those in my collection, or one of those, that'd go pefect with the other praying mantis I have!" Well, if you can and are willing, I'd like to ship some of those bugs you take pictures of, if well preserved and in good condition, out here to join the thousands of other displayed creepy crawlies I have. Of course, if I decide I want, like, or just HAVE TO HAVE one of the bugs you'd like to ship me, I am willing to pay for the S&H (Granted you dont store the bottled bug in a 20 pound cinder block, then we'll have some issues) Like I said, I have yet to find someone willing to send me some specimens from their locale, but I post once in a while just to let all the new guys n gals out there that I'm here! Oh well, if you're interested please please pleaassee send me an email and if possible a couple pictures of the bug(s). They'd have to be stored in some sor of container with some paper towel or something to keep the moisture down, rubbing alcohol works better, but for some reason the postal office doesn't like bottles of flammable liquid coming in by the boxes, hmm...odd isn't it?
I seriously need some sleep, I'm geting giddy =p Goodnight and I'll hopefully talk to you soon,

Aloha an' Mahalo in advance,
P.S. I also will try to do general identifications, if not point you to someone in your area who can, if you have a bug you'd like to know the name of, or more information on. Just send me a picture through email or tell me in the email which photo in your gallery it is and I'll do my best to help out. I can't guarantee anything though, there have been a few times when I haven't been able to help out.

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9/5/2006 2:13:42 AM

Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Hi David!

Well, I don't think I'll be sending you bottles of bugs to drink, but I'm wondering, do you email the people with those great pictures if they could send you the bug?

I'd also like to point out that these people are photographers - not bug preservers. lol I doubt if some lady out in New York who dared to take a cool close-up of a wasp would be willing to then go out and hunt down that wasp. LOL! It's just a funny thought. :)

I think you mean that you want people to send you unusual bugs which are common in their area, right?

Okay, later,


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9/6/2006 6:27:53 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  i was actually wondering what ariel would look like wrapped in paper towel??
post away david,could they be sent in film cannisters?that way it,s about photography.
i've been finding dead locusts lately,but I won't kill em.
we'll see.

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9/6/2006 8:08:43 PM

Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  "i was actually wondering what ariel would look like wrapped in paper towel??"


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9/6/2006 8:24:38 PM

Alan N. Marcus   Hi David,
I am the kind that pets and feeds most anything that comes my way.
Have a small back patio with a small tree (type unknown) however,
Tree has been invaded by carpenter bees. About the size of and look like bumble bees. Two colors all black and all blond maybe sex difference (what I known about insects you can put in a thimble and drop in the Pacific Ocean. Anyway happy to send pictures and specimens. Unique to me because:

Base of tree is covered by sawdust. Little critters cut a hole in the tree about the size of a quarter and then hollow out passages and multiple exit and entry holes.

Sorry, am leaving for Europe tomorrow, will send pictures and sample, if requested after 9/14.

Alan Marcus

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9/6/2006 9:44:43 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  settle down,it was just a thought.
just messin with ya.

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9/7/2006 7:09:22 PM


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  Lol, hey guys, well here it goes...

Ariel- Dont actually expect anytone to, or am I askin someone to risk their helath for it! lol just thought it would be somethiung to ask =p

Sam- about the film canisters, of course! thats a great idea for any picky people(like Ariel, lol nah just jk'ing with ya Ariel) As for the paper towel thing, Ill second the "what?" from Ariel.

Alan- Love the generous proposal, unfortunately, those things are everywhere! We have some serious serious problems with them out here even in the islands, its crazy! careful they also eat houses! I wont go further into that thought though, lol. But, just in case you'd like to know. From my experience, the worse sting is from the female(the blond version) and the black ones arent all that bad. I am not sure if it is a sex thing, or a maturity thing though. If the blond is newly hatched, it may have a worse sting because it doesnt control its sting as well yet, Ive never looked very far into it come to think about it. (now I have something else to do, lol) Thanks again for the offer, and anything else(even if you find it dead) I'd love to hear about or get a few of. Talk to you all soon!


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9/15/2006 12:10:39 AM

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