Posted 6 years ago
Just to be clear, I'm not an advocate of running around with a net to catch butterflies and sticking a pin through them, but these were already dead & mounted and for $2 I thought I might be able to do something interesting with them inside a glass bell jar I had salvaged from a broken Anniversary clock.
These came from the same yard sale as the green butter dish in another of my postings, and given the surprising date and value on that find I figured maybe I would get lucky twice!
Other than the iconic Monarch butterfly I am not familiar at all with Lepidoptera insects, so I have no idea what I have here. I think the middle one might be a moth?
They seem to be in excellent preserved condition, although I haven't unstuck them from the bottom of the box in order to look at the undersides. The wingspan on the 1st one is 3.5"; the 2nd is 2.25"; and the third is 3.25". Where are they from? What are their names? Are they rare or are they common?