My brother went to the AES and thoroughly enjoyed himself, in spite of my previous comments, he said the tarantula people were hardly present at all and Butterfly conservation were noticeably absent and there was actually an increase in dead stock tables. There were some very rare and super British rarities that one never sees, that were bargains and they literally flew off the table. Some British collectors do have very deep pockets. There was some choice bred European material and lots of birdwings, so very welcome news. Apparently on the grape vine, the AES had no choice in the date 30th September as that was the only one available at this time of year. Sadly I would be gearing up for my visit to the fair this coming weekend instead I shall go out and watch the falling autumn leaves.