like this seller made his own reserve price via a second account ? he will just loose a splendid sum for such material. Such unfair method had yet been explained on the forum (or on insectnet, I confuse the two in my mind now)
and if someone else want to use his own money to sale such thing, it is his own problem. every body do what he want with his money.
s'il n'y pas de solution c'est qu'il n'y a pas de problème ! akuna matata ....
I only know of one and that's the type at Oxford. I suppose he must have got the picture from somewhere. Supposedly a rich collector wants it, how does he know this is the real deal, does he just pay the money or what, even if I was a Rothschild how do you know you will get the specimen. Strange bidding by himself to look like others are interested. Why does he just not ask for a big sum and see if he sells it.
Post by exoticinsects on Mar 24, 2018 12:47:21 GMT
I can't speak to this specimen specifically or the honesty of the seller but there are a few more in collections. A while back an American researcher caught several specimens.
Last year I visited an insect dealer in Sulawesi and saw one myself. It was sold to Japan. This was the first recent specimen to come out of Bacan that anybody knew of. Of course it's not impossible that the odd one has been caught over the years, there has always been some collecting in Bacan. Presumably a location has been found for this species and more will become available. Benny
Post by George Beccaloni on Apr 7, 2018 9:51:43 GMT
Wallace's Giant Bee has a pretty big distribution (Bacan, Halmahera & Tidore Islands - which all have a LOT of forest remaining) and I bet it is not uncommon - just rarely seen. I have tried spotting it on my 3 trips to Halmahera, but no luck so far! To see a pic of Wallace's specimen (the holotype), check out my recent article "'Iconic' species discovered by Alfred Russel Wallace" - wallacefund.info/content/iconic-species-discovered-alfred-russel-wallace
We all know this article is another propaganda by another photographer/treehugger who hates amateur scientists and collectors . But main public will fall for it and next time will see us with net there will be more rasist comments against us.
PS. I was watching the auction that day and I never saw it reached $39K, $20K was the highest bid, am I wrong ?