I shall be attending this fair this weekend, shift pattern fell right as I finish days on Saturday, hope to see a few faces there, probably Dunc looking at some old British specimens, if any seller is reading this I'm on the look out for stichophthalma specimens, there used to be loads of howqua formosana around for £50/100 specimens, surely someone has a few lying around. also looking for livestock as I'm in the process of building up my insect rearing cages again after a few (10+) years break, especially interested in the coppers.
Will do admin. you know you can't afford to miss it Dunc, all those hidden bargains you'll miss out on, especially if someone should post photos on here of specimens you've missed out on, not that I would of course mate!!!
To be honest Dunc, personally I don't think you missed much, I think I lasted an hour and a half, there's only so many times you can look into about 40 drawers of set specimens trying to spot something that isn't there, only 2 male stichophthalma howqua suffusa there but I did manage to find a few specimens to add to the collection.
2 male, 1 female Charaxes guderiana, 2 male, 1 female Charaxes kirki bought for £20 1 pair Charaxes saturnus, 2 male Cymothoe hesiodotus, 2 female Cymothoe oemilius and a pair of Cymothoe anitorgis bought for £37 2 male and a female Euxanthe tiberius bought for £20, all of these nymphalidae came from Keith Stiff
And a pair of Morpho sulkowski bought for £5 the pair from a bargain box, no data but they are going in a display case of morphos on my living room wall, female is very nice, just no antennae.
I think there was about 6 or 7 stalls with set stuff, some nice old British specimens which you would have like Dunc, the guy who usually comes with you ( I'm useless with names), picked up a few nice bits, he was well pleased with 2 male and a female Delias ellipsis, I think they were, not sure of the price but he was happy with them and that's what counts, they did look very nice.
I only really went for some livestock and there was nothing at all, very disappointing, came back with money burning a hole in my pocket, looks like a night on eBay.
Most of the stalls, as seems to be the norm now, were selling tarantula, scorpions etc with all the tanks and equipment needed to care for them, there was even small pots of jelly for beetles to feed on, thought for a minute someone was selling vodka jelly shots, my money would soon have gone then.
It was nice to see a few familiar faces from back when I was selling at these fairs, now with the shift pattern I'm on its rare that I'm actually off to be able to attend let alone have the time to set enough specimens to fill a couple of tables.
I would have liked to have been there Rich but I only have enough money to go one place so it has to be a visit to my friend in Buckinghamshire, sounds like you found some goodies among all the other stuff, I probably would have bought some old British stuff but the choice is much bigger at my friends for that kind of thing, it's such a shame that most of the best traders have stopped now, I do usually find something of interest in Keith's African stuff but the next fair for me will be Kempton in october.
Thanks Olivier, yes the top male is the best, underside male has a stain on recto side and the female has a repair, last one he had, he dropped the price accordingly for me, I like the oemilius females, A-/A2 but I got both for £10 i think he dropped them to, not easy to get, I don't even have a male yet.