Now that I have recovered a bit from the long drive I can also give my impressions from the fair as an amateur seller (I sell some of my bugs to recover some of my travel expenses).
A big thanks to Oivier and Peter for already posting some pictures of the fair. Even tough I am at the fair, I am so busy keeping an eye on my table that I always miss out on a big deal of things. It was great meeting both of you finally, after so many years and having a chat in person. Anyway, let's get started. Modena was different from the other fairs I have attended so far, namely in Frankfurt and Seraing (Belgium). The whole fair is linked and bound to the local natural science group. This gave it a whole different touch, first of all you had several educational displays with butterfly host plants and different types of insects that I enjoyed a lot. As Italy is a country with a huge coast line, sea shell collecting is very popular there, and one of the two halls was mainly dedicated to these. Even tough I don't collect them, it was great to look at the displays. Furthermore, I enjoyed a lot that the organizing group managed to make this event enjoyable for the general public. Many parents and their children were frequenting the halls and be marvelled by the insects on display and sale. Many of them asked where they could get display boxes on their own and bought some butterflies, beetles, and other insects.
The sellers were composed of known faces from other European insect fairs, but also of local Italian collectors that I had never met before. I finally got a good pair of Lycaena italica in ex pupa quality for a sensible price (not stating that I believe it to be different from hippothoe, I need to investigate more into that matter). I had some nice chat with my neighbour, even tough I forgot most of my Italian, and he didn't know any English, but we managed. Now comes the blessing and the curse of the Italian collectors. While I was able to stock up on the European species I was still missing from that part of the world, my neighbour kept on telling me about the economic situation for collectors in Italy, and that they wouldn't want to invest into expensive butterflies since a few years. Long story short, I could feel it in my sales. There was not much interest for non palearctic Lycaenidae. Nevertheless, I was able to spot out some nice specimens for my collection, and do some good trades with other sellers that left me very happy. More pics on that in the Lycaenidae topic.
The item I was the proudest about were my Philotes sonorensis, of which I am probably the first to offer them in such a good quality and price. It was nice to see how both collector's and amateur's faces turned into a smile upon discovering this little blue species with the unique red dots. Numerous children ran to their parents to show them what they had seen, and I had some nice conservations explaining where this little butterfly comes from. (There is still some left, so anybody interested inbox me).
While I will probably not return to Modena in the next years as the overhead of costs is too big, I did enjoy the show and meeting new people.
Last Edit: Apr 18, 2016 22:34:54 GMT by nomihoudai