[Fwd: Diurnal lepidopterists personae non grata]

Neil Jones Neil at nwjones.demon.co.uk
Sat Sep 26 05:09:22 EDT 1998

In message <360C0AC5.5683 at athena.louisville.edu> "Charles V. Covell Jr." writes:
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> Hi, folks.  FYI:
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> From: "Hyatt, John A " <jhyatt at EASTMAN.COM>
> Subject: Diurnal lepidopterists personae non grata
> Hello Charlie,
> A friend of mine here at work (who travels a lot in the West and
> occasionally brings back bugs for me) reports that there's a big
> official sign at the Sunlight Basin Ranger Station in Shoshone National
> Forest of Wyoming listing the things one can't do there.  Right after
> fossil collecting on the list came butterfly collecting.  Apparently
> moths, beetles, etc are still collectible... go figure.
> Looking forard to the Ky Leps meeting,
> jh

This is quite easy to understand given the fact that a few years ago there
was a trial involving 3 collectors. They had deliberately conspired to collect
in national parks and similar places and to trade in endangered species.
The indictment ran to 85 pages! one of them had (if I recall correctly)
over 200 specimens listed under CITES confiscated.
For those who wish to know more please see my "rogues" gallery at:-

Neil Jones- Neil at nwjones.demon.co.uk http://www.nwjones.demon.co.uk/
"At some point I had to stand up and be counted. Who speaks for the
butterflies?" Andrew Lees - The quotation on his memorial at Crymlyn Bog
National Nature Reserve

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