The expression, "Dead Butterflies"

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at
Thu Jun 7 11:55:10 EDT 2001

LeRoy wrote: "pictures of dead butterfies" by many watchers and 
those associated with NABA.

I would caution against generalizing about "those associated with NABA" 
or imputing to them specific sentiments regarding collecting. 

Whatever the organizations official policy, some collectors belong to 
NABA.  Some NABA people who don't collect themselves, don't necessarily 
object to collecting.  Some people who object to collecting for 
commercial purposes (sale or trade) don't object to collecting for 
scientific purposes. 

Some people who collect "for scientific purposes" may be doing less 
"science" than they could. 

Perhaps some are like the Japanese whaling industry which justifies its 
continuing and increasing harvest "for research".

M. Gochfeld  


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