Hello; Mark Walker response; Saturniidae, Sphingidae, Catocala, butterflies

Bill Oehlke oehlkew at islandtelecom.com
Sat Aug 20 18:04:12 EDT 2005


My condolences to all who knew and appreciated Ron Gatrelle. Ron was
gracious in sharing some of his TILS butterfly images with me and just a few
short weeks ago asked me to document rearing of Platarctia parthenos. I am
working on it!

Regarding posts of worldwide lepidoptera, my main interests are
1) worldwide Saturniidae and I maintain the WLSS, a private membership site,
details at http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/indexos.htm
2) Sphingidae of the Americas at
http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/usatable.htm, a public site. I have
recently begun creating county by county checklists for some states,
Massachusetts, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, etc. I would appreciate
contribtuions of sightings and credit will be given.
3) North American Catocala (now is flight time in northeast).
 Public site at http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/catocala.html
Sightings and images are much appreciated
4) North American Butterflies, featuring caterpillars on a private site
called Caterpillars Too! Details at

I can identify most worldwide Saturniide larvae and adults, most North
American Catocala, most Sphingidae of the Americas  larvae and adults,
andmost North American butterflies, larvae and adults if anyone wishes help
or an opinion.

Bill Oehlke
Box 476, 155 Peardon Road
Montague, Prince Edward Island
Canada C0A 1R0

Saturniidae Livestock http://www3.islandtelecom.com/~oehlkew
Sphingidae of the Americas http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/usatable.htm
North American Catocala http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/catocala.html
Two outstanding membership sites:
World's Largest Saturniidae Site
Caterpillars Too! http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/ButterflyIntro.htm
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Walker" <walkerm at gat.com>
To: <LEPS-L at lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2005 6:03 PM
Subject: Hello

> Lepsters,
> It has been a very long time since I posted anything here, mainly because
> never arranged to have my current work email authorized, but also because
> have been chatting my brain off for several years now on Ron Gatrelle's
> yahoo listserve.  I will continue to do that, especially in light of his
> passing, though I'm certain that it will never be the same.  As many of
> recall, Ron launched his online presence here on LEPS-L.  For a number of
> years, his posts dominated the discussion here, and even after starting
> TILS-Leps-talk group, he continued to contribute on occassion.  He
> went before his time, though I'm inclined to believe that the timing was
> perfect in the grand scheme of things.  I'm still lamenting the loss of a
> friend, however.
> One thing is very certain - since Ron took much of the worldwide online
> discussion over to yahoo, this listserve has been much quieter.  The other
> thing that contributed to this was the predominance of smaller, regional
> discussion groups, which many of you participate in.  I recall debating
> pros and cons of this shift many years ago, and sadly many of my negative
> predictions indeed came true (particularly with regards to the reduction
> worldwide discussion of lepidoptera, and the onset of pockets of
> communication that go largely unheard).  I suspect it doesn't have to be
> I thought of wearing a T-shirt at the recent LepSoc meeting that read:
> LEPS-L - RIP.  Now, I'm inclined to do what I can to see that this isn't
> case.  Being just one loudmouth in the crowd, it is probably quite
> presumptious for me to think that I can have any impact on the quantity or
> quality of discussion that takes place here, but I do tend to be old
> and the discussion that took place here for many years has entered into
> realm of nostalgia.  I say: bring back the good ol' days.
> Well, anyway, since I never lapsed my subscription, I'm guessing that many
> of you are still out there, too.  Seeing some of you at the LepSoc meeting
> was a joy, and I send my best wishes to old friends whom I have somehow
> touch with.  The summer is starting to wane here in SoCal, and the
> butterflying is reaching that lull that occurs prior to autumn emergences.
> Meanwhile, I have a bazillion vouchers to tend to from several
> out-of-control years of field work.
> Mark Walker
> Oceanside, CA
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