[ A1- ] DESIGNATION
Grading specimens as [ A1- ] ----- for 90% to 95% of Top Dollar
1. Only the most tiny of imperfections allowed such as very minor flight wear. Nearly no evidence of flight wear.
2. Tiny (1-2mm) tears, splits, rubs allowed if they do not really detract from appearance.
3. Loose tails, small (attached) chips, allowed. Tiny piece of one antenna broken off is OK.
4. Wing edges are indeed clean and only have an extremely small amount of flight fraying wear.
5. It is like as though it had flown for only a couple of days, if that.
6. (if mounted), only minuten-sized, or smaller, holes allowed in wings. Also, no vein crimpage allowed or broken veins.
Note 1: This grade determination is for that super-nice specimen that is not quite perfect, but is in very fine condition with barely noticable imperfections. Many A1 listings are wrongly listed as A1 when, in fact, such specimens are A1-.
[ A1- ] O. croesus
Nearly perfect, but has a few minor wing imperfections(right FW edges and in black, and small smudge in black of left FW, and the tip of the left antenna is broken off. Also, notice the left FW base has a stain present.
[ A1- ] Agrias aedon narcissus
This specimen has only slight venation wear on the tips of the FWs. It is clean, fresh, and perfect in every other way. The slight wear knocks it down from A1 because the minor wear does show up. Many people have listed this type specimen as "A1", but it is closer to A1- which is still a very nice specimen.
[ A1- ] Papilio palamedes
This butterfly is very nice, but has a small smudge on the right FW and a hanging chip at the bottom of the right HW. It is (with these two imperfections) clearly no longer A1, but is still a high quality bug.
[ A1- ] Morpho anaxibia --female
Here is a nearly A1 morpho, but she has small smudges near the costa of the left FW, a smudge at the far outer edge of the right FW, and a small 2-3mm split near the abdomen on the right HW which is hard to see, but is there. She is about as close to A1 as a bug can get without actually being A1. The sad truth here is that I was the one who made the left FW smudges when I slipped with my special curved wing-positioning forceps:(
[ A1- ] Prepona pseudomphale
[ A1- ] Panacea prola