[ A- ] DESIGNATION
Grading specimens as [ A- ] ----- for 80% to 90% of Top Dollar
1. Specimen is fine and mostly intact.
2. Antenna may be broken in half or a small part of one antenna missing IF the other one is completely intact. A piece of a tail may be missing or broken IF the other one is completely intact.
3. Very very small rubs, splits, tears, chips, are allowed if such small imperfections do not detract from appearance of specimen, but may be barely noticed.
4. Small evidence of flight wear is allowed as though it flew for a few days, but is still a fine specimen.
5. (if mounted), no more than size 0 pin holes in wings allowed. One minor vein crimpage ( a vein is 'bent' where it looks to normally straight) is allowed if it does not detract from appearance. A broken vein is allowed if it is easily repairable and does not detract from the look or compromise the integrity of the wing.
6. Specimen repair can be allowed IF 1. it is a very small repair, 2. does not, in any way, detract from specimen, 3. it is marked as such at the time of listing.
Note 1: This A- grading is one that is for a nice specimen, but the specimen is clearly not A1 or A1- quality. It is, however, notably better than an A2 specimen.
[ A- ] O. croesus
Notice the edges of both FWs---there is some fraying from flight. Also, the left HW has some noticable smudges that show up, but do not really detract from the specimen. It is a clean specimen which is not A1-, but is better than an A2.
[ A- ] Papilio polytes romulus
This specimen is generally pretty nice, but she has some smudges, wear, and tiny splits in the right FW. There is tiny wear present in the left FW as well. Her imperfections show up but don't detract much from the specimen.
[ A- ] Papilio palamedes
A large area in the wings has very light wear, there is an emergence flaw in the upper right wing tip, a couple of scratches on the right FW and HW, and a 2-3mm chip in the right HW. This specimen is nice in that it is better than A2, but is not in the league of A1 or A1-. Also, the pin hole in the left FW is too noticable/large. Lastly, there is a very small stain in the yellow band of the left HW. Would I generally be happy to catch a butterfly like this? Yes I would------I just would not call it an A1 or A1-.
[ A- ] Hypolimnas monteironis
This specimen has slight wear marks towards the wing-tips. Its main imperfection is the rather noticable rubbing/smudge at the lateral part of the left FW. There is tiny smudging in the left HW as well. The butterfly is good with a smudge that shows up, but the smudge does not detract from the specimen too much.
[ A- ] Graphium weiskei
[ A- ] Appias nero
[ A- ] Catocala amatrix
[A-] Morpho cypris (female) form 'cyanites'
[A-] vs [A1-]...a tough call, Phoebus avellaneda
[good A-] Hypolimnas usambara