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[ B ] bug is "a beater", but is better than having nothing at all.  The specimen has really been through a war and is well-worn.

An [ A2 ] bug is representative of the species with noticable imperfections that do detract from the specimen which has flown for a good while.

An [ A- ] bug is a nice one with a few small flaws or normal wear for having been 'on-the-wing' for a few days, but is very good specimen.

An [ A1- ] bug is a real nice one with only tiny flaws which do not detract from the specimen, like it has only flown a few times.

An [ A1 ] bug is awesome in that it is so-close-to-perfect, if not actually perfect.  Any minute imperfections do not show up upon casual viewing---only when examined with extreme scrutiny, if at all.

An [ A1 'ex-pupae' ] bug is virtually pristine/perfect/flawless/untouched much like a 'proof' coin.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with it----not a scale out-of-place.


*****When in doubt, be cautious/play it safe and grade hard so as to avoid disappointments/problems with buyers.  If you are 'stuck' between two grades, there must be a reason-------go with the next lower/harsher grade.  Many a buyer is all to happy to get an A1- or A- for pretty good bucks.  Buying what is thought to be an A1, only to find out it is A- will lead to negative issues.*****



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The next page (SUMMARY Photostrip) is for immediate comparison by scrolling down the images (from top -better- to bottom -worse-).