Guestbook for garthesinsectgradebook.20megsfree.com
Name:Tim L.
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Where are
you from:
Indiana
Comments:Hi Bill, I see you added photos of your gynandromorph polyphemus, pretty cool! The rarities photos are just amazing! Thanks for the detailed inspection for each quality designation.
October 19, 2017 01:26:37 (GMT Time)



Name:Dan Devine
Email:psalm51_17{at}hotmail.com
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you from:
SE Arizona and Philippines
Comments:I am very grateful for your site as I have recently trained family members in the Philippines to collect specimens to sell on ebay. I had a general idea as to rating conditions, but searched for a site like yours that would give me more objective standards. Thank you--your site is excellent. I have a question that you or anyone else who sees this post may feel free to answer: do you have or know of any special techniques to kill specimens without damaging the wings, especially larger specimens. I was a hobbyist for years but have never attempted to do this commercially and am now amazed at how many specimens get damaged. I would appreciate any pointers you could give me. Thanks again. Respectfully, Dan
February 18, 2012 22:56:40 (GMT Time)



Name:Jonathan Farris
Email:captainjameskirk2{at}gmail.com
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you from:
your class
Comments:Your web site is very nice,I like it a lot.
April 30, 2010 01:00:45 (GMT Time)



Name:Paul Bodnar
Email:crocodile52{at}msn.com
Where are
you from:
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Comments:It would be nice to have dealerís and fellow collectorís uphold the grading scales to these guidelines listed on the Bill Garthe grading website: http://www.garthesinsectgradebook.20megsfree.com/ Insect collecting is one of the oldest hobbies known to manís recorded history. The collecting of butterflies/moths is probably the most popular with beetles in second place. Insects have hard exoskeletons that if kept under proper conditions can maintain their appearance for centuries after the insect has died. Bill Gartheís website addresses a grading scale for specimen quality standards which insect collectors often refer quality to as A1, A1-, A-, A2, and B. Preserved butterflies, along with insects in general, can be considered a form of natural art blended with science. Collectors are often willing to pay hundreds sometimes thousands of dollars for these preserved butterflies. Pricing is based on a combination of several key factors, including rarity, size, age, historical si
February 28, 2010 00:22:23 (GMT Time)



Name:Walter Terry
Email:walterry{at}aol.com
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you from:
chgo
Comments:Bill, This has always been a great reference for those who want to grade on a consistant basis. Thanks for keeping it up. Hope you have a productive summer collecting. - Walt
January 30, 2010 16:05:05 (GMT Time)



Name:Paul Bodnar
Email:crocodile52{at}msn.com
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you from:
Comments:Greetings Bill, This grading scale is very good and I commend you on a job well done. As an Ornithoptera specialist it is very useful.
January 5, 2010 02:18:50 (GMT Time)



Name:Ira Nadborne
Email:hustledancer1{at} yahoo.com
Where are
you from:
Tucson, Arizona (Originally from New York City with Time Spent in South Florida)
Comments: Hello, As a 50 plus year vetran Lepidopterist, Coleopterist and general entomologist I must offer you greaT kudos on your website. It is both accurate and interesting. I guess it is safe to say that the specimens pictured are from your own collection. Congratulations on obtaining a specimen of Morpho cypris form cyanites. I have an interesting story about this incredible creature. Let's stay in contact if you wish. I'd like some more information on cedar oil as a fumigant for dermestes and other collection pests. I have a a museum style collection which has been my lifes work. Would love to talk bugs sometimes! Stay in touch Sincerely Ira Nadborne
October 10, 2009 20:19:07 (GMT Time)



Name:Ira Nadborne
Email:hustledancer1{at} yahoo.com
Where are
you from:
Tucson, Arizona (Originally from New York City with Time Spent in South Florida)
Comments:
October 10, 2009 20:12:21 (GMT Time)



Name:Charlie Swank
Email:ckswank{at}hotmail.com
Where are
you from:
Dickinson, TX USA
Comments:Very informative. I tend to agree with you 100% on your grading criteria & thank you for posting it.
February 21, 2009 06:10:54 (GMT Time)



Name:Jean-Philippe Guimond
Email:jeanff_qc{at}hotmail.com
Where are
you from:
Montreal, Qc., Canada
Comments:Very interesting site. I like the comments about grading a little lower than actual, so the buyer gets satisfied (I am mostly a buyer!). However, it usually means monetary losses for the supplier /seller and so usually the grading is done the other way around, stating A1 when usually specimen is A-... Live and learn! Jean-Philippe
November 16, 2007 18:14:15 (GMT Time)



Name:Jocelyn Frenette
Email:jocelynfrenette{at}aol.com
Where are
you from:
Clearwater, Florida
Comments:Dear Sir, I am new to the hobby of collecting insects and I am gathering information. Trying to find the defects by looking at the photos first was hard. The buyer might be in for a surprise when opening the package. I have noticed that most traders use the A system which is goog. This commerce should have quality standards & you just resolved that. Now, if all traders & buyers can read it... After all, as you said, business can only succeed by adhering to standards.
September 24, 2007 01:23:52 (GMT Time)



Name:Jean-Pierre LEQUEUX
Email:jplequeux{at}flashmail.com
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you from:
French but living in Uganda
Comments:Very well done. Very useful. Thanks
May 24, 2007 07:18:13 (GMT Time)



Name:Bill Garthe
Email:bgarthe"at"sbcglobal.net
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you from:
Comments:Mr. Hasan, Thank you for your comments. I'd like to mention a couple of things about your A1 issue with O. procus. I have gotten some of my finest material from you in the past and your descriptions of the flaws of what you sold me were perfect. Even though some had flaws, I still ordered (happily) from you and I was super-pleased and recommended you to others. The A1 condition has to be reserved for A1 specimens only and anything else is in error. If you have some that are A- you're listing as A1, then I'd suspect some customers would not be pleased. It sounds to me like instead of A-, you might have meant to say A1-. If there are only tiny imperfections making them not A1, then tell the buyer (like you did for me several times) and surely all will be pleased. I am only answering your post because I care to try to keep the premise of my grading system intact. One of the things I most admire about you is your honesty and accuracy of specimen descriptions. Please consider maintaining that level I so respect---list only A1 specimens as A1. I have before, and will again, order from you if you continue to list material as they truly are---and that includes my buying some pricey birdwings that were not A1, which I both love and consider myself lucky to have. I knew exactly what I was getting from you and thus was extremely pleased. Respectfully, Bill
May 24, 2007 02:47:59 (GMT Time)



Name:Agusyanto Hasan
Email:insect{at}indo.net.id
Where are
you from:
Indonesia
Comments:Dear Sir, You have a good and well organized web site. I would like to put a comment on grading your grading system. Some of the butterflies are hard to get A1 quality, because they are big size and wild caught. For example O. goliath procus. From my experience I have never got any specimen of this species as regarded being A1, so if this butterflies look as A-, but I will grade it as A1. I hope you are understand. Thank you...
May 22, 2007 15:50:08 (GMT Time)



Name:Brad Bockman
Email:Kasei01{at}yahoo.com
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you from:
Comments:Bill- Really great work. You have done all the legwork, so now it's time to get people to use the site. This is the tough part. Most people already have their own grading system 'in their head'. Paul Kinman indicated that he would refer people to the site. More people need to do the same thing. That's the only way to get the word out. Brad
May 19, 2007 12:25:48 (GMT Time)



Name:Paul Kinman
Email:pkinman17{at}gmail.com
Where are
you from:
Miami, Oklahoma
Comments:I was just going to say this is a fantastic site! i try not to grade much in my listings on eBay, but mostly let people grade for themselves in the best picture i can provide. but this website is very awesome. I would refer people here if they had questions about quality Paul
April 5, 2007 21:22:19 (GMT Time)