Welcome To Garthe's Insect Gradebook Homepage -- condition grading of specimens and the use of Cedar Oil as a dermestid repellent.
To provide a reference point whereby any trader, seller, or buyer may visit and use the grading system for his/her use in determining how to grade a specimen by comparison and description. People electing to use this site as a reference for selling, trading, auctioning, or buying should refer to it as Garthe's Insect Gradebook and may link to it as needed. In order to provide a wide array of images, I am using smaller file sizes in JPEG format.
This website may be changed depending on future scenarios. I am starting out this way for financial reasons and as a test of the field, test of reactions, and whether I and the insect hobbyist/seller community deem it worthwhile/viable. I welcome constructive comments/emails and will reply as time allows.
If you have a specimen in question, send me a message with attached JPEG photo and I will grade it as per my criteria and/or post it (the JPEG) for comments from visitors. Space may be limited as well as time of postings. I am (admittedly) new at this and will endeavor to maintain objectivity and fairness.
Later on in the site, check out the Cedar Oil section. I have found and worked up a pretty nice, effective, safer (fume-wise) system for protecting my collection. If you are interested in replacing the fumes of PCB and Vapona in your collection with an effective safer alternative, read the later two pages w pics.
Also, there is a section on Mounting Tips and Ideas to share with you. I have developed these over years and continue to adapt and build on new ideas. If any of these work for you or give you ideas of your own, great.
I am an avid amateur lepidopterist/coleopterist who has collected, reared, photographed, studied, and bought insect specimens from around the world for 44 years. I have a substantial collection, am a biology teacher, and have also contributed to several museums. I am not professing to be perfect in this endeavor, but merely launching a site whereby action is initiated to remedy the vast grading woes of sellers, buyers, dealers, and suppliers. I will start with lepidoptera and will continue with coleoptera later on. Also, I may (as situations arise), deem it necessary to make changes as needed.
male, Callithea sapphira---one of my very favorites:)
Each of the following pages will be for a designated grade application. It is (in my opinion) very important to get good data with ANY specimen graded at any level. I also highly suggest one keep a detailed record of purchases and importations/exportations, along with field notes if not purchased.
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on WHITE pages column at left.