Forum dedicated to collectors of animal toy replicas
 
Toy animal WikiToy animal Wiki  HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log inLog in  Dictionary  Animal Toy forum  

Share | 
 

 Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sun 20 Aug - 21:19

This is a review of the entire set of the Butterfly Nature Tube by K&M - Wild Republic.

There are 12 figures in the set. Physically, and the design of several, are clearly influenced by the Butterflies Collectors Case by Safari LTD. The figures have a 60 mm wingspan on average. There are no names, neither on the figures themselves nor on any accompanying paperwork.

EDIT: 9/9/2017; looks like we have reasonable names for all 12 figures. Identifications below are mine or others (most notably, Bowhead Whale).

If anyone can confirm, correct, or expand upon our identifications, PLEASE do so :). I can edit the thread as needed.

1. southern dogface butterfly, Zerene cesonia.
This is one of two figure of this species, the other being by Toy Major. This figure could probably be made to represent one of several pierids, but since Z. cesonia is one of my favorites, that is what I am going with.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

2. monarch, Danaus plexippus.
A common among toy figures. I have additional figures by Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects, Hidden Kingdom Insects, Authentics Insects, and Safariology Life Cycle series), CollectA, Cadbury (UK and Australian Yowies), Groovy Tube Books (Bug Blast!), Toy Major, 4D Master, Learning Resources (Jumbo Insects), and a host of un-named bin-style figures.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

3. paradise birdwing, Ornithoptera paradisea
I am basing my identification on the shape of the wings and the tails. However, I must admit, the color is more like the common green birdwing, O. priamus, which has been made a couple times in toy form.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

4. European peacock, Aglais io.
When I first posted this thread I thought this was a unique figure, but it had also been done by K&M for their Butterflies Mini Polybag and by Bullyland. They are also made as porcelain figurines (I have three as feves).

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

5. crowned hairstreak, Evenus coronata

The color is not perfect, but this species has been made several times and it is most certainly a knock-off of other E. coronata figures, with I believe Club Earth starting the trend.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

6. Andromeda satyr, Cithaerias andromeda.
I placed this figure in this genus based on color and wing shape. Certainly one of the most interesting in the set. I do not have any other butterflies like it.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

7. paper kite, Idea leuconoe
I do not like assigning this name to this figure, but it is clearly a knock-off of the figure of the same name in Safari's Collectors Case series.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

8. silver-bordered fritillary, Boloria selene.
ID courtesy of Bowhead Whale (below). A new genus and species for me!

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

9. the yellow zebra, Graphium deucalion.
This appears to be one of the jays in the genus Graphium, with G. deucalion being the most reasonable option.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

10. the great Mormon, Papilio memnon agenor, prob form primigenius.
Thanks to Bowhead Whale for this ID; I cannot come up with anything better!

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

11. common Mormon, Papilio polytes.
Thanks to Bowhead Whale for this suggestion. I am not completely sold (esp. with the color of the forewings), but for now I cannot come up with anything better.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

12. broad-banded page, Siproeta superba.
Another ID courtesy of BW! Again, I cannot come up with anything better!

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


Last edited by bmathison1972 on Sat 9 Sep - 23:48; edited 7 times in total
Back to top Go down
widukind

avatar

Country/State : Germany
Age : 41
Joined : 2010-12-30
Posts : 26452

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Thu 24 Aug - 6:44

Interesting set :)

_________________
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] Andreas [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Fri 25 Aug - 19:08

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
This is a review of the entire set of the Butterfly Nature Tube by K&M - Wild Republic.

There are 12 figures in the set. Physically, and the design of several, are clearly influenced by the Butterflies Collectors Case by Safari LTD. The figures have a 60 mm wingspan on average. There are no names, neither on the figures themselves nor on any accompanying paperwork. I have broken the figures below into three categories:

A) Confident Identifications. These are where I am pretty sure I have identified the species or genus correctly.
B) Suggestive Identifications. These I think I am on the right page for their IDs. I have recently bought an atlas on butterflies to assist in their identifications, but I have not been able to confirm them all.
C) Not a Clue. These figures I cannot ID to the genus or species level; some may not have even been modeled after actual species. I am not a lepidopterist, so I am not sure.

If anyone can confirm, correct, or expand upon my identifications, PLEASE do so :). I can edit the thread as needed.



9. butterfly, NOS:
Based on the color, this could be a pierid, a danaine, or a satyrine. Seems distinctive but I cannot find a good match.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Could it be a Pearl-Bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)? It has the same colors, is ocellated on the root of its rear wings and lots of spots on the external borders of the wings.
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sun 27 Aug - 16:41

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
This is a review of the entire set of the Butterfly Nature Tube by K&M - Wild Republic.

There are 12 figures in the set. Physically, and the design of several, are clearly influenced by the Butterflies Collectors Case by Safari LTD. The figures have a 60 mm wingspan on average. There are no names, neither on the figures themselves nor on any accompanying paperwork. I have broken the figures below into three categories:

A) Confident Identifications. These are where I am pretty sure I have identified the species or genus correctly.
B) Suggestive Identifications. These I think I am on the right page for their IDs. I have recently bought an atlas on butterflies to assist in their identifications, but I have not been able to confirm them all.
C) Not a Clue. These figures I cannot ID to the genus or species level; some may not have even been modeled after actual species. I am not a lepidopterist, so I am not sure.

If anyone can confirm, correct, or expand upon my identifications, PLEASE do so :). I can edit the thread as needed.



9. butterfly, NOS:
Based on the color, this could be a pierid, a danaine, or a satyrine. Seems distinctive but I cannot find a good match.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Could it be a Pearl-Bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)? It has the same colors, is ocellated on the root of its rear wings and lots of spots on the external borders of the wings.

Very nice! Looks good to me, certainly good enough for our purposes! I will change the original post. Nice, a new genus for me. Good job, BW!
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sun 27 Aug - 19:21

Thank you!
You know, I work very hard identifying those little lépidoptères. First, I go on the Internet and I enter the keywords that describe the lepidoptera (in this case: "orange butterfly species"). Then, on Wikipedia, I check every single species picture and compare it to the model. Sometimes, it takes hours. And here, I saw that lepidoptera with orange wings, ocellated patterns on the roots of the rear wings, and lots of stripes and dots on the borders. All the main characteristics fitted. When I am sure of my conclusion, I show it to you. And in this case, we were Lucky enough to be in front of a mold that was meant to represent that type of lepidopera, which is not always the case, the paint job creator and the sculptor often being two different people in toy buisiness. Because sometimes, the animal that was sculpted does not always end being painted to be the same animal as previously designed. Like that bottlenose dolphin painted as a killer whale I saw in a store. Or that lioness toy I saw transformed into a black panther (casted in black plastic). Or that Papillionidae Toy Major painted as a Luna Moth (yes, I am aware the Toy Major mold was first meant to be a butterfly, but despite long, endless research, I never found any butterfly with those whole green, purple-white ocellated wings; so it had to be Something else). In this case, everything fitted. But in this orange butterfly case, everything fitted: the mold and the paint job.
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sun 27 Aug - 21:44

I do similar Google search tactics, sometimes they work sometimes they don't. These companies love to copy one-another, so often figuring out one in one series helps be ID another in a different series. For example, I probably never would have identified the Toy Major Cymothoe sangris if Safari hadn't included one in their Butterflies TOOB.

Put your Google search to work here. I am trying to identify some caterpillars.

For one set by Beam, I am stuck with these two (they are certainly both butterflies):

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

For another generic set, I am having trouble with these. Could be butterflies or moths; a lepidopteran friend of mine who studies caterpillar behavior thinks they are all butterflies...

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Tue 29 Aug - 18:07

[quote="bmathison1972"]I do similar Google search tactics, sometimes they work sometimes they don't. These companies love to copy one-another, so often figuring out one in one series helps be ID another in a different series. For example, I probably never would have identified the Toy Major Cymothoe sangris if Safari hadn't included one in their Butterflies TOOB.

Put your Google search to work here. I am trying to identify some caterpillars.

For one set by Beam, I am stuck with these two (they are certainly both butterflies):

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

The second one, the striped yellow, white and black one, looks to me like an EASTERN BLACK SWALLOWTAIL Caterpillar (Polyxenes asterius).

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Back to top Go down
Roger
Admin
avatar

Country/State : Portugal
Age : 43
Joined : 2010-08-20
Posts : 21920

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Tue 29 Aug - 22:07

Thanks to this topic, I created a page to this tube on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Very Happy I confess I was already following this topic at ATF but, I had no chance yet of creating the page. The work isn't finished but it looks already great, I guess. Very Happy
I knew Valérie was a very dedicated member and here is a result of her effort. I hope others can be identifyied in the future too. Very Happy
Thanks Blaine for another interesting review. Very Happy

_________________
~ Rogério [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Wed 30 Aug - 10:45

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:


The second one, the striped yellow, white and black one, looks to me like an EASTERN BLACK SWALLOWTAIL Caterpillar (Polyxenes asterius).

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
[/quote]

I had dismissed the tentacles as an osmeterium but I suppose it's possible... There are other swallowtails in the set and they are more robust than this one.
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sun 3 Sep - 19:11

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:


The second one, the striped yellow, white and black one, looks to me like an EASTERN BLACK SWALLOWTAIL Caterpillar (Polyxenes asterius).

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

I had dismissed the tentacles as an osmeterium but I suppose it's possible... There are other swallowtails in the set and they are more robust than this one.[/quote]

Yes, maybe scratch ... but don't forget it is an asian set: everything on the information tags is written in corean or Something. So, I think the creators represented asian species of lepidopteres. Just like american companies tend to represent american species of insects. What do you think? Ah! If only we could read asian languages... we wouldn't have to burn midnight oïl to figure out what they had in mind. We would just have to read them and translate them.


Last edited by Bowhead Whale on Sun 3 Sep - 19:37; edited 2 times in total
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sun 3 Sep - 19:32

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
I do similar Google search tactics, sometimes they work sometimes they don't. These companies love to copy one-another, so often figuring out one in one series helps be ID another in a different series. For example, I probably never would have identified the Toy Major Cymothoe sangris if Safari hadn't included one in their Butterflies TOOB.

Put your Google search to work here. I am trying to identify some caterpillars.

For another generic set, I am having trouble with these. Could be butterflies or moths; a lepidopteran friend of mine who studies caterpillar behavior thinks they are all butterflies...

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Could the first Caterpillar be a CINNABAR MOTH (Tyria jacobaeae) Caterpillar? Cinnabar moths are rather common in Europe and toy companies tend to represent well-known species, most of the time.
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sun 3 Sep - 19:58

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
This is a review of the entire set of the Butterfly Nature Tube by K&M - Wild Republic.

There are 12 figures in the set. Physically, and the design of several, are clearly influenced by the Butterflies Collectors Case by Safari LTD. The figures have a 60 mm wingspan on average. There are no names, neither on the figures themselves nor on any accompanying paperwork. I have broken the figures below into three categories:

A) Confident Identifications. These are where I am pretty sure I have identified the species or genus correctly.
B) Suggestive Identifications. These I think I am on the right page for their IDs. I have recently bought an atlas on butterflies to assist in their identifications, but I have not been able to confirm them all.
C) Not a Clue. These figures I cannot ID to the genus or species level; some may not have even been modeled after actual species. I am not a lepidopterist, so I am not sure.

If anyone can confirm, correct, or expand upon my identifications, PLEASE do so :). I can edit the thread as needed.




10. bufferfly, NOS:
This is probably one of the 'tailless' swallowtails, maybe even another birdwing!

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Could this be this one? I read this is called "Papilio memnon coeruleus" and it's color variant of this species.


Last edited by Bowhead Whale on Thu 7 Sep - 20:28; edited 2 times in total
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Tue 5 Sep - 11:19

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
I do similar Google search tactics, sometimes they work sometimes they don't. These companies love to copy one-another, so often figuring out one in one series helps be ID another in a different series. For example, I probably never would have identified the Toy Major Cymothoe sangris if Safari hadn't included one in their Butterflies TOOB.

Put your Google search to work here. I am trying to identify some caterpillars.

For another generic set, I am having trouble with these. Could be butterflies or moths; a lepidopteran friend of mine who studies caterpillar behavior thinks they are all butterflies...

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Could the first Caterpillar be a CINNABAR MOTH (Tyria jacobaeae) Caterpillar? Cinnabar moths are rather common in Europe and toy companies tend to represent well-known species, most of the time.

I tossed around Tyria jacobaeae lot too, and may eventually go with it, but lepidopterists I have consulted believe it to be a pierid larva (still, I too am leaning towards Tyria).

Another thing, these molds have been copied from each other multiple times and the original may not have been Asian, so do not assume they are Asian species. The set included some definite North American species.
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Tue 5 Sep - 18:37

So, you think HG included occidental species? Well, it's possible. Anything is possible, in fact. This is why I was crying over the fact neither I nor you could understand Corean language. Because if we did, we would just have to translate their texts and things would have been a lot easier for both of us.
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Tue 5 Sep - 18:48

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
I do similar Google search tactics, sometimes they work sometimes they don't. These companies love to copy one-another, so often figuring out one in one series helps be ID another in a different series. For example, I probably never would have identified the Toy Major Cymothoe sangris if Safari hadn't included one in their Butterflies TOOB.

Put your Google search to work here. I am trying to identify some caterpillars

For another generic set, I am having trouble with these. Could be butterflies or moths; a lepidopteran friend of mine who studies caterpillar behavior thinks they are all butterflies...

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Your lepidopterian friend could be right about the SECOND Caterpillar on the picture: here is a picture of the Caterpillar of Phoebis sennae, a pierid.



Last edited by Bowhead Whale on Sun 10 Sep - 18:19; edited 3 times in total
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Tue 5 Sep - 19:48

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
This is a review of the entire set of the Butterfly Nature Tube by K&M - Wild Republic.

There are 12 figures in the set. Physically, and the design of several, are clearly influenced by the Butterflies Collectors Case by Safari LTD. The figures have a 60 mm wingspan on average. There are no names, neither on the figures themselves nor on any accompanying paperwork. I have broken the figures below into three categories:

A) Confident Identifications. These are where I am pretty sure I have identified the species or genus correctly.
B) Suggestive Identifications. These I think I am on the right page for their IDs. I have recently bought an atlas on butterflies to assist in their identifications, but I have not been able to confirm them all.
C) Not a Clue. These figures I cannot ID to the genus or species level; some may not have even been modeled after actual species. I am not a lepidopterist, so I am not sure.

If anyone can confirm, correct, or expand upon my identifications, PLEASE do so :). I can edit the thread as needed.


11. swallowtails, NOS
This may or may not (favoring the latter) even be painted after actual species.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Could it be a PAPILIO POLYTES (Common Mormon butterfly)? I know the front wings are not a perfect match, but look at the rear wings: they are very alike.
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Tue 5 Sep - 22:51

1) The P. sennae is a possibility; I have a similar set of caterpillars with a figure that is more sennae-like, and that's why I probably didn't consider it. I will look around for others in the genus

2) similarly, the Papilio is a good thought, and I am tempted to go with it. Again, maybe snoop around in the species complex

I think I need to upload the entire BEAM caterpillar set so you can see what all is in it, and what I have already identified. Same with a similar set by an unknown manufacturer. Caterpillar sets like these have been made at least 4 times with different assortments.
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Thu 7 Sep - 18:54

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
1) The P. sennae is a possibility; I have a similar set of caterpillars with a figure that is more sennae-like, and that's why I probably didn't consider it. I will look around for others in the genus

2) similarly, the Papilio is a good thought, and I am tempted to go with it. Again, maybe snoop around in the species complex

I think I need to upload the entire BEAM caterpillar set so you can see what all is in it, and what I have already identified. Same with a similar set by an unknown manufacturer. Caterpillar sets like these have been made at least 4 times with different assortments.

I snooped around lepidoptran species a lot already! Laughing I think I need a break right now... Sleep
Back to top Go down
widukind

avatar

Country/State : Germany
Age : 41
Joined : 2010-12-30
Posts : 26452

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Thu 7 Sep - 19:11

cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers

_________________
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] Andreas [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Thu 7 Sep - 20:31

Oh! By the way, please take a look at the black and blue butterfly shown earlier: I have a new idea of what it could be.
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 0:51

that Papilio memnon is a really good idea, prob the subspecies agenor, ab. primigenius.
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 1:33

If my conclusions are right up to now, it means there is only one butterfly left to identify: the swallowtail with the white stripes...
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 1:34

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
If my conclusions are right up to now, it means there is only one butterfly left to identify: the swallowtail with the white stripes...

that black and yellow 'Graphium' prob can use some work too
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 1:36

Ok. So I will look for Graphium species to morrow.
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 15:03

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
Ok. So I will look for Graphium species to morrow.

What I mean is that it might not be a Graphium...

Also I am not 100% sold on Papilio polytes yet for the pinkish one, but will snoop around that area.

I have posted the complete set of Beam caterpillars under Misc. Japanese Companies.

Thank you for all your hard work on these, it is VERY VERY much appreciated. More than you might realize!
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 18:17

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
This is a review of the entire set of the Butterfly Nature Tube by K&M - Wild Republic.

There are 12 figures in the set. Physically, and the design of several, are clearly influenced by the Butterflies Collectors Case by Safari LTD. The figures have a 60 mm wingspan on average. There are no names, neither on the figures themselves nor on any accompanying paperwork. I have broken the figures below into three categories:

A) Confident Identifications. These are where I am pretty sure I have identified the species or genus correctly.
B) Suggestive Identifications. These I think I am on the right page for their IDs. I have recently bought an atlas on butterflies to assist in their identifications, but I have not been able to confirm them all.
C) Not a Clue. These figures I cannot ID to the genus or species level; some may not have even been modeled after actual species. I am not a lepidopterist, so I am not sure.

If anyone can confirm, correct, or expand upon my identifications, PLEASE do so :). I can edit the thread as needed.

12., swallowtail, NOS
This may or may not (favoring the latter) even be painted after actual species.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Look what I found: a picture of a mexican species, SIPROETA SUPERBA. Doesn't it look like our unknown black butterfly with white stripes?
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 18:36

that works for me!
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 18:39

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
that works for me!

OK, that's another species identified. Now, for that black butterfly with yellow stripes... study
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 19:28

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
that works for me!

OK, that's another species identified. Now, for that black butterfly with yellow stripes... study

the best I can come up with is Graphium deucalion.
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 23:43

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
that works for me!

OK, that's another species identified. Now, for that black butterfly with yellow stripes... study

the best I can come up with is Graphium deucalion.

The australian butterfly? Yes, I did come across that species during my researches, but I continued looking just in case I found something else that fitted. But up to now, it is indeed the only one that looks enough like the toy. So, Graphium deucalion it will be? Smile
Back to top Go down
bmathison1972

avatar

Country/State : Salt Lake City, UT
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-04-13
Posts : 744

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 23:45

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
that works for me!

OK, that's another species identified. Now, for that black butterfly with yellow stripes... study

the best I can come up with is Graphium deucalion.

The australian butterfly? Yes, I did come across that species during my researches, but I continued looking just in case I found something else that fitted. But up to now, it is indeed the only one that looks enough like the toy. So, Graphium deucalion it will be? Smile

Yup, I will update the first post accordingly. I think we got them all, thanks for your tremendous help!
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sat 9 Sep - 23:52

You're welcome. But we still have our caterpillars to identify...
Back to top Go down
Roger
Admin
avatar

Country/State : Portugal
Age : 43
Joined : 2010-08-20
Posts : 21920

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sun 10 Sep - 10:19

Your new identifications were now updated on TAI page. Thanks for your effort! Very Happy

_________________
~ Rogério [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sun 10 Sep - 18:14

Thank you! Yet I Wonder why I was the only one here who volunteered to help identifying those butterflies: sometimes, the job was really hard and I would have enjoyed a little help from other members. But now, I am releaved and proud: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!


Last edited by Bowhead Whale on Sun 10 Sep - 18:18; edited 1 time in total
Back to top Go down
Bowhead Whale

avatar

Country/State : Canada
Age : 40
Joined : 2012-01-31
Posts : 1562

PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   Sun 10 Sep - 18:17

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
I do similar Google search tactics, sometimes they work sometimes they don't. These companies love to copy one-another, so often figuring out one in one series helps be ID another in a different series. For example, I probably never would have identified the Toy Major Cymothoe sangris if Safari hadn't included one in their Butterflies TOOB.

Put your Google search to work here. I am trying to identify some caterpillars

For another generic set, I am having trouble with these. Could be butterflies or moths; a lepidopteran friend of mine who studies caterpillar behavior thinks they are all butterflies...

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Could the third Caterpillar of the picture be this one: EILEMA COMPLANA? The imago is a weird-looking moth, grey in color, with orange borders.
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)   

Back to top Go down
 
Review: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M International - Wild Republic)
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
STS Forum  :: Animal toy figures reviews and discussions :: Modern companies :: K&M - Wild Republic-
Jump to: