Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Pupating at last

Hooray! A couple of the biggest of the French Buff tips are showing signs of wanting to pupate (and it's about time!). They have stopped eating and their frass is runny and discoloured. I have put them in a pot of soil with leaves on top, that they may make a cocoon under the soil and pupate in there. Let's hope it all goes smoothly. The pre pupation larvae are smaller (2 in) than full grown NI buff tips I have bred, but I suppose that's the French for you.
Photo is of one of these fully grown ones that are about to pupate.
One of the Great lappets from france is about to moult. The first few nights of frost, they have stopped eating and perhaps will start to hibernate soon.
Jersey tigers all doing well

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