Friday, 25 December 2009

Jersey tigers doing well, as are all other larvae hibernators (Dark tussock, yellow tail, foxmoth, and ruby tigers). All pupae fine (except for the few crippled ones of course - a dark dagger, an emperor, and a couple of buff tips), and hibernating eggs fine (Vapourer, bordered beauty, and December moth)
1 buff tip caterpillar left to pupate, all others have gone wrong, either crippled, or, in one case, gone splat on the floor). Let's hope this one goes fine, but he is taking his time about it. It will be my last chance of keeping my French buff tip line going.
Am expecting the Oleander hawks and Atlas moth pupae to come anytime soon.
Merry Christmas, and a Happy new year.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Good news: Hooray! 2 of the buff tips pupated yesterday, both females.
Bad news: When transferring the pupae after they had hardened a bit, one gave a sudden flick of its body. It shot off the piece of paper and went splat on the floor. Now I only have one pupa so far. The other ones will pupate soon.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

The 25 December moth eggs have arrived. Keeping them in the garage with the vapourer eggs.
This is a picture sent to me from my friend (who sent the eggs) of the female laying her ova.
Still the same with the bufftips, no pupation yet.