Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Another Adult

The second adult emerged today a week after the first.

Nikon CP P4

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The New Generation

First adult emerged today just over 3 months since the eggs were laid.

Nikon CP P4

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Pupae

The larvae spun a thin cocoon surrounded by hazel leaves. The pupae have a dark oily appearance.

Nikon CP P4

>>>Next: First Adult

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Fully fed

All but this one have now pupated spun up among hazel leaves.

Nikon CP P4

>>>Next: Pupae

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Fourth Instars

Is this the final instar? A couple are looking close to pupating. They have certainly turned into serious eating machines (be sure to click on the last pic for a bigger version). In fact they managed to munch holes in the mesh surrounding the breeding tank and there was a mass breakout so numbers are severely reduced.

Nikon CP 995

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Third Instars

A few days ago everything went very quiet following a frenzy of feeding. The third instars emerged shortly afterwards and are already up to 12mm long. They now have more distinct black and white markings and can look quite like a bird dropping. There is a more uniformly cream colour form as well.

The are incredibly active and thus very hard to photograph successfully.

Nikon CP 995 and P4

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Second instars

The larvae have undergone their first moult in the past few days. The second instar larvae are about 5mm long.

Nikon CP 995

>>>Next: Third Instar