Friday, July 2, 2010

Chandos Road, Ampthill

These are 11 Emperor Moth caterpillars that I’ve been breeding through. They’re pretty striking, both in terms of colour and size. We rediscovered Emperor Moths on Cooper’s Hill a few years ago where the caterpillars have been found feeding on Bramble. These ones took readily to Hawthorn.

Impressive or what! These must be about full-size now and I’m expecting them to pupate anytime soon.

At the other end of the scale, this micro-moth, Lozotaeniodes formosanus, is small, but beautiful. Its caterpillars feed on Scots Pine. It turned up in the moth trap last night for the first time.

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