marumba quercus hawk moth sphingidae eggs

22-05-2020: Marumba quercus eggs

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Marumba quercus eggs for sale

Marumba quercus, the oak hawk-moth, is a member of the Sphingidae family, distributed in Eurasia and North Africa. This species is univoltine and usually flies from late April to July.

Last year, a friend of us sent some wild Marumba quercus eggs from Tulcea County, Romania. The rearing went smooth and we obtained some nice and big pupae that we overwintered. We had many adults emerging in the past days and got three pairings already. This species has a unique behaviour: the newly hatched L1 caterpillar don’t feed apart from its eggshell and moult straight after! That’s the reason the eggs are so big, because inside of them grow mature L1 caterpillars, fully fed and ready to moult just after hatching

Caterpillars feed on Quercus species, preferring dry and hard leaved Quercus species such as Quercus pubescens and Quercus ilex, although we reared them well on Quercus robur.

Pairing is very easy to obtain in 40x40x60 mesh cage outside. Eggs are laid on the mesh with no need to providing host plant.

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Eggs are usually shipped into small plastic tubes. Once received, they need to be moved to a bigger container, allowing caterpillars to have enough space to hatch and move.

Learn more by reading the full article at: Eggs and Pupae care in Butterflies and Moths

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