phalera bucephala notodontidae buff-tip moth

30-04-2020: Phalera bucephala eggs

30-04-2020: Phalera bucephala eggs

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Phalera bucephala eggs for sale

Phalera bucephala, the buff-tip moth, is a member of the Notodontidae family, distributed in throughout Europe and Asia. This species is univoltine and usually flies from May to July.

Last summer we collected some wild caterpillars during a field trip in the idilliac Val Codera, Italy. These caterpillars grew and pupated, overwintered outside in a sheltered spot and started emerging in the last days. We’re now able to offer eggs of this very mimetic species, whose adults resemble a tree branch when seen in perspective. Caterpillars are gregarious so they tend to stay together most of the time.

Caterpillars feed on a wide range of hosplants including Quercus, Tilia, Betula, Carpinus, Populus, Salix. They’re very easy to rear and once fully developed, larvae pupate among leaf litter.

Pairing is very easy to obtain, even in small (30x30x30cm) mesh cages since adults are not very large and don’t need much space.

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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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