Rearing cage for lepidoptera or Butterfly Habitat Cage: perfect for raising butterflies and moths. Its collapsible design is made for easy storage and it is reusable. The unfolded measures are 40 x 40 x 60 cm. Tall and wide, can hold a jar with host-plant branches. The wings of a new butterfly are not risk of breaking when trying to stir up. Although it is generally used for adult breeding, a pop up habitat is also a perfect environment for caterpillars to grow and develop!
Take a closer look to our article: you will learn more about breeding in a rearing cage!
Rearing cage for lepidoptera: a primer
Rearing cage have not always been welcome in the lepidoptera world. Some people claimed they would have been bad for the general behiavour of lepidopteras, or that would have alterated their pherormones or other issues. Today we can say that most of these issues are not true.
In a wonderful paper regarding rearing and breeding techniques, professor Mark Christopher Williams of the University of Pretoria gives us a primer of how to deal correctly with breeding. In TimeToBreed, given our background as trained specialists and passionate people, we always take into account the latest papers and news from the academic world.
What the paper greatly highlights is the relevance of breeding Lepidoptera instead of the mere collection.
In fact, as you all already know, we strongly support this attitude towards the species.
First of all, the knowledge of their life cycles and accompanying ecological parameters is necessary for their conservation.
Then it surely adds lots of competence regarding the environment in which mankind is in, with all other animals.
The study of the several and different modifications that the lepidoptera has from egg to adult surely highlights what a taxonomic character is and how relevant a taxonomic characterization is for learning and dividing correctly species and subspecies. This is for example greatly highlighted by larvae!
Having parallel competence in botanics, biochemistry and ecology is fundamental for understanding what are the most relevant plants for breeding, but again it highlights the importance of a correct understanding of what a life cycle is about and how complex it is.
But let’s not forget the key point: breeding is all about observation. And observation is they key for any relevant and complex human project.
That is why here in TimeToBreed take so much into account the didactic aspect of breeding. Its relevance for our future is huge, and given the fact that the climate impact has in our lives, these themes are everyday more central in our lives. Breeding provides a strong challenge to man’s curiosity and intellect.
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Stay tuned on the newest part of our products: deadstock! We just announced the beginning of a new collaboration that will bring to the market many dried butterflies and moths for sale. We are now working together with sellers from Ebay and long standing specialist in diurnal butterflies. This surely adds another valuable key to a deeper understanding of lepidoptera world.
We expect to start this journey on June 2020, when a session of several Ebay auctions will be launched, including amazing diurnal butterflies from Costa Rica and miscellaneous Saturniidae and Sphingidae specimens. Check out if your Chinese moon moth will be available! Also our collection includes unique aberrations and rare forms.
As usual, all data will be provided to the buyer with the best possible service in terms of customer service, packaging and quality of specimen.