|Pupae of the Eyed Hawkmoth, Smerinthus ocellata. Orpington Field Club AGM, BEECHE, 10 March 2012.|
When moths that have been trapped are kept in jars for study (to be released unharmed afterwards), sometimes they might lay eggs. If you keep those eggs and feed the larvae when they hatch, they will grow, pupate, and eventually emerge as adult moths.
This member had managed to rear three different moths this way. Not bad going for someone who only started trapping moths last year.
|Pupae of the Poplar Hawkmoth, Laothoe populi. Orpington Field Club AGM, BEECHE, 10 March 2012.|
The Muslin Moth pupae below are much smaller; the caterpillars will eat several herbaceous plants.
|Pupae of the Muslin Moth, Diaphora mendica. Orpington Field Club AGM, BEECHE, 10 March 2012.|