Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Hi All,
Is this accommodation suitable for my Ribwort Plantain resdents?


Winston

4 comments:

drepana said...
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drepana said...

In case you can't tell. This is a take-away style tray with a section of stocking (unladdered) around it!
Winston

charly streets said...

Winston, having only reared three successfully I'm certainly no expert so I can only tell you the way I did it.I opened the leaves carefully and any with pupae in (inside the papery cocoon), I cut as much plant material away ( to reduce mould forming) and left in a ventilated jam jar for emergence.To keep the leaves fresh for as long as possible whilst the larva are still feeding I kept them in an airtight jar, occasionally opening it to let out any condensation, else mould may set in.On one occasion I let a leaf dry out totally and the emerging moth struggled so much to escape it was practically wingless! The trick seems to be to control the humidity. HTH.

drepana said...

Many thanks
I will try to prevent the mould and the drying! I believe that the Larvae have successfully transfered themselves to fresh leaves but have not drawn together the limp offerings, and I don't blame them. Not that hopeful that the will pupate. If not I may resort to digging up plants!!!
Winston