Foxy Ladies!

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Foxy Ladies!

Postby JulianB on Sat May 18, 2019 2:10 pm

Living in the hills with heather moorland around, a Fox Moth has always been a possibility although we've never trapped one previously. On Wednesday night we had a female in the Robinson - she was a seriously-sized moth, a most welcome antidote to those pesky micros! Last night we trapped four more ladies - apparently only the female comes to light.

What's more, three had laid their eggs on the cartons in the trap, and one continued to lay more eggs when placed in a pot. The eggs are on a similar scale to their parents - huge - resembling small olives.

If anyone wants to try rearing some of these eggs, let me know. You could be rewarded by some magnificent caterpillars, of the sort a hill walker will trip over, only to see it lope off into the heather with his packed lunch in its jaws!

Cheers, Julian
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Re: Foxy Ladies!

Postby Greg on Sat May 18, 2019 2:30 pm

Hi Julian

Your right male Fox moths rarely come to light. But when they do, they are quite handsome beasts to behold.

Regards
Greg
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Re: Foxy Ladies!

Postby JulianB on Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:52 pm

You're right Greg - we did get a male in the end as well (we caught 10 females and 1 male over their season in total).

We've also been waiting anxiously for the eggs to hatch - the only source of info on the internet we could find suggested 3 weeks should be the time it would take.

These took 6 weeks, but over the last few days 68 caterpillars have emerged.

Attached is a photo of the caterpillars before they were moved across to some bilberry. They seem to prefer the bilberry to egg carton!

Regards, Julian
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