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20 Samia cynthia (Tree of Heaven silk moth larvae/caterpillars)

£5 + £3 P+P

Very easy to rear on privet (just keep the caterpillars together in a plastic pot (chinese takeaway at the moment with lots of holes pierced through with a hot needle, watch your fingers, I will send them packed in one already pierced which should do them for a couple of skin sheds.)

Warm room temperature (but no direct sunlight) slightly damp tissue at the bottom and replace the privet every day or so (put new privet over the old privet and they will climb onto the new) they like high humidity so always a little condensation on the sides but not overly wet and change the tissue regularly.

Any stragglers can carefully be removed and replaced using a fine childrens type paint brush. (please be gentle)

This is a beautiful species that is easy to rear and breed. The caterpillars will turn a waxy white colour and when ready will spin golden silk cocoons in which to pupate. (generally on the foodplant)

These can be hung up in a large crisp box etc (with all sides cut out ) and tutu/fine netting covering the open panels. (spray the pupae lightly every 3 days)

Because they have no adult mouthparts all they need is the box and netting no flowers etc. They will emerge and breed easily.

You will be rewarded with showy and very beautiful giant silk moths.

These make excellent school rearing projects or family projects as the children can look after them easily and the changes they go through are truly fascinating.

Any questions please just ask.
 

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Hi Mike the moths only live for about 7-10 days to mate and lay eggs.

(They have no mouth parts to feed as adults) but as they have staggered hatchings from a batch of caterpillars like this you should have moths for around 3 weeks.

The females don't particularly move much but it's a fantastic sight seeing the males flap around the kitchen, (if you let em). :2thumb:
 

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Hi!

They are eggs about 10 days.
caterpillars about 6-7 weeks.
Pupae for about 4 weeks (If kept warm or you can overwinter them for next year in a cool place like a shed or outhouse etc)

and moths for around 10 days.

they are very beautiful and each level becomes more interesting.

I can't show you a pick of an enclosure it is dismantled but was literally just a really big box with all the sides cut out and mesh put in place.

at the moment the caterpillars are kept in small tupperware boxes fed on privet and kept at room temperature.

Simples :2thumb:
 
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