Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini FIVE pupae for breeding.

Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini FIVE pupae for breeding.
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini FIVE pupae for breeding. Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini FIVE pupae for breeding. Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini FIVE pupae for breeding.
Availability: July
Price: £24.95
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Description

Clifden Nonpareil or Blue Underwing Catocala fraxini pupae

This is probably only the second time we have been able to offer pupae of this magnificent and very large European Noctuid. Allow the moths some space for nuptual flight. Cover a laying box, or round tub,  with two layers of netting. The females lay eggs on the netting. Store the eggs away from pests in a cool place or fridge for the winter.

This species is now almost extinct in Britain. We are offering European stock of this fine moth, the largest of all Underwings and remarkable for its BLUE hindwings. Store the eggs refrigerated until May. The young larvae are immensely active and care must be taken when transferring them to fooplant on hatching, because they can tangle themselves up if you try to move more than one at a time! Feed on Aspen and other Poplars. The larvae are the larges of this genus and very satisfying to rear. Moths emerge in late summer, laying eggs that overwinter.