Red Admiral atalanta 10 larvae

Red Admiral atalanta 10 larvae
Red Admiral atalanta 10 larvae Red Admiral atalanta 10 larvae Red Admiral atalanta 10 larvae Red Admiral atalanta 10 larvae Red Admiral atalanta 10 larvae Red Admiral atalanta 10 larvae
Availability: April/May
Price: £16.95

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Description

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta 

This is not a species for a beginner. Eggs are so small that a lens is needed to see them. When sent as larvae, as these are, they are usually tiny, needing a strong lens to see them before they start making leaf-tents. This is no problem for an experienced breeder, but is not as easy to look after as larvae that arrive at a visible size or as a cluster.

The larvae are solitary and make a nettle leaf into a tent. Inside the leaf tent the larva develops quickly in warm weather, sometimes moving to a bigger tent

The final shelter is where the larva hangs up and pupates. The butterflies will emerge this summer.  If you can keep them on growing foodplant, either potted or sleeved outside, this is the best way to accommodate their need for fresh food as a shelter.

 Larvae are too small  to be put into a cage or aquarium. They are best reared on growing foodplant, enclosed in a sleeve.