Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 10 larvae

Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 10 larvae
Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 10 larvae Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 10 larvae Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 10 larvae Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 10 larvae Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 10 larvae Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 10 larvae Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 10 larvae Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 10 larvae
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Description

Privet Hawkmoth Sphinx ligustri  

A real favourite!  These are quite one of Britain’s largest and grandest caterpillars. 

Start young larvae in plastic boxes (see advice under Plastic Rearing Containers on this site). Later they can be sleeved if the weather is warm and not too wet. Alternatively cage the larvae on cut food in water (stuff the mouth of the jar to prevent drowning), or you can use a sleeve in place of a cage.

The caterpillar becomes enormous and is characteristic of the name Sphinx moths, by its sphinx-like resting position. When ready to pupate, the larvae become a bruised apple brown colour and start to wander. At this stage, collect them and put in a plastic tub with about 100 cm of soil or compost in the bottom, and some leaf litter on top. The larvae burrow and pupate in the compost. Leave for two weeks to harden, then carefully bring them to the surface and store them in a plastic box for the winter. From late December keep them refrigerated until May, when they can be put in the emerging cage. Please read the way of keeping underground pupae in the emerging cage, as outlined under Pupae Nest on this website.

Adults emerge in June and July.  They need nectar from the flowers of Privet, Valerian, Buddleia.  

Larval foodplants: Privet, Lilac, Ash, also reportedly Spiraea, Viburnum opulus, and other Viburnums,  Holly, Dogwood, Snowberry, Apple, Pear, Oleander, Leycesteria, Currant.

One generation in the year. Privet Hawks breed readily in a large cage with nectar and foodplant. 

The large pupae are formed underground. Store the pupae for emergence next summer.