Santa Clarita and Northern Los Angeles County Area
Tips and ideas for conserving, collecting, preserving, and displaying lepidoptera.
Butterfly and Moth Site
Egg tray for freshly hatch larvae, aids access to host plant.
This little tray was folded from a piece of card paper and taped
together to make a tray for holding very small lepidoptera eggs until
they hatch. The tray is hung from a stem on a live or cut host plant, so
that the new larvae only have to crawl a short distance to the host
Using this method, larvae and host cuttings do not have to be
manipulated or enclosed in a small sealed container when they first
hatch. It works especially well if a live host is used since the tray
and ova can be placed on the plant so that the larvae can hatch and
begin feeding at their leisure.
An #7 insect pin is shown for scale. The ova/larvae shown are Papilio
polyxenes coloro (average sized ova) but the tray can be used for
smaller or largar ova.