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Butterfly and Moth Site

Tips and ideas for conserving, collecting, preserving, and displaying lepidoptera.

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 plant.

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.

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