THE RULES!

Have you reared a unusual species of butterfly or moth? Would you like to publish your results, but do you lack the time or knowledge to write scientific publications? Then email your data to me, and your observations will be documented in these archives. Email your information to bart.coppens@hotmail.com and I will consider adding it, if it meets my requirements.

The rules are:

  1. First – You must submit pictures of several life stages of the butterfly or moth you have reared. Atleast a picture of a fully grown larva  and the adult that emerged from it are important. However, pictures of as many life stages and variations (including the pupae, eggs and early instars) are welcomed, and the higher the quality of the images the higher your chance of me willing to list your observation becomes.
  2. Second – Your observation must be unusual or significant. For example, I would not add a breeding of Acherontia atropos or Actias luna. Despite being beautiful species, they are widely studied and commonly bred. Factors that come into consideration are:
    • The ecology of the  immature stages is hardly known poorly recorded (or perhaps unrecorded) [=Life cycle/faunistics]
    • The species has very rarely (or perhaps never) been bred or reared in captivity before, despite the ecology perhaps being well known [=Cracking how to breed certain species in captivity]
    • The species is very rare, obscure, understudied or perhaps unique looking [=Conservation/faunistics]
    • The species was reared in unique conditions – such as for example on a host plant it was previously not known to eat or conditions it was not known to tolerate [=Life cycle/faunistics]

     

  3.  Third – I do not only need pictures – I also need your story and experiences. Your story will be included on the website, since this will be your article! The more you write, the better, and the more readers will enjoy viewing your observation. Some very important information to provide:
  • Location: Where did you obtain the insect? The geographical origin of your livestock is very important. 
  • Conditions: When rearing, what food plant did you use, what was the temperature, in what sort of containers did you keep them? How many days do the eggs and pupae take to hatch?
  • Experiences: your story and findings.  This could be many things according to your experience. For example: Did you the adults them to pair? Do the caterpillars have a painful sting? Do they have exceptionally though cocoons, were they parasitised? Were they difficult to rear, or very hard? Did you experience losses? 

4.  Last but not least – (Optional) A small introduction about yourself, and your relation to / experience with Lepidoptera.

Of course, you will be credited with your full name for the rearing and discoveries you made.

When will my work be added?

First, it will only be added if it meets the requirements. If it does, I will work on adding it as fast as possible. This may be within one single day if I have the free time to do so, but it may also take several days if I am busy. This website is a hobby project for me, and I do work a tedious wageslave-tier job. So at times, perhaps when I am exhausted, perhaps when I am travelling or occupied, it may take a while, though I will work as fast as I am able to.

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The aim of this website is to provide information about many species of moths and butterflies around the world, with a slight focus on rearing them in captivity.

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