Our experimental plants are stored into home-made netted cages after they experienced treatments and natural pollination. Sort of holidays and resting time for them, so that they can produce fruits. Due to potential risk with prolonged exposure to sun, they stand around the shaddiest part of the meadow, next to the lab.
The thing is, cages have been set just under the building lights, thus it is attracting lots of moths which are resting on the cage early in the morning. But strangely, it also seems that many moths are emerging from our cages, which either means that they pupated at this specific place in the meadow (is it because it’s sweet, wet and weeded?) or that they pupated directly in our pots when the plants overwintered in a leaf litter (Strawberry attraction?). Anyway, it’s amazing how many guests we have to release just after they fully dried and extended their wings.
Here are just a few. (Oh, the guy below was just waiting outside the cage, but I couldn’t resist taking the picture!).
But today, there was really an amazing guest: Actias luna, the Luna moth. I just love this species. It’s bred as exotic pets by insect-maniacs overseas. I always dreamed of rearing this butterfly, though I never had enough space in my room. Now this is going to be serious: our captive guest unfortunately damaged its wing during the night. If this happens to be a female, we won’t have trouble attracting a mate. And if so, I guess we’ll just have to wait for her to lay eggs. This will be a marvellous breeding, Little Daughter will be pleased to feed the caterpillars and we’ll release the pupae next fall.