Breeding: Glaucopsyche alexis

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wolf
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Breeding: Glaucopsyche alexis

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I bred this species in 2015, 2018 and 2020. The species is locally common in the south east part of Norway. Larva feed on different plants in the Fabaceae family. I've bred it on Lotus corniculatus, Vicia cracca and Lathyrus pratensis. It flies in spring in one generation. The pupa hibernates, sometimes hibernating even two times before hatching.
Lifecycle information:
Eggs used 4-5 days to hatch
Larval stage lasted 22 days, molting 3 times
Pupa used 14-16 days to hatch after being taken out of hibernation.
Difficulty rating based on % of individuals gotten through to imago(1=hard, 5=easy): 4/5

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L2
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L3
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L4
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Pupa
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More high res pictures over HERE
Last edited by wolf on Sun Oct 02, 2022 7:49 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Breeding: Glaucopsyche alexis

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An exceptional species !

I was wondering if at the end of each species summary you could give us a "species success" rating based on a 1 to 5 scale; with five being high success and 1 being almost "nil" success.

That would give a good indication to anyone attempting to perhaps raise any of these the difficulty level in achieving adults.

Here in the US the morning cloak and red admiral are prevalent so they could be raised here unlike some of the others you have shown.
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Re: Breeding: Glaucopsyche alexis

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Trehopr1 wrote: Sat Oct 01, 2022 6:24 pm I was wondering if at the end of each species summary you could give us a "species success" rating based on a 1 to 5 scale; with five being high success and 1 being almost "nil" success.
Such a rating will be very subjective and alot of variables can be taken into account. But i'll try and add a rating based only on % of individuals i got through to imago.
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