Monday, 26 June 2017

Kunugia undans

Have I ever mentioned that Lappets (Lasiocampidae) are my favorite creatures? Okay, true, probably more then once already. They really are. Many of them come with a downside though. You need a lot of patience. Lots of Lappets are slow growing and only produce one flight per year. Same for Kunugia undans, a large Asian species. The eggs overwinter for a couple of months. They stay in the fridge, so that's not that much work. But then, after you take them out in April, the work begins. They need fresh food, clean conditions and average temperatures. Don't keep them too warm or too cool. I used Hazel (Corylus avellana) as food, but could have used related plants like Quercus, Fagus, Carpinus or Alnus. Months later, somewhere late June, early July, they have grown to slender ten centimeter plus caterpillars. They come in two color forms. A dark brown form with almost black markings and a grey/brown form with a more contrast rich pattern. It will take a few more weeks before all the animals have pupated. The pupal stage on the other hand will be short. I expect to see the moths already in August.


Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans final instar on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans final instar on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans final instar on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L7 on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L7 on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L6 on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L6 on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L6 on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L5 on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L4 on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L4 on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L4 on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L2 on Corylus avellana

Kunugia undans caterpillar
Kunugia undans L1 on Corylus avellana