Welcome To Our Insects Larva & Pupa Collection

Harmonia axyridis
Say hello to Harmonia axyridis most commonly known as the harlequin ladybird in it's larval form. This is one of the most variable species in the world, with an exceptionally wide range of colour forms. Thanks to Sheila Moth for this fine capture from her garden.

Abraxas Grossulariata
Here we have the pupa of the Magpie Moth kindly shared by Ant Marriott.

Zygaena lonicerae
Zygaena lonicerae, the narrow-bordered five-spot burnet, is a moth of the Zygaenidae family and this fine larval specimen was provided by Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Orgyia Antiqua
Orgyia antiqua, the rusty tussock moth or vapourer, is a moth in the family Lymantriidae seen here in it's larval form thanks to Les Hathaway.

Sawfly Larva
Here is a fine sample of sawfly larva captured at Abney Hall by Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Dragonfly Nymph
This interesting photo was captured by Michael Anthony Brathwaite, and Unlike other winged insects, such as butterflies, dragonflies do not have a pupal stage, but progress to adults through a final larval moult that takes place out of water.

Aphelia paleana
Aphelia paleana, the timothy tortrix , is a moth of the family Tortricidae. Thanks to John Holme for this fine specimen taken at Abney Hall.

A four spotted chaser dragonfly just emerged from the nymph stage, wonderfully captured by Michael Anthony Brathwaite at Abney Hall.

Mullein Moth Caterpillar
Cucullia verbasci)
The mullein moth, (Cucullia verbasci) is a noctuid moth with a Palearctic distribution. Thanks to Ellie Raistrick for this wonderful capture.

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar
(Tyria jacobaeae)
The cinnabar moth is a brightly coloured arctiid moth found in Europe and western and central Asia. Thanks goes to Sheila Gibbons for capturing this at her allotment garden.

Grey Dagger Moth Caterpillar
The grey dagger (Acronicta psi) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. Another great specimen captured in the garden of Sheila Moth.

Small White Butterfly Larva
(Pieris rapae)
The small white, is a small to medium sized butterfly species of the whites and yellows family Pieridae. It is also known as the small cabbage white. Sheila Moth gets credit for this captured in her garden.

(Calliteara pudibunda)
(pale tussock) is a moth of the family Lymantriidae. Thanks to Sheila Gibbons for capturing this at Alexandra park. 
Elephant Hawk Moth Larva 
Deilephila elpenor
The elephant hawk moth, is a moth in the Sphingdae family. Its common name is derived from the caterpillar's resemblance to an elephant's trunk. Many thanks to Laura Gillow Clegg for the wonderful photo.
Mimas tiliae
   The lime hawk-moth, is a moth of the family Sphingidae. Thanks to Adrian Goulding for this stunning capture taken in Edgeley.