Brown Hairstreaks in captivity

Attached photo of captive BrH pair in cop. I had bred them through from the egg stage and was amazed to find them one morning as a mating pair. My interest is the bahaviours of butterflies, BrH in particular. In my view there is very little authorative information available in the literature - e.g. egg- laying cycle; pupal preferences; adult feeding (honeydew on ash?!) and lots more.

I have attempted to breed individuals initially from the egg stage with some success and subsequently through the complete cycle. It has been a steep learning curve but lacking rigour to some degree in terms of recording/logging detailed steps - but a 'wow' to observe!

Despite all that I have many questions but very few answers! Can you help?


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