CAGES

CAGES

Important: Please follow guidance under Plastic Rearing Containers for keeping young larvae in a more confined space (or sleeved on growing foodplant) until they are large enough to be caged. Baby caterpillars placed in a cage will immediately wander from their food and starve.

 

Please see also the SLEEVE section. A very natural and successful rearing method for larvae, and less cost than cages.

 

Flat-pack Cage Three sizes of wooden frame cages with netting panels, sent flat-packed and easily assembled.

Magicage - folding 30 cm Clever design with packs flat and stands without supports.

Very Large Spring-Frame cage, a real giant, that packs down to a tiny flat circle.

Clear sided Cylinder Cage Ideal for Stick Insects, Mantids and larvae such as ATLAS that need warm, moist conditions.

Sleeves Can be used indoors, on potted plants, or cut foodplant or outside on growing plants and trees. They protect the larvae and prevent escape. A very economical and labour-saving rearing method, that often gives fresher and more natural conditions for larvae. 

Pyjama Cage A new concept - excellent all-round vision - packs flat - and when the cover gets dirty or damaged, slip it off and pop it in the wash to have an almost new cage again. THREE SIZES illustrated above for size comparison MINI, STANDARD and LARGE.

This cage design suits all uses - breeding  butterflies and moths, rearing larvae, emerging pupae, keeping Stick Insects and other creatures.

This type of cage is very suitable for laying out pupae to emerge. It is also more suitable for smaller numbers of larvae or younger larvae. Baby larvae should be first reared in plastic rearing containers or kept covered on growing food. According to size you can use these cages for pots of plant, net covered when you want to avoid straying, or cut foodplant in water. The larger cages have enormous capacity.

A pre-formed frame is supported by corner uprights which join the frame to the cage base. No messing with components to make the top frame. The base of the cage is finished in smooth white paint, which can easily be washed or periodically re-painted in minutes. The supports come ready fitted with fixing nuts and washers.  Quickly assembled.  A zip gives easy cage access. Escape is less likely than with conventional cage doors.

Pactical design enabling the breeder to wash, repair or replace the netting cover in minutes. Removing eggs laid in awkward places is so easy when you can slip the cover off and replace it with a fresh one - just like changing pyjamas! Keep spare covers so you can have one on and one in the wash! For winter storage, or for travel, the cage quickly packs flat. Thorough cleaning and disinfecting is so much easier than with a fixed frame cage.

Pyjama cages show a substantial price saving too.

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MAGICAGE 30cm cube
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MAGICAGE

This is an innovative design.

The cage is folded absolutely flat. Pull on the centre fold and it forms an instant 30cm cube with netting on all panels, except for one which is clear plastic. This can be used as a waterproof base or as a side observation panel. Access is via a rounded zip in one netting side.

Ideal for laying out pupae to emerge. You can keep larvae or stick insects on jars of cut food. But the multitude of uses becomes more apparent as you try out new methods.
 

With the cage positioned over a growing plant you can feed and breed butterflies. The cage can be used as a sleeve on the branch of a tree.

Keep butterflies on cut flowers.

Use the Magicage for hibernating butterflies. Breed Silkmoths and Hawkmoths in the Magicage.

There has probably never been such a versatile cage.

Once you start using the Magicage, you may wish you had thought of having more of them!

 

 

£12.95
Junior Cube Cage (25cm cube)
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Junior Cube Cage (25cm cube)

A handy and economical cage for somebody just starting and, because of its versatility, experienced breeders will find this cage fulfills a need for so many aspects of keeping insects.

This is an innovative design. The cage is folded absolutely flat. Pull on the centre fold and it forms an instant 25cm cube with netting on all panels, except for one which is clear plastic. This can be used as a waterproof base or as a side observation panel. Access is via a rounded zip in one netting side.

Ideal as a starter cage for laying out pupae to emerge. You can keep larvae or stick insects on jars of cut food. The multitude of uses becomes more apparent as you try out new methods.

With the cage positioned over a growing plant you can feed and breed butterflies. Keep butterflies on cut flowers. The cage can be used as a sleeve on the branch of a tree.

 

£10.95
Large Cube Cage (50cm cube)
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Large Cube Cage

This 50cm Cube Cage is very large, yet it packs down to about the size of a tea plate. The cage is folded absolutely flat. Pull on the centre fold and it forms an instant 50cm cube with netting on all panels, except for one, which is clear plastic. This can be used as a waterproof base or as a side observation panel. Access is via a rounded zip in one netting side.

The 50 cm Cube Cage is large enough to breed Giant Atlas moths and other very large moths. It will house a good many large larvae on their foodplant. The cage is not substantial, nor rigid, but it is ideal to bring into use from economical storage, when you need generous breeding space. Good for travel because it is very lightweight and because it packs into a tiny space.

£16.00
TRAVEL CAGE 26cm diameter 20cm high.
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TRAVEL CAGE 26cm diameter 20cm high.

This cage is quite an innovation. It has been designed for convenience when travelling. It folds absolutely flat. Access is by a smiley zip in the side. In the base is another zip which allows the cage to be stood on a pot of growing foodplant, or a jar of cut food and flowers. The cage has two supports so it can be stood, but it can also be hung and used as a pairing cage. The design has evolved from needs when travelling and gathering all sorts of species to breed. Half a dozen cages occupy very little space, but they give amazing facility as a cage for pupae emerging, keeping larvae, pairing, egg-laying, butterflies or moths, Stick Insects and other creatures. The Travel Cage is very versatile!

 

£23.60
Pyjama Cage Standard  40 x 30 cm  height 50
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Pyjama Cage Standard  40 x 30 cm  height 50

Probably the most useful size as a general purpose cage. Suitable for breeding butterflies and moths, laying out pupae to emerge, keeping larvae that are large enough to cage, also for Stick insects and other creatures. Occupies little space. Can be stacked if required. This size is much lower in price and larger than the Flat-pack Wooden Framed Cage range, and much less costly to send.

 

 

 

£25.95
Pyjama Cage LARGE 60 x 40 cm changeable height
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Pyjama Cage LARGE 60 x 40 cm changeable height

 

SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICE!

This large cage is ideal for breeding larger butterflies and moths, keeping larvae of the Giant Silkmoths and Hawkmoths, or for larger numbers. It is slightly larger than the former Large (which was 50 x 38cms). It is ideal for keeping other insects such as Phasmids. With this cage you get a lot for your money!

The cage comes with both high and low supports (60 cm and 40 cm) so its height can be selected according to your choice, both initially and at any time in the future, to suit your changing requirements. The cover is designed to be used for either height. An additional base is included as a spare. At any time, if the base has become marked with use, the spare can be used to make the cage as new again. The original base can be cleaned and re-painted ready for the next time needed. Your used cage can be made like new for very little effort, and no cost.

You get almost two very large cages for the price of one. This cage is less than twice the price of the Standard PJ Cage but more than twice the volume, and it has the versatility to use it as a high or low cage. STORES FLAT when not needed out of season.

 

 

 

 

£49.50 £41.95
FLAT-PACK WOODEN & NETTING CAGE
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High quality wooden-framed cage, covered with strong black netting.
 

Packed flat for easy postage and quick assembly. We will notify you if there is any surcharge for delivery outside Britain or to outlying regions.

 

The Standard Cage is exactly as used for our own breeding. Perfect for larvae and stick insects, hatching butterflies and moths, breeding and egg-laying.  The Extra Deep Cage is for use with large moths, caterpillars or greater numbers: the extra size makes all the difference. The taller dimension on the Tall Cage is good for larger species of Stick Insect and for taller plants. Compare prices with the Pyjama Cage range which not only save on cost and carriage but they allow instant change of netting when it gets soiled or damaged.

 

 

Standard Cage 16 x 9 x 17"  40 x 23 x 43 cm  £37.95 delayed delivery at present not in stock

 

Extra Deep Cage 16 x 14 x 17"   40 x 36 x 43 cm  £42.95 

 

Tall Cage 24" high x 18 x 12"   60 x 45 x 30 cm   £41.95 

Small Tall Cage 20" high x 12" x 12"   50 x 30 x 30 cm  £36.95 
 

 


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Pop-up Cylindrical Netting Cage
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Pop-up Cylindrical Netting Cage

 

An innovative cage, with access through the top which zips around the perimeter. Compacts completely flat for storage, but springs up for use when wanted, requiring no supports. Ribbon handles allow carrying or suspension when required. Approx 35cm diameter and 45cm high.

 

Suitable for rearing larger larvae, or smaller creatures in some quantity. Also suitable as an emerging cage with pupae lying on the bottom, or suspended from the sides. Pupae should be on a tray of suitable compost to retain humidity, not simply laid on the cage bottom. Sticks are needed for emerging adults to climb but the netting sides already provide superb foothold. Makes a good pairing cage for Hawkmoths and Silkmoths.

 

With the zip opening top, the cage can be inverted over potted foodplant, or over a growing branch, like a sleeve, but it is vital to ensure that the zip is tightly closed to keep the insects in and predators out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£12.95
Hanging Cage
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Hanging Cage

 

The Hanging Cage is particularly suitable for pairing Hawkmoths and Silkmoths. They are also suitable for breeding some butterfly species, by providing nectar plants and foodplant to lay on.  The cage is normally suspended. When not in use, the cage stores perfectly flat, using almost no space.

 

LARGE Approx 40cm diameter, 45 cm high. Suits larger moths.

 

SMALL Approx 26cm diameter, 35cm high. Takes up less space. Much cheaper to post!

 

Handmade with quality materials for lasting service.

 

 

 

 

Very Large Spring-frame Breeding Cage
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Very Large Spring-frame Breeding Cage

 

 

This cage provides substantial flight area for butterflies or for pairing giant silkmoths. The cage frame is spring steel enables the breeder to erect or dismantle the cage in a simple twist operation taking just seconds. Erected the length is 110cm by 55 x 55. Folded, the cage reduces to a flat circle only 35cm diameter!

 

The cage can be stood on end to hold tall pot plants or take a tall branch of foodplant stood in water

 

The base is made of waterproof vinyl. Access is via the front oval double zipped panel. A revolutionary design and a lot of space for your money!

 

 

£25.00
MINI CYLINDER CAGE Two cages
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Mini Cylinder Cage

 

Useful for species which require humidity. Ideal for mantids, stick insects and for special larvae in smaller quantities. Excellent visibility. 13cm diameter, 25cm high.
 

 

 

£12.00