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If you are a beginner and need information on rearing from small caterpillars, or hatching out pupae, please order the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES. INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT SENT WITH EACH SPECIES, you need to acquire basic skills and this book is a simple way of doing so.

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DUO Robin Moth cecropia and American Moon Moth luna 10 eggs of each
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DUO Robin Moth cecropia and American Moon Moth luna 10 eggs of each

 

 

Luna larvae feed on Birch, Walnut, Sallow, Osier, some Oaks, Plum, Plane, Sweet Chestnut, some Maples.

 

Cecropia feed well on Cherry and Apple, Osier, Sallow, they reportedly feed also on Birch, Pear, Ash, Alder, Elm and Lilac,

 

Two species for about the price of one!

£12.95
DUOS and TRIOS Pick Your Own. 10 eggs of each species.
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DUOS & TRIOS Select your own.  Extra good value! About half normal price.  Sometimes a species cannot be supplied at the time. If this happens we will substitute, and you can indicate in brackets an additional species that you would prefer if a substitute becomes necessary. You can choose any combination of species you like from the following:

 

Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi

Tree of Heaven Silkmoth cynthia

Robin Moth cecropia

American Moon Moth luna

Madagascan Emperor Moth suraka

 

Select DUO £11.99 or TRIO £17.99. 

On your order enter IN THE COMMENTS BOX your chosen species. To keep it simple follow this example, using the short scientific name:  luna, advena, suraka (cynthia). This is an example of a TRIO. The name in brackets is your second choice if one species is sold out.

If you wish to buy more than one of the same combination just increase the quantity. To go on to buy a different combination DUO or TRIO, just click on the Pick Your Own again, on the same order and choose a further combination.  

FOODPLANTS:

Suraka: Oleander, Privet, Willows, Beech, Liquidambar, Hawthorn, Grapevine, Lilac, Cherry, Laurel, Forcythia, Rhus, Pistachia, Apple, Pear, Plum, Peach and Cabbage. In winter Privet is the ideal foodplant.

Luna: Walnut, Liquidambar, Birch, Plane, Maples, Aspen, Plum, Oak, Sallow, Osier Willow, Several kinds of Oak.

Elpenor: Willowherbs, Fuschia, Virginia Creeper, Vine and Bedstraw.

Polyphemus: Oak, Birch, Willow, Sallow, Osier, Maple, Apple, Cherry, Alder, Elm,TRY Walnut, Pseudacacia, Sumac Rhus typhina, 

Cecropia: Lilac, Cherry, Pear, Apple, Acer, Plum, Alder, Birch, Dogwood, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Elm, Beech, Gooseberry, Privet, Poplar,

Cerisyi:  Apple, Willows, Poplars. 

Fraxini:  Poplars. 

Electa: Poplars and Willows.

Pavoniella: Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Osier Willow, Pussy Willow, Plum, Apple, Bramble,

Pyri: Blackthorn and Plum, Osier Willow and will often feed on other fruit trees and Hawthorn.

Pavonia: Bramble, Raspberry, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Oak, Hornbeam, Birch, Heathers and Heaths, Blueberry, Meadowsweet, Wild Rose, Sea Buckthorn, Purple Loosestrife, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Pussy Willow (Sallow).

Tiliae : Lime, Elm.  Other reported foodplants include Cherry, Alder, Birch, Oak, Hazel, Acer including Sycamore, Sorbus, Apple, Pear and Ash!

Pernyi:  Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Prunus, Hornbeam (Carpinus), Apple, Hawthorn, Beech, Oak, Osier,

Cynthia: Privet, Tree of Heaven Ailanthus, Osier Willow, Laburnum, Rose, Plum, Apple, Ash, Birch, Elder,

Ocellata: Apple, Willows, Poplars, Also reported but not tried: Blackthorn, Lime, Privet, Alder, Birch, Plum, Blackthorn, some Viburnums, Various Prunus, Laurel.

Promethea: Foodplants include Lilac and Cherry, Ash, Apple, Pear, Oak, Rhododendron, Willow, Lime, Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Peach,  possibly Maple, Poplar and even Pine may also be taken.

OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
Availability: Autumn 2018


Osier Willow cuttings Salix viminalis

 

Next available from November.

 

Years ago we planted a stick that was floating down a river in Wiltshire.  That was in 1954! It grew – rapidly – producing a wealth of leaves.  We tried it as a foodplant and discovered that not only did British species do well on it, but exotic silkmoth larvae as well.

 

This stick was the daddy of hosts of willow thickets that we have established in Dorset, Cornwall and in France.

 

Osier is Basket Willow, the flexible essential for basket weaving. It makes a wonderful woven hedge. It can form living sculptures. Winter or summer, Osier makes wonderful screens and windbreaks. Cover for wildlife and game. Osier is grown as a crop for energy production. In short it is a blessing to the environment, and very pleasant on the eye in landscaping schemes.

 

We are offering a bunch of 10 cuttings for you to try not only as probably the most universal foodplant for larvae, but a great addition to your garden and grounds. 

 

Probably the easiest cuttings to strike and grow. You simply push them into the ground, during autumn or spring. Leaves will appear within the first fortnight if planted in spring, roots quickly follow. In the first year they will more than double in size. Next year, in normal drought free conditions,  you will have a metre or more of growth and lots of foodplant. You may even be able to feed some in the first year.

You can store cuttings before planting, either in a polythene bag in the fridge, or standing in water. In water they often start to root. It is advisable to plant them before the roots actually burst out of the bark.

 

This plant is a complete success story – you will be pleased you tried it!

 

 

£12.95
DUO American Moon Moth luna and Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 10 eggs of each
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DUO American Moon Moth luna and Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 10 eggs of each

American Moon Moth larvae feed on Walnut, Birch and Osier Willow.

Chinese Oak Silkmoth like Oak, Osier Willow, Beech, Apple, and other trees. Both very easy to rear. Spectacular moths and exciting larvae that grow very large!

£12.95
ACP. Butterflies - used copy
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All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES Robert Goodden.

A comprehensive guide - outlining techniques for the breeding and study of butterflies and moths. This book also shows a grand selection of butterflies of every continent. Packed with essential information, colourful pictures and diagrams by the butterfly artist JOYCE BEE. Paperback. 160  pages. 7 x 4". An essential guide for the beginner.

 

This book went out of print many years ago. WWB bought the entire stock of the English language edition. Stocks have now sold out. There are some used copies, damage or marking mainly on the covers, which does not materially affect the content. Even these are now down to rather few copies.

Published by Hamlyn. Available only from Worldwide Butterflies.

 


 

£17.95
Complete MINI SILK FARM
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THE MINI SILK FARM

TEMPORARY PROMOTION PRICE!

A complete outfit for rearing silkworms from egg to cocoon, and reeling your own raw silk. Everything is provided: a small batch of eggs, food for the entire life of 20 silkworms, all the rearing equipment, detailed educational documentation and instructions, and a miniature reeling device.

There is even a small bag of cocoons so that you can practise reeling, and don't have to wait to rear the cocoons from the egg.

Normally Silkworms feed on Mulberry leaves. This is an uncommon tree that is not always readily available, so we are providing a substitute food, which is a powder that comes with the necessary instructions for preparing the artificial diet in the kitchen. You will have a supply of fresh food always available for the silkworms throughout their life of about a month.

The Mini Silk Farm can be bought at any time of the year. The eggs are stored in a fridge until incubation. Although rearing in summer is easier because of temperature, you can rear silkworms almost throughout the year, if you can keep them at about 25º-28ºC. Eggs supplied in winter will need to be refrigerated for 8-12 weeks before incubation.

The instructions guide you through easy rearing, preparation of the artificial diet and the reeling process. The Mini Silk Farm is fun and unusually educational.

£59.50 £39.50
Clouded Yellow Crocea 10 Larvae
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Clouded Yellow Butterfly Colias crocea 

 

 

A great favourite with entomologists and easy to rear on potted Clover. The easy way is to enclose the whole pot in a sleeve size 3. The larvae grow fast and will produce butterflies very quickly, particularly in warm conditions.

 
 

£11.95
EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
Availability: May 2018


EARLY Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)
 

Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell populations are seriously depleted recently, due to the butterflies waking in the mild winter and dying of starvation. This is a a chance to help local Peacock populations.

The larvae live in tight clusters on the tips of nettle. Young larvae do best on potted nettle.  Keep the pots outside until needed indoors for the first larvae. When the larvae are larger, keep them caged on cut stems of nettle in a jar of water. Pupae are formed in a matter of weeks, hanging from the cage top. Butterflies emerge in about 3 weeks.  They can be kept for a few days in a cage with flowers for nectar, then released into the wild.

Keeping two species of larvae together on the same foodplant?  It is sometimes possible, but their way of life may differ and we recommend keeping them separately. 

 

 

£16.95
Painted Lady cardui 10 larvae
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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

 

 

Orders to be sent internationally will be sent feeding on diet instead of leaf. This means they travel better in the journey by post, and they can be changed to leaf on arrival.

 

The Painted Lady butterfly occurs in more continents of the world than any other butterfly. The larvae are easy to rear on Thistle (its preferred food plant), Burdock, Stinging Nettle, Mallow, Hollyhock and will often take other foodplants. An ideal species for schools.

Each larva lives solitarily from birth. It spins a protective silk cover, living at first off the leaf cuticle. When possible, keep the larvae on a growing foodplant, which enables the caterpillar to make its silk cover, and move on to fresh food when it requires. If kept on cut food, please ensure that the plant is kept fresh and changed before the quality of the food suffers. This of course applies to all species, but the method has to take into account the solitary habit of the larva, and its protective silk.

 

Depending on temperature, the larvae pupate in a little over a month. Butterflies emerge in 2-3 weeks. The cycle continues throughout summer and several broods are possible in a season.

 

The butterflies can be kept with nectar flowers for some days, and then except in the colder months October to March, released to breed in the wild.

 

There may be a delay of a couple of weeks if larvae are not at the right size for sending. Can be ordered immediately.

Larvae are often quite small when sent. Too small  to be put into a cage or aquarium. They are best reared on growing foodplant, enclosed in a sleeve. Alternatively keep in a plastic box, lined with absorbent paper, and changed daily. For details see the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES.

 

 

£12.95
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
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Five Painted Lady larvae in Total Environment Pot

 

The five Painted Lady caterpillars live their whole life inside the see-through pot which contains all they need from birth to pupating. You need add no food. You don’t even clean them out and they look after themselves over weekends!

 

The larvae grow quite quickly in summer indoor conditions (never keep them in direct sunshine).  The container is easily passed round a group without disturbance to the larvae.

During skin change the larvae do not move or eat This may last a day or two.

 

Don't be alarmed by this: it is a natural stage in their development.

 

When the larvae have finished eating, they suspend themselves from a silk pad spun on special absorbent paper in the lid. Here they cast their caterpillar skin.  If you are lucky and look at the right moment you can see the actual moment of change from caterpillar to chrysalis.

 

Let the chrysalis harden for a couple of days, then hang the paper pinned inside a cage for the butterflies to emerge.

 
You can keep the butterflies for a few days in a cage with nectar flowers. Then, except in the colder months October to March, release them into the wild where they may breed naturally in your area. Please keep the larvae and pupae in an even room temperature (around 18-22º) day and night. Keep away from direct sunlight or a direct heat source such as a radiator.

The instructions are printed above - please note them for the arrival of the larvae which are not sent with further instructions. If you are sending larvae as a present, please remember the recipient will not have these instructions, unless you copy them to the recipient.

 

Can be ordered in advance. During the season there may be a delay of a couple of weeks or more if larvae are not currently at the size for sending. 


One pot of 5 Painted Lady caterpillars £13.95         Six pots of 5 Painted Lady caterpillars for group study (one supplied free!) for only £69.75

 

Dark Green Fritillary aglaia 20 larvae
Availability: Late autumn


Dark Green Fritillary Mesoacidalia aglaia 20 larvae

 

Best reared on potted Violet. These larvae are in hibernation. Keep the larvae in winter out of doors, in all weathers, protected amongst dead bramble and other leaves, amongst growing Violet. Cover with netting sleeve to exclude predators and to prevent escape.

 

SPECIAL PRICE for 20 larvae - half the normal!

 

 

£12.95
Marbled White galathea 10 larvae
Availability: Aug/Sept


Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

 

 

A favourite from the chalk downlands of southern Britain. Pre-hibernation larvae which live on potted coarse grasses and produce butterflies next year. To hibernate these larvae you need potted grass, securely contained in a netting sleeve.  Make sure you evict any spiders or other predatory creatures! Keep the pot outside in natural weather conditions.

In spring the larvae will stray and again in summer when they are ready to find a secluded place in which to hang and change to pupae, so make sure they are in a secure cage.

 

£12.95