Current EGGS and LARVAE

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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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.  You can choose any combination of species you like from the following:

 

Giant Peacock Moth pyri

Catocala dilecta

Catocala electa

Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi

Tree of Heaven Silkmoth cynthia

Cherry Moth promethea

Robin Moth cecropia

American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus

 

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:

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).

Nupta: Poplars and Willows, 

Dilecta: Oaks,

Sponsa: Oaks,

Vinula: Poplars and Willows.

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.

Morpho peleides 10 larvae
Availability: July


Morpho peleides Central and South America

 

For Southern Europe, Mediterranean countries, please select fast courier. Larvae cannot be sent by post.

 
We have selcom been able to list Morpho larvae before.  They will be available in July, for a short period. Morpho larvae will usually eat Calathea, a generally available pot plant in a variety of species. The European foodplants tried so far with success are Salix (Willows and Sallows), of which there are a number of species, not all of which will succeed, False Acacia Robinia pseudacacia, Clover, Laburnum, Peanut and Wiseria. We don't guarantee any of the foodplants, but here is a chance to learn by experience! 

 

Some warmth is required, about 25-30 degrees. The larvae are fast growing. Young larvae have an interesting black ruff around the head. They are highly colourful and patterned in Burgundy and yellow, with decorative tufts of hair. 

 

Pupae are suspended from the tail, like green Christmas baubles.

 

This is a rare opportunity. Give them a try.

 


£16.50
Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus 10 young nymphs
Availability: NOW


Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus

No trouble to look after. Keep at room temperature in a simple cage. Netting sides are better than plastic or glass. Foodplants: Privet, Ivy and Bramble. They will often feed on a variety of other plants. Spray regularly as they welcome moisture. Parthenogenic  - all the insects are females. When adult they will lay eggs loose on the bottom of the cage.

 

£7.50
ACP. Butterflies - used copy
Availability: Late July onwards



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.

 


 

£15.95
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 Small Tortoiseshell urticae and Comma Butterfly c-album. Ten larvae of each.
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DUO Small Tortoiseshell and Comma Butterfly. Ten larvae of each. 

Both species feed on Stinging Nettle. Help encourage these butterflies which are suffering terribly at the moment.

Comma larvae live solitarily and best kept separate from Tortoiseshell which are gregarious. Young Comma larvae will succeed best if placed on growing foodplant. Enclose plant and pot in a netting sleeve, tied at both ends: size 3 is ideal. Cut food is not recommended at least until the larvae are nearly half grown. Comma also do well on Elm, Hop, Osier Willow, and probably other Willows.

£19.95
DUO American Moon Moth luna with American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 10 eggs of each
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DUO American Moon Moth luna with American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 10 eggs of each

Two very fine North American Silkmoths. Luna larvae feed on Walnut, Maple, Osier Willow, Birch. Polyphemus larvae also feed on Osier Willow, Oak, Hawthorn and other trees. The large larvae are renowned for their silver spangles, like drops of mercury down their sides. These will produce another generation of moths this season, though polyphemus cocoons sometimes remain  until the following spring.

With this offer you get two species for the price of one!

£12.95
Owl Butterfly Caligo eurilochus 10 eggs or 7 larvae according to availability
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Owl Butterfly Caligo eurilochus South America

Magnificent and huge butterflies. The larvae are fast-growing and eat quite a lot!

The larvae feed on leaves of Banana, Calathea, Canna and Strelitzia. They may take Bamboo, though this is not certain.

 

 

 

£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
DUO Peacock Inachis io and Comma c-album 10 larvae of each
Availability: July


DUO Peacock Vanessa io and Comma c-album 10 larvae of each

Sending larvae in summer by post to any European country south of Scandinavia is too risky. Please see XXP on this website for express courier which ensures delivery in 1-2 days.

Peacock larvae cluster on Nettle tips. Comma larvae are solitary and spread out on the Nettle plant. Comma larvae live solitarily and best kept separate from Tortoiseshell which are gregarious. Young Comma larvae will succeed best if placed on growing foodplant. Enclose plant and pot in a netting sleeve, tied at both ends: size 3 is ideal. Cut food is not recommended at least until the larvae are nearly half grown. Comma also do well on Elm, Hop, Osier Willow, and probably other Willows.

The foodplant must always be fresh. When caging, cut foodplant stems need to be in water, or on growing plant. These will both pupate in June/July and produce adult butterflies 2-3 weeks later. Development time is dependent on temperature. Keep them warm and they will mature fast.

£22.50
DUO Cherry Moth promethea and Antherina suraka 10 eggs of each
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DUO Cherry Moth promethea N. America, and Antherina suraka Madagascar 10 eggs of each

See the pictures of the varied larvae and moths of both species.

Cherry moth is not available every year. The female is patterned in shades of burgundy and the male is almost jet black, with olive lacy fringes. You would easily mistake them for quite different species. The larvae gregarious at first,  have a white background, smooth, with coloured tubercles. Their foodplants are many and varied: Lime, Pine, Pear, Peach, Poplar, Apple, Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Ash, Maple, Apple, Oak, Rhododendron, Lilac.

Antherina suraka is a Madagascan endemic. Medium to large moths with massive colourful eye-spots on the hind wing. The larvae are more varied in colour and pattern than any other Saturniid we have seen. VERY interesting to rear, and seldom bred in captivity. This year we have had great breeding success with this species and thoroughly recommend it. The moths pair and lay eggs with no difficulty at all. The larvae thrive on Privet. There must be many other possible foodplants and we will be trying them ourselves this summer.

TWO LESS USUAL SPECIES at a very good price for 10 eggs of each!

 

£12.95
TRIO Robin Moth cecropia Cherry Silkmoth promethea and Columbia Silkmoth 10 eggs of each
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TRIO Robin Moth cecropia Cherry Silkmoth promethea and columbia Silkmoth 10 eggs of each.

This TRIO will appeal to those who know the Giant Silkmoths and will appreciate the difficulty of obtaining both gloveri and promethea. All these species can be reared on Cherry, Apple, Plum or Osier Willow. The cocoons are spun amongst the foodplant and the moths emerge in the spring.

Additional reported foodplants:

Columbia Eleagnus, Birch, Alder, Larch, Currant.

Cecropia: Privet, Poplar, Lilac,  Pear, Apple, Acer, Plum, Alder, Birch, Dogwood, Willows, Elm, Beech, Gooseberry,

Promethea: Lime, Pine, Pear, Peach, Poplar, Apple, Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Ash, Maple, Apple, Oak, Rhododendron,

£15.95