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Black Hairstreak S. pruni TEN eggs
Availability: NOW


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 

The Black Hairstreak is one of Britain’s greatest rarities, occuring in very few localities, but doing well in them. Foodplant Blackthorn. We are pleased to be able to offer this very special species now as eggs which are stored cool until the buds open in spring. 

 

 


 


 

£30.00 £20.00
Marbled White galathea 10 larvae
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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
Marbled White galathea 50 larvae
Availability: NOW


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.

 

 

£25.00
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 20 eggs
Availability: NOW


Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

 

Eggs of the Brown Hairstreak are available through autumn and winter. They are laid on Blackthorn twigs. Keep the eggs in a very cool place until the Blackthorn buds open in spring.The larvae hatch and quickly burrow into the opening buds to feed until they are much larger. It is best to keep them on growing foodplant.

£12.95
Brown Hairstreak betulae 3 mated females
Availability: July/August 2018


Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

 

 

You receive three live mated female Brown Hairstreaks. Set them up in a laying cage, with a potted Blackthorn bush, or cut twigs in water. Some breeders sleeve the females on a Blackthorn branch. Provide nectar or sugar pads to feed the butterflies. Store eggs for the winter in a cool place that is not totally lacking in moisture. The eggs are used to a cold, wet winter! The larvae hatch when the Blackthorn (Sloe) buds open.  Supplies are limited - first come first served.

 

 

 

 

 

 

£16.00
Scarce Copper Lycaena virgaureae 12 eggs
Availability: November


Scarce Copper Lycaena virgaureae

Orders have been supplied. Our breeder hopes to have a few more available in a couple of weeks or so.

Overwintering eggs contain a formed larva inside. Store cold for the winter and let the larvae hatch in spring. Supplies are limited. Eggs of virgaureae have not been offered by WWB before.

The male is brilliant fiery copper all over. Females bear striking patterns in black. Both sexes have a sandy orange underside, with a distinguishing line of white spots. The Scarce Copper is widespread in eastern Europe and much of Scandinavia, but in western Europe it occurs only in small areas. This Copper is single brooded, flying in mid to late summer, The larva feeds on several species of Sorrel. They are likely to accept Dock in captivity.

£12.95
White-letter Hairstreak Strymonidia w-album 10 eggs
Availability: Autumn


White-letter Hairstreak Strymonidia w-album

 

Small numbers are hoped for this autumn.

Very seldom available. Winter is passed in the eggs stage.  Feed spring larvae on Elm and Wych Elm. Ideally sleeve outside, or pot foodplant to feed sleeved larvae indoors or outside. 

Wych Elm flower buds are breaking in early February, even in the north. These are sometimes on branches higher off the ground. Some even start as early as November in milder winters. Flowering trees need very little patience to search out.  

The larvae only require the buds to be “cracking open” for them to find a crevice to sit in and start burrowing further into the bud.


 

 

 

£30.00
Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 15 eggs
Availability: June/July 2018


Privet Hawkmoth Sphinx ligustri 

 

 

One of the largest Hawkmoths. The caterpillar becomes enormous and is characteristic of the name Sphinx moths, by its sphinx-like resting position. Adults emerge in June and July.  They need nectar from the flowers of Privet, Valerian, Buddleia.  

Larval foodplants: Privet, Lilac, Ash, also reportedly Spiraea, Viburnum opulus, and other Viburnums,  Holly, Dogwood, Snowberry, Apple, Pear, Oleander, Leycesteria, Currant.

One generation in the year. Privet Hawks breed readily in a large cage with nectar and foodplant. 

The large pupae are formed underground. Store the pupae for emergence next summer. 

 


 

£12.95
Hog sphinx Darapsa myron North America 15 eggs
Availability: May/June 2018


Hog sphinx Darapsa myron North America

 

A very attractive little North American Hawkmoth. The moth is beautifully patterned in greens and greys, with orange hindwings and a very streamlined shape.

 

The caterpillar feeds on Vine and Virginia Creeper. Large larvae have a curious shape and markings, with swollen segments behind the head, suggesting the head of a snake. There are green and brown forms, with intermediate colours.

 

Absent from our lists for more than 10 years, we now have a breeding stock to supply eggs and larvae in 2018. 

 

 

£14.95
Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs SALE PRICE
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Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini

 

 

The largest underwing, spectacular blue. Store eggs refrigerated until May.

 

This species is now almost extinct in Britain. We are offering European stock of this fine moth, the largest of all Underwings and remarkable for its BLUE hindwings. The young larvae are immensely active and care must be taken when transferring them to fooplant on hatching, because they can tangle themselves up if you try to move more than one at a time! Feed on Aspen and other Poplars. The larvae are the largest of this genus and very satisfying to rear. Moths emerge in late summer, laying eggs that overwinter.

£12.95
Red Underwing Catocala nupta 15 eggs
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Red Underwing Catocala nupta

A large and very grand species, with the most wonderful scarlet underwings which are flashed from beneath its grey exterior when disturbed.  The larvae feed on Poplars and Willows (Osier is ideal). When they hatch, use a soft artist’s brush to transfer the larvae on to fresh Poplar in a plastic box. Within a few days, we recommend that the larvae are sleeved on growing foodplant, which can be potted or growing outside. The larvae are well camouflaged on the Poplar stems. After becoming quite large, they pupate amongst leaf litter and produce moths in late summer. Eggs are laid on bark and in captivity they will usually lay on netting, preferably double, coarse mesh. The eggs overwinter, so keep them in the fridge until spring.

£12.95
Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 10 eggs
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Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 10 eggs

 Refrigerate the eggs until Oak buds open in spring. 

Increasingly scarce, this richly coloured Underwing can be reared sleeved on Oak.The larvae are very active when they move. They rest for much of the time, impressively camouflaged on Oak bark. Pupae are formed in leaf litter and the moths emerge in July/August. 

£12.95