CURRENT PUPAE - Chrysalides and cocoons

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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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.

 


 

£15.95
European Swallowtail machaon gorganus winter pupae
Availability: November/December 2017


European Swallowtail Papilio machaon gorganus

 

 

Good stock of very healthy and large Swallowtail pupae from several parts of  Europe.

 

Store the pupae cool for the winter. Lay in the emerging cage in late April for emergence to start in May.

 

Most years they are most difficult to obtain.

 

The larvae are very easy to rear on Fennel, Carrot leaves and Parsnip leaves and flowers (wild and cultivated). One of the most attractive butterfly larvae and a joy to rear!

 

 

 

Scarce Swallowtail podalirius  pupae
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Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius 

 

 

Good size, plump and clear colour. Increasingly difficult to obtain.

 

The larvae feed on Blackthorn. Most people find this species difficult to breed but it is a joy to have them emerge at home, and worth trying to breed.

 



 

Tiger Swallowtail glaucus pupae SALE PRICE
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Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus North America

 

 

FIVE Pupae £28.95  Temporary SALE PRICE now £25.95

 

The Tiger Swallowtail is perhaps North America’s grandest swallowtail. As a curiosity, a small proportion of females emerge as melanics, not as beautiful as the typical female, but different! They can be bred in captivity and the larvae are as exotic as many of the tropical swallowtails, with the Papilio eye markings and bird dropping camouflage in the early instars.

 

Try feeding them on Cherry or Lime, and they will probably take a wider variety of foodplants.

 

 

Spicebush Swallowtail troilus pupae SALE PRICE
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Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus North America

 

 FIVE Pupae £28.95  Temporary SALE PRICE now £25.95

 

A large swallowtail from the Eastern parts of North America. The larvae, which have wonderful enlarged eye markings, feed on Spicebush Lindera benzoin and Sassafras Sassafras albidum, Camphor Cinnamomum camphora, and Redbay Persea borbonia, perhaps prickly ash Zanthoxylum americanum. In Europe they are bred on Tulip Tree Liriodendron and Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana.  Butterflies are produced this year. There are two generations.

 

On the back of the thorax on the pupa, there is a curious pattern in the exact image of a butterfly, even with curly antennae!

 

 

Pyjama Mini Cage 22 x 29 x 25cm high SALE PRICE
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Pyjama Mini Cage 22 x 29 x 25cm high

TEMPORARY SALE PRICE was £19.50, now £17.95.  Or TWO for £26.95 (£13.48 each)

This popular cage has just got even better. Nearly a third larger, and much improved dimensions.

Ideal as a beginner's cage, but also for the busy breeder who wants separate small cages. Excellent as an emerging cage for chrysalides and cocoons, ideal for keeping small numbers of larvae or other insects, when large enough for cage rearing.

This cage is suitable for laying out small numbers of pupae to emerge. Also for rearing smaller numbers of larvae or smaller larvae. Baby larvae should be first reared in plastic rearing containers or kept covered on growing food. Please see the note on the page for plastic rearing containers. This cage will hold small covered pots of plant, and larger sizes of cage are available for larger subjects.

When necessary the netting cover can be slipped off for cleaning or replacement. The Pyjama Mini cage is assembled in minutes and easily packed flat for winter storage. As the interest grows there are larger sizes available. For the experienced breeder the Mini Cage has many uses where a series of smaller cages is needed for separating species and giving different treatment.

 

 

The Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes 4 pupae
Availability: April


The Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes North America

 

This is North America's largest butterfly. An impressive broad-winged Swallowtail as fine as any tropical species.  The Giant Swallowtail will breed in captivity. The larvae feed on Citrus, Rue and probably Choisya.

 

£15.00
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 5 pupae
Availability: May 2017



Marsh Fritillary Eurydryas aurinia

 

 

The butterflies fly from May into June. Eggs are laid in large clusters on the underside of Devil’s Bit Scabious.The larvae Feed on Honeysuckle (wild is best), Snowberry or the natural foodplant Devil’s Bit Scabious.  The larvae live in a tightly formed web, growing only a little before they hibernate in autumn.

 


£19.00 £12.95
Graphium agamemnon Asia 5 pupae
Availability: April


Graphium agamemnon Asia 

Very distinctive lime-green patterning on dark background. The butterflies "dance" on the flowers whilst feeding. At rest the wings are usually open wide.

The larvae feed on Custart Apple and other Annonaceae.

 

£8.00
SIlver-striped Hawkmoth Hippotion celerio pupae
Availability: Summer


SIlver-striped Hawkmoth Hippotion celerio  Pupae

Hardly ever do we have livestock of this rare migrant. In summer temperatures these pupae will hatch in 2-3 weeks, or even quicker. It may be possible to keep the pupae very cool to emerge in spring, but if the moths are required sooner, keep the pupae at about 20-25*C, and quite humid.

The larvae have realistic eye-spots, and they come in shades of green and brown. They feed well on Fuchsia, Virginia Creeper and the common creeper Boston Ivy, but also a wide variety of other plants, many un-related. These are some: Grape Vine, Parthenocissus, Willowherb, Impatiens, Mullein, Lilac, Dock, Sorrel Begonia, Arum, Caladium, Bedstraw, Zantedeschia.

Fast growing if kept warm. They sometimes take little more than a month before pupation. Moths will emerge again in the same season.

 

 

 

Oak Hawk Marumba quercus 2 pupae
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Oak Hawk Marumba quercus pupae

A very special European rarity. A much sought after species. Pairings are not difficult. The larvae feed on Oaks, with a preference for Evergreen Oaks. Pupae emerge in  summer.

Click on picture of dried Oak leaves to see remarkable camouflage 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

£14.00
Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata pupae
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Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata

 

 

Pupae are stored cool for the winter. Lay them out in April for May emergence. Pairings extremely easy. Larvae feed on Apple, Willows and Sallows. The larvae do best on living foodplant because these plants do not last well in water. Very attractive larvae, highly camouflaged with silvery markings on green, and very streamlined. Single brooded. The moth has beautiful hindwings which it flashes if disturbed. Huge eyespots brightly coloured with magenta and blue. Highly recommended. 

 

Additional reported foodplants: Poplars, Blackthorn, Lime, Privet, Alder, Birch, Plum, Blackthorn, some Viburnums, Various Prunus, Laurel.