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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Large White Pieris brassicae 10 Pupae
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Large White Butterfly Pieris brassicae

 

No longer the common butterfly it once was. Winter pupae are stored cool for the winter and normally hatch in May, though some develop during winter.

 

This is a good species for the inexperienced, and as an introduction to rearing larvae.

 

The larvae feed on cabbage but also most Cruciferae which can be better and less smelly for captive rearing! Horseradish is ideal for its large leaves and other species include Rape, Mustard, Sweet Rocket, Turnip and Watercress.

 

There are two or more generations in a year.  


 

£15.50
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
European Swallowtail machaon gorganus winter pupae
Availability: Autumn 2018


European Swallowtail Papilio machaon gorganus

 

 

Apart from booked orders, we are not expecting further supplies of gorganus pupae in autumn 2017. Summer pupae can be ordered as a different item on the WWB website, for supply from July, and winter pupae can be ordered here for supply from November 2018.

 

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.

 



 

Spicebush Swallowtail troilus pupae
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Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus North America

 

 

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

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.

 

 

£22.95 £18.95
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 pupae
Availability: May 2018



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.

 


£38.00 £23.50
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines pupae
Availability: Autumn 2018


Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines Europe

 

Just a few pupae available.

 

Store the pupae in a cool place, even a refrigerator, loose in a plastic box. An early spring butterfly. Depending on locality and season, the butterflies usually begin to fly in May. The male has the orange tips. Both sexes have mottled undersides in green which is actually made of microscopic scales of black and yellow, giving the illusion of green. The curious pupae look like thorns.

 

Eggs are laid on Garlic Mustard, Sweet Rocket and Cuckoo Flower or Lady’s Smock. The larvae live singly and are canabalistic. Not difficult to breed, particularly on potted foodplant. Camouflage in all stages is remarkable.

Small Tortoiseshell urticae 10 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018


Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 Pupae

 

Two only batches of 10 pupae now available. 

 

Suddenly this species has become scarce, in a very short time, though last season showed some recovery, there are very few to be seen this summer. The butterflies emerge in a little over two weeks, dependent on temperature.


The butterflies can be kept in a cage for a few days, with plenty of flowers for nectar, and then released to help the wild populations. 


 



 

£23.00 £18.95
Graphium agamemnon Asia 8 pupae
Availability: March


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.

 

£16.95
Map Butterfly levana  Pupae
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Map Butterfly Araschnia levana

 

A charming and quite small Vanessid butterfly that occurs throughout much of Europe but not in the British Isles. It has been established in Britain but the colony was deliberately destroyed. This is a nettle feeder.

 

The eggs are laid in unique pendant strings from the underside of a nettle leaf.  Younger larvae are gregarious.

 

There are normally two broods: the spring brood is patterned rather like a fritillary, as illustrated. In July the second brood (form porosa) emerges looking like miniature White Admirals!

 

Pairing is not easy but success is more likely if you can create a netting sleeve that brings the two sexes together, like the peak of a hood.  Second brood larvae hang up to pupate in secluded places for the winter. The pupae we are offering now are to be stored in a cool outhouse or fridge until April. Then lay them out for emergence in April/May.


 


 

Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018


Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus Europe

 

 

Next pupae due August/September

 

Livestock is seldom available but some are expected this summer. This is a scarce migrant to Britain. The larvae live inside the flowers and seed pods of Broom, Pea, and almost any Leguminosae (Papilionaceae)


£25.00