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
Availability: Summer 2018


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
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
Availability: NOW


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
Availability: NOW


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
Availability: NOW


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
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 pupae
Availability: Apr/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
Black-veined White crataegi 5 pupae
Availability: May 2018


Black-veined White Aporia crataegi 

 

Black-veined Whites lived in Britain until about 1911. Maybe one day they will live here again?

 

 

The pupae are very brightly coloured, angular, greenish white, with contrasting markings in black and yellow. Easy to hatch out. They lay clusters of bright yellow eggs. Resulting larvae spin a web and live in this while they develop, and eventually settle down there for the winter.

 

Larvae do well sleeved on Hawthorn (their preferred foodplant), Plum, Blackthorn, Plum or Apple. The larvae live in a cluster.

Summer larvae spin a very small and concealed web on the branch, in which they hibernate. Leave the sleeve untouched for the winter. In spring they awake as soon as the buds burst, and begin to grow very quickly. 

 
 

£16.95
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: NOW


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
Adonis Blue bellargus 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018


The Adonis Blue Lysandra bellargus

 

The intense blue iridescence of the male is unmatched in Europe. The female has a rich burnt umber colouring.  To raise the larvae you need Horseshoe vetch Hippocrepis comosa, a low-growing plant, covered with yellow flowers in May, requiring calcareous soil.  The larvae, which will also feed on Coronilla, feed rapidly and pupate among the base of the foodplant.  In Britain the Adonis is double brooded, the adults flying in June and August.

 

 

 

£15.00
Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
Availability: Spring/Summer 2018


Deathshead Hawkmoth Acherontia atropos Pupae

 

2017 orders have been supplied. We hope there may be some late autumn pupae. If not, your order will be held for priority dispatch in 2018. 

 

These pupae will produce moths this year.

 

In winter moths may be produced before spring if the pupae are kept warm.  To overwinter, bury the pupae in light compost that is not too damp but not allowed to dry out. The top of each pupa should be just showing. Store in a cool place (10-12 degrees C) away from predadors. Bring into the warm in April ready for May emergence. 

 

The larvae feed on many plants in the potato family, Solanaceae, but you don’t have to have these to keep the larvae, they do well on Privet. They have also been found feeding on Buddleia, resulting in a pale coloured larva that matches the leaves. The duration of the egg stage is just a few days, and the larvae grow probably twice as fast as our native hawkmoth larvae, completing their life cycle in as little as 4-6 weeks in summer temperatures.

 

The moth is just amazing to have alive on your hand! It is furry, and squeaks – almost like handling a little mammal. It also humps its back and displays the blue markings on the body, as well as the famous skull and crossbones on the thorax. The moth needs to feed, not from flowers but from a pad soaked in weak honey or sugar solution. They will seldom feed themselves: it is necessary to hold each moth firmly and, with a strong setting needle, guide the short mouth tube into the sweet feeding pads. They will resist the handling, but once the proboscis samples the sweet solution, they usually coninue feeding of their own accord for some time. The moths may need this assistance repeatedly every few days. Moths have been found inside beehives, attracted by the sweet smell of honey. 

 

 


 
 

Oak Hawk Marumba quercus PAIR of pupae
Availability: NOW


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