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.

 


 

£17.95
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: Autumn 2018


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 Two 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 and Sassafras. In Europe they are bred on Tulip Tree Liriodendron and Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana.  There are two generations.

 

 

 

 

 

£12.95
Spicebush Swallowtail troilus pupae
Availability: Autumn 2018


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
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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
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 pupae
Availability: Spring 2019



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
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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
Brimstone rhamni 5 pupae
Availability: June/July 2018


Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni

 

 

The pupa is a remarkable and lovely shape. The butterflies hatch easily. Difficult to hibernate, but you can keep them for a while with fresh nectar flowers, and then release to hibernate and hopefully breed in your area. 

 

Resulting pupae produce butterflies this summer. They hibernate amongst ivy (when closed, the wings resemble ivy leaf undersides). They are difficult to hibernate in captivity so, by releasing the butterflies in summer sunshine, you may help to perpetuate the species each spring in your area.

  

£15.95
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
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io  TEN Pupae
Availability: June


Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)
 

One of Europe's most colourful and splendid butterflies. The pupae hatch within about 2 weeks.   The butterflies can be kept for a few days in a cage with flowers for nectar, then released into the wild.

The last mild winter woke hibernating butterflies at a time when there was no nectar and many Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells perished, making them quite scarce this summer. You can help boost your local population by hatching and releasing these Peacock butterflies.


 
 


 

£29.50