EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae

EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
Availability: May
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Description

EARLY Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)
 

The season for Peacock larvae is now over we have a captive second brood both as larvae and as pupae. 

Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell populations are seriously depleted recently, due to the butterflies waking in the mild winter and dying of starvation. This is a a chance to help local Peacock populations.

The larvae live in tight clusters on the tips of nettle. Young larvae do best on potted nettle.  Keep the pots outside until needed indoors for the first larvae. When the larvae are larger, keep them caged on cut stems of nettle in a jar of water. Pupae are formed in a matter of weeks, hanging from the cage top. Butterflies emerge in about 3 weeks.  They can be kept for a few days in a cage with flowers for nectar, then released into the wild.