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RELAXING FLUID Crystals
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RELAXING FLUID Crystals

 

TEMPORARY SALE PRICE when buying TWO.

 

 

Dried specimens need to be re-hydrated with Relaxing Fluid. You receive a supply of crystals to dissolve in water. The resulting fluid inhibits mould and relaxes the specimens in the relaxing box, ready for setting.

 

 

 

 

Pure English Silk Hank (Special Market Stall price)
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Pure Silk hanks These are English reeled 20/22 Denier raw silk hanks produced at the Lullingstone Silk Farm and Worldwide Butterflies. 

 

These fine silk hanks were reeled on the same hand reeling machine, the only one in Britain, as the silk provided for the Wedding Dress of Diana Princess of Wales.

 

The size and weight not standard but the illustration shows a hank picked at random. This is a unique product!

 

Special temporary promotion price.

 

£35.00 £19.50
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2 SALE PRICE
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Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. 297 x 159 x 102mm  Pack of 2

 

Very large – perfect for rearing large Hawkmoth and Silkmoth larvae. Suitable for storing bulky cocoons – and a lot of other things – entomological and non entomological. Suitable for displaying larger natural history specimens, skulls, etc.

 




 

 

£16.00 £13.95
EASY COCKROACH MIX (introductory offer 15 for the price of 10)
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EASY COCKROACH MIX (introductory offer 15 for the price of 10)

A widely varied mix of species, in different sizes and sexes. Please order only when you have set up the living conditions required. Can be sent only to UK addresses.

There are more than 4,500 species of cockroach. Whilst some are defined as pests, there are tropical species that are unable to survive in a temperate climate.  They make great pets.

There are a couple of points to remember for successful rearing:

  1. Most species come from tropical countries and therefore need to be kept at a minimum of 25°C.
  2. The risk of the cockroaches escaping.

As most species of cockroach are good climbers a tight fitting lid is required with a good quality fine mesh to allow for air flow. As not everyone is able to house them in a specially heated vivarium, the simplest method is to use a glass vivarium with steel mesh vents. Use a thermostat controlled heat mat. A good rule is that the pad should rest comfortably under the cage/aquarium so that two thirds of the cage is directly over the pad. This produces a temperature gradient giving the cockroaches some choice over the temperature they experience.

The floor of the container should be covered with wood shavings and organic (non loam based) compost with mixture of surface hollow décor like cork or tree bark such as used for reptiles. Remember any rotting wood/ materials from the garden must be boiled for 20 minutes to eliminate potential predator eggs like centipedes or woodlice, which quickly over populate and compete for food.

Cockroaches are omnivorous.  In captivity most species do well on a mixture of dried feed/grain and fresh vegetables or fruit. A good diet would be fruit,  such as bananas and apples mixed with wheat biscuit chunks, dried cat food. They do especially well on gold fish flakes and soft dry or moistened pond fish pellets and the odd slice of bread.  Although they don't need fresh food every day, and remember not to overfeed resulting in a mouldy mess, it is important that they always have enough to eat otherwise they will start eating the cage decor as well as any baby roaches.

Water should be available in a shallow bowl filled with cotton wool which should be changed 3 times a week or supplied in mini inverted drinkers similar to those used for Hamsters.

Tiger Hissers and Deathshead roaches have both males and females. Males have prominent bumps on the pronotum: females do not have this. Their bodies swell giving rise to 15 to 30 perfect miniature live young a couple of times a year.

 

 

£10.00
OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings SALE PRICE
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Osier Willow cuttings Salix viminalis

 

Years ago we planted a stick that was floating down a river in Wiltshire.  That was in 1954! It grew – rapidly – producing a wealth of leaves.  We tried it as a foodplant and discovered that not only did British species do well on it, but exotic silkmoth larvae as well.

 

This stick was the daddy of hosts of willow thickets that we have established in Dorset, Cornwall and in France.

 

Osier is Basket Willow, the flexible essential for basket weaving. It makes a wonderful woven hedge. It can form living sculptures. Winter or summer, Osier makes wonderful screens and windbreaks. Cover for wildlife and game. Osier is grown as a crop for energy production. In short it is a blessing to the environment, and very pleasant on the eye in landscaping schemes.

 

We are offering a bunch of 10 cuttings for you to try not only as probably the most universal foodplant for larvae, but a great addition to your garden and grounds. 

 

Probably the easiest cuttings to strike and grow. You simply push them into the ground, during autumn or spring. Leaves will appear within the first fortnight if planted in spring, roots quickly follow. In the first year they will more than double in size. Next year, in normal drought free conditions,  you will have a metre or more of growth and lots of foodplant. You may even be able to feed some in the first year.

You can store cuttings before planting, either in a polythene bag in the fridge, or standing in water. In water they often start to root. It is advisable to plant them before the roots actually burst out of the bark.

 

This plant is a complete success story – you will be pleased you tried it!

 

 

Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight SALE PRICE
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The new Moonlander

Compact and portable. Designed and tested by Robert Goodden. The Moonlander has been re-designed with spring-loaded supports and integral legs. It has a convenient new carry bag that accommodates trap, cone, moth shelters, supports with legs, and the new compact Goodden GemLight. This is not just a bag: it enables you to pack away the trap with the contents all arranged inside, ready for immediate use next time. Yet the bag is only 50mm or 2.5" deep.

The new Moonlander packs into a small postal container. The Moonlander, with all equipment including the GemLight can be sent together by International Letter Post. No other trap and light is compact and light enough to do this. Mail a trap to contacts abroad to use it remotely for you!

Sufficient room for large catches, anywhere in the world. Folds absolutely flat. Carry in hand luggage, on a bike or hike. Neat carrying case: carry several in the field in one hand. Set up in seconds. See your catch as the moths fly in – this trap combines the advantages of both sheet for observation and trap to retain the moths which enter from the base not the top. Other traps lose their catch through the top opening  in the morning – the Moonlander is closed at the top and holds its catch. Ideal for sampling in remote areas on nothing more than tiny torch batteries.

A cone of reticulated foam in the base, and a set of foam moth shelters are included. These are a modern improvement on egg boxes. Given a choice, more moths are found in the foam than in egg boxes. Click photo to enlarge and see the moths' preference! If wet the foam is simply shaken and quickly dries in the air. Foam can be rolled compactly and springs back into shape when required for use.

Dimensions: 38cm diameter, 45cm tall (+ height of legs). The Moonlander with Goodden GemLight, Cone and Moth Shelters, all arranged in the carrying bag, for instant use, weighs less than a Kilo, and the bag is only approximately 50mm 4" deep.

Click main photo to see lots more. Hover over a picture and an arrow comes up left or right so you can view all the pictures in rotation. See moths in good numbers attracted to the Moonlander, and working in remote sites. The Moonlander attracts moths even above the snow line. Conventional sceptics sometimes express doubt that moths fly upwards into the trap, and believe that moths only rest on the outside. Indeed the Moonlander is designed to view your catch as it comes in, as if using a white sheet, but they also pile in through the base entrance, as the photographs on this site testify. The Moonlander is an unconventional and innovative trap, designed for convenience and excellent results on field studies. See the advanced new Goodden GemLight which has been designed specially to suit the Moonlander - the most compact light that requires no brick for a battery, just 8 AA torch batteries!

Hanging Moonlander There can be advantages in suspending the Moonlander from a branch. With the new Goodden GemLight, the whole trap with light and contained batteries, is a fraction of the weight of other traps and batteries. See separate description of the Goodden GemLight.

The Moonlander can be suspended at different heights, even hoisted up trees, which may sometimes result in attracting different species. A suspended trap is very quick to assemble and pack away. It overcomes difficult or sloping terrain, and resists bad weather. The Moonlander can even be adapted for use by day as a BUTTERFLY TRAP! Just add a suspended bait platform below the base opening and it will catch Charaxes and other Nymphalid butterflies in countries where they occur. When you want the trap to be free standing you can use the new spring-loaded compact supports with integrated legs.

Completely re-designed supports and legs are now available for the Moonlander for use where a free-standing trap is required. The new supports are spring loaded so they automatically adjust height when damp conditions necessitate longer supports. Equally, if warm and dry, the supports may need shortening (by moving a screw to a new position) rather then create excess tension which could damage the netting. Check this before fitting the supports. These supports are a great improvement on the originals. They are very slender and pack away in little space.

Designed for total convenience both in transit and in the field. Multiple traps are easily transported and quickly set up in remote places. Re-charging can be done quickly from a vehicle and you can even re-charge using solar energy.

Any light can be used. The trap is sold with the battery powered Goodden GemLight.  It can also be used with any other light.  We no longer offer actinic lights because test results are well below those with the Goodden GemLight, and their batteries are heavy. A Mercury Vapour light works well in the Moonlander and we can quote for this if required.

Everything about both trap and light is TOTALLY INNOVATIVE and new to Entomology.

Moonlander complete, Carry Bag, Cone and Moth Shelters, Goodden GemLight and new self-adjusting supports with legs  

Batteries and charger are not included - they are a personal choice and readily found on the internet or locally.

Please see notes and advice on selecting suitable ones, in the GemLight description in this section

PATENT PENDING for both the new GOODDEN GemLight and the MOONLANDER MOTH TRAP.

 

 

£266.00
SLEEVE Size 1 17 x 60 cm SALE PRICE
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Size 1  17 x  60 cm    Very Small. Fine netting 

For very small larvae or for just a few.

 

NETTING Fine Black Nylon 10 metres SALE PRICE
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NETTING Fine Black Nylon 10 metres 170cm wide

Was £31.95 (£3.19/m) SPECIAL SALE PRICE now £18.95 (£1.90/m)

If you are thinking of making a netting structure, cage covering and replacement or making sleeves for rearing larvae, this is the ideal netting.

Soft and easy to use. Durable, resists tearing and deterioration in UV light. It is fine enough to keep out minute flies and parasites.

 

 

 

£31.95 £18.95
SLEEVE Size 2  17 x  100 cm  Long and Slender. SALE PRICE
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SLEEVE Size 2  17 x  100 cm  Long and Slender.

Long and slender. Ideal for long stems of Willow, Hazel, Beech, Lime or similar long, less bushy stems. 

 
Complete MINI SILK FARM
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THE MINI SILK FARM

TEMPORARY PROMOTION PRICE!

A complete outfit for rearing silkworms from egg to cocoon, and reeling your own raw silk. Everything is provided: a small batch of eggs, food for the entire life of 20 silkworms, all the rearing equipment, detailed educational documentation and instructions, and a miniature reeling device.

There is even a small bag of cocoons so that you can practise reeling, and don't have to wait to rear the cocoons from the egg.

Normally Silkworms feed on Mulberry leaves. This is an uncommon tree that is not always readily available, so we are providing a substitute food, which is a powder that comes with the necessary instructions for preparing the artificial diet in the kitchen. You will have a supply of fresh food always available for the silkworms throughout their life of about a month.

The Mini Silk Farm can be bought at any time of the year. The eggs are stored in a fridge until incubation. Although rearing in summer is easier because of temperature, you can rear silkworms almost throughout the year, if you can keep them at about 25º-28ºC. Eggs supplied in winter will need to be refrigerated for 8-12 weeks before incubation.

The instructions guide you through easy rearing, preparation of the artificial diet and the reeling process. The Mini Silk Farm is fun and unusually educational.

£59.50 £39.50
NETTING Fine Black Nylon 20 metres (2 x 10m) SALE PRICE
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NETTING Fine Black Nylon 20 metres (2 x 10m) 170cm wide.

Was £53.90 (£1.90/m) SPECIAL SALE PRICE now £32.95 (£1.64/m) 

Ideal for large structures, flight areas etc.

Use for cage covering or making sleeves for rearing larvae.

This netting is durable, resists tearing and deterioration in UV light. It is fine enough to keep out minute flies and parasites.

Ordering in 20 metre lots brings the price down very low! A lot less than £1.90 per metre, 170cm wide. Probably an unbeatable price.

 

 

 

£53.90 £32.95
SLEEVE Size 4  70 x 130 cm   Large Size SALE PRICE
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SLEEVE Size 4  70 x 130 cm   Large Size 

A sizeable sleeve for average use with larger larvae or larger numbers. 

SPECIAL OFFER for limited time £12.50 each, TWO Size 4 sleeves for only £1.50 more: £14!