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Pyjama Cage LARGE 60 x 40 cm changeable height
Availability: NOW


 

Pyjama Cage LARGE 60 x 40 cm changeable height

This large cage is ideal for breeding larger butterflies and moths, keeping larvae of the Giant Silkmoths and Hawkmoths, or for larger numbers. It is slightly larger than the former Large (which was 50 x 38cms). It is ideal for keeping other insects such as Phasmids. With this cage you get a lot for your money!

The cage comes with both high and low supports (60 cm and 40 cm) so its height can be selected according to your choice, both initially and at any time in the future, to suit your changing requirements. The cover is designed to be used for either height. An additional base is included as a spare. At any time, if the base has become marked with use, the spare can be used to make the cage as new again. The original base can be cleaned and re-painted ready for the next time needed. Your used cage can be made like new for very little effort, and no cost.

You get almost two very large cages for the price of one. This cage is less than twice the price of the Standard PJ Cage but more than twice the volume, and it has the versatility to use it as a high or low cage. STORES FLAT when not needed out of season.

 

£49.95
Brimstone rhamni 10 larvae
Availability: June 2019


Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni

Both larvae and pupae are masters of camouflage. Quick growing, the larvae feed on Buckthorns Rhamnus catharticus or Frangula alnus. There are no substitutes, so locate some bushes in advance.

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
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 50 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2018


High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 20 eggs

A scarce species, difficult to obtain. Foodplant Violet leaves. These eggs will hibernate until mid to late winter, when you need to be ready with potted violet. Enclose the larvae on potted plants and protect from predators. Butterflies are produced next summer. 

VERY SPECIAL PRICE for a rare species!

£74.75 £25.00
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 20 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2018


High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 20 eggs

A scarce species, difficult to obtain. Foodplant Violet leaves. These eggs will hibernate until mid to late winter, when you need to be ready with potted violet. Enclose the larvae on potted plants and protect from predators. Butterflies are produced next summer. 

VERY SPECIAL PRICE for a rare species!

 

£29.90 £12.95
Marsh Fritillary aurinia larvae  SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: February/March 2019


Marsh Fritillary Eurodryas aurinia 

  

Larvae feed low amongst the leaves of Devil’s Bit Scabioius, but will also eat Honeysuckle. Honeysuckle starts leafing very early in the year, especially where sheltered in woodland. By February it is not diffficult to find enough foodplant to keep caterpillars well fed.  In captivity the larvae are recorded as accepting Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata, Teasel Dipsacus and Snowberry Symphoricarpos.

Pre-hibernation larvae might be induced to develop and produce another generation with long day-length and sufficient warmth.

After waking in the spring the larvae grow fast, pupating in April and emerging as butterflies in May.

 

Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius 5 larvae SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: Late summer 2018


The Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius Mediterranean coast 

 

Booked orders have been supplied and current larvae sold, but there is another late summer generation for which we can take orders in advance for this very scarce species

 

One of Europe's grandest butterflies - exotic and powerful in flight. The larvae are vert easy to rear on its sole foodplant The Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo, which can be obtained from many plant nurseries.

 

In the wild, Autumn larvae develop slowly in the Mediterranean winter, and produce adults in spring. Don't keep them outside in the cold autumn and winter days. If you keep the larvae indoors in long day length and temperature of 20 deg+, some or all will grow well to pupation. 

 

£30.00 £17.99
Black Hairstreak S. pruni TEN eggs
Availability: NOW


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 

Available in 10's, 50's and 100's all at special prices for such a rarity!

The Black Hairstreak is one of Britain’s greatest rarities, occuring in very few localities, but doing well in them. Foodplant Blackthorn. We are pleased to be able to offer this very special species now as eggs which are stored cool until the buds open in spring.

 

During the spring hatching period, a combination of eggs and larvae may be sent, together with buds of foodplant, in which the larvae burrow to feed. 

 

 


 


 

£30.00 £20.00
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 50 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
Availability: Winter 2018-19


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni 50 eggs

 

Available in 10's, 50's and 100's all at special prices for such a rarity!

 

The Black Hairstreak is one of Britain’s greatest rarities, occuring in very few localities, but doing well in them. Foodplant Blackthorn. We are pleased to be able to offer this very special species now as eggs which are stored cool until the buds open in spring.

 

A great rarity, an ideal and easy species to introduce and establish in Blackthorn stands.

 

During the spring hatching period, a combination of eggs and larvae may be sent, together with buds of foodplant, in which the larvae burrow to feed. 

 

 

On hatching, the young larvae need bursting buds to crawl into : not opened leaf like most other species.

 

 


 


 

£150.00 £75.00
Plastic Box Size 4 Medium Flat. Carton of 5
Availability: NOW



Plastic Box Size 4 Medium Flat. 125 x 80x 20mm Carton of 5

 

Clear vision in a nice flat box that is extremely useful to the breeder to hold larger numbers of eggs or small larvae. The flat shape is ideal for storing winter pupae in a small space and does not take up too much room in the fridge. Large enough to display exotic butterflies and moths. A very handy size.


 

 

£12.50
Plastic Box Size 5 Large. Pack of 2 SALE PRICE
Availability: NOW



Plastic Box Size 5 Large. 174 x 115 x 60mm  Pack of 2

 

For rearing larvae this is the perfect size. Plenty of room for growth. The boxes stack well. Ideal for storage of larger numbers of winter pupae and bulky cocoons. Clear vision all round makes this ideal for displaying specimens, particularly the chunky ones that require depth. 

 
 

 

£12.95 £10.95
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk H fuciformis male pupae  SPECIAL PRICE
Availability: NOW


Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Hemaris fuciformis

 

5 male pupae normally £25.95 NOW £19.95

 

During the winter keep the dormant pupae cool. The adults emerge in June. The wings are covered with very loose grey scales on the freshly emerged moths. When they fly, the scales are flung off, leaving clear areas, more like the wings of bees and wasps.

 

This is a very special species – one that will give a lot of pleasure.

 




 

Kentish Glory, Versicolora eggs
Availability: From March 2019


Kentish Glory  Endromis versicolora

 

The Eggs are the first of the season to be laid and are sent from February.  They are yellow when laid, later turning maroon in colour, matching the twigs they are laid on.
 

This species is now found only in Scotland, and parts of Central Europe.  Our stock is European.

 

Keep the eggs cool until you have the first leaves of foodplant. Birch is the normal foodplant, but the larvae can also be reared on Hazel, Alder, Hornbeam, and Lime. Rearing of Kentish Glory larvae is very easy, indoors or outside, and they do particularly well sleeved on their foodplant.

 

The larvae, black at first,  cluster on the twigs. Later they are green and spread out a little, clinging on to the twigs, they look just like Birch catkins. Absolute masters of camouflage.

 

In May the larvae pupate in leaf litter and soil and settle down until the new season starts again in February. This is a very easy species. The male and female moths share the same patterning, but the female is much larger and the male has particularly rich chestnut markings. Pairing is easy. Provide twigs of foodplant, on which to lay. At this time there are no leaves. Just leave the moths together pairing and egg-laying take place naturally.

 

Our thanks to Jens Stolt who has kindly allowed us to use his beautiful illustration of the life history of this rare species.