EXOTIC BUTTERFLY PUPAE

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EXOTIC BUTTERFLY PUPAE  

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Most exotic pupae emerge quite quickly. For international orders, post takes too long, so fast-developing pupae are sent by XXP Express courier.  Delivery in Europe is usually next day after dispatch. In cases where shipping by express courier is shown as Advisory, rather than Obligatory, please remember that you accept all risks of delay, hatching, exposure to adverse conditions, death, loss or damage in transit.  Such risks are almost eliminated by using express courier, which usually delivers everything very fresh and in the peak of condition.

IMPORTANT - Please read this guide to hatching of exotic butterfly pupae: 

Provide warmth and humidity that the pupae normally experience in the tropics. About 30°C is ideal, and humidity above 70%. The butterflies like a warm greenhouse containing nectar plants, and this is the best place also for the emerging cage for the pupae. Shade the cage from direct sun, which is too harsh. If you don’t have such an environment, you may be able to simulate a warm and humid atmosphere in another way, but don’t apply direct heat. The whole cage needs to be in an even temperature and humidity. It is usually beneficial to mist the pupae at least once a day. It is normal in nature for night to be cooler than day.

It’s a good idea to suspend the pupae. To do this, use a cane held horizontally. Apply a very thin line of contact adhesive eg Evostick along the cane. Lay the cane on a table and, when it is tacky but not yet set hard, touch the tails of the pupae on the line of glue. Warning: excess glue actually kills the pupa, so use just a very thin line. When the glue has set you can pick up the cane, with all the pupae hanging by their tails from it.

Pupae of the Swallowtail and Pierid families don’t hang from the tail (cremaster), head downwards. They are attached to a twig at the tail, and they use a silk sling around the wing cases to anchor themselves, head upwards and at an angle away from the twig. To simulate this, you can take some lengths of cane. Make a thin line of glue as described above. Lay the cane on a table, then attach the tails of the pupae to the glue line, and touch the abdomen also against the glue line. Once dry, the cane can be arranged standing at an angle against the sides of the emerging cage, or you can arrange them stuck into a block of florist’s foam. There needs to be enough space to allow the emerging butterflies to climb up, expand and dry their wings.

Usually fixing the pupae to a cane helps to give hatching butterflies the best foothold. When fixed to canes pupae are very exposed and can easily dry out. Mist them several times a day.  If you don’t wish to glue the pupae to a cane, they can be laid out on corrugated card or other rough surfaces, such as greengrocer’s imitation grass mats or coconut matting, flat on the bottom of the emerging cage. This material may help to keep the pupae moist if you spray them at least once a day.  For hygiene the material needs to be cleaned or replaced every few days.

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WORLD COLLECTION OF EXOTIC BUTTERFLIES Ten pupae
Availability: July


World Collection of Exotic Butterflies

For international orders time in the post is too long, so this collection is sent by express courier (XXP) to Europe, which delivers usually next day after dispatch.

From several world regions and families. Un-labelled, selected for beauty and interest. The pupae alone are things of great beauty and interest. One of the real joys of nature! 

Choose between the STANDARD World Collection and the DE LUXE World Collection. Both are varied and interesting. The DE LUXE includes such beauties as the shimmering blue Morpho, Giant Owl Butterflies, Larger exotic Swallowtails, Iridescent blue banded Prepona and the like. The pupae are usually larger and some very intricate.

Illustrations are representative: yours may not be these species as there are so many to choose from - good value is always assured. When possible 10 different species will be sent though this is not always possible.

 

WORLD SWALLOWTAIL PUPA COLLECTION 10 pupae
Availability: July


WORLD SWALLOWTAIL PUPA COLLECTION 10 pupae

For international orders time in the post is too long, so this collection is sent by express courier (XXP) to Europe, which delivers usually next day after dispatch.

These are very varied in shape, size, colour and pattern. They are mostly tropical or sub-tropical and for emergence provide warmth and humidity that the pupae normally have in their natural environment. 

These are some of the loveliest butterflies of all butterflies. They come, unlabelled, ready to emerge and surprise you.  Some may form up and emerge within a few days, others may take a month or more. When possible ten different species will be supplied.

Photos on this site are representative and, as there are so many species, your collection may  have any of the possible species, not necessarily those illustrated.

 

£34.00
Black Swallowtail asterias 2 pupae
Availability: NOW


Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes asterias North America

 

Very closely related to the European and British swallowtails, asterias  will often hybridise with either, producing interesting offspring.

 

The larvae feed on Fennel, Carrot tops, and some other Umbelliferae including wild and probably cultivated Parsnip.  Two broods are produced in the year and the pupae of the second brood hibernate.  



  

 

£14.50
Papilio antenor Madagascar 2 pupae
Availability: Summer


Papilio antenor Madagascar 2 pupae

This is an extraordinary Swallowtail, endemic to Madagascar, one of the largest Papilios in the world. The pupa is almost more like a small Birdwing pupa than a Swallowtail. A pupa is illustrated with a European Swallowtail pupa for size comparison. Look closely at the picture of one of the butterflies recently emerged from a group of pupae.

A flight area in a greenhouse or conservatory is needed to really appreciate this butterfly, particularly in flight, but if you can provide a warm airing cupboard, with temperature around 30 deg C, and hight humidy, you can enjoy the thrill of seeing these giants emerge from their abnormally large chrysalides.

£12.50
Papilio demoleus Asia 10 pupae
Availability: July


Papilio demoleus Asia

A very successful butterfly in the greenhouse or conservatory. Provide good nectar plants, especially Lantana. The larvae feed on Citrus, Choysia, Rue and Skimmia. The butterflies breed very easily and you get successive generations.

Exotic pupae need a hot and humid greenhouse atmosphere, shaded from the sun.

£12.95
Papilio polytes Philippines Ten pupae
Availability: July


Papilio polytes Philippines

Very easy to breed in greenhouse conditions. The butterflies need nectar flowers especially Lantana and Pentas. They lay easily on Citrus and can be reared also on Choisya, Rue and Skimmia.

The larvae resemble bird droppings in the early instars. Later they become smooth green, with convincing eye-spots.

Males are black, banded with cream on the hindwings. Females have red marked hindwings, mimicing toxic Aristolochia feeding species.

 

£12.50
Papilio rumanzovia Philippines 4 pupae
Availability: July


Papilio rumanzovia Philippines

A large and very striking butterfly, with vivid scarlet underside. Black on top, suffused with bottle blue. An active flyer and one that will breed in greenhouse conditions, with plenty of nectar flowers and Citrus bushes as foodplant for the larvae.

Pupae are large and knobbly with brown and green forms.

 

£10.00
Papilio palinurus Philippines 4 pupae
Availability: July


Papilio palinurus Philippines

One of the most vivid of the exotic Asian moss-green Swallowtails. Palinurus flies well in a conservatory and settles with wings prominently open. The butterflies need nectar flowers such as Pentas, Buddleia and Lantana. Pupae need a hot and humid greenhouse atmosphere, shaded from the sun.

£10.00
Papilio lowi from the Philippines 4 pupae
Availability: July


Papilio lowi from the Philippines

A very large and grand Swallowtail. The two sexes are quite different. The female is usually tailed, but there are tail-less forms, and is beautifully patterned, very simililarly to the more widespread Papilio memnon.

Males are black, with steely-blue areas on the hindwing. Most often the male has no tails.nhouseThis species can be paired in captivity, in suitable greenhouse conditions. The larvae are Citrus feeders.

£12.00
Thoas Swallowtail Papilio thoas 4 pupae
Availability: July


The Thoas Swallowtail Papilio thoas South America

 

 

We have pupae of this magnificent and very large Swallowtail from Central and

South America.

 

The larvae favour Zanthoxylum and Piper auritum, Ptelia trifoliate, and other Rutacae including Citrus. We are not sure whether Choisya might also be accepted.

 

 

 

 

£15.00
Papilio dardanus Africa 4 pupae
Availability: July


Papilio dardanus Africa

Males are a distinctive creamy yellow, with dark chocolate markings, and prominent tails. Females are mimetic of distasteful Danaids and can vary both in ground colouration, and markings.  Dardanus larvae feed on Citrus and will sometimes accept Choisya or Skimmia.

Pupae have a curiously flat shape!

A MOST INTERESTING BUTTERFLY!

 

 

£18.00
Papilio demodocus 4 pupae
Availability: July


Papilio demodocus Africa

Very striking butterflies, strong in flight and very satisfactory in a greenhouse. The larvae feed on Citrus, Choisya and sometimes Skimmia. Young larvae are camouflaged as bird droppings. Later they become green with prominent eye spots.

 

£18.00