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K - Killing Fluid
Availability: NOW

Killing Fluid

 

Killing fluid is applied to absorbent material in the base or stopper of a killing jar when collecting insects in the field.

 

£4.95 £3.95
Pure English Silk Hank (Special Market Stall price)
Availability: NOW

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
Availability: July onwards

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
NETTING Fine Black Nylon 5 metres SALE PRICE
Availability: NOW

NETTING Fine Black Nylon 5 metres 170cm wide

Was £18.95 (£3.79/m) SPECIAL SALE PRICE now £13.95 (£2.79/m)

Ideal for covering box tops, cages, netting replacement and making sleeves. This soft netting is ideal for making field nets.

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

 

£18.95 £13.95
NETTING Fine Black Nylon 10 metres SALE PRICE
Availability: NOW

NETTING Fine Black Nylon 10 metres 170cm wide

Was £31.95 (£3.19/m) SPECIAL SALE PRICE now £22.95 (£2.29/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 £22.95
Complete MINI SILK FARM
Availability: July onwards

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
Availability: NOW

NETTING Fine Black Nylon 20 metres (2 x 10m) 170cm wide.

Was £53.90 (£1.90/m) SPECIAL SALE PRICE now £36.95 (£1.84/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 £36.95
Duo Peacock Butterfly Inachis io and Small Tortoiseshell urticae 10 larvae of each
Availability: July

Duo Peacock Butterfly Inachis io and Small Tortoiseshell urticae 10 larvae of each
 

 

Ten larvae each of the Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock Butterfly.  Both feed on Stinging Nettle. Young larvae should be kept on growing foodplant, covered with a netting sleeve, or reared in plastic rearing containers, cleaned out and fed daily as shown in the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES. When larger, the larvae can be caged with cut nettle in a jar or water, on on potted growing foodplant.

 

Keeping two species of larvae together on the same foodplant?  It is sometimes possible, but their way of life may differ and we recommend keeping them separately. 

 


£27.95 £24.95
Pyjama Cage LARGE 60 x 40 cm changeable height
Availability: NOW

 

Pyjama Cage LARGE 60 x 40 cm changeable height

 

SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICE!

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.

 

 

 

 

£49.50 £41.95
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 pupae
Availability: May 2018


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
Bath White daplidice larvae
Availability: NOW

Bath White Pontia daplidice

 

The larvae feed on Mignonette, a flower of chalk soil, but they also feed on various Mustard family Cruciferae. Some people have done well rearing them on cauliflower - just let them loose on the raw heads! 

This is a very rare migrant to Britain, found usually in the Mediterranean region. Baden Powel, a naturalist as well as pioneer, used the dappled pattern on the butterfy’s wings to disguise the plan of Mafeking when dispatched under siege!



 

£14.00 £12.95
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 20 larvae
Availability: NOW


Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 20 larvae

Due to successful breeding we can offer this price reduction. Larvae ready immediately.

 

Young larvae should be kept on growing Stinging Nettle, covered with a netting sleeve, or reared in plastic rearing containers, cleaned out and fed daily as shown in the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES. When larger, the larvae can be caged with cut nettle in a jar or water, on on potted growing foodplant. In a matter of weeks the pupae are formed hanging from the cage top, and the butterflies emerge in a little over a fortnight.

The Small Tortoiseshell has suddenly become scarce where once it was common. By releasing either butterflies or larvae, it might help to bring back this once common butterfly.

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.

 

Keeping two species of larvae together on the same foodplant?  It is sometimes possible, but their way of life may differ and we recommend keeping them separately. 

 

 

£25.00 £16.95