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Black Hairstreak S. pruni TEN eggs
Availability: NOW

Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 

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. 

 

 


 


 

£30.00 £20.00
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 10 larvae
Availability: Spring 2018

Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 

 

 

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 spring larvae which are best kept sleeved. 
 
 

 

 

£50.00 £28.00
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
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 50 eggs SALE PRICE
Availability: Winter

Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

 

Eggs of the Brown Hairstreak are available immediately. They are laid on Blackthorn twigs. Keep the eggs in a very cool place until the Blackthorn buds open in spring.The larvae hatch and quickly burrow into the opening buds to feed until they are much larger. It is best to keep them on growing foodplant.

£26.00 £21.00
Brown Hairstreak betulae TEN pupae
Availability: June/July 2018

Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

 

Pupae of this species hardly ever become available. A curious pupa, superbly camouflaged. Pair the butterflies in captivity and get the females to lay on Blackthorn twigs. Store for the winter in a cool place that is not totally lacking in moisture. The eggs are used to a cold, wet winter! The larvae hatch when the Blackthorn (Sloe) buds open.  Supplies are limited - first come first served.

 

 

 

 

£45.00 £34.95
Victorina steneles South America 4 pupae
Availability: March

Victorina steneles South America

A most beautiful butterfly with a very rare green colour, patterned with dark brown. This butterfly has a very strange pupa. 

£18.00 £12.95
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: Summer 2018

Small Elephant Hawk Dielephila porcellus 

 

Very seldom can we offer eggs and larvae of this brilliantly coloured and delicate little Hawkmoth. The larvae are miniatures of the Elephant Hawk.

 

The best foodplant is Bedstraw Gallium, any species, also Willowherb, Purple Loosestrife, Impatiens (Balsam and perhaps Busy Lizzie), Vine and Parthenocissus. Don’t miss this opportunity of rearing the Small Elephant Hawk this year.

 

Best reared on growing foodplant if at all possible.

£15.95 £12.95
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Availability: NOW

Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja 50 larvae

 

The price for 50 Woolly Bears has been substantially reduced to encourage releasing in the wild.

 

Available until end of October: then again from Spring.

 

In earlier days one can remember finding the furry caterpillars amongst the fresh spring nettles and docks on roadsides, almost everywhere. Sadly those days have gone, but it may be possible to encourage them back in little corners that you select. Garden Tigers are prolific breeders.  Release 50 larvae on a patch and, who knows, you might bring them back to your area.

 

 

Garden Tiger larvae Woolly Bears  grow fast on Dock, Dandelion, Dead Nettle, Nettle and many other hedgerow plants, also Pussy Willow Salix caprea and Osier Willow Salix viminalis.  You can also feed them conveniently on Cabbage. Now a most difficult species to obtain.

 

These are summer larvae which, in the wild, would hibernate, but if you keep them warm and light, many will produce another generation this year.

 

Children love them!

 

£62.50 £42.95
Tau Emperor Aglia tau 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Availability: April/May 2018

Tau Emperor Moth Aglia tau 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability

 

This European Silkmoth flies in early spring and is one of the Silkmoths (Saturniidae).  The young larvae are adorned with antlers, as impressive as the American Hicory Horned Devils! Foodplants include Lime, Oak, Birch, Hawthorn, and other trees and shrubs. Pupation is in leaf litter. Single brooded. Highly recommended. Very easy to breed: lay the pupae out in February for March emergence. The moths fly and pair by day, and particularly appreciate sunshine. Eggs are laid on the cage sides. 

 

 

£15.95 £12.95
Chinese Oak Silkmoth A pernyi 3 cocoons
Availability: NOW

Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi

 

A large species, and probably the best for beginners.

The moths emerge in May onwards. Eggs are laid on the sides of the cage. Feed the larvae on Oak, Apple, Hawthorn, Willow and other trees and shrubs. Black at first, the larvae become green, with decorations of orange. They become very large and eat a great deal of food. Although an oriental species, pernyi  has now become established in Europe. Highly recommended for those who are looking for a spectacular moth, with exotic larvae, and easily reared. 


 

£15.00 £13.95