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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
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 10 larvae
Availability: Winter 2018-19

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 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: June

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 £14.95
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: August to October

Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja 50 larvae

 

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

Children love them!

 

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 spring and summer larvae.  In the wild, late summer larvae would hibernate, but if you keep them warm and light, many will produce another generation this year.

If you wish to hibernate Wooly Bears, sleeve them in autumn on Willow or Sallow (Pussy Willow). The falling leaves curl to form a ventilated ball in which the larvae hibernate. If all goes well in winter the larvae emerge in spring and feed from the new spring leaves.

From October to spring the larvae are in hibernation. Orders are booked for dispatch when the larvae awake and feed.

 
£62.50 £42.95
Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae
Availability: April/May 2018

Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae

The moths emerge in March/April. Because of modern practice of hedge management, this once common species is nowadays a rare find. Tight clipping of hedges destroys the habitat and undoubtedly the eggs and larvae.

Egg clusters are laid in batches on branches of the foodplant Blackthorn Prunus spinosa or Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna. The larvae cluster, and even large larvae live within, and on the outsite of a prominent white tent of silk, very often at the end of a branch, with no attempt at concealment. It is likely that the larvae in captivity could be reared on Apple and Plum, though we have not tried these.

Don't be tempted to handle the larvae. They have short, decorative hairs, which easily come away and penetrate the skin, like short cactus prickles, and this gives rise to intense irritation. No doubt this is why the larvae can afford to display themselves in the wild so openly. No predator will try to eat them once they learn, and the larvae are patterned in warning colours to advertise the danger.

To pupate, the larvae descend to form a tight cocoon with a smooth shell-like a nut, in concealed leaf litter or moss, where they spend the winter.

This is a very interesting species to rear and observe. You might help to spread the species locally if you can find thorn hedges that are not regularly trimmed.

 

 

£14.00 £11.95
Tau Emperor Aglia tau 10 larvae
Availability: Spring 2019

Tau Emperor Moth Aglia tau 

 

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 £13.95
Tau Emperor  Tau Emperor form FERENIGRA 15 Eggs SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: April 2019

Tau Emperor Aglia tau form FERENIGRA 

 

This scarce form, from central Europe, has bold melanic wing margins, in quite variable amounts.

 

Ferenigra is a rare semi-melanic form of the Tau Emperor, where a good deal of the normal orange colour is suffused or even replaced with black. These come from central Europe and are very scarce indeed. Ferenigra is a form for the connoisseur.

 

The pupae emerge in April. Breeding is very easy. The larvae feed on a variety of trees which include Lime, Hawthorn, Oak, Beech, Willows and Sallows.

 



 

 

£15.95 £12.95
Gynandsia maia Africa 5 Pupae SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW

Gynandsia maia Africa

A very spectacular Giant Silkmoth that we have never offered before. These are subterranean pupae are available at just the right season for breeding. The larvae are most spectacular.

See http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/sample6.htm

Foodplants include Oak, Peach, Wattle (Acacia) and Legume trees such as Laburnum, False Acacia and Cassia.

 We have no experience of this species but we recommend it to Saturniid specialists. It will be very rewarding.

 

 



£21.25 £16.50