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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
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
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: October

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
Oleander Hawk nerii 2 pupae
Availability: NOW

Oleander Hawkmoth Daphnis nerii  

 

2017 orders have been supplied. We hope there may be some late autumn pupae. If not, your order will be held for priority display in 2018.

 

One of the finest of all Hawkmoths. The larvae are very fast growing indeed and they consume a lot of food. Apart from Oleander Nerium, the larvae thrive on Periwinkle Vinca, and can be reared on Privet Ligustrum. Pupae will produce adults this spring.

 

To overwinter autumn pupae, bury the pupae in light compost that is not too damp but not allowed to dry out. The top of each pupa should be just showing. Store in a cool place (10-15 degrees C) away from predadors. Bring into the warm in April ready for May emergence.

 

£18.50 £15.95
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
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Availability: NOW

Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs

 

 

One of the largest of all moth species in the world!  The larvae feed well on Privet, at any time of the year.  They require very clean conditions, always with fresh food. Alternative recorded foodplants include Willows, Lilac, Apple, Plum, Ash, Cherry and Tree of Heaven Ailanthus.  Atlas larvae like to browse on several foodplants and settle for the one or more that they like.

 

The larvae like warmth 25 -30 degrees C and humid jungle conditions, which are best achieved in a tank or plastic container, rather than a netting cage. Given these conditions the larvae are not difficult to rear, and spin cocoons in about 8 weeks from hatching.

 

 

 

 

 

£15.95 £11.95
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
Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea japonica 4 pupae
Availability: Late summer 2017

Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea wallichii japonica

 

Not easily obtained now!

 

This species is one of the best and earliest in the season, suitable for beginners as well as connoisseurs.  Eggs are laid in March/April. The larvae, which feed on Privet Ligustrum, have long curling spines behind the head, which get longer with each skin change. At the final change the spines are dropped and the caterpillar becomes very large.

 

When ready to pupate the mature larva has a broad orange band down the back. It wanders off in search of a secret place to pupate. Prepare for this by putting a layer of compost in the bottom of the cage at the final instar. Place a large tile, flat stone or slate on top of the compost. The larvae will pupate in a cavity between the compost and the flat stone.

 

Leave the pupae to harden and store them cool until January/February. At this time, lay them out in the emerging cage, on compost. Moths sometimes emerge as early as January but usually a few weeks later. They pair relatively easily and you can then continue the life cycle.

 

 

£20.00 £17.95