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Small Tortoiseshell urticae 10 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 Pupae

 

Two only batches of 10 pupae now available. 

 

Suddenly this species has become scarce, in a very short time, though last season showed some recovery, there are very few to be seen this summer. The butterflies emerge in a little over two weeks, dependent on temperature.


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. 


 



 

£23.00 £18.95
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 10 spring larvae
Availability: March

High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 10 spring larvae

A scarce species, difficult to obtain. Foodplant Violet leaves. Enclose the larvae on potted plants and protect from predators. A Size 3 sleeve is ideal. Butterflies are produced this summer. 

VERY SPECIAL PRICE for a rare species!

 

£29.90 £12.95
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 50 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
Availability: NOW

Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni 50 eggs

 

Available in 10's, 50's and 100's.

 

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.

 

 

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 TEN eggs
Availability: NOW

Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 

Available in 10's, 50's and 100's.

 

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
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 100 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
Availability: NOW

Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 

Available in 10's, 50's and 100's.

 

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.

 

On hatching, the young larvae need bursting buds to crawl into : not opened leaf like most other species.

 

 

This special offer for 100 eggs is the normal price fo 50 eggs of this British rarity.
 


 

£300.00 £99.95
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
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
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: Spring 2018

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