Large Copper dispar batavus 5 pupae

Large Copper dispar batavus 5 pupae
Large Copper dispar batavus 5 pupae Large Copper dispar batavus 5 pupae Large Copper dispar batavus 5 pupae
Availability: August/September
Price: £25.00
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Description

Large Copper Butterfly Lycaena dispar batavus  5 pupae

 

This is the large and richly coloured Large Copper which originated from Freisland in Holland and closely resembles the extinct British Large Copper.  Common Dock is an acceptable foodplant, though if you have their natural foodplant Great Water Dock, that is even better. They can be reared in plastic boxes on fresh foodplant that is changed daily, but they do best, and are less trouble if you can pot up young fresh plants and keep the larvae on these, either in cages or covered with a sleeve. The larvae grow fast. Pupae are formed on the stems or sides of the cage. The first sight of the newly emerged butterflies is absolutely breath-taking! July larvae may produce another partial brood if kept warm. Otherwise they go into hibernation.

 

This species has now become very difficult to obtain. This is an opportunity to breed and produce a stock larvae, some of which will overwinter, and others produce butterflies.