EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae

EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
Availability: April
Price: £16.95
   - OR -   
Description

EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae
 

 

One of the best species for young people and beginners. Larvae are sent in April/May. The best way to keep the young caterpillars is on potted nettles which should be prepared in early spring , regularly watered, and kept out of doors to make stocky growth. Prepare more than one pot of nettle. When the young larvae are received, bring the potted nettle indoors and place the young larvae on the foodplant, where they will look after themselves until they finish the food and are large enough to be kept in a cage on cut nettle in a jar of water. In a matter of weeks the pupae are formed hanging from the cage top, and the butterflies emerge in a little over a fortnight.

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. 

 

Keeping two species of larvae together on the same foodplant?  It is sometimes possible, but their way of life may differ and we recommend keeping them separately.