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OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings SALE PRICE
Availability: NOW


Osier Willow cuttings Salix viminalis

 

Years ago we planted a stick that was floating down a river in Wiltshire.  That was in 1954! It grew – rapidly – producing a wealth of leaves.  We tried it as a foodplant and discovered that not only did British species do well on it, but exotic silkmoth larvae as well.

 

This stick was the daddy of hosts of willow thickets that we have established in Dorset, Cornwall and in France.

 

Osier is Basket Willow, the flexible essential for basket weaving. It makes a wonderful woven hedge. It can form living sculptures. Winter or summer, Osier makes wonderful screens and windbreaks. Cover for wildlife and game. Osier is grown as a crop for energy production. In short it is a blessing to the environment, and very pleasant on the eye in landscaping schemes.

 

We are offering a bunch of 10 cuttings for you to try not only as probably the most universal foodplant for larvae, but a great addition to your garden and grounds. 

 

Probably the easiest cuttings to strike and grow. You simply push them into the ground, during autumn or spring. Leaves will appear within the first fortnight if planted in spring, roots quickly follow. In the first year they will more than double in size. Next year, in normal drought free conditions,  you will have a metre or more of growth and lots of foodplant. You may even be able to feed some in the first year.

You can store cuttings before planting, either in a polythene bag in the fridge, or standing in water. In water they often start to root. It is advisable to plant them before the roots actually burst out of the bark.

 

This plant is a complete success story – you will be pleased you tried it!

 

 

Large White Pieris brassicae 10 larvae
Availability: Summer 2017


Large White Butterfly Pieris brassicae

 

No longer the common butterfly it once was. Winter pupae are stored cool for the winter and normally hatch in May.

 

This is a good species for the inexperienced, and as an introduction to rearing larvae.

 

The larvae feed on cabbage but also most Cruciferae which can be better and less smelly for captive rearing! Horseradish is ideal for its large leaves and other species include Rape, Mustard, Sweet Rocket, Turnip and Watercress.

 

There are two or more generations in a year.  


 

£15.50
European Swallowtail P.machaon gorganus 15 eggs/10 larvae
Availability: Summer 2017


European Swallowtail Papilio machaon gorganus 

 

Eggs hatch very quickly. Risky to send outside GB: impossible in summer.  See XXP for courier delivery to Europe, which is usually within 24 hours. Cannot send outside Europe.

 

There are many booked orders, which will be dispatched in date order as eggs are produced. New orders will be supplied in 2017.

 

Easy to rear on Fennel and other Umbelliferae, such as carrot tops, Parsnip and Wild Parsnip flowers and fresh leaves. Very attractive caterpillar, bright green, striped black and orange. Double brooded.

 

This species is not suitable for beginners and schools.

 

 

 

 

 

£12.95
American Black Swallowtail polyxenes asterias 10 Larvae
Availability: June/July


American Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes asterias 10 larvae

 

It is immediately evident from looking at this striking butterfly that it has a lot in common with the British and European Swallowtails and it is indeed so closely related that it will hybridise with either species. The larvae feed on Fennel and may take Carrot leaves and those of other Umbelliferae. The pupae overwinter but may produce a partial second brood of butterflies in late summer.

 


 

£12.95
Tiger Swallowtail glaucus 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Availability: Summer 2017



Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus North America 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability

 

The Tiger Swallowtail is perhaps

North America’s grandest swallowtail. As a curiosity, a small proportion of females emerge as melanics, not as beautiful as the typical female, but different! They can be bred in captivity and the larvae are as exotic as many of the tropical swallowtails, with the Papilio eye markings and bird dropping camouflage in the early instars. Try feeding them on Cherry or Lime, and they will probably take a wider variety of foodplants. These have been reported: Ash, Cherry,  Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Magnolia, Birch, Poplar, Prunus, Apple, Willow, Alder.

 
 

£12.95
Papilio multicaudata North America 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Availability: Summer 2016


Papilio multicaudata North America 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability

This grand Swallowtail has only recently been offered by WWB. Allied to glaucus the Tiger Swallowtail, this species likewise has curious larvae with eye-like markings, in their later instars, that make predators wary. Recorded foodplants are Ash, Cherry, Choke Cherry and Ligustrum lucidum, so possibly Privet.

In warmer states there is more than one brood. These eggs and larvae will become pupae that can be hatched this season if they are raised under warm and light conditions.

 

£12.95
Green-veined White napi 10 larvae
Availability: spring


Green-veined White  Pieris napi

 

A delicate member of the White family, with variable markings and prominent underside veining.  The larvae feed on many Cruficerae with a particular liking for Jack by the Hedge Alliaria, Horseradish Armoracia rusticana, Cresses and Mustards.

 

Very easy to breed. Several generations are possible in a season. Hibernation is in the pupal stage. Keep the pupae cool or in the fridge until April. Lay them out to emerge in May and provide the adults with nectar flowers and stems of the foodplant on which to lay.

 

Harmless to garden plants (they prefer wild plants), this is a species you can breed to enhance the local countryside.

 

£10.95
Brimstone rhamni 10 larvae
Availability: June 2017


Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni

Sending larvae in summer by post to any European country south of Scandinavia is too risky. Please see XXP on this website for express courier which ensures delivery in 1-2 days.

Both larvae and pupae are masters of camouflage. Quick growing, the larvae feed on Buckthorns Rhamnus catharticus or Frangula alnus. There are no substitutes, so prepare with some bushes in advance.

 


£10.95
Clouded Yellow Crocea 10 Larvae
Availability: Summer


Clouded Yellow Butterfly Colias crocea Larvae

 

A great favourite with entomologists and easy to rear on potted Clover. The easy way is to enclose the whole pot in a sleeve size 3. The larvae grow fast and will produce butterflies very quickly, particularly in warm conditions.

 
 

£11.95
EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
Availability: April


EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae

Sending larvae in summer by post to any European country south of Scandinavia is too risky. Please see XXP on this website for express courier which ensures delivery in 1-2 days.

 

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. 



 


£14.95
EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 20 larvae
Availability: April


EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae
 

Sending larvae in summer by post internationally is too risky. Please see XXP on this website for express courier which ensures delivery in 1-2 days.

Young larvae should preferably be kept on growing Stinging Nettle, covered with a netting sleeve, though they can be reared in plastic rearing containers, cleaned out and fed daily as shown in the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES. Container-reared larvae need to be scrupulously clean and always with very fresh food.

When larger, the larvae can be caged with cut nettle in a jar or water, on on potted growing foodplant. In a matter of weeks the pupae are formed hanging from the cage top, and the butterflies emerge in a little over a fortnight, depending on temperature.

The Small Tortoiseshell has suddenly become scarce where once it was common. By releasing either butterflies or larvae, it might help to bring back this once common butterfly.

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.

 

 


£25.90 £16.95
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
Availability: Summer 2017


Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)
 

Sending larvae in summer internationally is too risky. Please see XXP on this website for express courier which ensures delivery in 1-2 days.

In Britain there is only one generation of Peacock Butterfly, but we hope to have another generation in captivity.

The larvae live in tight clusters on the tips of nettle. When the larvae are larger, keep them caged on cut stems of nettle in a jar of water. Pupae are formed in a matter of weeks, hanging from the cage top. Butterflies emerge in about 3 weeks.  They can be kept for a few days in a cage with flowers for nectar, then released into the wild.



 

£16.95