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Camberwell Beauty antiopa 10 larvae
Availability: May/June 2018


Camberwell Beauty (Mourning Cloak) Nymphyalis antiopa 

 

 

This species is most difficult to obtain, and supplies have almost impossible for several seasons. Thanks to a new breeder, last year we supplied a large number of larvae and pupae, and we hope and expect to again this season. PLEASE BOOK EARLY!

 

Early orders for larvae have been supplied. The next larvae are due in July. 

 

Camberwell Beauty larvae feed on Sallow Salix caprea, Willows, Birch and some other trees. The larvae are gregarious nearly until pupation when they are most handsome with long branched spines and wonderful contrasting red  blotches on the black ground colour. When it is possible to sleeve the larvae, we recommend this above keeping on cut food, but in wet summers the larvae easily succumbe to disease. It is a good idea to cover the sleeve with polythene to protect from rain, but don't wrap polythene around the sleeve. The just need a roof or umbrella, with plenty of ventilation all round. 

 

To avoid the possibility of mixing geographical races please don't release these in the wild.

 

Please order immediately: orders will be sent in strict rotation.

 

 

£16.95
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 100 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
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. 

 

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


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni 50 eggs

 

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 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
Marbled White galathea 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

 

 

A favourite from the chalk downlands of southern Britain. Pre-hibernation larvae which live on potted coarse grasses and produce butterflies next year. To hibernate these larvae you need potted grass, securely contained in a netting sleeve.  Make sure you evict any spiders or other predatory creatures! Keep the pot outside in natural weather conditions.

In spring the larvae will stray and again in summer when they are ready to find a secluded place in which to hang and change to pupae, so make sure they are in a secure cage.

 

£12.95
Marbled White galathea 50 larvae
Availability: NOW


Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

 

A favourite from the chalk downlands of southern Britain. Pre-hibernation larvae which live on potted coarse grasses and produce butterflies next year. To hibernate these larvae you need potted grass, securely contained in a netting sleeve.  Make sure you evict any spiders or other predatory creatures! Keep the pot outside in natural weather conditions.

In spring the larvae will stray, and again in summer when they are ready to find a secluded place in which to hang and change to pupae, so make sure they are in a secure cage.

 

 

£25.00
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 T. betulae 10 larvae
Availability: Spring 2018


Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

 

Larvae are best sleeved on Blackthorn. These will pupate and produce butterflies this year. Overwinters in the egg stage.

 

 

£12.95
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 20 eggs
Availability: NOW


Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

 

Eggs of the Brown Hairstreak are available through autumn and winter. 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.

£12.95
Common Blue icarus 10 Larvae
Availability: Summer


The Common Blue Polyommatus icarus

 

This Blue is probably the most wide-spread of all the Blues.  The bright sky-blue of the male is familiar to most people.  The larvae feed on Birdsfoot Trefoil, Medick, Rest Harrow and other Leguminosae.

 

The larvae are very small. If you are not an experienced breeder it would be better to choose one of the easier species to rear.

£12.50
White-letter Hairstreak Strymonidia w-album 10 eggs
Availability: NOW


White-letter Hairstreak Strymonidia w-album

 

Some eggs available immediately, for a short period. Very difficult to obtain.

Very seldom available. Winter is passed in the eggs stage.  Feed spring larvae on Elm and Wych Elm. Ideally sleeve outside, or pot foodplant to feed sleeved larvae indoors or outside. 

Wych Elm flower buds are breaking in early February, even in the north. These are sometimes on branches higher off the ground. Some even start as early as November in milder winters. Flowering trees need very little patience to search out.  

The larvae only require the buds to be “cracking open” for them to find a crevice to sit in and start burrowing further into the bud.


 

 

 

£29.95