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Dark Green Fritillary aglaia 10 spring larvae
Availability: NOW


Dark Green Fritillary Mesoacidalia aglaia

 

 

Best reared on potted Violet protected with netting sleeve against escape and predation.  Size 3 sleeve is ideal. These spring larvae will produce adults this year.

 

Established and very healthy larvae.

 


 

£16.95
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


Marsh Fritillary Eurodryas aurinia larvae

 

Marsh Fritillary post-hibernation larvae.  They feed low amongst the leaves of Devil’s Bit Scabioius, but will also eat Honeysuckle. Honeysuckle starts leafing very early in the year, especially where sheltered in woodland. By February it is not diffficult to find enough foodplant to keep caterpillars well fed.  In captivity the larvae are recorded as accepting Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata, Teasel Dipsacus and Snowberry Symphoricarpos.

 

After waking in the spring the larvae grow fast, pupating in April and emerging as butterflies in May.

£12.50
Glanville Fritillary cinxia 10 larvae
Availability: NOW



Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia

 
Feed on Narrow-leaved Plantain. Easiest to keep on potted foodplant, enclosed in a sleeve. The larvae are gregarious, living in a tight bunch at the base of the plant, and spreading out more as they grow larger. The ginger head capsule and jet black body distinguish these larvae from other species. 

 

In Britain this species lives mainly on the Isle of Wight coast, but they have been established elsewhere in Britain. Maybe they could be encouraged in more localities.

 

These larvae will produce butterflies this spring.

£12.50
Heath Fritillary athalia 10 Larvae
Availability: May 2018


 

Heath Fritillary Melicta athalia

 

Common in parts of Europe, and a rare and very localised species in Britain.  The larvae thrive on narrow-leaved Plantain Plantago  and bear a remarkable resemblance to its flowerheads.  Larvae supplied in July/August will normally hibernate, but if kept in warm conditions, some may grow and produce butterflies again this year.

 

 

£12.95
Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe 10 larvae
Availability: May onwards


Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe 10 larvae

 

Foodplant Knapweed Centaurea and usually Plantain Plantago. If kept warm the larvae will develop and produce butterflies this year. The butterfly has some resemblance to the Glanville Fritillary but more variable especially in the female. Origin Provence.

£12.95
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 10 larvae
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 spring larvae which are best kept sleeved. 
 
 

 

 

£50.00 £28.00
Marbled White galathea 10 larvae
Availability: August through winter


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: August through winter


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 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


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
Large Copper dispar batavus 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


Large Copper Butterfly Lycaena dispar batavus  Larvae

 

 

Now MOST DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN!  This is a rare opportunity!  Spring orders have been supplied. We are now booking for summer brood larvae.

 

This is the large and richly coloured Large Copper which originated from Freisland in Holland and is almost indistinguishable from the extinct British Large Copper Lycaena dispar dispar. 

 

Common Dock is an acceptable foodplant, though if you have their natural foodplant Great Water Dock Rumex hydropathalum, 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.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

£19.50
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