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Large White Pieris brassicae 10 Pupae
Availability: Summer 2018

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, though some develop during winter.


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.  


European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Availability: Summer

European Swallowtail Papilio machaon gorganus


Summer Swallowtail pupae produce adults in 2-4 weeks. A large and truly magnificent butterfly, as big as any in Europe.


Lay in the emerging cage on a base such as coir or greengrocer's imitation grass, that helps to maintain moisture.


The adults need nectar flowers and growing tender fronds of foodplant. In summer they also lay on the umbelliferous flowers of the foodplant.


The larvae are very easy to rear on Fennel, Carrot leaves and Parsnip leaves and flowers (wild and cultivated). One of the most attractive butterfly larvae and a joy to rear!




Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 pupae
Availability: Apr/May 2018

Marsh Fritillary Eurydryas aurinia



The butterflies fly from May into June. Eggs are laid in large clusters on the underside of Devil’s Bit Scabious.The larvae Feed on Honeysuckle (wild is best), Snowberry or the natural foodplant Devil’s Bit Scabious.  The larvae live in a tightly formed web, growing only a little before they hibernate in autumn.


£38.00 £23.50
Green-veined White napi 10 Pupae
Availability: Summer 2018

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. The pupa hibernates. 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.


Black-veined White crataegi 5 pupae
Availability: May 2018

Black-veined White Aporia crataegi 


Black-veined Whites lived in Britain until about 1911. Maybe one day they will live here again?



The pupae are very brightly coloured, angular, greenish white, with contrasting markings in black and yellow. Easy to hatch out. They lay clusters of bright yellow eggs. Resulting larvae spin a web and live in this while they develop, and eventually settle down there for the winter.


Larvae do well sleeved on Hawthorn (their preferred foodplant), Plum, Blackthorn, Plum or Apple. The larvae live in a cluster.

Summer larvae spin a very small and concealed web on the branch, in which they hibernate. Leave the sleeve untouched for the winter. In spring they awake as soon as the buds burst, and begin to grow very quickly. 


Brimstone rhamni 5 pupae
Availability: June 2018

Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni



The pupa is a remarkable and lovely shape. The butterflies hatch easily. Difficult to hibernate, but you can keep them for a while with fresh nectar flowers, and then release to hibernate and hopefully breed in your area. 


Clouded Yellow Crocea 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018

Clouded Yellow Butterfly Colias crocea Larvae


A great favourite with entomologists and extremely easy to rear on potted Clover. The larvae grow fast and will produce butterflies very quickly, particularly in warm conditions. These pupae produce butterflies in a week or two.


Small Tortoiseshell urticae 10 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 Pupae


Two only batches of 10 pupae now available. 


Suddenly this species has become scarce, in a very short time, though last season showed some recovery, there are very few to be seen this summer. The butterflies emerge in a little over two weeks, dependent on temperature.

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. 



£23.00 £18.95
EXTRA EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 5 Pupae
Availability: June

EXTRA EARLY Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io) 5 PUPAE

One of Europe's most colourful and splendid butterflies. The pupae hatch within about 2 weeks.   The butterflies can be kept for a few days in a cage with flowers for nectar, then released into the wild.



Comma c-album 10 pupae
Availability: Early summer

Comma Butterfly Polygonia c-album 10 pupae.


A chance to breed this attractive British butterfly, or to reinforce local populations by releasing the adultd. Fascinating larvae with curious half and half markings in black, brown and white, mimicking a bird dropping. The larvae feed on Stinging Nettle, Elm and Hop. They live singly. Fast growing. 


Beckeri Marsh Fritillary Euodrydryas aurinia beckeri 10 larvae
Availability: May/June

Beckeri Marsh Fritillary Euodrydryas aurinia beckeri

This is the most magnificent form of the Marsh Fritillary – very large, boldly marked and the brightest colouring and pattern of all. Beckeri occurs in parts of Spain, Portugal and North Africa. This stock is from Portugal. The larvae feed on Honeysuckle, Snowberry, and some Knapweeds and Scabious. In the wild these hibernate. It may be possible to keep these warm and with longer day length to get them to develop and produce butterflies again this year. This has not yet been tried.


Glanville Fritillary cinxia 5 pupae
Availability: Spring/summer

Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia


The larvae feed on Narrow-leaved Plantain, and live in a cluster until large. These pupae will produce butterflies in August