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European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Availability: Summer 2017


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!

 

 

 

£19.50
Green-veined White napi 10 Pupae
Availability: Summer


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.

 

£12.95
Brimstone rhamni 5 pupae
Availability: June/July 2017


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. 

  

£15.95
Clouded Yellow Crocea 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2016


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.

  

£14.50
Small Tortoiseshell urticae 10 pupae
Availability: June


Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 Pupae

Suddenly this species has become scarce, in a very short time, though last season showed some recovery. 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. 


 



 

£18.00
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. 
 



 

£20.00
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 
 

£12.50
Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2016


Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe

 

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.

 

Pupae immediately available


 

 

£14.00
Black Hairstreak pruni 10 pupae
Availability: July


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 

The males are slightly under-size due to there being rather a lot of larvae. They are vigorous, entirely healthy, and suitable for breeding, but the price is lower due to the size difference. 

 

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 pupae. 
 

 

£50.00 £37.95
Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus 5 pupae
Availability: August


Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus Europe

 

Livestock is seldom available but some are expected this summer. This is a scarce migrant to Britain. The larvae live inside the flowers and seed pods of Broom, Pea, and almost any Leguminosae (Papilionaceae)


£25.00
Brown Hairstreak betulae TEN pupae
Availability: June/July 2017


Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

 

Pupae of this species hardly ever become available. A curious pupa, superbly camouflaged. Pair the butterflies in captivity and get the females to lay on Blackthorn twigs. Store for the winter in a cool place that is not totally lacking in moisture. The eggs are used to a cold, wet winter! The larvae hatch when the Blackthorn (Sloe) buds open.  Supplies are limited - first come first served.

 

 

 

 

£45.00 £34.95
Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion 4 pupae
Availability: NOW


Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion Europe

 

Very seldom available. Only a bit larger than Cupido minimus, the Small Blue, this butterfly is found mostly on warm hillsides and mountains in southern Europe. Places where its foodplant Sedum telephium is found.  Larvae have also been reared on garden varieties of Sedum, the Ice Plant.

 

There can be two broods in warmer locations. Winter is spent in the pupal stage. You can keep the pupae in a fridge through the winter and bring them out to emerge in spring.

 

 

£15.95