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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!




Marsh Fritillary aurinia 5 pupae
Availability: May 2017

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.


£19.00 £12.95
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.


Black-veined White crataegi 5 pupae
Availability: NOW

Black-veined White Aporia crataegi 



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. They pupate often collectively, making very brightly coloured, angular pupae which are greenish white, with contrasting markings in black and yellow.


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. 


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.


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. 



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. 


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 

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



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)