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If you are a beginner and need information on rearing from small caterpillars, or hatching out pupae, please order the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES. INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT SENT WITH EACH SPECIES, you need to acquire basic skills and this book is a simple way of doing so.

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Silkworms Bombyx mori 60-80 Early Stage Silkworms
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Silkworms Bombyx mori 60-80 Early Stage Silkworms 

Silkworms that are about a week old and will mature in about 3-4 weeks.

Remember that little silkworms will become large and hungry, so make sure you have ample Mulberry leaves or at least 200g of diet powder per 20 silkworms. 

£14.95
KOKUSO 21 Mulberry A group of 5 robust cuttings.
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KOKUSO 21 Mulberry A rarity! A group of 5 robust cuttings.

This sericultural form of Mulberry has been developed in Asia for its large leaves with high nutrition as food for Silkworms. Not generally available for sale, we are offering a limited number of robust cuttings in groups of 5. 

The cuttings will develop roots and leaves if put into compost, preferably with manure. Never let the compost dry. Rooting may be assisted if dipped in hormone rooting powder. Mulberry cuttings take longer to root than Willows and Osiers, which are very rapid. Hard winter pruning is repaid with amazing growth, which can reach 1-2 metres on every branch in the following summer.

This is a rare shrub, seldom seen in Northern Europe.

£18.50
Prepared Mulberry Diet  1 Kilogramme
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Prepared Mulberry Diet  1 Kilogramme

This diet has been prepared from Diet Powder and is ready to feed to silkworms immediately. Keep refrigerated when not in use. It will keep for about a month.  

£55.95
Prepared Mulberry Diet  200 grammes 
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Prepared Mulberry Diet  200 grammes 

This diet has been prepared from Diet Powder and is ready to feed to silkworms immediately. Keep refrigerated when not in use. It will keep for about a month.  You will usually need more than this sample to rear a group of silkworms.

£13.95
Great Water Dock Rumex hydropathalum Seeds. Foodplant of the Large Copper Butterfly
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Great Water Dock Rumex hydropathalum Seeds. Foodplant of the Large Copper Butterfly

Seldom available. Sow in autumn or from February. Seed germinates and grows well in Spring, producing plants with broad leaves and often growing to over a metre in height.

In the wild Great Water Dock lives at the water's edge, with its roots continually immersed. If growing in pots, keep them in a tray with no holes, and always filled with water.

£4.95
Milk Parsley Peucedanum palustre  Packet of seed
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Milk Parsley Peucedanum palustre  Packet of seed

The natural foodplant of the English Swallowtail butterfly, in its fenland habitat, and for Papilio machaon machaon, the nominate race in Sweden. This plant encourages egg-laying like no other, and is often the chosen foodplant of the European Papilio machaon gorganus in other parts of Europe,   

The leaves look a little like Carrot. This is a marsh plant that likes growing with its roots in water. Potted plants can be stood in a tray that is always full of water. Otherwise grow on the edge of a pond, or create a non-draining habitat around the roots.

Larvae from eggs laid on Milk Parsley can be changed to Fennel or other foodplants, in cases where there is not enough Milk Parsley to raise a host of hungry caterpillars. However, our Swedish breeder tells us that in that country, machaon does much better when fed only on Peucedanum.

Seeds sown in autumn are capable of producing plants large enough for egg-laying in the following summer.

Easily grown from seed, in a tray of peaty compost. Seed does not keep for many weeks, so don't store the seed: sow without delay.

 

£4.95
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Non-standard product

£4.26
SILKWORMS Bombyx mori. 30 Established  Silkworms.
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SILKWORMS Bombyx mori. 

Established Silkworms Bombyx mori available for the first time for years! These will spin their pure white silk cocoons within 2-3 weeks and emerge as moths after a similar period if kept at room temperature. These are sent feeding on artificial diet and if you wish to keep them like this, you can order a packet of powdered artificial diet that is used with water and heated in a microwave oven to produce a green cake on which the larvae live and feed.

Silkworms on diet are not only revolutionary for those who cannot get Mulberry leaves, but the daily care is also greatly reduced. You simply feed them by laying thin strips of food about once a day. On leaf, they need feeding several times a day, and spent food litter has to be removed. 

So you can rear Silkworms to cocoons now with the greatest of ease, and the least amount of daily care.

Please follow the instructions at the head of this section on Silkworm Eggs and Silkworms.

If you have access to a Mulberry tree, the silkworms can be reared on Mulberry leaves. Mulberry trees are sometimes found in the grounds of large country houses and old parsonage houses. You can buy Mulberry trees from a nursery and any Morus species can be used, but the silkworms eat a lot, so you will need to grow a tree on for some years before the leaves can be used. This is why the artificial diet is so useful!

Now anyone can rear Silkworms even if you don't have a Mulberry tree or live somewhere that has no access to trees for foodplant.

Keeping silkworms is very easy as long as some procedure is observed. They do not need a cage – just a tray, kept in a warm place (about 25 degrees C). 

£14.95
OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
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Osier Willow cuttings S. viminalis

Years ago we planted a stick that was floating down a river in Wiltshire.  That was in 1954! It grew – rapidly – producing a wealth of leaves.  We tried it as a foodplant and discovered that not only did British species do well on it, but exotic silkmoth larvae as well.

This stick was the daddy of hosts of willow thickets that we have established in Dorset, Cornwall and in France.

Osier is Basket Willow, the flexible essential for basket weaving. It makes a wonderful woven hedge. It can form living sculptures. Winter or summer, Osier makes wonderful screens and windbreaks. Cover for wildlife and game. Osier is grown as a crop for energy production. In short it is a blessing to the environment, and very pleasant on the eye in landscaping schemes.

 We are offering a bunch of 10 cuttings for you to try not only as probably the most universal foodplant for larvae, but a great addition to your garden and grounds. 

Probably the easiest cuttings to strike and grow. You simply push them into the ground, during autumn or spring. Leaves will appear within the first fortnight if planted in spring, roots quickly follow. In the first year they will more than double in size. Next year, in normal drought free conditions,  if you winter prune very hard, you will have perhaps 2 metres of growth on every branch, providing masses of foodplant. You may even be able to feed some in the first year.

You can store cuttings before planting, either in a polythene bag in the fridge, or standing in water. In water they often start to root. It is advisable to plant them before the roots actually burst out of the bark.

 

This plant is a complete success story – you will be pleased you tried it!  

£12.95
BRITISH BUTTERFLY 2021 CALENDAR by Michael Hampson
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BRITISH BUTTERFLY 2021 CALENDAR by Michael Hampson

Buy 5 as gifts for friends and save £1 on each calendar!

This delightful calendar includes 13 photographs of British Butterflies photographed by Michael Hampson. Michael has had a lifelong interest in butterflies & moths & travels all over the country to see them. The calendar is produced through his card & gift shop 'Holly Blue' in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. The cover photo is of a Brimstone, photographed in Chambers Farm Wood in Lincolnshire, other butterflies included, the Purple Emperor photographed in Lady Wood, Northamptonshire, The Duke of Burgundy photographed  at Hawnby Hill, North Yorkshire, the Adonis Blue photographed at Ballard Down, Dorset & a Speckled Wood photographed in his garden, Skelton-in-Cleveland to name a few.

The calendar measures 15 x 30 cms 6 x12 ins and comes with a card envelope for posting.

A useful and valued gift for a butterfly enthusiast, child or adult, and for Christmas.

Owl Butterfly Caligo species 10 larvae
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Owl Butterfly Caligo South America

Magnificent and huge butterflies. Usually Caligo memnon or eurylochus. The larvae are fast-growing and eat quite a lot!

The natural food is leaves of the Banana tree, but they have been recorded as accepting leaves of Canna, Calathea, Strelitzia and even Bamboo, but they may not always accept Bamboo, or thrive as well on it.

£12.95
Silkworms Bombyx mori 20 Medium Silkworms 
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Silkworms Bombyx mori 20 Medium Silkworms 

Nearer half-grown these are advanced and, according to temperature, will be mature in a couple of weeks. Suitable size for class demonstration. 

£16.95