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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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ACP. Butterflies - used copy
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All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES Robert Goodden.

A comprehensive guide - outlining techniques for the breeding and study of butterflies and moths. This book also shows a grand selection of butterflies of every continent. Packed with essential information, colourful pictures and diagrams by the butterfly artist JOYCE BEE. Paperback. 160  pages. 7 x 4". An essential guide for the beginner.

 

This book went out of print many years ago. WWB bought the entire stock of the English language edition. Stocks have now sold out. There are some used copies, damage or marking mainly on the covers, which does not materially affect the content. Even these are now down to rather few copies.

Published by Hamlyn. Available only from Worldwide Butterflies.

 


 

£17.95
Owl Butterfly Caligo species 15 eggs
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Owl Butterfly Caligo South America

 

Magnificent and huge butterflies.  The larvae are fast-growing and eat quite a lot!

 

The larvae feed on leaves of Banana, Calathea, Canna and Strelitzia. They may take Bamboo, though this is not certain.

£12.95
Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus 10 young nymphs
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Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus

No trouble to look after. Keep at room temperature in a simple cage. Netting sides are better than plastic or glass. Foodplants: Privet, Ivy and Bramble. They will often feed on a variety of other plants. Spray regularly as they welcome moisture. Parthenogenic  - all the insects are females. When adult they will lay eggs loose on the bottom of the cage.

 

£7.50
OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
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Osier Willow cuttings Salix 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,  you will have a metre or more of growth and lots 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
Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus 5 sub-adults
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Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus

These are large nymphs, sub-adult, which will mature this season.

All adults of this species are females. They are parthenogenetic, laying fertile eggs without males, which are an extreme rarity. Keep at room temperature in a simple cage. Netting sides are better than plastic or glass. No trouble to look after. Foodplants: Privet, Ivy, Bramble and they will often take other plants. Spray the foodplant and insects regularly as they welcome moisture. 

Adults will lay eggs, loose on the bottom of the cage.  At room temperature these will usually hatch after about 4 months.

 

£12.95
DUO Pine Hawk pinastri and Eyed Hawk ocellata 10 eggs of each
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DUO Pine Hawk pinastri and Eyed Hawk ocellata 

Two kinds of caterpillar very different in colouring and pattern and both demonstrate amazing camouflage on their foodplants.

Pine Hawks change colour and pattern with each skin change. They thrive on Scott's Pine Pinus sylvestris. 

Eyed Hawk larvae like Apple, Willows, Pussy Willows and usually Poplars.

Foodplant must always be fresh: sleeving on growing plant always ensures this, but they can be raised in plastic rearing containers when young (see instructions on that page) and eventually caged as they grow larger.

Two magnificent species for little more than the price of one!

 

 

 

£12.95
DUO Small Tortoiseshell urticae and Comma Butterfly c-album. Ten larvae of each.
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DUO Small Tortoiseshell and Comma Butterfly. Ten larvae of each. 

Both species feed on Stinging Nettle. Help encourage these butterflies which are suffering terribly at the moment.

Comma larvae live solitarily and best kept separate from Tortoiseshell which are gregarious. Young Comma larvae will succeed best if placed on growing foodplant. Enclose plant and pot in a netting sleeve, tied at both ends: size 3 is ideal. Cut food is not recommended at least until the larvae are nearly half grown. Comma also do well on Elm, Hop, Osier Willow, and probably other Willows.

£19.95
DUO Proserpina and Elephant Hawk elpenor 10 eggs or 7 larvae of each according to availability
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DUO Proserpina and Elephant Hawk elpenor 

Rarely offered. An interesting combination because the larvae not only eat the same foodplant (Willowherbs) but there is some similarity between the larvae. Proserpina has a curious eye spot on its BOTTOM!

May be available for only a limited period.

£12.95
Owl Butterfly Caligo species 10 larvae
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Owl Butterfly Caligo South America

 

UK addresses: these larvae are bred in Holland. Express courier MUST be used. Please order XXP which arrives usually next day instead of a week or more in the post, which puts the larvae at severe risk. See XXP on this website.  XXP is also mandatory for international orders. If orders for UK delivery are ordered without Express courier, the order will be pended until XXP is ordered. Search XXP on this site.

 

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

 

The larvae feed on leaves of Banana, Calathea, Canna and Strelitzia. They may take Bamboo, though this is not certain.

£12.95
Peruvian Black Beauty Stick Insect Peruphasma schultei 6 nymphs
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Peruvian Black Beauty Stick Insect Peruphasma schultei,

Very attractive insects, easy to keep in a ventilated cage, feeding on Privet. They enjoy a spray most days with tepid water. It is best not to let young children have the insects walking on their hands, because they have a defence mechanism that produces a pungent fluid when they are alarmed. Sometimes an irritant. The insects are otherwise completely harmless. Their appearance in contrasting black and scarlet is an interesting example of colours that warn off predators. 

This species comes from just a small area in Peru and are not known from anywhere else. They are very special.

£11.95
Artificial Mulberry Diet for 20 Silkworms
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Artificial Mulberry Diet for 20 Silkworms

Until now it has not been possible to rear silkworms without their natural foodplant Mulberry. Mulberry is often difficult to find but we are now able to offer a very convenient artificial diet that can be used as a substitute food, in any part of the world and at almost any time of the year, providing you can keep the silkworms at 25-28 degrees C. Eggs supplied in November/December will need to be refrigerated for 8-12 weeks before incubation.

The diet is sent as a sachet of powder that is easily prepared in the kitchen. It comes in two sizes that give sufficient food for the entire life of the silkworms, enough for 20 and 50 Silkworms. The powder can be kept for a year or more in a fridge. Made up diet can be refrigerated and kept for some eight weeks. The life of a silkworm kept at the required temperature is about 5 weeks. (If you buy a collection of 6 named races please remember you need food for 6 times the number of eggs bought)

Artificial diet takes a lot less time and trouble than rearing on leaf.  More importantly this enables rearing when Mulberry cannot be obtained. Eggs supplied in November - January will need to be refrigerated for 8-12 weeks before incubation. Rearing Silkworms is very educational and suitable for schools and families.

£10.00
Zompro’s Stick Insect Parapachymorpha zomproi 10 NYMPHS medium to large
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Zompro’s Stick Insect Parapachymorpha zomproi 

 

A calm, child-safe species of stick insect that responds to handling easily and will not try to run. It cannot fly and does not spray pungent chemicals. They are night-active, during the day they sit still or are seen in rocking type motion when the air moves around them. 

Bramble leaves, Oak and Hawthorn leaves are good food for Zompro’s Stick Insect. It will also accept rose and raspberry leaves. This stick insect species is very easy to keep at warm room temperature around 20 °C to  30 °C with night time temperatures allowed to drop a little. To keep the air humidity up for moulting you must spray their enclosure every day which also allows them to drink from foliage etc.

 

Zompro’s Stick Insect needs both males and females to reproduce. The males are more slender with a smoother skin growing to 5-6cm living 3-4 Months. Females are larger with broader bodies and can grow to 9-10cm and have wonderful coffee brown and black markings. They will live up to 6 months, producing large numbers of irregular shaped brown eggs dropped to the ground. The eggs take up to 5 Months to hatch, depending on conditions and time of year.

£11.95