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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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High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 20 eggs
Availability: NOW


High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 20 eggs

A scarce species, difficult to obtain. Foodplant Violet leaves. These eggs will hibernate until mid to late winter, when you need to be ready with potted violet. Enclose the larvae on potted plants and protect from predators. Butterflies are produced next summer. 

VERY SPECIAL PRICE for a rare species!

 

£29.90 £12.95
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 500 eggs for release and conservation
Availability: NOW


High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 

A scarce species, difficult to obtain. Foodplant Violet leaves. These eggs will hibernate until mid to late winter, when you need to be ready with potted violet. Enclose the larvae on potted plants and protect from predators. Butterflies are produced next summer. 

VERY SPECIAL PRICE for a rare species!

£225.00
Dark Green Fritillary aglaia 20 larvae
Availability: NOW


Dark Green Fritillary Mesoacidalia aglaia 

Best reared on potted Violet. These larvae are in hibernation. Keep the larvae in winter out of doors, in all weathers, protected amongst dead bramble and other leaves, amongst growing Violet. Cover with netting sleeve to exclude predators and to prevent escape.

 

£12.95
Dark Green Fritillary aglaia 500 larvae for release and conservation
Availability: NOW


Dark Green Fritillary Mesoacidalia aglaia 

Best reared on potted Violet. These larvae are in hibernation. Keep the larvae in winter out of doors, in all weathers, protected amongst dead bramble and other leaves, amongst growing Violet. Cover with netting sleeve to exclude predators and to prevent escape.

 

£225.00
False Heath Fritillary Melitaea diamina 10 larvae
Availability: Spring


False Heath Fritillary Melitaea diamina

A relative of the Heath Fritillary and the larva feeds likewise on Cow Wheat and Narrow-leaved Plantain. Usually single brooded but might be double brooded in captivity and warmer climated. The larvae hibernate nested at the base of the foodplant. 

£20.95
Purple Emperor Apatura iris 5 larvae
Availability: New orders Autumn 2020


Purple Emperor Apatura iris

This magnificent species has not been available for several years. This year we are expecting young larvae pre-hibernation. Booked orders will be supplied first.

IF there is any shortage of larvae in the autumn, orders received from 7th August will be booked for autumn 2020. It's too early to judge numbers in advance, and dispatch will be in date order.

The foodplant, Sallow Salix caprea  is best kept as a growing shrub, either potted or growing outside.  The young larvae should be kept in a sleeve where they will hibernate, but with some extra warmth, some may be persuaded to feed up and produce butterflies this year. Orders will be supplied in date seqence.

Larvae are sent at pre-hibernation state, September/October.

 

 

£32.00
Black Hairstreak S. pruni TWENTY eggs SPECIAL PRICE.
Availability: NOW


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 Available in 20's, 50's and 100's all at special prices for such a rarity! 

LAST YEAR'S PRICE FOR 20 eggs has been HALVED!

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 eggs which are stored cool until the buds open in spring.

During the spring hatching period, a combination of eggs and larvae may be sent, together with buds of foodplant, in which the larvae burrow to feed. 

£60.00 £20.00
Small Purple Emperor Apatura ilia 5 larvae
Availability: Sept/October


Small Purple Emperor Apatura ilia
Rather similar to Apatura iris,  but a little smaller.  The form clytie has a delightful orange flush to a greater or lesser degree, on most specimens.

These larvae, which feed on Poplars and Aspen, will hibernate.  Sleeving is the recommended rearing method. They need little other attention other than ensuring they have sufficient fresh foodplant.

In spring the larvae grow and the pupae will be formed in the sleeve, dramatically camouflaged amongst the foliage.

 

 

£29.95
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 100 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
Availability: NOW


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 Available in 10's, 50's and 100's all at special prices for such a rarity!  NOW ONLY 1 lot of 100 eggs left. After that there are more 10's and 50's.

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 eggs which are stored cool until the buds open in spring. 

A great rarity, an ideal and easy species to introduce and establish in Blackthorn stands.

During the spring hatching period, a combination of eggs and larvae may be sent, together with buds of foodplant, in which the larvae burrow to feed. 

On hatching, the young larvae need bursting buds to crawl into : not opened leaf like most other species.

 

 

This special offer for 100 eggs is the normal price fo 50 eggs of this British rarity.
 


 

£300.00 £99.95
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 50 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
Availability: NOW


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni 

 Available in 20's, 50's and 100's all at special prices for such a rarity!

GREATLY REDUCED from last year!

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 eggs which are stored cool until the buds open in spring.

A great rarity, an ideal and easy species to introduce and establish in Blackthorn stands.

During the spring hatching period, a combination of eggs and larvae may be sent, together with buds of foodplant, in which the larvae burrow to feed. 

On hatching, the young larvae need bursting buds to crawl into : not opened leaf like most other species.

£150.00 £60.00
Marbled White galathea 50 larvae
Availability: NOW


Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

 

A favourite from the chalk downlands of southern Britain. Pre-hibernation larvae which live on potted coarse grasses and produce butterflies next year. To hibernate these larvae you need potted grass, securely contained in a netting sleeve.  Make sure you evict any spiders or other predatory creatures! Keep the pot outside in natural weather conditions.

In spring the larvae will stray, and again in summer when they are ready to find a secluded place in which to hang and change to pupae, so make sure they are in a secure cage.

 

 

£25.00
Marbled White galathea 500 larvae for wild release
Availability: NOW


Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

 This quantity offer is possible because breeding was so good last summer, and survival rate very high. If you wish you could reinforce a colony or start a new one, now is the opportunity to release a meaningful quantity. 

A favourite from the chalk downlands of southern Britain. Pre-hibernation larvae which live on potted coarse grasses and produce butterflies next year. To hibernate these larvae you need potted grass, securely contained in a netting sleeve.  Make sure you evict any spiders or other predatory creatures! Keep the pot outside in natural weather conditions.

In spring the larvae will stray, and again in summer when they are ready to find a secluded place in which to hang and change to pupae, so make sure they are in a secure enclosure.

 

 

£220.00