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Marsh Fritillary aurinia larvae  10 larvae
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Marsh Fritillary Eurodryas aurinia 

Larvae are pupating. Please email to check availability before ordering. Thank you.

Larvae feed low amongst the leaves of Devil’s Bit Scabioius, but will also eat Honeysuckle. Honeysuckle starts leafing very early in the year, especially where sheltered in woodland. By February it is not diffficult to find enough foodplant to keep caterpillars well fed.  In captivity the larvae are recorded as accepting Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata, Teasel Dipsacus and Snowberry Symphoricarpos.

Pre-hibernation larvae might be induced to develop and produce another generation with long day-length and sufficient warmth.

After waking in the spring the larvae grow fast, pupating in April and emerging as butterflies in May.

£12.95
Marsh Fritillary aurinia larvae  20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
Availability: NOW


Marsh Fritillary Eurodryas aurinia 

SPECIAL PRICE FOR 20 Larvae!

Larvae feed low amongst the leaves of Devil’s Bit Scabioius, but will also eat Honeysuckle. Honeysuckle starts leafing very early in the year, especially where sheltered in woodland. By February it is not diffficult to find enough foodplant to keep caterpillars well fed.  In captivity the larvae are recorded as accepting Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata, Teasel Dipsacus and Snowberry Symphoricarpos.

Pre-hibernation larvae might be induced to develop and produce another generation with long day-length and sufficient warmth.

After waking in the spring the larvae grow fast, pupating in April and emerging as butterflies in May.

£25.90 £16.50
Glanville Fritillary cinxia 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
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Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia

 Feed on Narrow-leaved Plantain. Easiest to keep on potted foodplant, enclosed in a sleeve. The larvae are gregarious, living in a tight bunch at the base of the plant, and spreading out more as they grow larger. The ginger head capsule and jet black body distinguish these larvae from other species. 

In Britain this species lives mainly on the Isle of Wight coast, but they have been established elsewhere in Britain. Maybe they could be encouraged in more localities.

These larvae will produce butterflies this spring.

£25.90 £16.50
Glanville Fritillary cinxia 10 larvae
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Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia

Larvae are pupating. Please email to check availability before ordering. Thank you.

 Feed on Narrow-leaved Plantain. Easiest to keep on potted foodplant, enclosed in a sleeve. The larvae are gregarious, living in a tight bunch at the base of the plant, and spreading out more as they grow larger. The ginger head capsule and jet black body distinguish these larvae from other species. 

In Britain this species lives mainly on the Isle of Wight coast, but they have been established elsewhere in Britain. Maybe they could be encouraged in more localities.

These larvae will produce butterflies this spring.

£12.95
White Admiral camilla 5 larvae
Availability: NOW


White Admiral Limenitis camilla

 Demand will is great for this popular species, whose livestock is very difficult to obtain.

The caterpillar lives solitarily at the tip of a Honeysuckle leaf. When tiny it decorates itself with its own dried droppings which gives it effective camouflage.

Later it constructs an individual hibernaculum at the end of the leaf, which it rolls up to form its winter quarters.

Store the hibernacula cool for the winter, until March, when the buds of Honeysuckle begin to develop. The solitary larva takes up position on the leaf main stem, eating and growing, until it hangs up to pupate in June.

Store the hibernacula in a plastic box in a cool place. Honeysuckle leafs early so be ready as early as February.

£22.95
Purple Emperor Apatura iris 5 larvae
Availability: New orders 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
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 50 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
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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
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 100 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
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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 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
Marbled White galathea 500 larvae for wild release
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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.

 

 

£250.00 £120.00
Marbled White galathea 10 larvae
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Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

A favourite from the chalk downlands of southern Britain. Young larvae which hibernate 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.

£12.95