PUPAE in SMALL LOTS

PUPAE in SMALL LOTS

These are little collections of pupae for the fun of hatching out something not tried before. Unless otherwise stated there is only the one lot of each.

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Cinnabar Moth Hippocrita jacobaeae One lot of 7 pupae
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Cinnabar Moth Hippocrita jacobaeae One lot of 7 pupae

A chance to breed this brilliant scarlet and black moth. Cinnabars, once extremely common, have suffered severe reduction in numbers in the last decade. We can help them, and their foodplants are a wonderful nectar source for many other insects. Feed the larvae on Ragwort or Groundsell Senecio.

 

£12.50
Poplar Hawk Laothoe populi  pupae
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Poplar Hawk Laothoe populi

These pupae will produce moths this year when given warmth and watering.

The moth has a curious resting position, with hindwings projecting in front of the forewings. Patterned in shades of grey, this large Hawkmoth escapes detection because of its curious shape.

Two broods are produced in May and July/August. The larvae are very robust, bright green, with stripes and sometimes red spots. Sleeved larvae do best, on Poplars, Willows and Sallows.

Very easy to breed.



 

Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Hemaris fuciformis FOUR male pupae  SPECIAL PRICE
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Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Hemaris fuciformis

4 male pupae normally £21.56 NOW £17.95

During the winter keep the dormant pupae cool. The adults emerge in June. The wings are covered with very loose grey scales on the freshly emerged moths. When they fly, the scales are flung off, leaving clear areas, more like the wings of bees and wasps.

This is a very special species – one that will give a lot of pleasure.

£17.95
Oleander Hawk nerii Pupae. A single lot of 2 Pupae
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Oleander Hawkmoth Daphnis nerii

One of the finest of all Hawkmoths. They can be bred in captivity. The larvae are very fast growing indeed. Most breeders rear the larvae on Privet Ligustrum. The larvae thrive on Periwinkle Vinca, and in the wild they are found on Oleander Nerium.

Pupae can be kept warm (20ºC) and moist to emerge this autumn/winter, or they can be kept cool to emerge and breed in the spring. 

To overwinter autumn pupae, bury the pupae in light compost that is not too damp but not allowed to dry out. The top of each pupa should be just showing. Store in a cool place (10-12 degrees C) away from predadors. Bring into the warm in April ready for May emergence.

In the emerging cage, underground pupae need to be in moist compost or kept as described for the Pupae Nest on this website.

£12.95
Ermine Puss Moth D erminea 5 pupae
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Ermine Puss Moth Dicranura erminea

 It is quite difficult to distinguish the moth and caterpillar from the British Puss Moth. Erminea does not occur in Britain, but is found across parts of Europe. The moth emerges later than the Puss Moth, usually in June/July. The egg is completely different, being larger, flatter and coloured bright orange, rather like a spangle leaf gall. The foodplants are Poplars, Willows and Sallows.  A distinguishing feature of the larva is the white-edged saddle marking with a central “snowdrop”, not seen in the British Puss Moth. Seldom offered, give this species a try in the coming year.

£28.50 £15.95
Pine Arches Moth Panthea coenobita cocoons SPECIAL PRICE.
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Pine Arches Moth Panthea coenobita 

Special promotional price for 10 pupae, normally £29.00, NOW £20.95

An unusual species. A great opportunity to observe and photograph. 

Very seldom offered.  A Noctuid that has characteristics akin to the Tussocks. The caterpillar is beautifully coloured and patterned with tufts and tussocks of hair, giving it excellent camouflage on the twigs of its foodplants which are Pines Pinus, Spruces Abies and Larches Larix.

Coenobita is relatively unknown and few breeders have raised it. The species is found over many parts of Europe (excluding Britain) Spain and most of France. Its range extends to the Far East.