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CURRENT PUPAE - Chrysalides and cocoons

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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Heath Fritillary athalia PUPAE
Availability: June/July


Heath Fritillary Melicta athalia


There are more orders this year than there are pupae but later orders will be supplied from later stock if possible this year, otherwise later orders will be held for supply in 2018.


Pupae very seldom offered and these are imminent. These will hatch in June.


Common in parts of Europe, and a rare and very localised species in Britain.  The larvae thrive on narrow-leaved Plantain Plantago  and bear a remarkable resemblance to its flowerheads.  July/August larvae will normally hibernate, but if kept in warm conditions, some may grow and produce butterflies again this year.



Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus 5 pupae
Availability: September 2018

Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus

An opportunity not to be missed!

Very unusual to have livestock available: this is the first time ever!  These may produce Holly Blue butterflies this summer, or they may hibernate.

The larvae feed inside the flowers and berries of Holly and Ivy. They can be reared on the flowers or pods of Broom and probably other plants of the same family. They live solitarily and are canibalistic, so keep them apart.

These larvae will produce another generation of butterflies this year. The second generation passes the winter in the dormant pupal stage.

Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion 4 pupae
Availability: NOW

Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion Europe


Very seldom available. Only a bit larger than Cupido minimus, the Small Blue, this butterfly is found mostly on warm hillsides and mountains in southern Europe. Places where its foodplant Sedum telephium is found.  Larvae have also been reared on garden varieties of Sedum, the Ice Plant.


There can be two broods in warmer locations. Winter is spent in the pupal stage. You can keep the pupae in a fridge through the winter and bring them out to emerge in spring.



Adonis Blue bellargus 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018

The Adonis Blue Lysandra bellargus


Demand for this species is very high. Later orders may have to be supplied from the August brood, if supplies run short.


The intense blue iridescence of the male is unmatched in Europe. The female has a rich burnt umber colouring.  To raise the larvae you need Horseshoe vetch Hippocrepis comosa, a low-growing plant, covered with yellow flowers in May, requiring calcareous soil.  The larvae, which will also feed on Coronilla, feed rapidly and pupate among the base of the foodplant.  In Britain the Adonis is double brooded, the adults flying in June and August.




Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata pupae
Availability: NOW

Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata



Pupae are stored cool for the winter. Lay them out in April for May emergence. Pairings extremely easy. Larvae feed on Apple, Willows and Sallows. The larvae do best on living foodplant because these plants do not last well in water. Very attractive larvae, highly camouflaged with silvery markings on green, and very streamlined. Single brooded. The moth has beautiful hindwings which it flashes if disturbed. Huge eyespots brightly coloured with magenta and blue. Highly recommended. 


Additional reported foodplants: Poplars, Blackthorn, Lime, Privet, Alder, Birch, Plum, Blackthorn, some Viburnums, Various Prunus, Laurel.



Heliconius melpomone Amazing colour forms TEN pupae
Availability: September

Heliconius melpomone Central and South America

The Heliconius butterflies are mimetic, not only of each other, but they also imitate other species that are distastful to predators. The infinite variety of colour forms and patterns is astonishing.

The habits of Heliconius butterflies are wonderful to observe. Some are capapble of hovering and even flying backwards. The butterflies are able to gather not only nectar through the proboscis, but also pollen which they store in the coils of the proboscis.

Some individuals have been known to survive for months, even in captive conditions.

Eggs are laid on the growing shoots and tendrils of Passiflora, on which the larvae feed. Most lay eggs individually though some lay in groups. The butterflies are continuously brooded and can become a magnificent feature of a greenhouse or conservatory.


Pine Hawk H pinastri pupae
Availability: NOW

Pine Hawk Hyloicus pinastri


For several seasons this species has been difficult to obtain. 


Moths emerge in June/July from pupae stored cool for the winter.  Provide nectar for the adults, and sprigs of pine for the moths to lay on.  The moth is patterned in shades of grey, with black streaks. A rarity in Britain.


Easy to pair and lay. Larvae do well sleeved on pine in pots or the ground.  The larvae are masters of camouflage in all their stages.


The larvae change their camouflage pattern at each skin change. Full of interest, and easy to rear.



Theretra japonica Pupae
Availability: NOW

Theretra japonica Asia.  Pupae

Another first for WWB. This streamlined Hawkmoth occurs in subtropical Asia and is seldom bred in captivity.

The larvae feed on a number of climbing plants. They thrive on Grapevine and Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus. but also accept Hydrangea and Willowherbs.  They strongly resemble the larvae of Ampelophaga rubiginosa  but with prominent eye-spots a little like those of the Elephant Hawkmoth. There are different colour forms of greens, browns and khaki.

The pupa is characterised by the keel-like formation of the proboscis.

This is an opportunity to breed and rear a species that is relatively unknown, and to contribute to knowledge of its habits and lifehistory.



Sphingonaepiopsis gorgoniades Eastern Europe/Asia a PAIR of pupae
Availability: NOW

Sphingonaepiopsis gorgoniades Eastern Europe/Asia

An expensive rarity for the connoisseur.

A little-known Hawkmoth with characteristics of shape, pattern and build in common with Proserpinus proserpina and a larva that is remarkably like the caterpillar of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum. 

Larvae feed on Bedstraws Gallium and are reported to accept other Rubiaceae, but we have not discovered any examples.

Pupae overwinter. There may be up to 3 broods according to locality and climate.


Broad-bordered Bee Hawk H fuciformis pupae
Availability: NOW

Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Hemaris fuciformis


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.


Provide breeding adults with nectar flowers, and sprigs of Honeysuckle leaves for egg-laying.  This is a very special species – one that will give a lot of pleasure.

Extremely difficult to obtain. 


Broad-bordered Bee Hawk H fuciformis male pupae  SPECIAL PRICE
Availability: NOW

Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Hemaris fuciformis


5 male pupae normally £25.95 NOW £19.95


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.



Hemaris croatica pupa
Availability: NOW

Hemaris croatica


This is a very scarce European Hawkmoth and listed by us for the first time in some 50 years!


Croatica occurs from Greece up nearly to Austria, and eastwards into Asia Minor. The larvae feed on Scabious. Most people have never set eyes on this attractive Bee Hawk.  Almost never seen in collections.