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These are unidentified, very varied in shape, size, colour and pattern. They are mostly tropical or sub-tropical and for emergence provide warmth and humidity that the pupae normally have in their natural environment. 

These are some of the loveliest butterflies of all butterflies. They come, unlabelled, ready to emerge and surprise you.  Some may form up and emerge within a few days, others may take a month or more. When possible ten different species will be supplied.

Photos on this site are representative and, as there are so many species, your collection may  have any of the possible species, not necessarily those illustrated.


Map Butterfly levana  Pupae
Availability: Late summer

Map Butterfly Araschnia levana

A charming and quite small Vanessid butterfly that occurs throughout much of Europe but not in the British Isles. It has been established in Britain but the colony was deliberately destroyed. This is a nettle feeder.

The eggs are laid in unique pendant strings from the underside of a nettle leaf.  Younger larvae are gregarious.

There are normally two broods: the spring brood is patterned rather like a fritillary, as illustrated. In July the second brood (form porosa) emerges looking like miniature White Admirals!

An established British colony was deliberately exterminated. Why not try again?


Pairing is not easy but success is more likely if you can create a netting sleeve that brings the two sexes together, like the peak of a hood.  Second brood larvae hang up to pupate in secluded places for the winter. The pupae we are offering now are to be stored in a cool outhouse or fridge until April. Then lay them out for emergence in April/May.


Camberwell Beauty antiopa CHANGE FROM 10 LARVAE TO 5 pupae
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Camberwell Beauty Nymphyalis antiopa

Please use this ONLY to update an existing order for 10 larvae to 5 Pupae. In the Comments Box please state the order number for your larvae order.  Thank you.

International orders will be sent by Airmail. If you wish to have delivery by courier, please search XXP and order courier delivery, unless you already ordered it.  In summer there is a risk of hatching, whether by Airmail or by courier, but the risk is much less by courier. Either way, the pupae are sent at the purchaser's risk.

Camberwell Beauty larvae feed on Sallow Salix caprea, Willows, Birch and some other trees. The larvae are gregarious nearly until pupation when they are most handsome with long  branched spines and wonderful contrasting red  blotches on the black ground colour. 

Supplies of pupae are dependent on good rearing weather, so there is an element of uncertainty until the larvae reach pupation.

Small Eyed Sphinx Paonias myops North America FIVE pupae
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Small Eyed Sphinx Paonias myops North America

The Small Eyed Sphinx is not a Smerinthus and the larvae are more found on Prunus trees than on Salix. These are some of the recorded foodplants: Most Prunus, including Cherry, Plum, Laurel, Lilac, Privet, Lime, Willows and Sallows and even Grapevine.

The larva has characteristics of our Poplar and Eyed Hawks. The moth is much smaller than other Eyed Hawks, and has wonderfully camouflaged forewings. 


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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.


Privet Hawk S ligustri Pupae
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Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri

One of the largest Hawkmoths. These will produce adults this year, or you can keep them cool for breeding next year.

The caterpillar becomes enormous and is characteristic of the name Sphinx moths, by its sphinx-like resting position. Adults emerge in June and July.  They need nectar from the flowers of Privet, Valerian, Buddleia. 

Larval foodplants: Privet, Lilac, Ash, also reportedly Spiraea, Viburnum opulus, and other Viburnums,  Holly, Dogwood, Snowberry, Apple, Pear, Oleander, Leycesteria, Currant.

One generation in the year. Privet Hawks breed readily in a large cage with nectar and foodplant. 



Pine Hawk H pinastri pupae
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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.

Willowherb Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina Pupae SPECIAL PRICE!
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Willowherb Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina

SCARCE! Only a few pupae available. Lower price this year!

Special promotional price normally £29.50 for FIVE pupae, now £21.50

This rather rare Hawkmoth is a gem, seldom encountered, though it lives throughout much of western and central Europe, eastwards into Russia.  

The larva is rather like a grey form of Small Elephant Hawk. The foodplant is Rosebay Willowherb Epilobium, Evening Primrose Oenothera and Purple Loosetrife Lythrum. The pretty little green moth has prominent egg-yolk coloured hindwings.  The normal flight period is June and July.

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.

Elephant Hawk elpenor pupae  SPECIAL PRICES
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Elephant Hawk Dielephila elpenor

5 for £22.95  Now £19.50 10 for £39.95 Now £35.95

Store winter pupae refrigerated in a plastic box. In the emerging cage it is important to have the pupae moist but well drained. Please see the Pupae Nest on this website. The moths usually emerge in June and July. 

Cage the moths with nectar flowers and springs of Willowherb – you do not see the pairings but fertile eggs are easily obtained. 

An exceptionally pretty moth with amazing and characterful larvae, with eye-spots and probing “trunks”. Young larvae are green, later changing to charcoal black, with occasional rarities remaining green.

Larvae feed on Willowherbs, Fuschia, Creepers.

Highly recommended.

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.

Achemon Sphinx Eumorpha achemon North America Pupae
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Achemon Sphinx Eumorpha achemon North America

Supplies limited!

A highly colourful and attractive Hawkmoth that occurs over a wide central area of North America.

The larvae have widely differing colour forms. Some are green, others orange, and there is a range of brown and almost black forms.

The larvae feed on Grape Vine Vitis, and Creeper Ampelopsis.

Pupation is underground. For winter storage, keep pupae refrigerated in a closed plastic box (no ventilation) until May. For incubation conditions see advice for Pupae Nest on the WWB website.

There are two broods in favourable warm areas.