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SLEEVE PACK One each of Sizes 1, 3 and 4 with Velcro
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SLEEVE PACK One each of Sizes 1, 3 and 4 together with Velcro for securing.

These three sizes are the most used sleeves. A PACK of Sleeves is a useful standby for the serious breeder, both for oneself or as a gift for an enthusiast. 

Sleeving larvae is the preferred rearing method for many breeders. The larvae live very naturally on growing foodplant. At the same time they are both protected from predators and prevented from straying. Sleeves can even be used as an economical substitute for cages on growing or cut foodplant. 

With closed ends, these sleeves have the innovation of a zip along the side that gives instant access for inspection, and popping back any larvae that may appear on your arm after tending the sleeve! The Zipped Sleeves are amazingly useful and we wonder why we didn't have them before!  In addition, there is a shorter zip at the closed end, which enables removal of litter and frass. The SLEEVE PACK is a welcome addition to the WWB range and is serious equipment for the enthusiast.

 

£35.50
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2  SALE PRICE.
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Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. 297 x 159 x 102mm  Pack of 2 SALE PRICE!

Very large – perfect for rearing large Hawkmoth and Silkmoth larvae. Many species thrive better in the moist conditions with very fresh foodplant, better than in cages. Ideal for rearing when it is too cold or wet outside for sleeving. It is important to change the paper lining, clean out and remove old foodplant every day. See advice at the head of this Plastic Rearing Container section. This size accommodates larger numbers of medium or smaller larvae, and is also ideal for maybe 10 large Hawkmoth or Silkmoth larvae. 

Suitable for storing bulky cocoons – and a lot of other things – entomological and non entomological. Suitable for displaying larger natural history specimens, skulls, etc.

£16.95 £14.50
BREEDING OUTFIT Cage, Pupae Nest and 5 cocoons for breeding
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BREEDING OUTFIT Cage, Pupae Nest and 5 cocoons for breeding

The Breeding Outfit includes a Standard Cage, a PUPAE NEST and 5 cocoons. The cocoons will be your choice of the Giant Atlas Moth, the biggest species in the world, or the Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi  which are not as giant but they are lideal for even beginners to breed. State your preference for Giant Atlas or Chinese Oak Silkmoth in the comments box when ordering.

The Pyjama Standard Cage is just the right size for incubating even the larger moths, and is useful for rearing larvae, Sitck and Leaf Insects and other creatures. The PUPAE NEST is the innovative way that WWB keeps pupae in the emerging cage. It is designed principally to keep underground pupae in ideal conditions which can be monitored and maintained free of infection, but is also ideal for both Silkmoth Cocoons and Exotic Butterfly Pupae. The PUPAE NEST fits in the Standard Cage, which can also be used later for rearing larvae.

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This equipment, with cocoons for breeding, helps to ensure success. It may appear to be costly, but it provides all that is necessary for breeding these amazing exotic giant moths from cocoons.  Store the cocoons in the fridge until mid-April. Then keep them in the cage on the bobble foam, thoroughly wetted. They like a temperature of 25-30 degrees C. Water liberally on any warm days, ensuring that the cocoons drain and do not lie in water. The moths may take some weeks, but will emerge in summer. Keep one pair at a time together in the cage, nice and warm to encourage them to mate. They stay joined for a day and must not be moved or disturbed. The female will lay eggs on the netting of the cage.

 

£83.80
OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
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Osier Willow cuttings S. viminalis

Years ago we planted a stick that was floating down a river in Wiltshire.  That was in 1954! It grew – rapidly – producing a wealth of leaves.  We tried it as a foodplant and discovered that not only did British species do well on it, but exotic silkmoth larvae as well.

This stick was the daddy of hosts of willow thickets that we have established in Dorset, Cornwall and in France.

Osier is Basket Willow, the flexible essential for basket weaving. It makes a wonderful woven hedge. It can form living sculptures. Winter or summer, Osier makes wonderful screens and windbreaks. Cover for wildlife and game. Osier is grown as a crop for energy production. In short it is a blessing to the environment, and very pleasant on the eye in landscaping schemes.

 We are offering a bunch of 10 cuttings for you to try not only as probably the most universal foodplant for larvae, but a great addition to your garden and grounds. 

Probably the easiest cuttings to strike and grow. You simply push them into the ground, during autumn or spring. Leaves will appear within the first fortnight if planted in spring, roots quickly follow. In the first year they will more than double in size. Next year, in normal drought free conditions,  you will have a metre or more of growth and lots of foodplant. You may even be able to feed some in the first year.

You can store cuttings before planting, either in a polythene bag in the fridge, or standing in water. In water they often start to root. It is advisable to plant them before the roots actually burst out of the bark.

 

This plant is a complete success story – you will be pleased you tried it!  

£12.95
MAGICAGE 30cm cube
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MAGICAGE

This is an innovative design.

The cage is folded absolutely flat. Pull on the centre fold and it forms an instant 30cm cube with netting on all panels, except for one which is clear plastic. This can be used as a waterproof base or as a side observation panel. Access is via a rounded zip in one netting side.

Ideal for laying out pupae to emerge. You can keep larvae or stick insects on jars of cut food. But the multitude of uses becomes more apparent as you try out new methods.
 

With the cage positioned over a growing plant you can feed and breed butterflies. The cage can be used as a sleeve on the branch of a tree.

Keep butterflies on cut flowers.

Use the Magicage for hibernating butterflies. Breed Silkmoths and Hawkmoths in the Magicage.

There has probably never been such a versatile cage.

Once you start using the Magicage, you may wish you had thought of having more of them!

 

 

£12.95
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
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The new Moonlander Moth Trap

Compact and portable. Designed and tested by Robert Goodden. The Moonlander has been re-designed with spring-loaded supports and integral legs. It has a convenient new carry bag that accommodates trap, cone, moth shelters, supports with legs, and the new compact Goodden GemLight. This is not just a bag: it enables you to pack away the trap with the contents all arranged inside, ready for immediate use next time. Yet the bag is only 50mm or 2.5" deep.

The new Moonlander packs into a small postal container. The Moonlander, with all equipment including the GemLight can be sent together by International Letter Post. No other trap and light is compact and light enough to do this. Mail a trap to contacts abroad to use it remotely for you!

Sufficient room for large catches, anywhere in the world. Folds absolutely flat. Carry in hand luggage, on a bike or hike. Neat carrying case: carry several in the field in one hand. Set up in seconds. See your catch as the moths fly in – this trap combines the advantages of both sheet for observation and trap to retain the moths which enter from the base not the top. Other traps lose their catch through the top opening  in the morning – the Moonlander is closed at the top and holds its catch. Ideal for sampling in remote areas on nothing more than tiny torch batteries.

A cone of reticulated foam in the base, and a set of foam moth shelters are included. These are a modern improvement on egg boxes. Given a choice, more moths are found in the foam than in egg boxes. Click photo to enlarge and see the moths' preference! If wet the foam is simply shaken and quickly dries in the air. Foam can be rolled compactly and springs back into shape when required for use.

Dimensions: 38cm diameter, 45cm tall (+ height of legs). The Moonlander with Goodden GemLight, Cone and Moth Shelters, all arranged in the carrying bag, for instant use, weighs less than a Kilo, and the bag is only approximately 50mm 4" deep.

Click main photo to see lots more. Hover over a picture and an arrow comes up left or right so you can view all the pictures in rotation. See moths in good numbers attracted to the Moonlander, and working in remote sites. The Moonlander attracts moths even above the snow line. Conventional sceptics sometimes express doubt that moths fly upwards into the trap, and believe that moths only rest on the outside. Indeed the Moonlander is designed to view your catch as it comes in, as if using a white sheet, but they also pile in through the base entrance, as the photographs on this site testify. The Moonlander is an unconventional and innovative trap, designed for convenience and excellent results on field studies. See the advanced new Goodden GemLight which has been designed specially to suit the Moonlander - the most compact light that requires no brick for a battery, just 8 AA torch batteries!

Hanging Moonlander There can be advantages in suspending the Moonlander from a branch. With the new Goodden GemLight, the whole trap with light and contained batteries, is a fraction of the weight of other traps and batteries. See separate description of the Goodden GemLight.

The Moonlander can be suspended at different heights, even hoisted up trees, which may sometimes result in attracting different species. A suspended trap is very quick to assemble and pack away. It overcomes difficult or sloping terrain, and resists bad weather. The Moonlander can even be adapted for use by day as a BUTTERFLY TRAP! Just add a suspended bait platform below the base opening and it will catch Charaxes and other Nymphalid butterflies in countries where they occur. When you want the trap to be free standing you can use the new spring-loaded compact supports with integrated legs.

Completely re-designed supports and legs are now available for the Moonlander for use where a free-standing trap is required. The new supports are spring loaded so they automatically adjust height when damp conditions necessitate longer supports. Equally, if warm and dry, the supports may need shortening (by moving a screw to a new position) rather then create excess tension which could damage the netting. Check this before fitting the supports. These supports are a great improvement on the originals. They are very slender and pack away in little space.

Designed for total convenience both in transit and in the field. Multiple traps are easily transported and quickly set up in remote places. Re-charging can be done quickly from a vehicle and you can even re-charge using solar energy.

Any light can be used. The trap is sold with the battery powered Goodden GemLight.  It can also be used with any other light.  We no longer offer actinic lights because test results are well below those with the Goodden GemLight, and their batteries are heavy. 

Everything about both trap and light is TOTALLY INNOVATIVE and new to Entomology.

Moonlander complete, Carry Bag, Cone and Moth Shelters, Goodden GemLight and new self-adjusting supports with legs  

Batteries and charger are not included - they are a personal choice and readily found on the internet or locally.

Please see notes and advice on selecting suitable ones, in the GemLight description in this section

PATENT PENDING for both the new GOODDEN GemLight and the MOONLANDER MOTH TRAP.

 

 

£296.00
Duraluminium Telescopic Net Handle Small Size G 33-70cm
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Duraluminium Telescopic Net Handle Small Size G 33-70cm

A compact telescopic handle that is almost pocket size and ideal for inconspicuous use. Lightweight. Positive locking action at any set length between max and min. Well made, with good hand grip.

The net frame screws into the M6 thread at the end.

Perfect for travel and easily transported in the field and as air baggage.

£32.00
Beginner's Field Net
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Beginner's Field Net

A simple and well-designed net, suitable for first forays out into the fields and woods. In order to identify for sure, it may often be necessary to capture an insect, and then release it if not required. You get net bag, frame and fixed 30mm 12 inch handle.

£18.50
BRITISH BUTTERFLY 2020 CALENDAR by Michael Hampson
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BRITISH BUTTERFLY 2020 CALENDAR by Michael Hampson

Buy 5 as gifts for friends and save £1 on each calendar!

This delightful calendar includes 13 photographs of British Butterflies photographed by Michael Hampson. Michael has had a lifelong interest in butterflies & moths & travels all over the country to see them. The calendar is produced through his card & gift shop 'Holly Blue' in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. The cover photo is of a Small Blue, photographed in Farnham in North Yorkshire. Other butterflies included, the Glanville Fritillary photographed at Shepherds Chine on the Isle of Wight, the Cryptic Wood White, Photographed at Craigavon Lakes in Northern Ireland & a Small Tortoiseshell photographed in his garden, Skelton-in-Cleveland, to name a few.

The calendar measures 15 x 30 cms 6 x12 ins and comes with a card envelope for posting.

A useful and valued gift for a butterfly enthusiast, child or adult, and for Christmas.

£6.99
Butterfly Scarf pure silk. Hand printed.
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Butterfly Scarf pure silk

Beautiful British Butterfly design hand printed in Britain, on pure silk of the highest quality. Neatly presented,  with a key to the name of each species depicted. Very individual: only a few available. A perfect gift for all occasions.

£65.95
Complete MINI SILK FARM
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THE MINI SILK FARM

TEMPORARY PROMOTION PRICE!

A complete outfit for rearing silkworms from egg to cocoon, and reeling your own raw silk. Everything is provided: a small batch of eggs, food for the entire life of 20 silkworms, all the rearing equipment, detailed educational documentation and instructions, and a miniature reeling device.

There is even a small bag of cocoons so that you can practise reeling, and don't have to wait to rear the cocoons from the egg.

Normally Silkworms feed on Mulberry leaves. This is an uncommon tree that is not always readily available, so we are providing a substitute food, which is a powder that comes with the necessary instructions for preparing the artificial diet in the kitchen. You will have a supply of fresh food always available for the silkworms throughout their life of about a month.

The Mini Silk Farm can be bought at any time of the year. The eggs are stored in a fridge until incubation. Although rearing in summer is easier because of temperature, you can rear silkworms almost throughout the year, if you can keep them at about 25º-28ºC. Eggs supplied in winter will need to be refrigerated for 8-12 weeks before incubation.

The instructions guide you through easy rearing, preparation of the artificial diet and the reeling process. The Mini Silk Farm is fun and unusually educational.

£59.50 £39.50
TRAVEL CAGE 30cm diameter 20cm high.
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TRAVEL CAGE 30 cm diameter 20 cm high.

This cage is quite an innovation. It has been designed for convenience when travelling. It folds absolutely flat. Access is by a smiley zip in the side. In the base is another zip which allows the cage to be stood on a pot of growing foodplant, or a jar of cut food and flowers. The cage has two supports so it can be stood, but it can also be hung and used as a pairing cage. The design has evolved from needs when travelling and gathering all sorts of species to breed. Half a dozen cages occupy very little space, but they give amazing facility as a cage for pupae emerging, keeping larvae, pairing, egg-laying, butterflies or moths, Stick Insects and other creatures. The Travel Cage is very versatile!

 

£23.60