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The top 50 Garden Birds in Britain, a laminated fold-out chart
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The top 50 Garden Birds in Britain

This laminated fold-out chart is designed to help identify the majority of species likely to be found in a garden throughout the year. 12 pages.

Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
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Five Painted Lady larvae in Total Environment Pot

The five Painted Lady caterpillars live their whole life inside the see-through pot which contains all they need from birth to pupating. You need add no food. You don’t even clean them out and they look after themselves over weekends!

The larvae grow quite quickly in summer indoor conditions (never keep them in direct sunshine).  The container is easily passed round a group without disturbance to the larvae.
During skin change the larvae do not move or eat This may last a day or two.

Don't be alarmed by this: it is a natural stage in their development.

When the larvae have finished eating, they suspend themselves from a silk pad spun on special absorbent paper in the lid. Here they cast their caterpillar skin.  If you are lucky and look at the right moment you can see the actual moment of change from caterpillar to chrysalis.

Let the chrysalis harden for a couple of days, then hang the paper pinned inside a cage for the butterflies to emerge.

You can keep the butterflies for a few days in a cage with nectar flowers. Then, except in the colder months October to March, release them into the wild where they may breed naturally in your area. Please keep the larvae and pupae in an even room temperature (around 18-22º) day and night. Keep away from direct sunlight or a direct heat source such as a radiator.

The instructions are printed above - please note them for the arrival of the larvae which are not sent with further instructions. If you are sending larvae as a present, please remember the recipient will not have these instructions, unless you copy them to the recipient.


Can be ordered in advance. During the season there may be a delay of a couple of weeks or more if larvae are not currently at the size for sending. 

One pot of 5 Painted Lady caterpillars £13.95         Six pots of 5 Painted Lady caterpillars for group study (one supplied free!) for only £69.75


Caterpillars of the British Isles, Colour Identification Guide.  Jim Porter
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Caterpillars of the British Isles, Colour Identification Guide.  Jim Porter

Illustrates 850 butterfly and moth larvae. 

Books for identifying caterpillars are very scarce.  This excellent caterpillar guide is now available again. Foodplants, Habits etc. detailed for each species. 

Compliments Skinner’s Moths. Hardback    275 pages. 

The best guide for many years.

British Moths by Chris Manley
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British Moths  A photographic guide by Chris Manley.

The new edition to the previous British Moths and Butterflies.
This has almost 1300 micros plus all the macros, (approx 3200 photos) using the new taxonomy of Agassiz, Beavan & Heckford. With distribution maps and bar on each photo to show the actual size.

There are no butterflies or caterpillars covered this time.     Hardback, 448 pages.

Collins Complete Guide to British Butterflies and Moths
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Collins Complete Guide to British Butterflies and Moths by Paul Sterry, Andrew Cleave and Rob Read.

A comprehensive and fully illustrated guide, with more than 2500 photographs to help identify each species of butterfly and macro moth found in Britain and Ireland with ease.

Includes details on behaviour, eggs and larvae, status, geographical range and preferred habits, along with a section dealing with the ‘rarest of the rare’ - extinct species or very rare immigrants. 

Softcover, 368 pages

Lepidopterist's Handbook NEW
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Lepidopterist's Handbook NEW  by Peter May

A NEW HARDBACK edition.  Includes many new topics, including field equipment and methods, moth trapping, breeding considerations and conservation.

228 pages with 24 colour plates and 41 b/w plates

SUPER GIANT Spring-frame Breeding Cage
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SUPER GIANT Spring-frame Breeding Cage  Regrettably unavailable, but we are booking orders. We will list again as soon as more can be obtained.

This cage provides substantial flight area for butterflies or for pairing giant silkmoths. The cage frame is spring steel enables the breeder to erect or dismantle the cage in a simple twist operation taking just seconds. Erected the length is 110cm by 55 x 55. Folded, the cage reduces to a flat circle only 35cm diameter!

 The cage can be stood on end to hold tall pot plants or take a tall branch of foodplant stood in water

 The base is made of waterproof vinyl. Access is via the front oval double zipped panel. A revolutionary design and a lot of space for your money!