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Pure English Silk Hank (Special Market Stall price)
Availability: NOW


Pure Silk hanks These are English reeled 20/22 Denier raw silk hanks produced at the Lullingstone Silk Farm and Worldwide Butterflies. 

 

These fine silk hanks were reeled on the same hand reeling machine, the only one in Britain, as the silk provided for the Wedding Dress of Diana Princess of Wales.

 

The size and weight not standard but the illustration shows a hank picked at random. This is a unique product!

 

Special temporary promotion price.

 

£35.00 £19.50
New Design LARVAE FORCEPS
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New Design LARVAE FORCEPS

High quality stainless steel. Ideal for moving leaf particles and stems with larvae attached, while changing rearing boxes. These are new to the WWB range. They have a smooth and positive feel, and an excellent grip.

 

 

£1.99
SILK-COCOON COLLECTION
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SILK COCOON COLLECTION

 EMPTY DRIED COCOONS:  The diversity of shape, size, colour and texture of the Giant Silkmoth cocoons has to be seen to be believed. Worldwide Butterflies has the largest and most varied stock of hatched Saturniid cocoons on Earth. You cannot find such collections offered anywhere else in the world!

For students of entomology, sericulture and fabrics, and for spinners and weavers and dyers, there are collections of 100 cocoons empty (hatched) which can be 10 each of ten species, or 5 each of twenty different species, in which scarcer cocoons are included.

The neatly laid out display of 15 labelled cocoons from continents east and west, is an introduction to the variety of real wild silk cocoons.

These cocoon collections are a valuable educational resource. They are also of interest to the Naturalist, as examples of the varied and intricate cocoon shelters that nature provides to protect Silkmoth pupae through the period of development, and often through long, harsh winters. Man has learned to utilise quite a few of these to produce the most wonderful and sought after of all fabrics - NATURAL SILK!

 

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,  if you winter prune very hard, you will have perhaps 2 metres of growth on every branch, providing masses 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
Complete MINI SILK FARM
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THE MINI SILK FARM

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 simple 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
NETTING Fine Black Nylon 20 metres (2 x 10m) SALE PRICE
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NETTING Fine Black Nylon 20 metres (2 x 10m) 170cm wide.

Was £53.90 (£1.90/m) SPECIAL SALE PRICE now £39.95 

Ideal for large structures, flight areas etc.

Use for cage covering or making sleeves for rearing larvae.

This netting is durable, resists tearing and deterioration in UV light. It is fine enough to keep out minute flies and parasites.

Ordering in 20 metre lots brings the price down very low! A lot less than £1.90 per metre, 170cm wide. Probably an unbeatable price.

 

 

 

£53.90 £36.95
NEW Zipped Bag Sleeve with side opening for instant access. Medium Size 3 50 x 100 cm
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NEW Zipped Bag Sleeve with side opening for instant access. 

This size is ideal for rearing to pupation about ten larvae, or for keeping larger numbers of younger larvae. The end of the bag is sewn closed. The open end is slipped over a branch and tied or fastened with velcro strip.

The side zip gives wide access for inspection, photography or removal of frass and any dead leaves. Also ideal when you find that a caterpillar has hitched a lift on your arm!  When you use a Zipped Bag Sleeve you will wonder why it has taken until now to use such an innovation!

 

 

 

£10.95
Spicebush Swallowtail troilus pupae SPECIAL PRICES!
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Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus North America

5 pupae reduced from £39.95 NOW £33.95

A large swallowtail from the Eastern parts of North America. The larvae, which have wonderful enlarged eye markings, feed on Spicebush Lindera benzoin and Sassafras Sassafras albidum, Camphor Cinnamomum camphora, and Redbay Persea borbonia, perhaps prickly ash Zanthoxylum americanum. In Europe they are bred on Tulip Tree Liriodendron and Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana.  Butterflies are produced this year. There are two generations. Store winter pupae refrigerated in a plastic box, until May.

 

 

On the back of the thorax on the pupa, there is a curious pattern in the exact image of a butterfly, even with curly antennae!

 

 

 

Pyjama Mini Cage 22 x 29 x 25cm high
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Pyjama Mini Cage 22 x 29 x 25cm high

This popular cage has just got even better. Nearly a third larger, and much improved dimensions.

Ideal as a beginner's cage, but also for the busy breeder who wants separate small cages. Excellent as an emerging cage for chrysalides and cocoons, ideal for keeping small numbers of larvae or other insects, when large enough for cage rearing.

This cage is suitable for laying out small numbers of pupae to emerge. Also for rearing smaller numbers of larvae or smaller larvae. Baby larvae should be first reared in plastic rearing containers or kept covered on growing food. Please see the note on the page for plastic rearing containers. This cage will hold small covered pots of plant, and larger sizes of cage are available for larger subjects.

When necessary the netting cover can be slipped off for cleaning or replacement. The Pyjama Mini cage is assembled in minutes and easily packed flat for winter storage. As the interest grows there are larger sizes available. For the experienced breeder the Mini Cage has many uses where a series of smaller cages is needed for separating species and giving different treatment.

The cover can be washed by hand or machine, making your used cage like new for almost no effort, and no cost.

 

 

£22.95
Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden 10 larvae at SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: June/July


Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden

SUCCESSFUL BREEDING enables us to offer larvae at a special price NOW for a short time! Only a few left now.

It is extremely rare to get breeding stock of the Swedish nominate race, and this is a great opportunity for breeders! 

This is the nominate subspecies. Papilio machaon machaon Linné 1758. Both the pupae and adult butterflies more resemble those of britannicus than the main European subspecies gorganus.

These pupae have been specially bred for us from wild stock in Sweden. Locality Date Vindåsens (57º 5452’ N and 16º 4702 E) on the east coast of Sweden, 10 yards from the sea. Here Parnassius apollo and Poplar Admiral were also seen at the same time.

We consider them to be very close to the English Swallowtail in behaviour and rearing characteristics, even though they are not confined to wetlands. 

The larvae do well on both wild and garden Parsnip and, like the English Swallowtail,  Milk Parsley Peucedanum palustre and P. ostruthium. Also  Angelica archangelica. Carrot tops may also be tried. The larvae will eat Fennel but it appears that mortality of machaon machaon is higher on Fennel than the preferred foodplants.

There is normally only one generation in the year. Some pupae might be encouraged to emerge in late summer, but most will be stored cool until November, then refrigerated until April in anticipation of May emergence.

 

£16.95
Marsh Fritillary aurinia larvae  20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
Availability: Spring 2023


Marsh Fritillary Eurodryas aurinia 

SPECIAL PRICE FOR 20 Larvae!

Larvae feed low amongst the leaves of Devil’s Bit Scabioius, but will also eat Honeysuckle. Honeysuckle starts leafing very early in the year, especially where sheltered in woodland. By February it is not diffficult to find enough foodplant to keep caterpillars well fed.  In captivity the larvae are recorded as accepting Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata, Teasel Dipsacus and Snowberry Symphoricarpos.

Pre-hibernation larvae might be induced to develop and produce another generation with long day-length and sufficient warmth.

After waking in the spring the larvae grow fast, pupating in April and emerging as butterflies in May.

£25.90 £17.50
Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius 5 larvae. SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: May


The Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius Mediterranean coast 

One of Europe's grandest butterflies - exotic and powerful in flight. The larvae are very easy to rear on its sole foodplant The Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo, which can be obtained from many plant nurseries.

In the wild, Autumn larvae develop slowly in the Mediterranean winter, and produce adults in spring. Don't keep them outside in the cold autumn and winter days. If you keep the larvae indoors in long day length and temperature of 20 deg+, some or all will grow well to pupation. 

 

£30.00 £22.00