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RELAXING FLUID Crystals SPECIAL OFFER OF TWO
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RELAXING FLUID Crystals 

Normally £3.50 each, SPECIAL OFFER 2 FOR £5.00 (Temporary offer)

Dried specimens need to be re-hydrated with Relaxing Fluid. You receive a supply of crystals to dissolve in water. The resulting fluid inhibits mould and relaxes the specimens in the relaxing box, ready for setting.

The crystals are sufficient to make at least a litre of Relaxing Fluid.

£5.00
Pure English Silk Hank (Special Market Stall price)
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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
DUOS and TRIOS Pick Your Own. 10 eggs of each species.
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Eggs to be sent to Southern Europe take 1-2 weeks, which is too long in hot weather. Please order express courier (XXP) which delivers in 1-2 days from dispatch. Risk in the post is less for Northern Europe.

DUOS & TRIOS Select your own.  Extra good value! About half normal price.  Sometimes a species cannot be supplied at the time. If this happens we will substitute, and you can indicate in brackets an additional species that you would prefer if a substitute becomes necessary. You can choose any combination of species you like from the following:

Smerinthus caecus

Tree of Heaven Silkmoth cynthia

American Moon Moth luna

Cherry Moth promethea

Eyed Hawkmoth ocellata

Eastern Moon Moth Actias artemis

Puss Moth vinula

Canadian Eyed Hawk cerisyi

 

Select DUO £12.99 or TRIO £18.99. 

On your order enter IN THE COMMENTS BOX your chosen species. To keep it simple follow this example, using the short scientific name:  luna, advena, suraka (cynthia). This is an example of a TRIO. The name in brackets is your second choice if one species is sold out.

If you wish to buy more than one of the same combination just increase the quantity. To go on to buy a different combination DUO or TRIO, just click on the Pick Your Own again, on the same order and choose a further combination.  

FOODPLANTS

Luna: Walnut, Liquidambar, Birch, Plane, Maples, Aspen, Plum, Oak, Sallow, Osier Willow, Several kinds of Oak.

Cerisyi:  Apple, Willows, Poplars. 

Cynthia: Privet, Tree of Heaven Ailanthus, Osier Willow, Laburnum, Rose, Plum, Apple, Ash, Birch, Elder,

Ocellata: Apple, Willows, Poplars, Also reported but not tried: Blackthorn, Lime, Privet, Alder, Birch, Plum, Blackthorn, some Viburnums, Various Prunus, Laurel.

Promethea: Foodplants include Lilac, Privet, Cherry, Ash, Apple, Pear, Oak, Rhododendron, Willow, Lime, Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Peach,  possibly Maple, Poplar and even Pine may also be taken.

Actias artemis: Fagus, Salix, Quercus, Prunus, Alnus, Rosa, Juglans, Acer, Pyrus, Malus, and more.

Vinula: Poplars, Willows, Sallows.

Smerinthus caecus: Poplars, Willows and very likely others.

 

 

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
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2
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Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. 297 x 159 x 102mm  Pack of 2

 Very large – perfect for rearing large Hawkmoth and 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
DUO Small Tortoiseshell urticae and Comma Butterfly c-album. Ten larvae of each.
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DUO Small Tortoiseshell and Comma Butterfly. Ten larvae of each. 

Both species feed on Stinging Nettle. Help encourage these butterflies which are suffering terribly at the moment.

Comma larvae live solitarily and best kept separate from Tortoiseshell which are gregarious. Young Comma larvae will succeed best if placed on growing foodplant. Enclose plant and pot in a netting sleeve, tied at both ends: size 3 is ideal. Cut food is not recommended at least until the larvae are nearly half grown. Comma also do well on Elm, Hop, Osier Willow, and probably other Willows.

£25.00
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!

 

DUO Peacock Inachis io and Comma c-album 10 larvae of each
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DUO Peacock Vanessa io and Comma c-album 10 larvae of each

Sending larvae in summer by post to any European country south of Scandinavia is too risky. Please see XXP on this website for express courier which ensures delivery in 1-2 days.

Peacock larvae cluster on Nettle tips. Comma larvae are solitary and spread out on the Nettle plant. Comma larvae live solitarily and best kept separate from Tortoiseshell which are gregarious. Young Comma larvae will succeed best if placed on growing foodplant. Enclose plant and pot in a netting sleeve, tied at both ends: size 3 is ideal. Cut food is not recommended at least until the larvae are nearly half grown. Comma also do well on Elm, Hop, Osier Willow, and probably other Willows.

The foodplant must always be fresh. When caging, cut foodplant stems need to be in water, or on growing plant. These will both pupate in June/July and produce adult butterflies 2-3 weeks later. Development time is dependent on temperature. Keep them warm and they will mature fast.

£22.50
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
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
NETTING Fine Black Nylon 10 metres SALE PRICE
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NETTING Fine Black Nylon 10 metres 170cm wide 

If you are thinking of making a netting structure, cage covering and replacement or making sleeves for rearing larvae, this is the ideal netting.

Soft and easy to use. Durable, resists tearing and deterioration in UV light. It is fine enough to keep out minute flies and parasites.

 

 

 

£31.95 £25.95
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