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Festoon Zerynthia polyxena pupae
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The Festoon Zerynthia polyxena Europe

A delicate spring butterfly in the Swallowtail family Papilionidae

The terrain for this charming species is in mountains, usually lower than 2000m. The species is widely dispursed in southern and eastern Europe and in Russia, seldom occurring in large numbers in any one locality. The Festoon is found in the French and Italian Alps, northwards through Austria to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is also found in the mountains of Greece and Bulgaria, Belarus and several mountain ranges in Russia.

The larvae (which are like minatures of Birdwing larvae) feed on Birthwort Aristolochia clematitis, A. rotunda and other local Aristolochia.

Store the pupae cold for the winter months. The adults normally emerge from May. There is only one generation in the year.

 

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.

 

 

£22.95
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 pupae
Availability: May



Marsh Fritillary Eurydryas aurinia

The butterflies fly from May into June. Eggs are laid in large clusters on the underside of Devil’s Bit Scabious.The larvae Feed on Honeysuckle (wild is best), Snowberry or the natural foodplant Devil’s Bit Scabious.  The larvae live in a tightly formed web, growing only a little before they hibernate in autumn.

£38.00 £23.50
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 10 spring larvae SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: April


High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 10 spring larvae

VERY SPECIAL PRICE for a rare species! These are established larvae that will pupate and produce butterflies this season.

A scarce species, difficult to obtain. Foodplant Violet leaves. Enclose the larvae on potted plants and protect from predators. A Size 3 sleeve is ideal. Butterflies are produced this summer. 

£29.90 £15.95
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 500 eggs for release and conservation
Availability: Autumn


High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 

A scarce species, difficult to obtain. Foodplant Violet leaves. These eggs will hibernate until mid to late winter, when you need to be ready with potted violet. Enclose the larvae on potted plants and protect from predators. Butterflies are produced next summer. 

VERY SPECIAL PRICE for a rare species!

£225.00
Dark Green Fritillary aglaia 20 larvae
Availability: NOW


Dark Green Fritillary Mesoacidalia aglaia 

Best reared on potted Violet. These larvae are in hibernation. Keep the larvae in winter out of doors, in all weathers, protected amongst dead bramble and other leaves, amongst growing Violet. Cover with netting sleeve to exclude predators and to prevent escape.

 

£12.95
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 50 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
Availability: Autumn 2020


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni 

 Available in 20's, 50's and 100's all at special prices for such a rarity!

GREATLY REDUCED from last year!

The Black Hairstreak is one of Britain’s greatest rarities, occuring in very few localities, but doing well in them. Foodplant Blackthorn. We are pleased to be able to offer this very special species now as eggs which are stored cool until the buds open in spring.

A great rarity, an ideal and easy species to introduce and establish in Blackthorn stands.

During the spring hatching period, a combination of eggs and larvae may be sent, together with buds of foodplant, in which the larvae burrow to feed. 

On hatching, the young larvae need bursting buds to crawl into : not opened leaf like most other species.

£150.00 £60.00
Plastic Box Size 4 Medium Flat. Carton of 5
Availability: NOW


 

Plastic Box Size 4 Medium Flat. 125 x 80x 20mm Carton of 5

 

 Clear vision in a nice flat box that is extremely useful to the breeder to hold larger numbers of eggs or small larvae. The flat shape is ideal for storing winter pupae in a small space and does not take up too much room in the fridge. Large enough to display exotic butterflies and moths. A very handy size.


 

 

 

£12.50
Black Hairstreak S. pruni TWENTY eggs SPECIAL PRICE.
Availability: Autumn 2020


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 Available in 20's, 50's and 100's all at special prices for such a rarity! 

LAST YEAR'S PRICE FOR 20 eggs has been HALVED!

The Black Hairstreak is one of Britain’s greatest rarities, occuring in very few localities, but doing well in them. Foodplant Blackthorn. We are pleased to be able to offer this very special species now as eggs which are stored cool until the buds open in spring.

During the spring hatching period, a combination of eggs and larvae may be sent, together with buds of foodplant, in which the larvae burrow to feed. 

£60.00 £20.00
Black Hairstreak pruni 5 pupae SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: May


Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

A GREAT REARITY - SELDOM OFFERED 

The Black Hairstreak is one of Britain’s greatest rarities, occuring in very few localities, but doing well in them. Foodplant Blackthorn. We are pleased to be able to offer this very special species now as pupae. 
 

 

£60.00 £45.00
Marbled White galathea 500 larvae for wild release
Availability: Autumn


Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

 This quantity offer is possible because breeding was so good last summer, and survival rate very high. If you wish you could reinforce a colony or start a new one, now is the opportunity to release a meaningful quantity. 

A favourite from the chalk downlands of southern Britain. Pre-hibernation larvae which live on potted coarse grasses and produce butterflies next year. To hibernate these larvae you need potted grass, securely contained in a netting sleeve.  Make sure you evict any spiders or other predatory creatures! Keep the pot outside in natural weather conditions.

In spring the larvae will stray, and again in summer when they are ready to find a secluded place in which to hang and change to pupae, so make sure they are in a secure enclosure.

 

 

£220.00
Plastic Box Size 5 Large. Pack of 2 SALE PRICE
Availability: NOW



Plastic Box Size 5 Large. 174 x 115 x 60mm  Pack of 2

 

For rearing larvae this is the perfect size. Plenty of room for growth. The boxes stack well. Ideal for storage of larger numbers of winter pupae and bulky cocoons. Clear vision all round makes this ideal for displaying specimens, particularly the chunky ones that require depth. 

 
 

 

£12.95 £10.95