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Most exotic pupae emerge quite quickly. For international orders, post takes too long, so fast-developing pupae are sent by XXP Express courier.  Delivery in Europe is usually next day after dispatch, or soon after. Express courier usually delivers everything very fresh and in the peak of condition.

Exotic Butterfly Pupae Incredible shapes, colours, markings, knobs, metallic reflections. Such diversity only nature could invent.

The pupae are as different and exciting as the wonderful butterflies they produce.

IMPORTANT - Please read this guide to hatching of exotic butterfly pupae: 

Provide warmth and humidity that the pupae normally experience in the tropics. About 30°C is ideal, and humidity above 70%. The butterflies like a warm greenhouse containing nectar plants, and this is the best place also for the emerging cage for the pupae. Shade the cage from direct sun, which is too harsh. If you don’t have such an environment, you may be able to simulate a warm and humid atmosphere in another way, but don’t apply direct heat. The whole cage needs to be in an even temperature and humidity. It is usually beneficial to mist the pupae at least once a day. It is normal in nature for night to be cooler than day.

It’s a good idea to suspend the pupae. To do this, use a cane held horizontally. Apply a very thin line of contact adhesive eg Evostick along the cane. Lay the cane on a table and, when it is tacky but not yet set hard, touch the tails of the pupae on the line of glue. Warning: excess glue actually kills the pupa, so use just a very thin line. When the glue has set you can pick up the cane, with all the pupae hanging by their tails from it.

Pupae of the Swallowtail and Pierid families don’t hang from the tail (cremaster), head downwards. They are attached to a twig at the tail, and they use a silk sling around the wing cases to anchor themselves, head upwards and at an angle away from the twig. To simulate this, you can take some lengths of cane. Make a thin line of glue as described above. Lay the cane on a table, then attach the tails of the pupae to the glue line, and touch the abdomen also against the glue line. Once dry, the cane can be arranged standing at an angle against the sides of the emerging cage, or you can arrange them stuck into a block of florist’s foam. There needs to be enough space to allow the emerging butterflies to climb up, expand and dry their wings.

Usually fixing the pupae to a cane helps to give hatching butterflies the best foothold. When fixed to canes pupae are very exposed and can easily dry out. Mist them several times a day.  If you don’t wish to glue the pupae to a cane, they can be laid out on corrugated card or other rough surfaces, such as greengrocer’s imitation grass mats or coconut matting, flat on the bottom of the emerging cage. This material may help to keep the pupae moist if you spray them at least once a day.  For hygiene the material needs to be cleaned or replaced every few days.

Resulting butterflies do well in a tropical greenhouse, planted with lush greenery and copious nectar-bearing flowers. Some species like to feed from over-ripe fruit. They may live 2-4 weeks in such conditions, exceptionally they can live longer. Kept in a cage in a house, their life may be just a few days, but sometimes longer if they are given fresh nectar flowers each day, and misted to prevent the atmosphere becoming too dry. Non-native butterflies must not be released.


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Black Swallowtail asterias pupae
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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes asterias North America

Only a small number of pupae available this winter.

Very closely related to the European and British swallowtails, asterias  will often hybridise with either, producing interesting offspring.

The collections of 4 pupae comprise 3 male and a female pupa for breeding.

The larvae feed on Fennel, Carrot tops, and some other Umbelliferae including wild and probably cultivated Parsnip.  Two broods are produced in the year and the pupae of the second brood hibernate.  

The Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes pupae
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The Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes North America

 This is North America's largest butterfly. An impressive broad-winged Swallowtail as fine as any tropical species.  The Giant Swallowtail will breed in captivity. The larvae, which are knarled and resemble a bird dropping, feed on Rutaceae: Citrus, Rue and probably Choisya, as well as Zanthotoxylum.

Papilio demoleus Asia 8 pupae
Availability: March

Papilio demoleus Asia

A very successful butterfly in the greenhouse or conservatory. Provide good nectar plants, especially Lantana. The larvae feed on Citrus, Choysia, Rue and Skimmia. The butterflies breed very easily and you get successive generations.

Exotic pupae need a hot and humid greenhouse atmosphere, shaded from the sun.

Great Mormon Papilio memnon from Asia  4 pupae
Availability: March

Great Mormon Papilio memnon from Asia.

Very large Swallowtail, occuring throughout most of tropical Asia. This species appears in many forms of colouring and pattern.

The wonderful larvae, feed on Citrus, starting with camouflage as bird droppings, and finishing up with large false eye markings and disruptive pattern to deceive predators. Breeds well in captivity in the right greenhouse conditions.


Papilio polytes Philippines 8 pupae
Availability: March

Papilio polytes Philippines

Very easy to breed in greenhouse conditions. The butterflies need nectar flowers especially Lantana and Pentas. They lay easily on Citrus and can be reared also on Choisya, Rue and Skimmia.

The larvae resemble bird droppings in the early instars. Later they become smooth green, with convincing eye-spots.

Males are black, banded with cream on the hindwings. Females have red marked hindwings, mimicing toxic Aristolochia feeding species.


Papilio rumanzovia Philippines 4 pupae
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Papilio rumanzovia Philippines

A large and very striking butterfly, with vivid scarlet underside. Black on top, suffused with bottle blue. An active flyer and one that will breed in greenhouse conditions, with plenty of nectar flowers and Citrus bushes as foodplant for the larvae.

Pupae are large and knobbly with brown and green forms.


Papilio palinurus Philippines 4 pupae
Availability: March

Papilio palinurus Philippines

One of the most vivid of the exotic Asian moss-green Swallowtails. Palinurus flies well in a conservatory and settles with wings prominently open. The butterflies need nectar flowers such as Pentas, Buddleia and Lantana. Pupae need a hot and humid greenhouse atmosphere, shaded from the sun.

Graphium agamemnon Asia 8 pupae
Availability: March

Graphium agamemnon Asia 

Very distinctive lime-green patterning on dark background. The butterflies "dance" on the flowers whilst feeding. At rest the wings are usually open wide.

The larvae feed on Custart Apple and other Annonaceae.


Papilio lowi from the Philippines 4 pupae
Availability: March

Papilio lowi from the Philippines

A very large and grand Swallowtail. The two sexes are quite different. The female is usually tailed, but there are tail-less forms, and is beautifully patterned, very simililarly to the more widespread Papilio memnon.

Males are black, with steely-blue areas on the hindwing. Most often the male has no tails.nhouseThis species can be paired in captivity, in suitable greenhouse conditions. The larvae are Citrus feeders.

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World Collection of Exotic Butterflies

From several world regions and families. Un-labelled, selected for beauty and interest. The pupae alone are things of great beauty and interest. One of the real joys of nature! 

Choose between the STANDARD World Collection and the DE LUXE World Collection. Both are varied and interesting. The DE LUXE includes such beauties as the shimmering blue Morpho, Giant Owl Butterflies, Larger exotic Swallowtails, Iridescent blue banded Prepona and the like. The pupae are usually larger and some very intricate.  Well worth the difference in price. Some species develop in the pupa quite fast, which is why for international orders it is essential to send by courier, though this does not guarantee safe arrival, particularly in summer and to hot countries. in cooler months pupae usually arrive safely.

Illustrations are representative: yours may not be these species as there are so many to choose from - good value is always assured. When possible 10 different species will be sent though this is not always possible.


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These are very varied in shape, size, colour and pattern. They are mostly tropical or sub-tropical and for emergence provide warmth and humidity that the pupae normally have in their natural environment. 

These are some of the loveliest butterflies of all butterflies. They come, unlabelled, ready to emerge and surprise you.  Some may form up and emerge within a few days, others may take a month or more. When possible ten different species will be supplied.

Photos on this site are representative and, as there are so many species, your collection may  have any of the possible species, not necessarily those illustrated.


Thoas Swallowtail Papilio thoas 4 pupae
Availability: March

The Thoas Swallowtail Papilio thoas South America



We have pupae of this magnificent and very large Swallowtail from Central and

South America.


The larvae favour Zanthoxylum and Piper auritum, Ptelia trifoliate, and other Rutacae including Citrus. We are not sure whether Choisya might also be accepted.