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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. In cases where shipping by express courier is shown as Advisory, rather than Obligatory, please remember that you accept all risks of delay, hatching, exposure to adverse conditions, death, loss or damage in transit.  Such risks are almost eliminated by using express courier, which usually delivers everything very fresh and in the peak of condition.

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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Papilio demodocus 4 pupae
Availability: July

Papilio demodocus Africa

Very striking butterflies, strong in flight and very satisfactory in a greenhouse. The larvae feed on Citrus, Choisya and sometimes Skimmia. Young larvae are camouflaged as bird droppings. Later they become green with prominent eye spots.


Papilio nireus from Africa 4 pupae
Availability: July

Papilio nireus from Africa

Widely distributed in Africa. The iridescent bottle blue bands make a striking contrast on the jet black ground colour.

Nireus will breed in the right greenhouse conditions. The larvae feed on Citrus leaves. 


Heliconius melpomone 4 pupae
Availability: July

Heliconius melpomone Central and South America

This species has a short time as a pupa and is not suitable to be sent internationally, other than by courier.

The Heliconius butterflies are mimetic, not only of each other, but they also imitate other species that are distastful to predators. So don't be surprised if your butterflies don't have the same pattern and marking as the illustration, but they do have the same narrow wing shape in common, and their habits are wonderful to observe. Some are capapble of hovering and even flying backwards. The butterflies are able to gather not only nectar through the proboscis, but also pollen which they store in the coils of the proboscis.

Some individuals have been known to survive for months, even in captive conditions.

Eggs are laid on the growing shoots and tendrils of Passiflora, on which the larvae feed. Most lay eggs individually though some lay in groups. The butterflies are continuously brooded and can become a magnificent feature of a greenhouse or conservatory.


Leaf Butterfly Kallima inachus or paralekta THREE pupae
Availability: July

Leaf Butterfly Kallima inachus or paralekta

The Leaf Butterfly is one of the most amazing examples of camouflage in the world. The upperside is brilliantly coloured with iridescent blue and orange. Once the wings are closed you see a perfect brown leaf, faithful to the design with a central stem, veins and even the shape of a leaf. This is one of the wonders of all the insect kingdom and so educational to show to adults and children alike.

We will send which ever species is available at the time. Both species are very similar indeed. The pupa is also well camouflaged with brown speckles and spikes like a seed head.


Mycelia cyaniris South America 5 pupae
Availability: July

Mycelia cyaniris Central and South America. 

A medium-sized and very active Nymphalid, which rests with wings outspread, often head downwards. Walking along in the rainforest may disturb this iridescent blue butterfly, it flies a little ahead, and rests again some paces ahead.

A butterfly that appears to have character! In captivity it responds to gentle handling.  It does not fly into the distance, but settles close by and often returns, promenading and displaying its magnificent iridescent wings, which are almost as electric as the Purple Emperor. With wings closed the underside is patterned in greys for concealment, so that if disturbned, the brilliant blue flash stands a good chance of startling a predator long enough for the butterfly to make its escape.

This butterfly will charm you! 


Victorina steneles South America 4 pupae
Availability: July

Victorina steneles South America

A most beautiful butterfly with a very rare green colour, patterned with dark brown. This butterfly has a very strange pupa. 

£18.00 £14.95
Hypolimnas bolina Tropical Asia 8 pupae
Availability: July

Hypolimnas bolina Tropical Asia. 

When explorers first encountered this butterfly they were hugely excited by the iridescent blue and white markings. This is indeed one of the most beautiful tropical butterflies, even though quite widespread and common. The larvae are reported to accept stinging nettle as a foodplant.

The female is larger than the male, with different patterning in blue, white and orange on black.



Parthenos sylvia Tropical Asia 8 pupae
Availability: July

Parthenos sylvia Tropical Asia.

This fast-flying Nymphalid has a characteristic resting position, with its head raised and wings outstretched. The pupa is well camouflaged as a dead leaf. The adult adapts well to captive greenhouse surroundings.

Doleschallia bisaltide Small Leaf Butterfly Tropical Asia 8 pupae
Availability: July

Doleschallia bisaltide Small Leaf Butterfly Tropical Asia

Doleschallia is a genus of small leaf butterflies with varying upperside markings and all with very convincing leaf camouflage, seen on the underside when the wings close and melt into the foliage surroundings. The species illustrated is one of the others in this genus.

Hypna clytemnestra Central America 5 pupae
Availability: July

Hypna clytemnestra Central America

This Nymphalid is unlike no other butterfly. Medium to large in size. The tailed wing-shape is unique, and the underside is cleverly disguised with white and slivery markings, which appear to be light shining through decaying leaves.

The upperside is sometimes displayed showing the patterning in bitter chocolate and cream. The pupa is another curiosity!

Idea leuconoe Philippines 8 pupae
Availability: July

Idea leuconoe Philippines

Magnificent smooth and shiney brilliant gold pupae, like miniature Christmas tree baubles! Hang them in a warm and humid greenhouse atmosphere, shaded from sunlight.

The butterflies are very large and have extraordinary papery wings. Sometimes called the Kite Butterfly. They drift about, settling to feed from any good nectar source. They love Lantana and are particularly partial to Eupatorium.

The butterflies will sometimes live for weeks if the conditions are right. Very unusual and curious butterflies.

Monarch Butterfly (Milkweed) Danaus plexippus  5 pupae
Availability: Available most weeks but not always.

Monarch Butterfly (Milkweed) Danaus plexippus 

Pupae are not available very often. Please order immediately. In order to supply fresh pupae, Monarchs are imported most weeks (not every week) and dispatched usually early in the week.

This butterfly is officially on the British List, migrating to Britain on rare occasions, from islands off North Africa, and reportedly even from North America. Much larger than any other species on the list, this striking butterfly has powerful, yet graceful flight.

The butterflies will emerge from the pupa in warm, moist conditions. This can be done at little over normal room temperature. They like 25-30 degrees C and will breed at these temperatures.

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.

The only larval foodplants are Milkweeds Asclepias and Silkweed Gomphocarpus, both of which grow well from seed. Asclepias seeds and even plants can be found on the internet. Gomphocarpus plants are advertised by http://www.curiousplants.co.uk/fur-balls-plant-asclepias-physocarpa-or-gomphocarpus-physocarpus-126-p.asp

Asclepias curassavica is an indoor plant, not frost-hardy, that grows fast and is excellent as a foodplant throughout the year in a greenhouse. There are hardy herbacious species (unsuitable for winter rearing). The most prolific for feeding quantities of larvae is Asclepias syriaca with multiple broad leaves and stems a metre or more high.

Beware: don't under-estimate the voracious appetite of larvae! Grow plenty of foodplant. The larvae and adults are strikingly marked with warning colours to deter predators, and they contain toxins from the foodplant that reinforce the warning! Several generations are produced each summer. 

In the wild, the adults migrate south to warmer climate, where they hibernate in huge numbers, covering whole trees, like autumn leaves.  The pupa is like a miniature Christmas tree bauble! Even if you do not have the foodplants to raise larvae, the emergence of the butterflies in your own emerging cage is a great experience.