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Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius 5 larvae SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: Late summer 2018

The Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius Mediterranean coast 

 

Booked orders have been supplied and current larvae sold, but there is another late summer generation for which we can take orders in advance for this very scarce species

 

One of Europe's grandest butterflies - exotic and powerful in flight. The larvae are vert 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 £17.99
Black Hairstreak S. pruni TEN eggs
Availability: NOW

Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 

Available in 10's, 50's and 100's all at special prices for such a rarity!

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. 

 

 


 


 

£30.00 £20.00
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 50 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
Availability: Winter 2018-19

Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni 50 eggs

 

Available in 10's, 50's and 100's all at special prices for such a rarity!

 

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 £75.00
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
Brown Hairstreak betulae TEN pupae
Availability: June/July 2019

Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

 

Pupae of this species hardly ever become available. A curious pupa, superbly camouflaged. Pair the butterflies in captivity and get the females to lay on Blackthorn twigs. Store for the winter in a cool place that is not totally lacking in moisture. The eggs are used to a cold, wet winter! The larvae hatch when the Blackthorn (Sloe) buds open.  Supplies are limited - first come first served.

 

 

 

 

£45.00 £34.95
Victorina steneles South America 4 pupae
Availability: September

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
Far Eastern Bee Hawk Hemaris affinis A breeding stock of 5 pupae
Availability: NOW

Far Eastern Bee Hawk Hemaris affinis

 

Affinis occurs in the Far Eastern Russia, China, Korea and Japan. 

 

About the same size as our Bee Hawk fuciformis.  Distinguishable by darker wing borders, and light coloured edges to the thorax.  On emergence the wings are covered with scales which are shed in flight, leaving transparent bee-like wings.

 

The larvae feed on Honeysuckle and may take Snowberry Symphoricarpos.

 

These pupae will produce adults this summer. In warm situations there can be two broods in a season.

 

Our thanks to Dr. A Pittaway for kind permission to use his excellent photographs.

£34.95 £27.95
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Availability: NOW

Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja 50 larvae

 

The price for 50 Woolly Bears has been substantially reduced to encourage releasing in the wild.

Children love them!

 

Garden Tiger larvae Woolly Bears  grow fast on Dock, Dandelion, Dead Nettle, Nettle and many other hedgerow plants, also Pussy Willow Salix caprea and Osier Willow Salix viminalis.  You can also feed them conveniently on Cabbage. 

Now a most difficult species to obtain.

These are spring and summer larvae.  In the wild, late summer larvae would hibernate, but if you keep them warm and light, many will produce another generation this year.

If you wish to hibernate Wooly Bears, sleeve them in autumn on Willow or Sallow (Pussy Willow). The falling leaves curl to form a ventilated ball in which the larvae hibernate. If all goes well in winter the larvae emerge in spring and feed from the new spring leaves.

From October to spring the larvae are in hibernation. Orders are booked for dispatch when the larvae awake and feed.

 
£62.50 £42.95
Tau Emperor Aglia tau 10 larvae
Availability: Spring 2019

Tau Emperor Moth Aglia tau 

 

This European Silkmoth flies in early spring and is one of the Silkmoths (Saturniidae).  The young larvae are adorned with antlers, as impressive as the American Hicory Horned Devils! Foodplants include Lime, Oak, Birch, Hawthorn, and other trees and shrubs. Pupation is in leaf litter. Single brooded. Highly recommended. Very easy to breed: lay the pupae out in February for March emergence. The moths fly and pair by day, and particularly appreciate sunshine. Eggs are laid on the cage sides. 

 

 

£15.95 £13.95
Tau Emperor  Tau Emperor form FERENIGRA 15 Eggs SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: April 2019

Tau Emperor Aglia tau form FERENIGRA 

 

This scarce form, from central Europe, has bold melanic wing margins, in quite variable amounts.

 

Ferenigra is a rare semi-melanic form of the Tau Emperor, where a good deal of the normal orange colour is suffused or even replaced with black. These come from central Europe and are very scarce indeed. Ferenigra is a form for the connoisseur.

 

The pupae emerge in April. Breeding is very easy. The larvae feed on a variety of trees which include Lime, Hawthorn, Oak, Beech, Willows and Sallows.

 



 

 

£15.95 £12.95
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Availability: Late summer

Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 

 

 

One of the largest of all moth species in the world!  The larvae feed well on Privet, at any time of the year.  They require very clean conditions, always with fresh food. Alternative recorded foodplants include Willows, Lilac, Apple, Plum, Ash, Cherry and Tree of Heaven Ailanthus.  Atlas larvae like to browse on several foodplants and settle for the one or more that they like.

 

The larvae like warmth 25 -30 degrees C and humid jungle conditions, which are best achieved in a tank or plastic container, rather than a netting cage. Given these conditions the larvae are not difficult to rear, and spin cocoons in about 8 weeks from hatching.

 

 

 

 

 

£15.95 £12.95