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Marsh Fritillary aurinia larvae  20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
Availability: NOW

Marsh Fritillary Eurodryas aurinia 

SPECIAL PRICE FOR 20 Larvae!

Larvae feed low amongst the leaves of Devil’s Bit Scabioius, but will also eat Honeysuckle. Honeysuckle starts leafing very early in the year, especially where sheltered in woodland. By February it is not diffficult to find enough foodplant to keep caterpillars well fed.  In captivity the larvae are recorded as accepting Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata, Teasel Dipsacus and Snowberry Symphoricarpos.

Pre-hibernation larvae might be induced to develop and produce another generation with long day-length and sufficient warmth.

After waking in the spring the larvae grow fast, pupating in April and emerging as butterflies in May.

£25.90 £16.50
Glanville Fritillary cinxia 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
Availability: NOW

Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia

 Feed on Narrow-leaved Plantain. Easiest to keep on potted foodplant, enclosed in a sleeve. The larvae are gregarious, living in a tight bunch at the base of the plant, and spreading out more as they grow larger. The ginger head capsule and jet black body distinguish these larvae from other species. 

In Britain this species lives mainly on the Isle of Wight coast, but they have been established elsewhere in Britain. Maybe they could be encouraged in more localities.

These larvae will produce butterflies this spring.

£25.90 £16.50
Black Hairstreak pruni 5 pupae SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: May 2020

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
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 100 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
Availability: NOW

Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni

 Available in 10's, 50's and 100's all at special prices for such a rarity!  NOW ONLY 1 lot of 100 eggs left. After that there are more 10's and 50's.

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.

 

 

This special offer for 100 eggs is the normal price fo 50 eggs of this British rarity.
 


 

£300.00 £99.95
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 50 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
Availability: NOW

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
Black Hairstreak S. pruni TWENTY eggs SPECIAL PRICE.
Availability: NOW

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
Marbled White galathea 500 larvae for wild release
Availability: NOW

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.

 

 

£250.00 £120.00
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: NOW

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 £39.95
Victorina steneles South America 4 pupae
Availability: August

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
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
American Moon Moth Actias luna 100 EGGS SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW

American Moon Moth Actias luna North America  

Hugely successful breeding has provided plentiful eggs which are offered at a bargain price!

A very attractive Moon Moth that is double brooded and is very easy to rear. Larvae of the first brood produce moths this year.

The larvae feed on Walnut, and have been recorded as accepting Liquidambar, Birch, Plane, Maples, Aspen, Plum, Sallow, Osier Willow and several kinds of Oak. We have excellent results with Walnut and Osier.

Store autumn cocoons cool, even in a fridge from December onwards. In April they can be incubated for emergence in May. 

£82.00 £27.95