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Pearl-bordered Fritillary euphrosyne 10 larvae
Availability: Spring 2024


Pearl-bordered Fritillary Clossiana euphrosyne

Becoming rather a scarce species. Very difficult to obtain.

Larvae best kept on a pot of violet enclosed in a sleeve or escape-proof cage.

 

£18.95 +vat
Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell xanthomelas 10 larvae
Availability: Spring


Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell Nymphalis xanthomelas

A very handsome and richly coloured Large Tortoiseshell which occurs in parts of Europe and in the Far East.  Foodplants: Willows, Sallows, Elm, and probably many other trees, including those for polychloros. The butterfly, caterpillar and pupae are all brighter and grander than polycholoros. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

 

£29.95 +vat
Large Tortoiseshell polychloros 10 Larvae
Availability: Spring 2025


Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros

Exceptionally difficult to obtain.

One of Europe’s grand butterflies! Now thought to be extinct in Britain. The larvae feed on a variety of fruit trees, Willow, Sallow, Elms, Aspen, Poplars and Birches. Easy to rear, particularly when sleeved on growing foodplant, but protect from excessive rain. Butterflies are produced this year. A very popular species. Please order early. Could you help establish this extinct British species in your area?

£24.95 +vat
Camberwell Beauty antiopa 10 larvae
Availability: Spring 2024 if available


Camberwell Beauty (Mourning Cloak) Nymphyalis antiopa European race

Larvae are now too large to send internationally. PUPAE can still be sent overseas. 

Camberwell Beauty larvae feed on Sallow Salix caprea, Willows, Birch and some other trees. The larvae are gregarious nearly until pupation when they are most handsome with long branched spines and wonderful contrasting red  blotches on the black ground colour. When it is possible to sleeve the larvae, we recommend this above keeping on cut food, but in wet summers the larvae easily succumbe to disease. It is a good idea to cover the sleeve with polythene to protect from rain, but don't wrap polythene around the sleeve. The just need a roof or umbrella, with plenty of ventilation all round. 

 

 

£28.50 +vat
Freyer's Purple Emperor Apatura metis 5 larvae
Availability: Mid-June


Freyer’s Purple Emperor Apatura metis

 Apatura metis is a scarce species from eastern Europe, across to Palaearctic Far Eastern countries. It is associated with watery places where its foodplant Salix alba White Willow grows.

 With some subtle differences of marking, although a touch smaller, at first sight this rare species bears a strong resemblance to Apatura ilia clytie, and clytie  has been used here for the illustrations because this is a first and we have no photographs yet.

 The larvae are best sleeved on growing Willows, which can be planted outside, or potted.  They may well take other species of Salix , including Basket Willow S. viminalis.  The June larvae will produce butterflies this year. The pupae will be formed in the sleeve, dramatically camouflaged amongst the foliage. August larvae can be hibernated outside in sleeves.

£39.50 +vat
Marbled White galathea 15 eggs
Availability: July 2024


Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

A favourite from the chalk downlands of southern Britain. The female scatters her spherical eggs, unattached, amongst meadow grasses. The larvae hibernate 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 cage.

£12.95 +vat
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 10 larvae
Availability: July/August


Small Copper Butterfly Lycaena phlaeas

 The larvae feed on common Dock and Sorrel. If kept warm they may pupate and produce butterflies before winter.  In nature the larvae hibernate deep in plant litter. To hibernate the larvae, keep on a potted foodplant, completely enclosing plant and pot in a sleeve, and keep out of doors in all weathers.

 

£12.50 +vat
Large Copper Lycaena dispar-rutilus Serbia 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability.
Availability: NOW


Large Copper Lycaena dispar rutilus Estonia 10 larvae

It is rather difficult to get stock of the European Large Copper but these from Serbia are available right now. They will feed on most species of common Dock and they hibernate on the dead leaves and around the base of the stem. In spring they resume feeding and pupate, producing adults in early summer. If kept warm they will usually develop and produce pupae and adults this summer.

£19.95 +vat
Large Copper dispar batavus 10 larvae
Availability: June/July


Large Copper Butterfly Lycaena dispar batavus  Larvae

Now MOST DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN!  This is a rare opportunity!  

These larvae will produce adults this summer.

This is the large and richly coloured Large Copper which originated from Freisland in Holland and is almost indistinguishable from the extinct British Large Copper Lycaena dispar dispar

Common Dock is an acceptable foodplant, though if you have their natural foodplant Great Water Dock Rumex hydropathalum, that is even better. It has also been reported to us that the larvae seem to prefer Rumex patientia if offered! They can be reared in plastic boxes on fresh foodplant that is changed daily, but they do best, and are less trouble if you can pot up young fresh plants and keep the larvae on these, either in cages or covered with a sleeve. The larvae grow fast.

Pupae are formed on the stems or sides of the cage. The first sight of the newly emerged butterflies is absolutely breath-taking! July larvae may produce another partial brood if kept warm. Otherwise they go into hibernation.

£25.95 +vat
Common Blue icarus 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: Jul-Sep


The Common Blue Polyommatus icarus

 This Blue is probably the most wide-spread of all the Blues.  The bright sky-blue of the male is familiar to most people. The larvae feed on Birdsfoot Trefoil, Medick, Rest Harrow and other Leguminosae.

The larvae are very small. If you are not an experienced breeder it would be better to choose one of the easier species to rear.

 

£12.50 +vat
Adonis Blue bellargus 10 larvae
Availability: July 2024


The Adonis Blue Lysandra bellargus

 The intense blue iridescence of the male is unmatched in Europe. The female has a rich burnt umber colouring.  To raise the larvae you need Horseshoe vetch Hippocrepis comosa, a low-growing plant, covered with yellow flowers in May, requiring calcareous soil.  The larvae, which will also feed on Coronilla, feed rapidly and pupate among the base of the foodplant.  In Britain the Adonis is double brooded, the adults flying in June and August.

The larvae are very small. If you are not an experienced breeder it would be better to choose one of the easier species to rear.

£16.50 +vat
Poplar Hawk Laothoe populi 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability.
Availability: May/June


Poplar Hawkmoth Laothoe populi 

Fast growing, the larvae feed on most Willows and Poplars. They do well in sleeves or caged.

This is one of the few hawkmoths that produce two broods of moths in the year.

The larvae become very fat and vary in both the ground colour, in shades of green or blue/green, and in their markings which often include red spots as well as the oblique stripes down the sides.

The larvae need to burrow into compost for pupation.

 

£15.95 +vat