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Heath Fritillary athalia 10 Larvae
Availability: Spring

Heath Fritillary Melicta athalia

Common in parts of Europe, and a rare and very localised species in Britain.  The larvae thrive on narrow-leaved Plantain Plantago  and bear a remarkable resemblance to its flowerheads.  Larvae supplied in July/August will normally hibernate, but if kept in warm conditions, some may grow and produce butterflies again this year.

Hibernation is best carried out with larvae on a substantial potted foodplant, pot and plant sleeved for protection. Keep outside in all weathers but away from flooding.

Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell xanthomelas 10 larvae
Availability: Spring 2022

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!


Large Tortoiseshell polychloros  5 pupae
Availability: June/July 2022

Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros

One of Europe’s grand butterflies! Now believed 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. They feed on nectar, sap and fruit, then hibernate until they breed in spring.

Large Tortoiseshell polychloros 10 Larvae
Availability: New orders May 2022

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.

Purple Emperor Apatura iris 5 larvae
Availability: October 2021

Purple Emperor Apatura iris

This magnificent species has not been available for several years. This year we are expecting young larvae pre-hibernation. Booked orders will be supplied first.

The foodplant, Sallow Salix caprea  is best kept as a growing shrub, either potted or growing outside.  The young larvae should be kept in a sleeve where they will hibernate, but with some extra warmth, when it is still summer, some may be persuaded to feed up and produce butterflies this year. Orders will be supplied in date seqence.

Larvae are sent at pre-hibernation state, September/October. To hibernate, keep the larvae sleeved on Sallow, outside in all weathers, which they survive naturally in the wild. 



Chalkhill Blue Lysandra coridon 15 eggs
Availability: Autumn

Chalkhill Blue Lysandra coridon

Store winter eggs in a plastic box in the fridge until April. In late February place the eggs on a potted plant of Horseshoe vetch and enclose both plant and pot in a sleeve. Keep outside, as they are used to survival in all weathers. 

Wonderful larvae, marked with yellow and green to melt into a flowering patch of Horseshoe Vetch.  As they grow the larvae are most striking and unusual.

The foodplants are Horseshoe Vetch Hippocrepis comosa and Crown Vetch Coronilla. These are specialised foodplants that occur on chalk and limestone. Please ensure you have access to foodplant when you order.

 The larvae will pupate and produce butterflies this summer.

Marbled White galathea 15 eggs
Availability: July/August

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.

Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae 15 eggs
Availability: New orders winter 2021-22

Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

 Eggs of the Brown Hairstreak are available through autumn and winter. They are laid on Blackthorn twigs. Keep the eggs in a very cool place until the Blackthorn buds open in spring.The larvae hatch and quickly burrow into the opening buds to feed until they are much larger. It is best to keep them on growing foodplant.

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.


Large Copper dispar batavus 10 larvae
Availability: July onwards

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.

Common Blue icarus 10 larvae
Availability: July/August

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.


Adonis Blue bellargus 10 larvae
Availability: Summer

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.