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Marbled White galathea 10 larvae
Availability: August through winter


Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

 

 

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 cage.

 

£12.95
Marbled White galathea 50 larvae
Availability: August through winter


Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

 

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 cage.

 

 

£25.00
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 10 larvae
Availability: Spring 2019


Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

 

Larvae are best sleeved on Blackthorn. These will pupate and produce butterflies this year. Overwinters in the egg stage.

 

 

£12.95
Large Copper dispar batavus 10 larvae
Availability: From July


Large Copper Butterfly Lycaena dispar batavus  Larvae

 

 

Now MOST DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN!  This is a rare opportunity!  Spring orders have been supplied. We are now booking for summer brood larvae.

 

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. 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.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

£19.50
Common Blue icarus 10 Larvae
Availability: Summer


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
White-letter Hairstreak Strymonidia w-album 10 eggs
Availability: Autumn/Winter 2018


White-letter Hairstreak Strymonidia w-album

 

Some eggs available immediately, for a short period. Very difficult to obtain.

Very seldom available. Winter is passed in the eggs stage.  Feed spring larvae on Elm and Wych Elm. Ideally sleeve outside, or pot foodplant to feed sleeved larvae indoors or outside. 

Wych Elm flower buds are breaking in early February, even in the north. These are sometimes on branches higher off the ground. Some even start as early as November in milder winters. Flowering trees need very little patience to search out.  

The larvae only require the buds to be “cracking open” for them to find a crevice to sit in and start burrowing further into the bud.


 

 

 

£29.95
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 10 larvae
Availability: July/August 2018


Deathshead Hawkmoth Acheronia atropos  10 larvae

 

 

Everyone’s favourite. An extreme rarity, migrating to Britain from Africa. Occasionally the larvae are found in potato fields but that’s if you are lucky and these days with modern machinery the chances of larvae being found are even more remote. The larvae feed on many plants in the potato family, Solanaceae, but you don’t have to have these to keep the larvae: they do well on Privet. They have also been found feeding on Buddleia, resulting in a pale coloured larva that matches the leaves. The duration of the egg stage is just a few days, and the larvae grow probably twice as fast as our native hawkmoth larvae, completing their life cycle in as little as 4-6 weeks in summer temperatures. These larvae will produce another generation of moths within weeks of pupation, but you can keep them cool in the winter months, and have them emerge in spring. The moth is just amazing to have alive on your hand! It is furry, and squeaks – almost like handling a little mammal. It also humps its back and displays the blue markings on the body, as well as the famous skull and crossbones on the thorax. The moth needs to feed, not from flowers but from a pad soaked in weak honey or sugar solution. Moths have been found inside beehives, attracted by the sweet smell of honey. 

 

In summer, the pupae will emerge within about 4 weeks.  In autumn, to overwinter, bury the pupae in light compost that is not too damp but not allowed to dry out. The top of each pupa should be just showing. Store in a cool place (10-15 degrees C) away from predadors. Bring into the warm in April ready for May emergence. 
 


 

£14.95
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Availability: July onwards


Deathshead Hawkmoth Acheronia atropos  15 eggs

 

Eggs hatch very quickly. Orders for Europe are best sent by courier as they arrive in only 1-2 days. Cannot be sent outside Europe. 

 

Everyone’s favourite. An extreme rarity, migrating to Britain from Africa. Occasionally the larvae are found in potato fields but that’s if you are lucky and these days with modern machinery the chances of larvae being found are even more remote. The larvae feed on many plants in the potato family, Solanaceae, but you don’t have to have these to keep the larvae: they do well on Privet. They have also been found feeding on Buddleia, resulting in a pale coloured larva that matches the leaves. The duration of the egg stage is just a few days, and the larvae grow probably twice as fast as our native hawkmoth larvae, completing their life cycle in as little as 4-6 weeks in summer temperatures. These larvae will produce another generation of moths within weeks of pupation, but you can keep them cool in the winter months, and have them emerge in spring. The moth is just amazing to have alive on your hand! It is furry, and squeaks – almost like handling a little mammal. It also humps its back and displays the blue markings on the body, as well as the famous skull and crossbones on the thorax. The moth needs to feed, not from flowers but from a pad soaked in weak honey or sugar solution. Moths have been found inside beehives, attracted by the sweet smell of honey. 

 

In summer, the pupae will emerge within about 4 weeks.  In autumn, to overwinter, bury the pupae in light compost that is not too damp but not allowed to dry out. The top of each pupa should be just showing. Store in a cool place (10-15 degrees C) away from predadors. Bring into the warm in April ready for May emergence. 
 
 


 

£13.95
Poplar Hawk Laothoe populi 15 eggs
Availability: NOW


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.

£12.50
Lime Hawk tiliae 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: July onwards



Lime Hawkmoth Mimas tiliae 15 eggs 

Extremely easy to rear on Lime or Elm. Other reported foodplants include Cherry, Alder, Birch, Oak, Hazel, Acer including Sycamore, Sorbus, Apple, Pear and Ash! In autumn the larvae will grow faster if kept warm.

 

The larvae do particularly well sleeved on growing foodplant but can be kept in plastic boxes or cages. Beautiful streamlined larvae. Larger larvae are often heavily marked with flame and scarlet spots and blotches. Very variable. They pupate underground. In captivity they will pupate amongst folds of cloth or absorbent tissue. Store pupae refrigerated for the winter. The moths normally emerge in May/June.


 

£10.50
Eyed Hawk ocellata 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: NOW


Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata  

 

Fascinatingly camouflaged larvae which exactly match their leafy background. Easy to breed.

The larvae feed on Apple, Willows, Poplars. Other reported foodplants are Lime, Privet, Alder, Birch, Plum, Blackthorn, some Viburnums, Various Prunus, Laurel.

At pupation time, provide a container of compost to a depth of about 10cm, with a lid. The larvae burrow to pupate.  The moths, with vivid eye-spots, emerge the following spring.

 

 

£12.95
Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 15 eggs
Availability: July/August


Privet Hawkmoth Sphinx ligustri 

 

 

One of the largest Hawkmoths. The caterpillar becomes enormous and is characteristic of the name Sphinx moths, by its sphinx-like resting position. Adults emerge in June and July.  They need nectar from the flowers of Privet, Valerian, Buddleia.  

Larval foodplants: Privet, Lilac, Ash, also reportedly Spiraea, Viburnum opulus, and other Viburnums,  Holly, Dogwood, Snowberry, Apple, Pear, Oleander, Leycesteria, Currant.

One generation in the year. Privet Hawks breed readily in a large cage with nectar and foodplant. 

The large pupae are formed underground. Store the pupae for emergence next summer. 

 


 

£12.95