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Heliconius species 10 larvae
Availability: July


Heliconius species Central and South America

Larvae feed on Passion Plant Passifolora caerulea. Often in clusters when young, the larvae grow fast in warm conditions. Ideally on growing foodplant.

Larvae may be of more than one species. Melpomone and erato , probably could include some cydno and hecale. 

The Heliconius butterflies are mimetic, not only of each other, but they also imitate other species that are distastful to predators. So don't be surprised if your butterflies don't have the same pattern and marking as the illustration, but they do have the same narrow wing shape in common, and their habits are wonderful to observe. Some are capapble of hovering and even flying backwards. The butterflies are able to gather not only nectar through the proboscis, but also pollen which they store in the coils of the proboscis.

Some individuals have been known to survive for months, even in captive conditions.

Eggs are laid on the growing shoots and tendrils of Passiflora, on which the larvae feed. Most lay eggs individually though some lay in groups. The butterflies are continuously brooded and can become a magnificent feature of a greenhouse or conservatory.

 

£12.95
Heliconius melpomone 10 larvae
Availability: July


Heliconius melpomone Central and South America

The Heliconius butterflies are mimetic, not only of each other, but they also imitate other species that are distastful to predators. The infinite variety of colour forms  and patterns is astonishing.

The habits of Heliconius butterflies are wonderful to observe. Some are capapble of hovering and even flying backwards. The butterflies are able to gather not only nectar through the proboscis, but also pollen which they store in the coils of the proboscis.

Some individuals have been known to survive for months, even in captive conditions.

Eggs are laid on the growing shoots and tendrils of Passiflora, on which the larvae feed. Most lay eggs individually though some lay in groups. The butterflies are continuously brooded and can become a magnificent feature of a greenhouse or conservatory.

 

£14.95
Willowherb Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina Pupae SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW



Willowherb Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina

SCARCE! Only a few pupae available. Lower price this year!

Special promotional price normally £29.50 for FIVE pupae, now £21.50

This rather rare Hawkmoth is a gem, seldom encountered, though it lives throughout much of western and central Europe, eastwards into Russia.  

The larva is rather like a grey form of Small Elephant Hawk. The foodplant is Rosebay Willowherb Epilobium, Evening Primrose Oenothera and Purple Loosetrife Lythrum. The pretty little green moth has prominent egg-yolk coloured hindwings.  The normal flight period is June and July.

Proserpinus proserpina 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: July


Proserpina Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina

 This rather rare Hawkmoth is a gem, seldom encountered, though it lives throughout much of western and central Europe, eastwards into Russia.  

The pretty little green moth has prominent egg-yolk coloured hindwings.  

The larva is rather like a grey form of Small Elephant Hawk. Take a close look and decide which end is which! There is a false eye-spot - at the TAIL!

The foodplant is Rosebay Willowherb Epilobium, Evening Primrose Oenothera and Purple Loosetrife Lythrum.

The normal flight period is June and July.

£12.95
Elephant Hawk elpenor 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability.
Availability: NOW


Elephant Hawk Dielephila elpenor  

A most attractive and easy species to rear. The larvae feed on Willowherbs, Fuschia, Virginia Creeper, Vine and Bedstraw. Fast-growing, the larvae have two colour forms, starting green they change to black, or a lovely green form, the green being the rarest.

The larvae pupate amongst leaf litter on the ground, and emerge next spring as one of the most beautiful of all hawkmoths.

£14.95
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus 15 eggs
Availability: July


Small Elephant Hawk Dielephila porcellus 

Very seldom can we offer eggs and larvae of this brilliantly coloured and delicate little Hawkmoth. The larvae are miniatures of the Elephant Hawk.

The best foodplant is Bedstraw Gallium, any species, also Willowherb, Purple Loosestrife, Impatiens (Balsam and perhaps Busy Lizzie), Vine and Parthenocissus. Don’t miss this opportunity of rearing the Small Elephant Hawk this year.

 

 

 

£15.95
Spurge Hawk H euphorbiae 15 eggs
Availability: August


Spurge Hawk  Hyles euphorbiae

The young larvae are black and cluster.  Soon they take on amazing spots and stripes of yellow, red, white and green.  Some of the most colourful larvae in the world.

The best Spurges are Cypress Spurge cyparissias, Wood Spurge, Sea Spurge, and the annual Sun or Petty Spurges are all suitable.  Eggs are laid in clusters near the tips. The larvae are also reported to feed on Sorrel Rumex, Knotgrass Polygonum, Grape Vine, Dog's Mercury Mercurialis and Willowherbs Epilobium

The dormant pupae are kept cool for the winter. Adults emerge in June/July. Provide nectar flowers and potted Spurge plants for egg-laying.

 

£16.95
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability
Availability: NOW


Oleander Hawk Daphnis nerii 

One of the finest of all Hawkmoths. The larvae are very fast growing indeed and they consume a lot of food. It is often possible to have the larvae from hatching to pupation in little more than a month.

Larvae thrive on Privet and can be reared on Periwinkle Vinca. Suitable for winter or summer rearing. Oleander Nerium is a natural foodplant but it is often tough and leathery, so the alternives are usually better than Oleander.

 

£12.95
Kentish Glory, versicolora eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Availability: Spring 2022


Kentish Glory  Endromis versicolora

The Eggs are the first of the season to be laid and are sent from February.  They are yellow when laid, later turning maroon in colour, matching the twigs they are laid on.
This species is now found only in Scotland, and parts of Central Europe.  Our stock is European.

Keep the eggs cool, even refrigerated, until you have the first leaves of foodplant. Birch is the normal foodplant, but the larvae can also be reared on Hazel, Alder, Hornbeam, and Lime. Rearing of Kentish Glory larvae is very easy, indoors or outside, and they do particularly well sleeved on their foodplant.

The larvae, black at first,  cluster on the twigs. Later they are green and spread out a little, clinging on to the twigs, they look just like Birch catkins. Absolute masters of camouflage.

In May the larvae pupate in leaf litter and soil and settle down until the new season starts again in February. This is a very easy species. The male and female moths share the same patterning, but the female is much larger and the male has particularly rich chestnut markings. Pairing is easy. Provide twigs of foodplant, on which to lay. At this time there are no leaves. Just leave the moths together pairing and egg-laying take place naturally.

Our thanks to Jens Stolt who has kindly allowed us to use his beautiful illustration of the life history of this rare species.

Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs
Availability: Autumn


Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini

The largest underwing, spectacular blue. Store eggs refrigerated until May.

This species is now almost extinct in Britain. We are offering European stock of this fine moth, the largest of all Underwings and remarkable for its BLUE hindwings. The young larvae are immensely active and care must be taken when transferring them to fooplant on hatching, because they can tangle themselves up if you try to move more than one at a time! Feed on Aspen and other Poplars. The larvae are the largest of this genus and very satisfying to rear. Moths emerge in late summer, laying eggs that overwinter.

£14.95
Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 10 eggs
Availability: NOW


Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 10 eggs

 Refrigerate the eggs until Oak buds open in spring. 

Increasingly scarce, this richly coloured Underwing can be reared sleeved on Oak.The larvae are very active when they move. They rest for much of the time, impressively camouflaged on Oak bark. Pupae are formed in leaf litter and the moths emerge in July/August. 

£12.95
Laurel Sphinx. Sphinx kalmiae 15 Eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability.
Availability: Jun/July


Laurel Sphinx Sphinx kalmiae North America

 A very large American Hawkmoth. Much the size and markings of our Privet Hawk and not dissimilar in its characteristics, but coloured more beige than grey and with other interesting differences. Its name is derived from the moth's habit of taking nectar from Kalmia flowers. The larvae do not eat Laurel. They feed on Privet and Ash. As easy as Privet Hawk to rear. Might possibly hybridise.

£12.95