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European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Availability: NOW

European Swallowtail Papilio machaon gorganus

Summer Swallowtail pupae produce adults in 2-4 weeks. A large and truly magnificent butterfly, as big as any in Europe.

Lay in the emerging cage on a base such as coir or greengrocer's imitation grass, that helps to maintain moisture.

The adults need nectar flowers and growing tender fronds of foodplant. In summer they also lay on the umbelliferous flowers of the foodplant.

The larvae are very easy to rear on Fennel, Carrot leaves and Parsnip leaves and flowers (wild and cultivated). One of the most attractive butterfly larvae and a joy to rear!

Marsh Fritillary aurinia 5 pupae
Availability: Spring 2021

Marsh Fritillary Eurydryas aurinia

The butterflies fly from May into June. Eggs are laid in large clusters on the underside of Devil’s Bit Scabious.The larvae Feed on Honeysuckle (wild is best), Teasel Snowberry or the natural foodplant Devil’s Bit Scabious.  The larvae live in a tightly formed web, growing only a little before they hibernate in autumn.



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Black-veined White crataegi 5 pupae
Availability: Spring 2021

Black-veined White Aporia crataegi 

More orders can be taken NOW for spring pupae in late April. These produce butterflies in May.

Black-veined Whites lived in Britain until about 1911. Maybe one day they will live here again?

The pupae are very brightly coloured, angular, greenish white, with contrasting markings in black and yellow. Easy to hatch out. They lay clusters of bright yellow eggs. Resulting larvae spin a web and live in this while they develop, and eventually settle down there for the winter.

Larvae do well sleeved on Hawthorn (their preferred foodplant), Plum, Blackthorn, Plum or Apple. The larvae live in a cluster.

Summer larvae spin a very small and concealed web on the branch, in which they hibernate. Leave the sleeve untouched for the winter. In spring they awake as soon as the buds burst, and begin to grow very quickly. 

Brimstone rhamni 5 pupae
Availability: Spring 2021

Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni

There are many booked orders for Brimstone pupae. We hope to supply all, but in the event of shortage, later orders will be booked for supply next spring.

The pupa is a remarkable and lovely shape. The butterflies hatch easily. Difficult to hibernate, but you can keep them for a while with fresh nectar flowers, and then release to hibernate and hopefully breed in your area. 

Resulting pupae produce butterflies this summer. They hibernate amongst ivy (when closed, the wings resemble ivy leaf undersides). Because they are difficult to hibernate in captivity release the butterflies in summer sunshine, you may help to perpetuate the species to re-appear as one of the earliest and most prominent butterflies to be seen each spring in your area.




Small Tortoiseshell urticae pupae
Availability: July

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 

Suddenly this species has become scarce, in a very short time, though last season showed some recovery, there are very few to be seen this summer. The butterflies emerge in a little over two weeks, dependent on temperature.

The butterflies can be kept in a cage for a few days, with plenty of flowers for nectar, and then released to help the wild populations. 



Peacock Butterfly Inachis io Pupae
Availability: August/September

Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)
One of Europe's most colourful and splendid butterflies. The pupae produce butterflies quite quickly.   Keep in a netting emerging cage on a medium  such as greengrocer's imitation grass, or foam sponge, which gives the adults a foothold on emergence, and drainage from misting that should be applied most days. Better still, suspend the pupae as described in the section on care of Exotic Pupae on this WWB website.

The butterflies can be kept for a few days in a cage with flowers for nectar, then released into the wild.

The larvae live only on Stinging Nettle: encourage some nettle patches in wild areas to provide breeding sites.

The mild winters waken hibernating butterflies at a time when there is no nectar and many Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells perish, making them now quite scarce.  You can help boost your local population by hatching and releasing these Peacock butterflies.

Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 5 Pupae
Availability: June onwards

Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Most years Painted Lady pupae are not available. This year we are expecting supplies again. PLEASE ORDER EARLY!

In Europe this is a migrant butterfly from N. Africa and it is probably the only butterfly found on every continent of the world. Larval foodplants include Nettle and Thistle but they also take a variety of other herbaceous plants including Mallow and Burdock.

This is a continuously brooded species that is available at intervals during the summer.

Comma c-album 5 pupae
Availability: Late summer

Comma Butterfly Polygonia c-album

A chance to breed this attractive British butterfly, or to reinforce local populations by releasing the adultd. Fascinating larvae with curious half and half markings in black, brown and white, mimicking a bird dropping. The larvae feed on Stinging Nettle, Elm and Hop. They live singly. Fast growing. 


Beckeri Marsh Fritillary Euodrydryas aurinia beckeri 10 larvae
Availability: Early spring 2021

Beckeri Marsh Fritillary Euodrydryas aurinia beckeri  Now considered as a species.

This is the most magnificent form of the Marsh Fritillary – very large, boldly marked and the brightest colouring and pattern of all. Beckeri occurs in parts of Spain, Portugal and North Africa. This stock is from Portugal. The larvae feed on Honeysuckle. In the wild these hibernate. It may be possible to keep summer larvae warm and with longer day length to get them to develop and produce butterflies again the same year. This has not yet been tried.


Glanville Fritillary cinxia 10 pupae
Availability: May 2021

Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia

The larvae feed on Narrow-leaved Plantain, and live in a cluster until large. These pupae will produce butterflies in a short time.

Glanville Fritillary cinxia 5 pupae
Availability: Spring 2021

Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia

 The larvae feed on Narrow-leaved Plantain, and live in a cluster until large. These pupae will produce butterflies in a short time.

Heath Fritillary athalia PUPAE
Availability: Spring 2021

Heath Fritillary Melicta athalia

Pupae very seldom offered and these are available NOW. These will hatch in June/July.

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.  July/August larvae will normally hibernate, but if kept in warm conditions, some may grow and produce butterflies again this year.