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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.




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.

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.



Camberwell Beauty antiopa pupae
Availability: NOW

Camberwell Beauty Nymphyalis antiopa

 There are just two lots of pupae available immediately.

We cannot be sure of obtaining this species every year, but we have several sources who expect to have them and it's wise to book ahead.

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. 






Small Copper phlaeas 5 pupae
Availability: September

Small Copper Butterfly Lycaena phlaeas

 The pupae of this species are seldom offered. The larvae feed on common Dock and Sorrel. 

Large Copper dispar batavus 5 pupae
Availability: Spring

Large Copper Butterfly Lycaena dispar batavus  

This is the large and richly coloured Large Copper which originated from Freisland in Holland and closely resembles the extinct British Large Copper.  Common Dock is an acceptable foodplant, though if you have their natural foodplant Great Water Dock, 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.

 This species has now become very difficult to obtain. This is an opportunity to breed and produce a stock larvae, some of which will overwinter, and others produce butterflies. 



Oleander Hawk nerii Pupae
Availability: NOW

Oleander Hawkmoth Daphnis nerii  

One of the finest of all Hawkmoths. They can be bred in captivity. The larvae are very fast growing indeed. Most breeders rear the larvae on Privet Ligustrum. The larvae thrive on Periwinkle Vinca, and in the wild they are found on Oleander Nerium.

Pupae can be kept warm (20ºC) and moist to emerge this autumn/winter, or they can be kept cool to emerge and breed in the spring. 

To overwinter autumn pupae, 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 (10-12 degrees C) away from predadors. Bring into the warm in April ready for May emergence.

In the emerging cage, underground pupae need to be in moist compost or kept as described for the Pupae Nest on this website.