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European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Availability: July 2019 onwards

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: May 2019

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.



£19.00 £14.95
Green-veined White napi 10 Pupae
Availability: Summer

Green-veined White  Pieris napi


A delicate member of the White family, with variable markings and prominent underside veining.  The larvae feed on many Cruficerae with a particular liking for Jack by the Hedge Alliaria, Horseradish Armoracia rusticana, Cresses and Mustards.


Very easy to breed. Several generations are possible in a season. The pupa hibernates. Keep the pupae cool or in the fridge until April. Lay them out to emerge in May and provide the adults with nectar flowers and stems of the foodplant on which to lay.


Harmless to garden plants (they prefer wild plants), this is a species you can breed to enhance the local countryside.


Black-veined White crataegi 5 pupae
Availability: Spring 2019

Black-veined White Aporia crataegi 


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. 


Clouded Yellow Crocea 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018

Clouded Yellow Butterfly Colias crocea Larvae


A great favourite with entomologists and extremely easy to rear on potted Clover. The larvae grow fast and will produce butterflies very quickly, particularly in warm conditions. These pupae produce butterflies in a week or two.


Small Tortoiseshell urticae 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2019

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. 



£15.00 £12.95
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io  5 Pupae
Availability: Summer 2019

Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)

One of Europe's most colourful and splendid butterflies. The pupae hatch within about 2 weeks.   The butterflies can be kept for a few days in a cage with flowers for nectar, then released into the wild.

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.



Comma c-album 10 pupae
Availability: Summer 2019

Comma Butterfly Polygonia c-album 10 pupae.


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. 


Silver-washed Fritillary paphia 4 pupae
Availability: June 2019

Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia


These pupae will produce butterflies in this year. The butterflies will lay on netting. Early in the season, the young larvae may be persuaded to feed (on Violet leaves), instead of going into hibernation. In southern Europe there are 2 or more broods, and these may behave likewise.



Glanville Fritillary cinxia 5 pupae
Availability: Spring 2019

Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia


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

Heath Fritillary athalia PUPAE
Availability: June/July


Heath Fritillary Melicta athalia


There are more orders this year than there are pupae but later orders will be supplied from later stock if possible this year, otherwise later orders will be held for supply in 2018.


Pupae very seldom offered and these are imminent. These will hatch in June.


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.



Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2016

Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe


Foodplant Knapweed Centaurea and usually Plantain Plantago. If kept warm the larvae will develop and produce butterflies this year. The butterfly has some resemblance to the Glanville Fritillary but more variable especially in the female. Origin Provence.


Pupae immediately available