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Large White Pieris brassicae 10 Pupae
Availability: NOW

Large White Butterfly Pieris brassicae


No longer the common butterfly it once was. Winter pupae are stored cool for the winter and normally hatch in May, though some develop during winter.


This is a good species for the inexperienced, and as an introduction to rearing larvae.


The larvae feed on cabbage but also most Cruciferae which can be better and less smelly for captive rearing! Horseradish is ideal for its large leaves and other species include Rape, Mustard, Sweet Rocket, Turnip and Watercress.


There are two or more generations in a year.  



European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Availability: From August

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.



£19.00 £14.95
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 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.

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.

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: Summer

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. 






Apatura metis  Two pupae (sex not guaranteed)
Availability: From June onwards

Freyer’s Purple Emperor Apatura metis

 Apatura metis is a scarce species from eastern Europe, across to Palaearctic Far Eastern countries. It is associated with watery places where its foodplant Salix alba White Willow grows.

PUPAE have never before been available. A great opportunity for the experience, photographic possibility, and the best way to have a perfect specimen.

 With some subtle differences of marking, although a touch smaller, at first sight this rare species has much in common with Apatura ilia and its orange form Apatura ilia clytie. There are different colour forms.

 The larvae are best sleeved on growing Willows, which can be planted outside, or potted.  They may well take other species of Salix , including Basket Willow S. viminalis.  The June larvae will produce butterflies this year. The pupae will be formed in the sleeve, dramatically camouflaged amongst the foliage. August larvae can be hibernated outside in sleeves.

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.