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Marsh Fritillary aurinia 5 pupae
Availability: May 2020



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
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 pupae
Availability: May 2020



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), 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.

£38.00 £23.50
New Clouded Yellow Colias australis 5 pupae
Availability: June/July 2020


New Clouded Yellow Colias australis 

 Almost indistinguishable from the Pale Clouded Yellow hyale. This species was not recognised until 1947 when a Belgian entomologist, M. Berger, found that the larvae not only fed on Horseshoe Vetch Hippocrepis, but are totally different in appearance, having a brilliantly coloured pattern in black, yellow and green. Larvae will produce butterflies again this season. They will also feed on Crown Vetch Coronilla.
 

 

£14.50
Black-veined White crataegi 5 pupae
Availability: May 2020


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. 

 
 

£16.95
Clouded Yellow Crocea 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2020


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.

£14.50
Small Tortoiseshell urticae 5 pupae
Availability: June 2020 onwards


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
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io Pupae
Availability: NOW


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.

Comma c-album 10 pupae
Availability: Summer 2020


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. 
 



 

£28.00
Glanville Fritillary cinxia 10 pupae
Availability: May 2020



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.

£18.95
Glanville Fritillary cinxia 5 pupae
Availability: May 2020



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.
 

£12.50
Heath Fritillary athalia PUPAE
Availability: NOW


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: July 2020


Camberwell Beauty Nymphyalis antiopa

 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.