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Silver-washed Fritillary paphia 4 pupae
Availability: June 2018

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.



Beckeri Marsh Fritillary Euodrydryas aurinia beckeri 10 larvae
Availability: May/June

Beckeri Marsh Fritillary Euodrydryas aurinia beckeri

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, Snowberry, and some Knapweeds and Scabious. In the wild these hibernate. It may be possible to keep these warm and with longer day length to get them to develop and produce butterflies again this year. This has not yet been tried.


Glanville Fritillary cinxia 5 pupae
Availability: NOW

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



Camberwell Beauty antiopa 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018

Camberwell Beauty Nymphyalis antiopa


This species is most difficult to obtain, and supplies have almost impossible for several seasons. Thanks to a new breeder, last year we supplied a large number of larvae and pupae, and we hope and expect to again this season. PLEASE BOOK EARLY!


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. 


Supplies of pupae are dependent on good rearing weather, so there is an element of uncertainty until the larvae reach pupation.


To avoid the possibility of mixing geographical races please don't release these in the wild.




Black Hairstreak pruni 5 pupae SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW only until 28 May 2018

Black Hairstreak Strymonidia pruni



Only available until Monday 28 May 2018


The Black Hairstreak is one of Britain’s greatest rarities, occuring in very few localities, but doing well in them. Foodplant Blackthorn. We are pleased to be able to offer this very special species now as pupae. 


£60.00 £50.00
Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018

Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus Europe



Next pupae due August/September


Livestock is seldom available but some are expected this summer. This is a scarce migrant to Britain. The larvae live inside the flowers and seed pods of Broom, Pea, and almost any Leguminosae (Papilionaceae)

Brown Hairstreak betulae TEN pupae
Availability: June/July 2018

Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae


Pupae of this species hardly ever become available. A curious pupa, superbly camouflaged. Pair the butterflies in captivity and get the females to lay on Blackthorn twigs. Store for the winter in a cool place that is not totally lacking in moisture. The eggs are used to a cold, wet winter! The larvae hatch when the Blackthorn (Sloe) buds open.  Supplies are limited - first come first served.





£45.00 £34.95
Brown Hairstreak betulae 3 mated females
Availability: July/August 2018

Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae



You receive three live mated female Brown Hairstreaks. Set them up in a laying cage, with a potted Blackthorn bush, or cut twigs in water. Some breeders sleeve the females on a Blackthorn branch. Provide nectar or sugar pads to feed the butterflies. Store eggs for the winter in a cool place that is not totally lacking in moisture. The eggs are used to a cold, wet winter! The larvae hatch when the Blackthorn (Sloe) buds open.  Supplies are limited - first come first served.







Adonis Blue bellargus 5 pupae
Availability: Summer 2018

The Adonis Blue Lysandra bellargus


The intense blue iridescence of the male is unmatched in Europe. The female has a rich burnt umber colouring.  To raise the larvae you need Horseshoe vetch Hippocrepis comosa, a low-growing plant, covered with yellow flowers in May, requiring calcareous soil.  The larvae, which will also feed on Coronilla, feed rapidly and pupate among the base of the foodplant.  In Britain the Adonis is double brooded, the adults flying in June and August.




Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
Availability: Summer

Deathshead Hawkmoth Acherontia atropos Pupae


2017 orders have been supplied. We hope there may be some late autumn pupae. If not, your order will be held for priority dispatch in 2018. 


These pupae will produce moths this year.


In winter moths may be produced before spring if the pupae are kept warm.  To overwinter, 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. 


The larvae feed on many plants in the potato family, Solanaceae, but you don’t have to have these to keep the larvae, they do well on Privet. They have also been found feeding on Buddleia, resulting in a pale coloured larva that matches the leaves. The duration of the egg stage is just a few days, and the larvae grow probably twice as fast as our native hawkmoth larvae, completing their life cycle in as little as 4-6 weeks in summer temperatures.


The moth is just amazing to have alive on your hand! It is furry, and squeaks – almost like handling a little mammal. It also humps its back and displays the blue markings on the body, as well as the famous skull and crossbones on the thorax. The moth needs to feed, not from flowers but from a pad soaked in weak honey or sugar solution. They will seldom feed themselves: it is necessary to hold each moth firmly and, with a strong setting needle, guide the short mouth tube into the sweet feeding pads. They will resist the handling, but once the proboscis samples the sweet solution, they usually coninue feeding of their own accord for some time. The moths may need this assistance repeatedly every few days. Moths have been found inside beehives, attracted by the sweet smell of honey.