Butterfly Breeding Kits - These Butterfly Breeding Kits come with everything you need to breed your own Painted Lady butterflies - watch them develop from caterpillar to butterflies and because they are native to the UK, once developed, you can keep them for a few days before releasing them into your garden. These butterfly kits are designed to be reusable, and you can re-order caterpillars and repeat the whole process. N.B. Caterpillars are available NOW!
Butterfly Breeding Kits - Our kits feature caterpillars of the Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui, L), which are native, migrating butterfly, that can fly thousands of miles in search of food. They lay up to 500 eggs and their caterpillars feed on weeds such as nettles. Once you have released your butterflies, they can often be seen for several days- especially if you have a butterfly friendly garden and feeder. These Butterfly Breeding kits come with everything you need to breed your own Painted Lady butterflies :-
Butterfly Garden - This colourful and reusable Butterfly Garden allows you to study 5 butterflies from caterpillar to butterfly. The Butterfly Garden includes a 30cm hanging / free-standing mesh garden, a VOUCHER for 5 Painted Lady caterpillars and food, pipette for feeding and full instructions.
New - Classroom Butterfly Kit - We have put together this new Classroom kit which allows each student to have their own caterpillar. This kit is designed especially for classrooms and comes with 3 of the 30cm hanging / free-standing mesh gardens (so the class can split up into smaller groups) and a VOUCHER for 33 Painted Lady caterpillars and food, 33 vials, lids and food (so each student can have their own caterpillar in their own individual pot with food) and full instructions.
What happens once you receive your kit? - Once you have your kit and are ready to start , return the voucher or register online and the caterpillars will be sent to you by 1st class post. Remember it will take 3-5 weeks for caterpillars to change into butterflies.
Caring for your caterpillars - Once your caterpillars arrive, simply watch them eat, spin silk and grow to many times their original size. The caterpillars don't need anything other than the food supplied in the cup and the small holes in the lid of the cup will provide plenty of air. They can stay as caterpillars for up to 2 weeks, but normally 7 days depending on temperature - 24c/76f is ideal. When the caterpillars are ready to become chrysalides, they will climb to the top of the cup and hang upside down attaching themselves to the paper disc inside the lid. After 24 / 48 hours the chrysalis and will have a beautiful sheen of bronze and gold. When your chrysalides have formed move them into either your Butterfly Garden or Pavilion.
The birth of the butterfly - After 7 -14 days the chrysalides will darken and you will be able to see the colours of the butterflies through the shell. As the butterfly emerges, it will rest while pumping its wings to full size. After 1 or 2 hours the wings will be full sized and hard and the butterfly is ready to fly. Now you can decorate the inside of your Pavilion or Garden with flowers, twigs & leaves. You can keep your butterflies for 2 - 3 days feeding them sugar solution (sugar and water) or fruit before releasing them in your garden :-
"I would like to say a big thank you for the butterfly garden. My son loved it and i was also amazed by it. Today we let our butterflies out into the garden and was sad to see them go ha ha. I was also very very lucky enough to catch the butterfly coming out of the chrysalides. We will be getting more." Tessa
"Dear All I just wanted to thank you for the lovely butterfly kit that my son's school are enjoying on a daily basis. Although it is still early days they are hugely excited about the prospect of seeing the caterpillars turning into butterflies. It is a wonderful tool in teaching children about how amazing nature can be!" Kind regards Fianna English
"Hi there Jon, my daughter was delighted with her butterfly garden and released them yesterday. Absolutely love the website, it's fantastic!I have recommended it to all our friends & family. We will all be regular customers now. The children are even saving their pocket money to purchase things they have seen on the site!" Sarah by email
"Thank you so much for ensuring the Butterfly Pavilion was delivered in such a short time after ordering. It is very gratifying to find such superb service." Many thanks Anne Joyce
"So pleased yesterday, and taken by surprise, when all 10 chrysalises turned into beautiful painted lady butterflies: one minute the pavilion was peaceful and next minute all a flutter as though they all ‘hatched’ at precisely the same moment. We fed them as advised and this morning, as it was sunny, released them beneath a buddleia in our garden where some settled and others stretched their wings. We’ll certainly re-order more caterpillars. The process was amazing and the butterflies beautiful, we felt as if we’d done something magical and useful. Thanks again, we can certainly recommend the experience." Tony and Sue
|Butterfly Garden - includes voucher for 5 caterpillars||£19.99|
|Classroom Butterfly Kit - includes voucher for 33 caterpillars||£59.99|
|Caterpillar Refill - 5 caterpillars and food - delivery ASAP||£11.99|
|Caterpillar Refill Voucher - Voucher for 5 Caterpillars||£11.99|
|Classroom Refill - 33 Caterpillars and food - delivery ASAP||£39.99|
|Classroom Refill Voucher - Voucher for 33 Caterpillars||£39.99|
Ladybird Breeding Kit - This kit contains everything you need to breed your own ladybirds (Adalia Bipunctata), which can then be released into your garden. Ladybirds are one of the best known beneficial insects and are a welcome sight in the garden helping to control a range of pests including aphids, so why not have a go and breed your own. Ideal for children, schools or a unique gift. Our Ladybird kits come with either LIVE larvae and food or a VOUCHER (so the recepient can requested the ladybird larvae and food anytime between March and August). Ladybird Kit Refills i.e. Ladybird Larvae and Food are available NOW!
Ladybird Breeding Kit - Study all the stages of ladybird development - see the larvae feed, then pupate and the ladybirds develop before releasing them into your garden to tackle your pest problems. The kit is easy and fun for green gardeners of all ages. The Ladybird Breeding Kit comes complete with a pop-up mesh breeding chamber (10cm high and 15cm in diameter), an educational poster and 25 + Ladybird Larvae and Food or a VOUCHER.
How does it work? Transfer the larvae to the breeding chamber and add the food. If you have a VOUCHER, send it off and within 7-10 days you will receive 25 ladybird larvae, food & instructions. It takes 3-4 weeks to raise adult ladybirds from larvae. The larvae will feed, grow and shed their skins 3 times before pupating. After a further 6 to 8 days, the adults emerge. At first the adults are yellow, but within a few hours their rear wings harden and turn red. The adult ladybirds can be studied for a few days before releasing them into your garden to tackle your insect pests.
N.B. The ladybird kit is designed to be re-useable. You can re-order ladybird larvae anytime between April and early September and reuse the kit.
|Ladybird Breeding Kit with Ladybird Larvae and Food||£24.50|
|Ladybird Breeding Kit with a VOUCHER||£24.50|
|Ladybird Kit Refill - 25 lbird larvae and food||£14.99|
Ladybird Houses - Our range of ladybird houses are designed to simulate the natural habitat sought by ladybirds for hibernation helping more of these beneficial insects survive the winter.
Special Offer - Buy a Ladybird House / mansion and 2 sachets of Ladybird Food and Attractant and save £2.00
Ladybird House - This attractive, hand-crafted, wooden habitat for ladybirds and other beneficial insects has a central chamber filled with natural material, which provides a cosy place for them to bed down. Holes are drilled in an upward angle, so the ladybirds can reach this insulated and safe inner chamber. If necessary the roof panel may be removed for inspection or cleaning. Position next to aphid infected plants, in a sheltered, warm spot away from prevailing winds in flower beds, rose or shrub borders or even in a planter on a terrace. Dimensions 30cm high x 15cm x 15cm.
Ladybird Mansion - This attractive, wall mounted Ladybird Mansion is perfect for providing all year round shelter for ladybirds and other beneficial insects. It is designed to be hung on a wall, fence or post and is ideal for positioning amongst climbing plants, which suffer from aphids i.e. climbing roses and honeysuckle. Made from FSC timber, this sturdy mansion will last for years. It featuring a viewing window, so you can easily check on your gardener's friends without disturbing them. Position at any time of year on a wall, tree or fence amongst climbing plants, which are affected by aphids. Will provide shelter for other insects too and may also be used by solitary bees. Height 30cm x width 13cm x depth 17cm.
"I received my ladybird house today and I am very impressed. It is so well made and attractive the best one I have seen. Thanks again for a lovely product." by email
We had a very cold night over the weekend and I was pleased to see my first ladybirds using the ladybird house in the garden." Terry by email.
"After putting your ladybird house in the garden I've had loads of ladybirds and very little trouble with aphids" Mr. A from Bath
"Hi there, I have just bought your ladybird house and adult ladybird package. They are feasting on my aphid infestation which is great - they're almost all gone!" Maxine by email.
Ladybird attractant and food - Mix the powder with a drop of water and use in the garden or in one of our ladybird houses. This encourages ladybirds to stay in your garden giving you free pest control. Use from early spring onwards.
Ladybird Field Guide - Did you know there are 26 species of ladybirds in this country? This attractive laminated field guide has pictures and descriptions of them all to help you identify the ones in your garden.
Ladybird Lifecycle Models - These meticulously designed ladybird lifecycle figures are an educational accessory to go with our ladybird kit. These accurate replicas are oversized making them ideal for little hands. There are 4 stages accurately detailed - eggs, larva, pupa and adult ladybird.
|Ladybird House and 2 sachets of Ladybird attractant and food SAVE £2.00||£19.49|
|Ladybird Mansion and 2 sachets of Ladybird attractant and food SAVE £2.00||£29.94|
|Ladybird attractant and food - 2 sachets||£6.95|
|Ladybird Field Guide||£6.50|
|Ladybird Lifecycle Models||£5.99|
Mini Bug Habitats – Introduce your children or grandchildren to the fascinating world of nature with our habitats for ladybirds, lacewings and bees, which are fun and interesting for the children and provide beneficial insects with places to feed, breed and over-winter. These three Mini Bug Habitats are designed to attract beneficial insects while being fun and educational for children.
Mini Bug Ladybird Log – This smaller version of our best selling Ladybird House has been designed with children in mind. Ladybirds are a welcome sight in the garden and one of the best ways to attract them to your garden is to provide a safe, dry environment for ladybirds to breed, feed and overwinter in. The Ladybird Log has a hollow central chamber that can be filled with dry grass, dry leaves or straw, which the ladybirds reach through holes drilled in the side. The Mini Bug Ladybird Log comes in colourful packaging making it an ideal gift and comes with a project book (contains fascinating facts and pictures of ladybird development) and instructions. The house can be positioned amongst plants or hung from a fence etc by a metal eye on the back. Meaures 20cm tall and 8cm in diameter.
Mini Bug Solitary Bee House – This smaller version of our best selling Solitary Bee Hive, has been designed with children in mind. Bees pollinate flowers, herbs, fruit trees & veg plants and this house is a great way of building up the numbers of bees in your garden as adult bees and their offspring will use the same nest each year. This wooden beehive (bees prefer wooden nesting sites) is made from durable FSC timber and the solitary bees seal their eggs inside the holes with mud or chewed up vegetation, so it is easy to tell if it is being used. Solitary Bees are docile and rarely sting, which makes them ideal for children to study. The Mini Bug Solitary Bee House comes in colourful packaging making an ideal gift and comes complete with a project book and instructions. The house should be positioned amongst plants on a brick or paving slab. Measures 11cm wide x 12 cm long and 10 cm deep.
Mini Bug Bug Box – This Mini Bug Bug Box will attract a wide range of beneficial bugs including lacewings and ladybirds. This insect house consists of holes drilled into a wooden block for insects to nest in and it also comes with hollow canes and straws, which the children assemble to provide another nesting area. The Mini Bug Bug Box provides a safe, dry environment for benefical insects such as ladybirds and Lacewings to breed, feed and overwinter in. The Mini Bug Bug Box comes in colourful packaging making an ideal gift and comes complete with a project book and instructions. It also contains information on building your own bug boxes. The bug box is hung from a fence etc by a metal eye on the back. Measures 15cm wide x 11cm deep x 7 cm wide.
Mini Bug Collection - Buy one of each of the Mini Bug Habitats and save £4.50 normally £38.97 NOW £34.47
|Mini Bug Ladybird Log||£12.99|
|Mini Bug Solitary Bee House||£12.99|
|Mini Bug Bug Box||£12.99|
|Mini Bug Collection saving £4.50||£34.47|
Butterfly House and Feeder - Many species of butterflies are becoming rare due loss of habitat. By providing them with food and shelter you can help stop their decline. This attractive Butterfly House and Feeder is made from solid FSC timber and combines a safe over-wintering house with a special removable feed tray.
Butterfly House and Feeder - The house provides a year round home in which butterflies and moths can roost, breed and hibernate. The special removable feed tray is designed and coloured to mimic garden flowers- the butterflies natural nectar source. It is coloured with a special ultra violet paint which is visible and attractive to butterflies. The feed tray has small nectar pots around the edge. Fill these with our own butterfly food or use sugar / water. It also has a large central pot for offering fruit. Butterflies will use these tray for feeding and be attracted to the house. Simply position in a warm sheltered spot in the morning sun to help to replace lost butterfly breeding sites. Butterflies will use the house for roosting. Small tortoiseshell, peacock and comma butterflies can use the house for hibernating. Silver winged fritillary may also use the house for breeding, laying eggs in the box and chrysalis could form on the roof. Dimensions 30cm x 15cm x 10cm.
"Fantastic website - my 6yr old daughter LOVED her butterfly house last year!" Louise Baser
Butterfly and Bee Seeds - This mixture of seeds have been selected for their fragrance and colour and have been proven to attract butterflies and bees. It includes seeds from Shirley Poppy, Californian Poppy, Cornflower, Fairy Toadflax, Tickseed, Red Orache and Larkspur. They will give a long flowering period and are easy to sow and germinate. Sow anytime between Feb - June. Each 8g pack will sow 3-4 sqm.
Butterfly Food and attractant - A unique blend of foods and vitamins suitable for feeding butterflies and moths. Also contains an attractant based on a natural plant extract. Use to attract butterflies to the butterfly house. Use from spring onwards - simply mix 1 rounded teaspoon with water until fully dissolved and pour the mixture into the nectar pots around the feed tray on the butterfly house and feeder.
Butterfly Field Guide - This attractive laminated field guide will help you identify the many kinds of butterfly you find in your garden.
|Butterfly House and Feeder||£24.50|
|Butterfly and Bee Seeds - 8g pack||£9.99|
|Butterfly Food and attractant - 2 sachets||£6.95|
|Butterfly Field Guide||£6.50|