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All our caterpillars eat the best fresh leaves and are reared by us in HAPs and ELC cages. The adults lay eggs and fly in the afternoons around the breeding facility!
The information sheets are written by qualified professional entomologist
Dorothy Floyd BA Hons (Cantab). Live arrival is guaranteed.

Giant Indian Eri silkmoth
Giant Indian Eri silkmoth
Samia ricini

Giant Indian Eri silkmoth caterpillars

The Giant Indian Eri silkmoths are easy to handle and some like to fly in the afternoon/evening around a room.

We breed these silkmoths in large numbers and supply the caterpillars so you can enjoy watching them grow.

The caterpillars (also called silkworms) eat privet leaves. You can gather leaves yourself from privet hedges or purchase Fresh Cut Privet from us.


House young caterpillars in the HAP or ELC cage and add fresh privet daily because these caterpillars eat a lot! It is really important that these caterpillars are kept in clean surroundings and so replace the HAP Liner daily. If you have lots of caterpillars in the ELC cage, you can use fresh paper or kitchen roll every day to line the floor of the cage.


When the caterpillars have outgrown the HAP, transfer them to a larger container, the ELC cage is ideal. Do not house these caterpillars in an airy netting enclosure because this is too ventilated for them.

When the caterpillar is 7cm long it spins a silk cocoon. Approximately ten days later the adult silkmoth emerges. The adults do not eat but will mate and lay eggs so you have the opportunity to hatch out the next generation.
Giant Indian Eri caterpillar eating a privet leaf
Giant Indian Eri caterpillar eating a privet leaf
Indian Eri silkmoth caterpillars!
If you save some eggs, you can hatch out the next generation of Indian Eri silkmoth caterpillars! The baby caterpillars are green and eat privet.
8 Indian Eri caterpillars (silkworms) only... £9.96

20 Indian Eri caterpillars (silkworms) only... £19.98

6 Indian Eri caterpillars (silkworms) + HAP + 20 HAP Liners ... £15

25 Indian Eri caterpillars (silkworms) + ELC cage + Sprig Pot (to keep privet leaves fresh) ... £84

Wallet of Fresh Cut Privet... £11.52

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Fresh Cut Privet (12 sprigs)
Fresh Cut Privet (12 sprigs)
Fresh Cut Privet

Privet leaves are eaten by the silkworms of the giant Indian Eri silkmoth (Samia ricini). Privet leaves are also eaten by the Peruvian Black Beauty stick insect (Peruphasma schultei).

The fresh cut privet is dispatched in a re-sealable wallet. Push the widest end of the stems into a Sprig Pot of cold tap water. Use what you need and place the remainder back in the wallet and store in the bottom of the fridge, where it will stay fresh for up to a week.

If this privet is for the Peruvian Black Beauty stick insects, lightly mist the leaves daily with cold tap water, so the stick insects can drink from the water droplets on the leaves. But if this privet is for the giant Indian Eri silkworms, never mist the leaves because wet leaves can make the caterpillars ill.

Wallet of Fresh Cut Privet ... £11.52

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British Vapourer laying eggs
British Vapourer female laying eggs
Orgyia antiqua

British Vapourer caterpillars

The British Vapourer caterpillars are lively and colourful! They eat fresh bramble (blackberry) leaves and grow quickly.

House them in the HAP and replace the HAP Liner every day to keep the surroundings clean. Do not house these caterpillars in an airy netting enclosure because this is too ventilated for them.

Soon the caterpillars will spin a loose sac on the wall of the HAP and inside this will transform into a brown pupa, hidden from view. Approximately ten days later the adults will emerge.

The male British Vapourer has wings and is keen to fly off. You can enjoy setting him free outdoors in your garden, this is OK because this species is naturally widespread across the UK. The adult female can't fly and emits pheromones to attract a male. If successful, she will neatly lay lots of eggs. You can save a few to hatch out and release the rest outside on a bramble bush.

British Vapourer male
British Vapourer male

British Vapourer caterpillars
British Vapourer caterpillars
8 British Vapourer caterpillars only... £9.96

5 British Vapourer caterpillars + HAP + 20 HAP Liners ... £15

Small bag of loose fresh bramble leaves... £3.96

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Framed picture of the head of the Large White butterfly Butterfly Framed Picture

A lovely detailed illustration depicting the head of the common Large White butterfly, Pieris brassicae.

It's in French and is printed on parchment paper.

Supplied in a black wooden frame with a clear plastic front and a hanging hook on the back.

The external size is 31.5cm x 23cm, which is 12¼" x 9".
Back of frame showing hanging hook "Le Papillon" framed picture... £7.80

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Dead stock - 6 dead Indian Eri butterflies Dead stock

As commercial breeders of insects, we have lots of individuals that have died naturally from old age. So they are not in pristine condition, but can still be appreciated by both scientists and artists alike.

We also have lots of empty silk cocoons from which our Indian Eri silkmoths have emerged.

Empty silk cocoons
6 dead giant Indian Eri silkmoths ... £15

20 empty silk cocoons ... £11.52

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DELIVERY

Delivery - Safe arrival guaranteed
SAFE ARRIVAL
Items are delivered within mainland UK by courier.
Safe arrival of goods is guaranteed and of course live arrival is guaranteed. We have been sending items since 1985 and always package items properly so that they arrive undamaged. We use both bespoke packaging and recycled packaging.


FAST DISPATCH
Items are in stock and dispatch is fast, usually within a few days. We let you know in advance what day delivery will be. On the day of arrival you can see what time delivery will be (within a two hour delivery window) by following the online tracking link. The driver can leave the parcel in your "safe place" if you may be going out.

DELIVERY PRICES
Prices start at £4.98.

If you order several items, the delivery price is usually capped at £9.96.

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Items sent in a pizza type box
Liners (ELC Liners, HAP Liners, HLQ Liners) FREE delivery if ordered with a large cage, otherwise delivery is £4.98
Book "Keeping Stick Insects"
Wallet of Fresh Cut Leaves
Framed Pictures
Dead Stock
Items sent in a strong
medium-sized box
HAP FREE delivery if ordered with a large cage, otherwise delivery is £7.98
Sprig Pot
Little Mister, Mister Swivel
Items sent in a large extra-strong bespoke box
ELC cage 1 - 2 cages delivery is £9.96
3 - 4 cages delivery is £12.96
5 - 6 cages delivery is £15.96
ELC cage bundle
HLQ cage bundle
Items sent in an extra protective box
Stick insects FREE delivery if ordered with a large cage, otherwise delivery is £9.96
Caterpillars
Scottish delivery surcharges: The courier surcharges delivery to these Scottish postcodes: AB, DD, IV, KW, PA, PH, so please phone us on 01733 913480 if you live in these postcodes to request the total delivery price.
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