Dear customers, this post is an update regarding our current stocks of dried butterflies and moths for collectors and craft art. Such posts are done irregularly but, if you wish to get more information, please contact us at [email protected]
All our dried Lepidoptera specimens are captive reared (ex-pupa) and not collected in the wild. They are labelled with the necessary information and carefully stored.
Dried Lepidoptera stock List – September 2021
Here you find the list of current dried unmounted Lepidoptera specimens including Saturniidae, Nympahlidae, Papilionidae and other families of butterflies and moths.
Contact us for more information and the full price list. All the specimens have been carefully dried and papered. They will be shipped in a safe box, with several layers of protection, to ensure their safe arrival.
|Species name||N. pcs||Sex||Quality||Origin||Ref. Code|
|Acherontia atropos||large quantities |
|Papilio machaon||40||M/F||A1||Spain / Italy||–|
|Boloria dia||14||M/F||A1||Pizzale, Italy||–|
|Attacus atlas (ABERRATION)||50+||M/F||A1||Phrae, Thailand||–|
|Samia ricini (WHITE ABERRATION)||70||M||A1||Special TTB strain||–|
|Samia ricini (ZEBRA)||20||M||A1||Captive strain||–|
|Samia cynthia||8||M/F||A1||Monza, Italy||–|
|Bunaea alcinoe||7||M/F||A1||Kakamega, Kenya||–|
|Argema mimosae||4||M/F||A1||Kakamega, Kenya||–|
|Papilio demodocus||40||M/F||A1||Kakamega, Kenya||–|
|Papilio dardanus||17||M/F||A1||Kakamega, Kenya||–|
|Morpho peleides||54||M/F||A1||Central America||–|
|Charaxes saturnus||4||M/F||A1||Kakamega, Kenya||–|
|Deliphila elpenor||2||F||A1||Pizzale, Italy||–|
|Hypolimnas monteironis||17||M/F||A1||Kakamega, Kenya||–|
|Junonia oenone||22||M/F||A1||Kakamega, Kenya||–|
We can produce large quantities of selected species on request. Examples are Acherontia atropos, Daphnis nerii, Samia ricini and virtually any other Lepidoptera. Prices and terms of the agreements will be stipulated privately.
If you are interested in A1- or lower quality material please contact us via email: [email protected]
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Butterfly and moth aberrations and rare forms
In addition to the list above, which contains common yet beautiful specimens suitable for insect collectors and craft art suppliers, we do hold a collection of dried butterfly and moth aberrations and rare forms. Pictures and names of the species are not published yet but you can ask us for a list via email, images will be provided on request.
Aberrations are special specimens which display, normally as adults, variations from the typical species-specific pattern. Such variations can have different origins and causes. They can arise from a genetic variation or either be caused by environmental conditions affecting the insect development and post-embryonal development (from egg to pupae). Some aberrant specimens which display an alteration of the developmental pattern, a part from their unique beauty, may provide insights on the mechanics of Lepidoptera development. Aberrations are sought after by sophisticated insect collectors which wish to hold a set of unique and meaningful specimens.
Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in such unique specimens, in the meanwhile enjoy this purple aberration of Morpho peleides, which was born at the Time To Breed facility. This unique specimen has a bright purple region which seems to overlap the sal (spalt) domain of the wing disc.
Preserving and storing dried Lepidoptera
Preserving insects across the years is a challenge for collectors around the world. The purpose can be accomplished following precise protocols and guidelines. We are working on a guide on how to properly store dried Lepidoptera, in the meanwhile we recommend a very nice article on the subject:
Here you find a detailed article from the University of Oregon State on how to preserve insects and related arthropods at different stages.