Butterfly bait traps are used to capture Lepidoptera attracted to fermenting fruit, faeces, and rotting meat. All our traps are based on the tried and tested Van Someren-Rydon style and take into account scientific research on effective trap design. They are lightweight and pack down to a slim size.
We currently have 3 types of trap available. The Regular butterfly trap is our simplest design, without an internal cone. We also offer a larger Cone style trap, (this trap type will shortly be discontinued). Our latest trap, the Johnson, aims to provide a highly effective trapping environment, with optional extras such as an internal cone, hanging frame, and support rods (which change it into an observation cage) which mean it can be tailored to your trapping needs.
Insectopia's moth traps are highly effective, with the well proven 'Robinson' style central cone layout. They are lightweight, pack down to a slim size, and can be fitted with a very wide range of electric light sources. We currently offer a variety of lighting rigs and lamps, and hope to extend our range soon.
Our Safari trap is priced at entry level, and is a very popular product. We also offer the Ranger moth trap, available using a 'multiple choice' set of options so you can purchase a trap suited to your own needs. We are also currently trialling a new trap for release in 2018, the Safari Excel is based on the Safari model but has been designed to take into account feedback from customers as well as general product development ideas.
These bags and sleeves provide good indoor or outdoor habitats for some spiders and a very wide variety of insects that crawl, jump, or burrow, and adults emerging from pupae; including butterflies, moths, mantids, stick insects, beetles and aphids. Zipped Sleeves are particularly suitable for flying types for pairing and egg-laying.
Our Deluxe In-situ Bags are made of super-fine polyester, with double-stitched seams, and a corded draw-string plus a spring-toggle for easy closure. Super-fine polyester is our finest weave, and these bags provide a secure environment for the study of even very small insects. Simply place a bag over a branch, stem or leaf, tighten the draw-string, and secure with the toggle.
Insectopia Standard Sleeves and Zipped Sleeves can be used with one of our flowerpot frames or alternatively simply pulled over the branch of a tree or shrub and secured. Zipped Sleeves feature a sewn-in top panel and full length vertical zip for easy access whereas Standard Sleeves have an open style top, which can be secured by knotting the material, by tying with a length of cord (supplied), or by other means to suit you. Both these these types of sleeve have an elastic draw built into the hem which can simply be tied in a knot or bow to secure, or tightened using an optional spring toggle.
Our Budget Sleeves are plain netting tubes seamed down one edge. They are supplied in longer lengths, and can be trimmed to fit or can be cut into multiple lengths. A great way to get cut-price sleeves.
From our little Bug Cage to our large Tent Cage, Insectopia has the free-standing cage to suit your needs.
The sleeves on our Flowerpot Cages can be used with or without the frame. If used without they can be simply pulled over the branch of a tree or shrub and secured at either end. If used with the frame they can be used to cover potted plants to create an instant self-contained habitat.
Our Bug and Critter cages are lightweight and portable. The popular budget Bug Cage has an internal two-legged frame. The slightly larger Critter Cage has a three-legged frame, improving stability for only a small additional cost.
Insectopia's Table Cages are particularly elegant for insect display, with gently rounded corners to avoid insects being trapped. Suitable for use indoors, outdoors, or in the laboratory or greenhouse, these versatile cages have a semi-rigid easy-clean plastic base, and large zipped easy access for attending to insects, changing plants, and cleaning.
At 1.45 (4'9") wide by approx 1.5m (5' tall), the Tent Cage is suitable for large insects and plants. It can be used on level surfaces outdoors, or in the greenhouse. A generous zipped access is provided for attending to plants and insects and for cleaning. The tent cage is also large enough for photography, with the photographer inside the tent.
Insectopia traditional hanging flight cages are used for emerging, flying, demonstrating, pairing and insect egg-laying, especially with lepidoptera. Because they are lightweight and portable these cages are also useful for travel, offering temporary accommodation for a wide range of insects on cut plants placed inside the cage. When not in use, the cage stores flat and takes up very little space.
The non-fray nylon net is sewn with no internal projecting seams. The cylindrical shape with near vertical sides ensures there is no ruching at the top, which could entangle insects. Our hanging cages are fitted with a vertical entry single-slider side zip. The cage top and bottom rings are made of rust resistant metal for durability.
Optional support rods are also available for our cages, enabling them to be converted to be placed on the floor or a table where hanging may be inconvenient, or for inspection.
Insectopia offers a bespoke design service, offering you the opportunity to have large or small cages produced for your specialist need.
We also offer a simple machine-seaming service. You'll be surprised at how cost-effective it can really be to have netting tubes and large netting panels made to your own dimensions!
Sieze the opportunity to snap up a bargain by purchasing our black or white non-fray nylon netting, and our NEW super fine polyester netting available by the metre, and make your own cages or sleeves.
Our netting is also superb for making mosquito nets, to keep biting insects at bay.
You will receive a sample pack containing the below, minimum size of each 10 x 5 cm.
For larger material sample sizes please email us
1 x non-fray nylon, white
1 x non-fray nylon, black
1 x super-fine polyester, black
1 x clear colourless PVC
1 x geotextile, black
At 17cm x 24.5cm when folded these 8-panel fold-out charts are a handy size, and are fully laminated to make them splashproof and robust for use outdoors. Clear colour illustrations and text by experts in the subject makes each chart in the range a valuable resource for all age groups and levels of experience.
Insects of the British Isles
Caterpillars of the Butterflies of Britain and Ireland
Butterflies of Britain
Day-Flying Moths of Britain
Hawkmoths of the British Isles