Welcome to Insectopia

Welcome to Insectopia

Specialist Manufacturer of Netting
Insect Traps, Sleeves and Cages

Insectopia is a family-run British business founded at the turn of the 21st century. Our cages and traps are all individually designed and crafted by us.

Our aim is to provide a wide range of competitively priced, high quality, effective products for those studying or rearing butterflies and other insects; including beginners, enthusiasts, educationalists and professional researchers. For more information about the materials we use, click on 'About Us' in the 'Information' section to the left.

As well as traps and cages we also sell information charts, lighting rigs, and fine netting. If you need a specific size or design of netting cage that we don't offer as standard, please email us. We offer a bespoke design service (see tab above) and are happy to discuss your requirements.

All of our products can be ordered online by customers in the UK or Europe. For deliveries outside the EU, or if you have have questions of any sort, please email us for help and information.

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It's that time of year again, when we juggle business with family. Whilst we will do our best to ship your orders promptly, there may be times when this is not possible. Should a delay occur we will inform you immediately.

*** UPDATE 17th July ***
Unfortunately, as per Murphy's Law (what can go wrong, will go wrong) both of our businesss sewing machines have broken at the same time. We are advised that it will be 5-10 working days before they can be repaired. Please continue to order as usual, but be aware that we may not be able to supply your goods immediately. We will advise you if this is the case, so you have the option to cancel your order.

Our office will be closed completely from 28th July - 12th August. All orders placed during this time (including express deliveries) will be dispatched from 13th August onwards. We will be unable to deal with any email or phone enquiries between 28th July - 12th August.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

New Products

Johnson butterfly trap - long

Johnson butterfly trap - long


The long Johnson trap is 115cm (45") long. It is hyperboloid in shape with a top ring of 40cm (16"), and lower ring of 30cm (12") below which extends a short skirt with drawstring. The main body of the trap is black nylon, which makes the trap less conspicuous, with a white lid to encourage upward flight. There is a full length double-slider zip for easy photography, removal, or release of specimens. The 35cm (14") wide landing platform is attached with cord locks and fully adjustable strings which run down the inside of the trap from the lower ring, thereby holding out the skirt. Four tape-loop hanging points are provided for stability. The whole trap, including platform, weighs less than 500g (17oz).

Aperture and Cone
This skirted system allows the lower part of the trap to be easily raised to change the bait without disturbing the top section of the trap. It is also possible to slightly narrow the aperture by closing the skirt somewhat (note however that excessive narrowing will destabilise the platform and is therefore not recommended), or alternatively an optional detachable cone is available which does the same job.

Observation Cage
If required, the landing platform can be quickly and easily removed, and the skirt closed completely, leaving a hanging study cage. Or alternatively, optional support rods can be attached, the skirt closed, and the cage taken down and inverted to give a temporary freestanding observation cage. When used in this way, a lightweight feeder can be hung inside by attaching a tape between the support loops.

For additional images of the Johnson trap, please visit our photo gallery. All available optional extras for the Johnson butterfly trap can be found by clicking on the relevant item in the "related products" list below.
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