Small-Life Supplies manufacture insect cages and breed stick insects and butterflies

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Cages for insects and snails ...
Proper housing

Provide the perfect home for your insects. From large airy cages to small hatching boxes, we create and manufacture cages to suit every insect.



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ELC stick insect cage

Stick insects do really well in the ELC cage because they can easily climb the white sides (these are full of specially made holes which give the insects a good foothold).

The ELC cage is tall so the stick insects have room to grow properly (they do this by sliding vertically downwards out of their old skins).


You can see the stick insects very well through the clear front and back plastic panels. The roof also has a clear viewing area.

It's easy to access the ELC cage. The roof lifts off and the white side (with the green arrow) slides upwards. So you can reach sideways into the cage as well as from the top.

Keep the ELC cage clean by lining the floor with a disposable ELC Liner (these are available in blue and pink). Replace weekly.

Small-Life Supplies launched the ELC cage in 2012 and it continues to be our best-selling stick insect cage. ELC cages are manufactured in the UK.


Height 51cm, 20".
Width 36.5cm, 14½".
Depth 27.5cm, 10¾".


The ELC cage is supplied ready assembled.Price £48.
ELC cage bundle (includes ELC cage, cleaning sponge, Sprig Pot and ten blue or pink ELC Liners) £55.75.

Express delivery £9.95.
International delivery available (a flat packed version is now available).




TTQ cage
TTQ cage for large caterpillars and pupae

Use the TTQ cage to house large caterpillars and pupae of butterflies and moths.

Small caterpillars should be kept in the HUA Pot, where they benefit from the enclosed surroundings and proximity to food. But when the caterpillars outgrow the HUA Pot they need to be transferred to a larger enclosure.

The TTQ is ideal, not too large and not too ventilated (unlike all-netting pop-up enclosures). There is just one ventilated side, this allows fresh air to enter the cage but not too much, so the cut foodplant does not dry out too quickly.

Large hawk moth and silk moth caterpillars do really well in the TTQ cage. Keep the surroundings clean by changing the disposable TTQ Liner as necessary.

When the caterpillars have transformed into pupae, these can be stored in the TTQ cage, ready for emergence. When the adult moths emerge , they can climb up the mesh side and stretch out their wings. The British species can be released outside later.

The TTQ cage is made from plastic and can be kept clean by washing with warm soapy water and rinsing well.


Height 40cm, 15¾".
Width 36.5cm, 14½".
Depth 27.5cm, 10¾".


The TTQ cage is supplied ready assembled.Price £36.
TTQ cage bundle (includes TTQ cage, cleaning sponge, and ten blue or pink TTQ Liners) £41.35.

Express delivery £9.95.

British Eyed Hawk caterpillar
Please note that the TTQ is too small for stick insects, these need to be kept in the ELC cage (see top of this page).




HLQ snail tank
HLQ snail tank

Many people are enjoying keeping our British Cepaea land snails in the specially designed HLQ snail tank

The British Cepaea land snails are very active (much more active than Giant African Achatina Land Snails) . They are inquisitive creatures and so position the tank where there is lots going on. Also, provide an assortment of twigs for the snails to climb up and down. Re-arrange the twigs every week so that the snails do not become bored.

The HLQ snail tank is made from special plastic which bows inwards when the surroundings become warm, thereby increasing the air-flow into the tank. Because of these ventilation gaps, this enclosure is not suitable small baby snails.

The humidity is maintained by using a wet HLQ snail tank Liner (wet the Liner under a tap of cold running water).

Place hen eggshells (rinsed out first) on the Liner for the snails to eat . Eggshells are a great source of calcium and all snails need calcium to keep their shells strong.

The British Cepaea land snails eat Weetabix. This should be placed in a small dish so that it stays dry, and replaced weekly.

These snails mate regularly and then go underneath the wet Liner to bury their eggs. The white eggs are laid in a pile and can be scooped up and transferred to a QBOX to hatch. Or they can be released outside (because they are British).
Access to the HLQ snail tank is via the lift off lid and the back panel (which slides upwards). The special plastic is very easy to keep clean, the snail slime washes off easily using warm soapy water and the cleaning sponge provided. Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.


Height 40cm, 15¾".
Width 36.5cm, 14½".
Depth 27.5cm, 10¾".


The HLQ Bundle includes one HLQ snail tank (ready assembled), one pack of six HLQ Liners, one Water Dish, and one cleaning sponge. Price £39.99.

Optional extras:

British Cepaea snails £5.50 per pack of three.
24 HLQ Liners (6 months' supply) £15.

QBOX (for eggs) £4.20.
Express delivery £9.95.

2 British Cepaea snails
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Liners for HLQ snail tank




QBOX in packaging

QBOX


We launched the QBOX last century and it continues to be recognised as the best container for keeping stick insect eggs and small insects.

The QBOX works because it is the optimum size and has no air holes.

You can store stick insect eggs in the QBOX for months, leaving them to develop inside. You can see at once when they hatch out because the QBOX is made from crystal clear plastic.

Small insects such as baby stick insects and caterpillars do really well in the QBOX. They benefit from the enclosed surroundings and have plenty of air to breathe. Fresh air enters the QBOX when you lift off the lid to insert a fresh leaf for the insects to eat. Always put a wet bramble leaf in the QBOX, so the baby stick insects can have a drink. Replace the QBOX Liner weekly, so they are kept in clean surroundings.


Height 7cm, 3".
Width 7cm, 3".
Depth 7cm, 3".



QBOX £4.20.
QBOX six-pack £25.
QBOX Liners (pack of twenty) 90pence.
Standard delivery £3.95.
Express delivery £6.95.

International delivery available.
QBOX with hatchling stick insects




empty HUA pot

HUA pot


The HUA pot was launched in 2015, designed for housing the larger species of newly hatched stick insects (for example New Guinea, Malaysian and Australian Macleays Spectre) which need more space than the QBOX.
The HUA pot is also great housing for caterpillars and small mantids.

The HUA pot has no air holes.

You can store stick insect eggs in the HUA pot for months, leaving them to develop inside. You can see at once when they hatch out because the HUA pot is made from crystal clear plastic.

Fresh air enters the HUA pot when you lift off the lid to insert a fresh leaf for the insects to eat. The lid is a push fit.

Line the floor of the HUA pot with a tissue thin HUA pot Liner and replace very few days. HUA pot Liners are sold in packs of twenty and a random mix of colours shall be sent.

Height 13cm, 5".
Diameter 13cm, 5".



HUA pot £7.00 each.

HUA pot Liners (pack of 20) £0.90.
Delivery 1- 3 HUA pots £3.95.

Delivery 4 - 30 HUA pots £9.95.

International delivery not available.
Baby Australian stick insects in HUA pot



Bee study cages
Bee study cages

Our bee study cages are being used worldwide to help in the important work to save bees.

Made from stainless steel, these small cages are easy to sterilise and keep clean.

Access is via the front sliding glass plate (this has polished edges which are not sharp).

The bee study cages are made to order. The standard Bee Study Cage has two holes of the roof (10mm and 16mm diameter). The 2mm diameter ventilation holes can be on the base or back (you choose).Syringe rings are available to secure the syringe in place. Syringe rings are available in packs of 50.


Height 6.5cm, 2½".
Width 8.5cm, 3¼".
Depth 4.5cm, 1¾".



Minimum order 50 bee cages.
Precision made in the UK.
UK and international delivery available.



Bee study cages with ventilation holes in different places




The GSC cage
GSC aphid cages IN STOCK NOW

GSC cages are being used worldwide for housing and studying tiny insects such as aphids.

Made from galvanised steel, these cages have full length seals to ensure there are no gaps.

Access is via the front overlapping door which is lockable (spare keys are included).

These cages have very fine stainless steel mesh panels for ventilation, these are located on three sides of the cage and also the roof, facilitating a good circulation of air.

Many of our customers use these cages for growing plants and so we are happy to supply details of the Growth Lighting Units which fit neatly over the top mesh panel.

The GSC cages can be supplied ready assembled or flat-packed (depending on your location).


Height 60cm, 23½".
Width 60cm, 23½".
Depth 60cm, 23½".


Precision made in the UK.
UK and international delivery available.
Lockable door open on GSC cage

Fine mesh panel on GSC cage
Inside the GSC cage Floor of the GSC cage Roof of the GSC cage
These two photographs show the GSC cages being used with the Growth Lighting Units. GSC cage with growth lighting unit GSC_cages_with_lighting_in_use_in _a_lab



How to order...
We accept Electron, Solo, MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Maestro and American Express
To pay by card over the phone, please call (between 9am and 6pm weekdays)
01733 203358 or 07462 588389



To pay by PayPal, just email a list of what you'd like to buy and your PayPal email to ange@small-life.co.uk. Do not email your delivery address, this is supplied by PayPal. We shall then email you the invoice which you can pay by PayPal.


BACS / CHAPS / EFT payments

Educational establishments and companies can email orders to ange@small-life.co.uk. We shall then email you the pro-forma invoice which you can pay by any of the above methods. Business cheques are still accepted.


Delivery Express delivery is £9.95 by courier to mainland UK (but see exceptions below), weekdays only. We shall let you know by email when the delivery day will be. Standard delivery is by first class post to anywhere in the UK. International delivery is by airmail courier, using a trackable service, usually FedEx or DHL.

Please note that there is a delivery surcharge to Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight and these Scottish postcodes: AB31-AB38, AB40-AB45, AB51-AB56, FK19-FK21, HS1-HS9, IV1-IV28, IV30-IV32, IV36, IV40-IV49, IV51-IV56, KA27-KA28, KW1-KW17, PA20-PA49, PA60-PA78, PA80-PA88, PH1, PH5-PH26, PH30-PH44, ZE1-
VAT Prices include 20% VAT unless otherwise stated. A receipted VAT invoice shall be sent to educational establishments and companies. European customers need to tell us your VAT number when ordering cages. The Small-Life Supplies VAT number is GB 473 5005 60.

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