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Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Availability: October


Madagascan Moon Moth Argema mittrei

 

Eggs of this huge Moon Moth are the largest we have ever seen. See the photo of one compared to other Giant Silkmoth eggs!

The larvae like warmth but not excessive temperature: likewise humidity but not too much. They feed well on Eucalyptus gunii, Rhus typhina and Rhus glabra. Also Liquidambar.

Huge netted cocoons of silvery silk – probably the biggest cocoon in the world! Both male and female moths are tailed but those of the male are very extreme.

 
This is a species that the connoisseur should not miss!


 




 

 

 

 

 

£18.95
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2017


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs

 

Atlas egg orders have been supplied. There are still some cocoons to emerge and we hope to have more eggs in 2017. If not, later orders will be held for priority supply in 2018. 

 

One of the largest of all moth species in the world!  The larvae feed well on Privet.  They require very clean conditions, always with fresh food. Alternative recorded foodplants include Willows, Lilac, Apple, Plum, Ash, Cherry and Tree of Heaven Ailanthus.  Atlas larvae like to browse on several foodplants and settle for the one or more that they like.

 

The larvae like warmth 25 -30 degrees C and humid jungle conditions, which are best achieved in a tank or plastic container, rather than a netting cage. Given these conditions the larvae are not difficult to rear, and spin cocoons in about 8 weeks from hatching.

 

 

 

 

 

£15.95
Epiphora mythimnia 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


Epiphora mythimnia Africa 

 

A fine African species, seldom obtained. The moth has deeply hooked wings and markings not unlike those of Atlas, but the colouring is a unique combination of burgundy, white and yellow, with clear triangular and circular eye-spots. mythimnia is one of the smaller species, and very beautiful.

Reported larval foodplants are Ceanothus, Croton (colourful foliage house plant) and Alder Buckthorn Frangula alnus.


 

 

£12.50
Automeris excreta 15 eggs
Availability: December


Automeris excreta from Guatemala

Recently collected on a Central American expedition this stock has bred successfully to produce enough larvae to distribute some. In captivity the larvae have accepted Privet Ligustrum vulgare, Bramble Rubus, and Sallow Salix caprea. As with other Automeris species, the larvae are gregarious, and they are covered with branched, Christmas tree-like spines, which sting, so don't handle them.

This is an opportunity to breed a really unusual species!

£12.95
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia larvae
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European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia  

 

Ideal for out of season rearing on Privet and other evergreen plants.

 

Very easy to rear on Privet, Willows, Ailanthus, Llilac and other shrubs, including evergreens, such as Portugal Laurel, Viburnum tinus and Acuba.

 

The moths pair easily. The young larvae are yellow, decorated with black spots, and live gregariously. As they grow they become pure white, with prominent black spots. In the final instar they have a white waxy bloom.

 

Highly recommended.
 

 

Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: November


Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 

A very attractive form with dark banded moths. Very easy indeed to breed in captivity.

The larvae feed on Privet, and are very easy to rear in all seasons. Other evergreen foodplants accepted include Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica, which they relish, Rhododendron, Laurel, and Golden-spotted Laurel Acuba. 

Deciduous foodplants: Tree of Heaven Ailanthus is quite their favourite food. They also thrive on Willows, especially Osier Salix viminalis, Cherry, Laburnham, Lilac, Rose, Plum, Apple, Ash, Birch, Elder and doubtless many more.

The larvae are gregarious when young, yellow and black. Larger larvae are covered with white waxy powder. This subspecies is continuously brooded and can be kept going in all seasons. The cocoon is white and can be used to produce spun silk.

 

£11.50
Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali 15 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2017


Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali Far Eastern Russia 15 eggs

Keep eggs refrigerated until late March, or when the first buds open.

The last time this species was offered by WWB was over 40 years ago!  The young larvae are most decorative. Recorded foodplants include Ornamental Crab Apple Malus, Hawthorn, Sallow, Osier, Sometimes Privet and undoubtedly a number of other trees and shrubs.

Final instar larvae are covered in short bristles and the caterpillar is lime green all over.

The moths emerge in autumn. Their eggs hatch in the following spring. 

£13.95
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka eggs and larvae SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: Autumn, if not Spring 2018


Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka 

A big breeding success enables us to offer at greatly reduced prices for a short period!

Not only is the moth highly colourful and attractive, but the larvae are also fascinating, with more different forms of colour and pattern than we have seen in any other species! 

The black stage, marked with orange tubercles, changes to green with a variety of other colours and patterns. They are easy to keep and will take a variety of foodplants. Those reported include Oleander, Privet, Willows, Beech, Liquidambar, Hawthorn, Grapevine, Lilac, Cherry, Laurel, Forcythia, Rhus, Pistachia, Apple, Pear, Plum, Peach and Cabbage. In winter Privet is the ideal foodplant.

Keep the larvae and cocoons warm and moths will emerge from cocoons without a dormant period. The moths are the easiest of all species to breed.

We highly recommend this species.

Actias isis from Sulawesi 10 eggs/7 larvae
Availability: October


Actias isis from Sulawesi, Indonesia.  10 eggs or 7 larvae, according to availability.

We have supplied summer orders for isis. More eggs will be available in October.

The male has some of the richest colouring of all the world's Moon Moths. Both sexes are giant. The female is even larger and is bright yellow, with large moon-like markings. Her tails are stockier and shorter.

 

The larvae grow well on Liquidambar styraciflua or Eucalyptus gunii. Reported alternatives include Hawthorn, Oak, Rose, Sallow and Privet, but there is no confirmation of this. We would also suggest trying Osier Salix viminalis.

 Actias isis  is very seldom available. Please order early to avoid disappointment.

 

Our thanks to Alan Marson for letting us use his rare photographs.

£25.00
Chinese Moon Moth Actias sinensis 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


Chinese Moon Moth Actias sinensis China 

This is a rare opportunity to rear a species that hardly anybody has reared.

Eggs are being laid now. Rather seldom offered.

The male is a rich yellow colour, and prettily marked. The female is a delicate shade of eau de nil. 

Liquidambar is the main foodplant.  This is deciduous, but they can also be kept on Eucalyptus gunii, which is available throughout the winter.

The cocoon is an amazing shining lime green, with circular perforations. The moths emerge after a few weeks, depending on temperature.

 

 

 

£12.95
Dictyoploca (Caligula) japonica   15 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2017


Dictyoploca (Caligula) japonica 

 

 

Newly hatched larvae are black, later with a yellow line down the sides, changing in the final instar to a creamy colour, hairy, with sapphire blue spiracles in two lateral rows.

 

Hawthorn is a favourite foodplant, and others include Plum, Sloe and Osier Willow, Beech, Oak and Walnut.  Not difficult to rear.

 

The open mesh cocoon is spun amongst leaf litter. The moths emerge in autumn and lay eggs that hatch the following spring.

 

 

 

£12.95
Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea japonica 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Availability: Spring 2017


Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea japonica 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability

 

This species is one of the best and earliest in the season, suitable for beginners as well as connoisseurs.  Eggs are laid in late winter. The larvae, which feed on Privet Ligustrum, have long curling spines behind the head, which get longer with each skin change. At the final change the spines are dropped and the caterpillar becomes very large.

 

When ready to pupate the mature larva has a broad orange band down the back. It wanders off in search of a secret place to pupate. Prepare for this by putting a layer of compost in the bottom of the cage at the final instar. Place a large tile, flat stone or slate on top of the compost. The larvae will pupate in a cavity between the compost and the flat stone.

 

Leave the pupae to harden and store them cool until January/February. At this time, lay them out in the emerging cage, on compost. Moths sometimes emerge as early as January but usually a few weeks later. They pair relatively easily and you can then continue the life cycle.

£13.50