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Oak Eggar Moth Lasiocampa quercus 15 eggs
Availability: June/July


Oak Eggar Lasiocampa quercus

 

The largest of the Eggars. Larvae grow before hibernation. Very easily kept sleeved out, both before, during and after hibernation. Foodplants Birch, Hazel, Alder, Lilac, Willow, Sallow, Aspen Poplar, Bramble, Blackcurrant, Heather, Blackthorn, Plum, Blueberry, Sea Buckthorn and Apple.

 

£10.95
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Availability: NOW


Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja 50 larvae

 

The price for 50 Woolly Bears has been substantially reduced to encourage releasing in the wild.

 

Available until end of October: then again from Spring.

 

In earlier days one can remember finding the furry caterpillars amongst the fresh spring nettles and docks on roadsides, almost everywhere. Sadly those days have gone, but it may be possible to encourage them back in little corners that you select. Garden Tigers are prolific breeders.  Release 50 larvae on a patch and, who knows, you might bring them back to your area.

 

 

Garden Tiger larvae Woolly Bears  grow fast on Dock, Dandelion, Dead Nettle, Nettle and many other hedgerow plants, also Pussy Willow Salix caprea and Osier Willow Salix viminalis.  You can also feed them conveniently on Cabbage. Now a most difficult species to obtain.

 

These are summer larvae which, in the wild, would hibernate, but if you keep them warm and light, many will produce another generation this year.

 

Children love them!

 

£62.50 £42.95
Alder Kitten Harpayia bicuspis 15 eggs
Availability: Spring 2018


Alder Kitten Harpayia bicuspis 

All the Kittens are now very scarce, and bicuspis is quite the rarest of all. Never listed before by WWB.

Eggs are available in May, and again in July.

The larvae are miniatures of the Puss Moth vinula. The more intense charcoal black banding on the wings of the moth, distinguishes the Alder Kitten from the Sallow and Poplar Kittens.

The larvae feed on Alder, Poplars and Birches. Cocoons are formed on the bark of branches and twigs.  Just like the Puss Moth, the cocoon is made of chewed bark, mixed with very strong silk, with such camouflage that the cocoon just looks like a little swelling on the bark.

A truly fascinating species that moth connoisseurs should not miss. 

£18.50
Vapourer Moth antiqua egg batch
Availability: NOW


Vapourer Moth Orgyia antiqua

 

 

Very interesting both for its moth and its very attractive and colourful caterpillar. Winter eggs are supplied for storage in the cool until spring. The larvae normally hatch in May/June or later, and feed on a wide variety of trees, which include Hawthorn, Willows and Sallows, most fruit trees, Hazel, Rose, Lime and Oak. The larvae are beautifully patterned and coloured, and decorated by prominent shaving brush-like tufts. The cocoon is spun amongst the foodplant.

 

The male moth is delicate, chestnut brown, with prominent feathered antennae, which are used to detect the wingless female, who emerges from the cocoon and rests on it, calling for a male. She lays her egg batch all over the cocoon where the eggs remain through the winter ready to start off the next generation.

£12.95
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Availability: November/December


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 eggs SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: Summer 2018


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas eggs

 

One of the largest of all moth species in the world!  The larvae feed well on Privet, at any time of the year.  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 15 eggs
Availability: November


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
Antheraea yamamai 15  Eggs
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Antheraea yamamai Japan and Central Europe

 

A rewarding and easy species to rear in spring. The eggs are stored cool for the winter. Bring them into room temperature when the buds open, and the larvae hatch in a couple of weeks or so. The caterpillar, a close relative of Antheraea pernyi, the Chinese Oak Silkmoth, grows very large. It has a green face and more interestingly, it spins a wonderful  egg-shaped cocoon of BRIGHT GREEN silk.  Very easy to rear on Oak. The larvae sometime take leaves of other trees and shrubs. Hawthorn is a early substitute for Oak. The pupa is spun in summer and does not emerge until well into autumn. Pairings are not difficult – resulting eggs overwinter.

 

The female moth is often bright canary yellow, with large ringed eye-spots, one in the centre of each wing. Colouring, especially in the male, is rather varied. Both sexes are illustrated with quite different colour forms.

 

 

 


 


 

£12.95
Automeris excreta 15 eggs
Availability: November


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
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 15 eggs
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
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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
Robin Moth cecropia eggs
Availability: Spring


Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia North America 

A magnificent and very large moth, coloured with scarlet and charcoal. It sits on your finger, fanning its wings. Easy to breed. The larvae are most attractive and easily reared with careful hygiene. They do well sleeved outside in good weather.

Reported foodplants: Privet is a good evergreen foodplant,  Lilac, Cherry, Pear, Apple, Acer, Plum, Alder, Birch, Dogwood, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Elm, Beech, Gooseberry, Poplar, Osier Willow is the plant that succeeds best for us.