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Red Underwing Catocala nupta 15 eggs
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Red Underwing Catocala nupta

A large and very grand species, with the most wonderful scarlet underwings which are flashed from beneath its grey exterior when disturbed.  The larvae feed on Poplars and Willows (Osier is ideal). When they hatch, use a soft artist’s brush to transfer the larvae on to fresh Poplar in a plastic box. Within a few days, we recommend that the larvae are sleeved on growing foodplant, which can be potted or growing outside. The larvae are well camouflaged on the Poplar stems. After becoming quite large, they pupate amongst leaf litter and produce moths in late summer. Eggs are laid on bark and in captivity they will usually lay on netting, preferably double, coarse mesh. The eggs overwinter, so keep them in the fridge until spring.

£12.95
Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 10 eggs
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Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 10 eggs

 Refrigerate the eggs until Oak buds open in spring. 

Increasingly scarce, this richly coloured Underwing can be reared sleeved on Oak.The larvae are very active when they move. They rest for much of the time, impressively camouflaged on Oak bark. Pupae are formed in leaf litter and the moths emerge in July/August. 

£12.95
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: Spring 2018


Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja 50 larvae

 

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

Children love them!

 

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 spring and summer larvae.  In the wild, late summer larvae would hibernate, but if you keep them warm and light, many will produce another generation this year.

If you wish to hibernate Wooly Bears, sleeve them in autumn on Willow or Sallow (Pussy Willow). The falling leaves curl to form a ventilated ball in which the larvae hibernate. If all goes well in winter the larvae emerge in spring and feed from the new spring leaves.

From October to spring the larvae are in hibernation. Orders are booked for dispatch when the larvae awake and feed.

 
£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 10 larvae
Availability: Summer


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: 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 15 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: Summer 2018


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.

The larvae have many characteristics in common with those of Attacus, whiteish, with fleshy tubercles.

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


 

 

£12.50
Neoris huttoni 15 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2018


Asian Huttoni Emperor Neoris huttoni Turkey

This is a large silkmoth that occurs from China, through India to Turkey. It is relatively unknown amongst entomologists.

The hibernating eggs are simply stored in the refrigerator until buds open in spring.

The larvae like Ash Fraxinus  in particular, Pear Pyrus, Plum and probably Cherry Prunus (Prunus padus is particularly successful), Willows Salix, Privet Ligustrum, Stag’s Horn Sumac Rhus thypina, Spirea.

The larvae live beneath a leaf and do not like being disturbed. Young larvae go through interesting and different colour forms.

The cocoon is formed in litter on the ground. Moths emerge in autumn and lay overwintering eggs.

Our thanks to Dr. A. Pittaway for kindly letting us show some of his pictures of this rare species.

 

£12.95
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.

 

 

 


 


 

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Automeris excreta 10 larvae
Availability: Summer 2018


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