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Automeris excreta 3 pupae
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Automeris excreta from Guatemala

Recently collected on a Central American expedition this stock has bred successfully to produce some breeding stock. 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!

Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini eggs
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Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 

Very robust stock, breeding well, so there are special prices for eggs in larger numbers. 

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.


Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali 15 eggs

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. 

Automeris tridens Central America 3 cocoons
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Automeris tridens Central America 

An unusual species with very colourful adult. The larvae will normally feed on Oak or Privet. We are also told they like Forcythia, and it is worth trying other trees and shrubs, including Osier Salix viminalis. Automeris larvae are covered with branched spines which sting like a nettle if you handle or touch them, so beware. They are extremely decorative and huddle together when young.

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.

Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka eggs SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: Summer 2018

Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka 

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
Availability: Early 2018

Actias isis from Sulawesi, Indonesia.  

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 can be reared out of season on evergreen Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica, or Eucalyptus gunii. They have also been known to accept Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo.

In summer probably the best foodplant is Sweet Gum Liquidambar styraciflua. Other reported foodplants include Rose, Oak, Strawberry and Hawthorn. 

Actias isis  is very seldom available. 


Chinese Moon Moth Actias sinensis 15 eggs
Availability: Summer 2018

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.




Dictyoploca (Caligula) japonica   15 eggs

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.