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Spanish Moon Moth G isabellae eggs
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Spanish Moon Moth Graellsia isabellae Eggs

 

One of the rarest and most coveted species we list.  The moth and larva are as exotic as any tropical species. 

Foodplant Pine. The larvae change dramatically as they grow, starting with a precise imitation of pine twigs, amongst which they rest by day, then changing to patterns of green, black and white as they venture amongst the foliage. Finally they take on an intricate pattern, adding red to a criptic camouflage that renders them almost impossible to spot against the light in the pine forest. The larvae make a cocoon amongst mosses and leaf litter on the ground.

This is a delicate species that often does best sleeved out of doors, as long as the weather is good. They are used to a warm Spanish climate. Orders are supplied in strict rotation. It pays to order early to be high up the list.

Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Availability: July


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
Japanese Moon Moth Actias gnoma 15 eggs
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Japanese Moon Moth Actias gnoma

Very rarely offered for sale.  This species has a very beautiful caterpillar as well as an adult that ranks amongst the best Moon Moths in the world, with wonderfully subtle colouring and texture. The larvae feed on Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Hornbeam, Alder, Osier Willow, Birch, Liquidambar and undoubtedly one will find other trees that it likes. Adults will be produced this year from eggs bought now. Cocoons produced by later generations will overwinter. MUCH RECOMMENDED.

 

£12.95
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.  [We have had a report of larvae not taking to Privet]

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
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
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!

£21.50
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 15 eggs.
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Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 

Very robust stock, breeding well. 

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.

 

£12.95
Forbes’ Atlas Moth Rothschildia forbesi  (R. lebeau). Central America 15 eggs
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Forbes’ Atlas Moth Rothschildia forbesi  (R. lebeau). 

The Rothschildia species occur in the New World only. They are attractive in all stages and easy to rear.

The larvae of forbesi (also known as lebeau) change from striped yellow and black to green, with a strong lateral line separating the underside which is paler green and downy. They are easy to rear on Privet and fast growing in warmer temperatures.

£12.95
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.

£21.50
Robin Moth cecropia eggs
Availability: July


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.