CURRENT PUPAE - Chrysalides and cocoons

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Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini  cocoons SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: Winter 2017-18

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, Ailanthus and Ricinus. They 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 is used to produce spun silk.


Cherry Moth promethea 5 cocoons for breeding  SALE PRICE

Cherry Moth Callosamia promethea North America 


This unusual species is greatly under-rated. Have YOU ever bred it, or do you know of anyone who has? Give it a try, it is very rewarding, and there are no other species with such unusual caterpillars, except rarer ones in the same genus. You will be glad you tried!

The male and female moths are so different that they might be taken for two different species. The male is mainly black, with very shapely wings. The ground colour of the female is wine red.  Promethea flies and breeds by day: the males like sunshine but must not be left out to bake. Pairing is often most successful on sunny evenings.

The larvae are gregarious until quite large, when they take on a very unusual appearance, being white, with knobbles like sealing wax in bright reds, yellows and oranges. The caterpillar illustrated is immature and does not yet fully show these features.

Reported foodplants include Lilac and Cherry, Lime, Pine, Pear, Peach, Poplar, Apple, Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Ash, Maple, Apple, Oak and Rhododendron.






Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka Madagascar  cocoons
Availability: Summer 2018

Madagascan Emperor  Antherina suraka cocoons

Not only is the moth highly colourful and attractive, but the larvae are also most interesting, having an almost infinite number of different colour forms.

The moths pair as easily as pernyi (!) and lay lots of eggs.

The larvae are easy to keep indoor or sleeved out in summer weather,  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.

We highly recommend this species.


American Moon Moth Actias luna Cocoons

American Moon Moth Actias luna North America



A very attractive Moon Moth that emerges from May and breeds exceptionally easily.  The larvae feed well on Walnut, Birch, Osier Willow, Liquidambar, Plane, Maples, Aspen, Plum, Sallow,  Several kinds of Oak and maybe other foodplants.


A second brood is produced in late summer. 



African Moon Moth Argema mimosae Cocoons

African Moon Moth Argema mimosae 



The moth is a miniature of the Giant Madagascan Moon Moth as a whole lot easier to breed!  Spray the cocoons daily, keep at about 25 degrees C, or a little more, and they start to emerge as they do in the rainy season.


Pairings are not automatic but not difficult. The larvae are most spectacular and they thrive on Eucalyptus, which is evergreen and therefore suitable for rearing in summer or winter. Other foodplants recorded: Liquidambar, Walnut, Sumac Rhus sp.


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Chestnut Emperor menippe A breeding stock of 5 pupae

Chestnut Emperor Melanocera menippe

This is an unusual coastal species of Giant Silkmoth from Kenya. The pupa is formed underground.

The caterpillar is unusually coloured black, covered with fleshy tubercles and markings in scarlet.

The local foodplants are Ochna atropurpurea and Ficus chordata. We have no record of any alternative foodplants, if anyone knows of one please let us know and we will post it on the website. Many African species take to alternatives such as Hawthorn or Oak, and it is well worth trying a mixture if you get a pairing resulting in larvae. It is also worth trying Fig and Evergreen Oak (tender leaves if available).

Gonimbrasia zambezina  Two pupae

Gonimbrasia zambezina Africa



Subterranean pupa. Stock fresh in from Africa. The moth is large and beautifully marked in shades of grey, red and yellow, with prominent eye-spots.


Foodplants need confirming but larvae may take to several different trees. These have been reported: Oak, Oleander, Persimmon, Sumac & Brazilian Pepper.


Supplies of pupae are limited.