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Attacus lorquinii  cocoons EXTRA SPECIAL PRICES!
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Attacus lorquinii - Philippines

We have not had this species for several years. 

This species, endemic to the Philippines, is characterised by the prominent red lines and markings across the wings. 

You can choose whether to incubate them or keep them cold until the spring. To get them to emerge, raise the temperature to 15 degrees C, and gradually up to 30 degrees C or more, and very humid. They need very warm and humid tropical conditions. When hot, soak the cocoons at least once or twice daily. 

It is probably better to keep them cool (8 -12 degrees C) and dormant until mid-April, or even May, then raise the temperature and humidity as described above.  They will respond better to summer conditions.

Pairing is achieved in a cage that is ample for the size of the moths but not so large that they can become too separated.The larvae feed on Privet. They appreciate humidity and a temperature of at least 25 degrees C.

 

Attacus caesar Philippines TWO cocoons
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Attacus caesar South Philippines

 

TWO cocoons of this Philippine Giant.  Massive wingspan: pattern and markings often quite varied

This is a large and most variable Attacus, showing interesting differences in both the adults and the larvae.

 

The females are often very large, with more transparent windows than Attacus atlas, and the background colour is interestingly coloured and textured. Both sexes are infinitely variable. 

 

 

Caesar is not difficult for the experienced. The larvae develop well on Privet. This race has distinctive larvae with yellow or orange tubercles, not seen in Attacus atlas, and rather approaching the appearance of the larvae of Coscinocera hercules. Possibly an evolution link here?

 

 

 

We recommend Caesar very highly. It is some years since we have offered this species. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£12.95
Attacus lemairei Palawan Island, Philippines TWO female cocoons
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Attacus lemairei Palawan Island, Philippines

A GREAT RARITY. Very seldom available. Amazingly low price! Limited number.

Most of the stock has now sold but we have female cocoons available now at half the normal price.

This Palawan endemic is named after the Saturniid expert Claude Lemaire. Named in 1985 by Peigler. It is a true species, rather than a form of Attacus atlas. 

Not as large as most atlas forms.  Distinguishing features, as with all species, are variable and some are clearer than others. It is thought to breed and behave in captivity much the same as A. atlas. Only a few cocoons available.

You can choose whether to incubate them or keep them cold until the spring. To get them to emerge, raise the temperature to 15 degrees C, and gradually up to 30 degrees C or more, and very humid. They need very warm and humid tropical conditions. When hot, soak the cocoons at least once or twice daily. 

It is probably better to keep them cool (8 -12 degrees C) and dormant until mid-April, or even May, then raise the temperature and humidity as described above.  They will respond better to summer conditions.

Pairing is achieved in a cage that is ample for the size of the moths but not so large that they can become too separated.The larvae feed on Privet. They appreciate humidity and a temperature of at least 25 degrees C.

 

 

£8.00
Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia cocoons
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Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia North America

 

 

Cecropia is a magnificent sight with its gaudy colouring of red and white on charcoaL

 

Pupae have become very expensive in recent years, but we have imported from North American breeders stock of exceptionally high quality. For breeding we supply pupae from more than one origin, which provides great genetic strength. 

 

Pairing is exceptionally easy.  Females lay profusely. The very colourful larvae do very well sleeved unless too cold and wet. Foodplants include Lilac, Cherry, Pear, Apple, Acer, Plum, Alder, Birch, Dogwood, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Elm, Beech, Gooseberry, Privet, Poplar.

 

 

Chinese Oak Silkmoth A pernyi 3 cocoons
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Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi

 

A large species, and probably the best for beginners.

The moths emerge in May onwards. Eggs are laid on the sides of the cage. Feed the larvae on Oak, Apple, Hawthorn, Willow and other trees and shrubs. Black at first, the larvae become green, with decorations of orange. They become very large and eat a great deal of food. Although an oriental species, pernyi  has now become established in Europe. Highly recommended for those who are looking for a spectacular moth, with exotic larvae, and easily reared. 


 

£15.00 £13.95
Periphoba arcaei The Snuggle-down Moth Three pupae
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Periphoba arcaei The Snuggle-down Moth Central America

Why the Snuggle-down Moth? When settling, watch how the moth snuggles down into a comfy and low-profile position. It is most endearing! 

If picked up, the moth feigns death, curls its furry body into a ring, with bright orange segments signifying bitter taste or danger. This moth has great character!

A small number of cocoons from early November. The larvae are covered with branched spines and are remeniscent of those of Automeris io, the Bullseye Moth (illustrated). They feed on Oaks including Evergreen species, Sallows, WIllows, Poplars, Hawthorn, Cherry, Prunus, Hornbeam, Beech, Apple, Robinia pseudacacia, Cassia,

 

 

 

£21.50
Cherry Moth promethea 5 cocoons for breeding  SALE PRICE
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

£29.50
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
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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
Availability: Summer 2018


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
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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).

£15.95