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Pure English Silk Hank (Special Market Stall price)
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Pure Silk hanks These are English reeled 20/22 Denier raw silk hanks produced at the Lullingstone Silk Farm and Worldwide Butterflies. 


These fine silk hanks were reeled on the same hand reeling machine, the only one in Britain, as the silk provided for the Wedding Dress of Diana Princess of Wales.


The size and weight not standard but the illustration shows a hank picked at random. This is a unique product!


Special temporary promotion price.


£35.00 £19.50
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Dried specimens need to be re-hydrated with Relaxing Fluid. You receive a supply of crystals to dissolve in water. The resulting fluid inhibits mould and relaxes the specimens in the relaxing box, ready for setting.





DUOS and TRIOS Pick Your Own. 10 eggs of each species.
Availability: NOW

DUOS & TRIOS Select your own.  Extra good value! About half normal price.  You can choose any combination of species you like from the following:


Giant Peacock Moth pyri

Catocala dilecta

Catocala electa

Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi

Tree of Heaven Silkmoth cynthia

Cherry Moth promethea

Robin Moth cecropia

American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus


Select DUO £11.99 or TRIO £17.99. 

On your order enter IN THE COMMENTS BOX your chosen species. To keep it simple follow this example, using the short scientific name:  luna, advena, suraka (cynthia). This is an example of a TRIO. The name in brackets is your second choice if one species is sold out.

If you wish to buy more than one of the same combination just increase the quantity. To go on to buy a different combination DUO or TRIO, just click on the Pick Your Own again, on the same order and choose a further combination.  


Polyphemus: Oak, Birch, Willow, Sallow, Osier, Maple, Apple, Cherry, Alder, Elm,TRY Walnut, Pseudacacia, Sumac Rhus typhina, 

Cecropia: Lilac, Cherry, Pear, Apple, Acer, Plum, Alder, Birch, Dogwood, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Elm, Beech, Gooseberry, Privet, Poplar,

Cerisyi:  Apple, Willows, Poplars. 

Fraxini:  Poplars. 

Electa: Poplars and Willows.

Pavoniella: Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Osier Willow, Pussy Willow, Plum, Apple, Bramble,

Pyri: Blackthorn and Plum, Osier Willow and will often feed on other fruit trees and Hawthorn.

Pavonia: Bramble, Raspberry, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Oak, Hornbeam, Birch, Heathers and Heaths, Blueberry, Meadowsweet, Wild Rose, Sea Buckthorn, Purple Loosestrife, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Pussy Willow (Sallow).

Nupta: Poplars and Willows, 

Dilecta: Oaks,

Sponsa: Oaks,

Vinula: Poplars and Willows.

Tiliae : Lime, Elm.  Other reported foodplants include Cherry, Alder, Birch, Oak, Hazel, Acer including Sycamore, Sorbus, Apple, Pear and Ash!

Pernyi:  Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Prunus, Hornbeam (Carpinus), Apple, Hawthorn, Beech, Oak, Osier,

Cynthia: Privet, Tree of Heaven Ailanthus, Osier Willow, Laburnum, Rose, Plum, Apple, Ash, Birch, Elder,

Ocellata: Apple, Willows, Poplars, Also reported but not tried: Blackthorn, Lime, Privet, Alder, Birch, Plum, Blackthorn, some Viburnums, Various Prunus, Laurel.

Promethea: Foodplants include Lilac and Cherry, Ash, Apple, Pear, Oak, Rhododendron, Willow, Lime, Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Peach,  possibly Maple, Poplar and even Pine may also be taken.

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High quality stainless steel. Ideal for moving leaf particles and stems with larvae attached, while changing rearing boxes. These are new to the WWB range. They have a smooth and positive feel, and an excellent grip.



SLEEVE Size 1 17 x 60 cm SALE PRICE
Availability: From July 2017

Size 1  17 x  60 cm    Very Small. Fine netting 

For very small larvae or for just a few.


Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
Availability: NOW

The new Moonlander

Gemlights will next be available from mid-June 2017

Compact and portable. Designed and tested by Robert Goodden. The Moonlander has been re-designed with spring-loaded supports and integral legs. It has a convenient new carry bag that accommodates trap, cone, moth shelters, supports with legs, and the new compact Goodden GemLight. This is not just a bag: it enables you to pack away the trap with the contents all arranged inside, ready for immediate use next time. Yet the bag is only 50mm or 2.5" deep.

The new Moonlander packs into a small postal container. The Moonlander, with all equipment including the GemLight can be sent together by International Letter Post. No other trap and light is compact and light enough to do this. Mail a trap to contacts abroad to use it remotely for you!

Sufficient room for large catches, anywhere in the world. Folds absolutely flat. Carry in hand luggage, on a bike or hike. Neat carrying case: carry several in the field in one hand. Set up in seconds. See your catch as the moths fly in – this trap combines the advantages of both sheet for observation and trap to retain the moths which enter from the base not the top. Other traps lose their catch through the top opening  in the morning – the Moonlander is closed at the top and holds its catch. Ideal for sampling in remote areas on nothing more than tiny torch batteries.

A cone of reticulated foam in the base, and a set of foam moth shelters are included. These are a modern improvement on egg boxes. Given a choice, more moths are found in the foam than in egg boxes. Click photo to enlarge and see the moths' preference! If wet the foam is simply shaken and quickly dries in the air. Foam can be rolled compactly and springs back into shape when required for use.

Dimensions: 38cm diameter, 45cm tall (+ height of legs). The Moonlander with Goodden GemLight, Cone and Moth Shelters, all arranged in the carrying bag, for instant use, weighs less than a Kilo, and the bag is only approximately 50mm 4" deep.

Click main photo to see lots more. Hover over a picture and an arrow comes up left or right so you can view all the pictures in rotation. See moths in good numbers attracted to the Moonlander, and working in remote sites. The Moonlander attracts moths even above the snow line. Conventional sceptics sometimes express doubt that moths fly upwards into the trap, and believe that moths only rest on the outside. Indeed the Moonlander is designed to view your catch as it comes in, as if using a white sheet, but they also pile in through the base entrance, as the photographs on this site testify. The Moonlander is an unconventional and innovative trap, designed for convenience and excellent results on field studies. See the advanced new Goodden GemLight which has been designed specially to suit the Moonlander - the most compact light that requires no brick for a battery, just 8 AA torch batteries!

Hanging Moonlander There can be advantages in suspending the Moonlander from a branch. With the new Goodden GemLight, the whole trap with light and contained batteries, is a fraction of the weight of other traps and batteries. See separate description of the Goodden GemLight.

The Moonlander can be suspended at different heights, even hoisted up trees, which may sometimes result in attracting different species. A suspended trap is very quick to assemble and pack away. It overcomes difficult or sloping terrain, and resists bad weather. The Moonlander can even be adapted for use by day as a BUTTERFLY TRAP! Just add a suspended bait platform below the base opening and it will catch Charaxes and other Nymphalid butterflies in countries where they occur. When you want the trap to be free standing you can use the new spring-loaded compact supports with integrated legs.

Completely re-designed supports and legs are now available for the Moonlander for use where a free-standing trap is required. The new supports are spring loaded so they automatically adjust height when damp conditions necessitate longer supports. Equally, if warm and dry, the supports may need shortening (by moving a screw to a new position) rather then create excess tension which could damage the netting. Check this before fitting the supports. These supports are a great improvement on the originals. They are very slender and pack away in little space.

Designed for total convenience both in transit and in the field. Multiple traps are easily transported and quickly set up in remote places. Re-charging can be done quickly from a vehicle and you can even re-charge using solar energy.

Any light can be used. The trap is sold with the battery powered Goodden GemLight.  It can also be used with any other light.  We no longer offer actinic lights because test results are well below those with the Goodden GemLight, and their batteries are heavy. A Mercury Vapour light works well in the Moonlander and we can quote for this if required.

Everything about both trap and light is TOTALLY INNOVATIVE and new to Entomology.

Moonlander complete, Carry Bag, Cone and Moth Shelters, Goodden GemLight and new self-adjusting supports with legs  

Batteries and charger are not included - they are a personal choice and readily found on the internet or locally.

Please see notes and advice on selecting suitable ones, in the GemLight description in this section




DUO Small Tortoiseshell urticae and Comma Butterfly c-album. Ten larvae of each.
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DUO Small Tortoiseshell and Comma Butterfly. Ten larvae of each. 

Both species feed on Stinging Nettle. Help encourage these butterflies which are suffering terribly at the moment.

Comma larvae live solitarily and best kept separate from Tortoiseshell which are gregarious. Young Comma larvae will succeed best if placed on growing foodplant. Enclose plant and pot in a netting sleeve, tied at both ends: size 3 is ideal. Cut food is not recommended at least until the larvae are nearly half grown. Comma also do well on Elm, Hop, Osier Willow, and probably other Willows.

DUO American Moon Moth luna and Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 10 eggs of each
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DUO American Moon Moth luna and Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 10 eggs of each

American Moon Moth larvae feed on Walnut, Birch and Osier Willow.

Chinese Oak Silkmoth like Oak, Osier Willow, Beech, Apple, and other trees. Both very easy to rear. Spectacular moths and exciting larvae that grow very large!

DUO American Moon Moth luna with American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 10 eggs of each
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DUO American Moon Moth luna with American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 10 eggs of each

Two very fine North American Silkmoths. Luna larvae feed on Walnut, Maple, Osier Willow, Birch. Polyphemus larvae also feed on Osier Willow, Oak, Hawthorn and other trees. The large larvae are renowned for their silver spangles, like drops of mercury down their sides. These will produce another generation of moths this season, though polyphemus cocoons sometimes remain  until the following spring.

With this offer you get two species for the price of one!

DUO Cherry Moth promethea and Antherina suraka 10 eggs of each
Availability: NOW

DUO Cherry Moth promethea N. America, and Antherina suraka Madagascar 10 eggs of each

See the pictures of the varied larvae and moths of both species.

Cherry moth is not available every year. The female is patterned in shades of burgundy and the male is almost jet black, with olive lacy fringes. You would easily mistake them for quite different species. The larvae gregarious at first,  have a white background, smooth, with coloured tubercles. Their foodplants are many and varied: Lime, Pine, Pear, Peach, Poplar, Apple, Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Ash, Maple, Apple, Oak, Rhododendron, Lilac.

Antherina suraka is a Madagascan endemic. Medium to large moths with massive colourful eye-spots on the hind wing. The larvae are more varied in colour and pattern than any other Saturniid we have seen. VERY interesting to rear, and seldom bred in captivity. This year we have had great breeding success with this species and thoroughly recommend it. The moths pair and lay eggs with no difficulty at all. The larvae thrive on Privet. There must be many other possible foodplants and we will be trying them ourselves this summer.

TWO LESS USUAL SPECIES at a very good price for 10 eggs of each!


OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
Availability: Autumn 2018

Osier Willow cuttings Salix viminalis


Next available from November.


Years ago we planted a stick that was floating down a river in Wiltshire.  That was in 1954! It grew – rapidly – producing a wealth of leaves.  We tried it as a foodplant and discovered that not only did British species do well on it, but exotic silkmoth larvae as well.


This stick was the daddy of hosts of willow thickets that we have established in Dorset, Cornwall and in France.


Osier is Basket Willow, the flexible essential for basket weaving. It makes a wonderful woven hedge. It can form living sculptures. Winter or summer, Osier makes wonderful screens and windbreaks. Cover for wildlife and game. Osier is grown as a crop for energy production. In short it is a blessing to the environment, and very pleasant on the eye in landscaping schemes.


We are offering a bunch of 10 cuttings for you to try not only as probably the most universal foodplant for larvae, but a great addition to your garden and grounds. 


Probably the easiest cuttings to strike and grow. You simply push them into the ground, during autumn or spring. Leaves will appear within the first fortnight if planted in spring, roots quickly follow. In the first year they will more than double in size. Next year, in normal drought free conditions,  you will have a metre or more of growth and lots of foodplant. You may even be able to feed some in the first year.

You can store cuttings before planting, either in a polythene bag in the fridge, or standing in water. In water they often start to root. It is advisable to plant them before the roots actually burst out of the bark.


This plant is a complete success story – you will be pleased you tried it!



DUO Peacock Inachis io and Comma c-album 10 larvae of each
Availability: July

DUO Peacock Vanessa io and Comma c-album 10 larvae of each

Sending larvae in summer by post to any European country south of Scandinavia is too risky. Please see XXP on this website for express courier which ensures delivery in 1-2 days.

Peacock larvae cluster on Nettle tips. Comma larvae are solitary and spread out on the Nettle plant. Comma larvae live solitarily and best kept separate from Tortoiseshell which are gregarious. Young Comma larvae will succeed best if placed on growing foodplant. Enclose plant and pot in a netting sleeve, tied at both ends: size 3 is ideal. Cut food is not recommended at least until the larvae are nearly half grown. Comma also do well on Elm, Hop, Osier Willow, and probably other Willows.

The foodplant must always be fresh. When caging, cut foodplant stems need to be in water, or on growing plant. These will both pupate in June/July and produce adult butterflies 2-3 weeks later. Development time is dependent on temperature. Keep them warm and they will mature fast.