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Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae SALE PRICE

Small Elephant Hawk Dielephila porcellus


FIVE Pupae £22.00 SALE PRICE now £17.95

TEN  Pupae £37.95 SALE PRICE now £32.95

A charming, quite small Hawkmoth, coloured intense magenta and orange, flying in June/July.  Store pupae cool for the winter. Set up with nectar flowers and sprigs of Bedstraw for egg-laying. The larvae are miniatures of the Elephant Hawkmoth and not difficult to rear. Prepare lots of Bedstraw in advance. 


The larvae are recorded as accepting these alternative foodplants: Willowherbs Epilobium, Busy Lizzie and Balsam Impatiens, Vines Vitis, Creepers Parthenocissus, and Purple Loosestrife Lythrum.



This is an unusual species if you want to try something new.


Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Availability: NOW

Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja 50 larvae


The price for 50 Woolly Bears has been substantially reduced to encourage releasing in the wild.


Available until end of October: then again from Spring.


In earlier days one can remember finding the furry caterpillars amongst the fresh spring nettles and docks on roadsides, almost everywhere. Sadly those days have gone, but it may be possible to encourage them back in little corners that you select. Garden Tigers are prolific breeders.  Release 50 larvae on a patch and, who knows, you might bring them back to your area.



Garden Tiger larvae Woolly Bears  grow fast on Dock, Dandelion, Dead Nettle, Nettle and many other hedgerow plants, also Pussy Willow Salix caprea and Osier Willow Salix viminalis.  You can also feed them conveniently on Cabbage. Now a most difficult species to obtain.


These are summer larvae which, in the wild, would hibernate, but if you keep them warm and light, many will produce another generation this year.


Children love them!


£62.50 £42.95
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons  SPECIAL PRICES

Giant Peacock Moth Saturnia pyri



Magnificent - Europe’s largest moth. Flies in May, pairs easily and lays prodigiously. Exotic looking larvae.

Rear the larvae in warm, dry conditions. They are very easy to rear in the first instars and extra care is needed to bring them through the final instars. They repay proper care, growing fast and changing colour.


The large larva is as handsome as the tropical Saturniidae and has much in common with Moon Moth larvae, but with sapphire blue tubercles. They do well on Blackthorn and Plum and will often feed on other fruit trees and HawthornWillows, Alder and Birch.






American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Availability: May 2018

American Moon Moth Actias luna North America  



A very attractive Moon Moth that is double brooded and is very easy to rear. Larvae of the first brood produce moths this year.


The larvae feed on Walnut, Liquidambar, Birch, Plane, Maples, Aspen, Plum, Sallow, Osier Willow and several kinds of Oak. We have excellent results with Walnut and Osier.


Store autumn cocoons cool, even in a fridge from December onwards. In April they can be incubated for emergence in May. 




Pseudantheraea discrepans Pupae SALE PRICE

Pseudantheraea discrepans Central Africa


  2 pupae normal price £12.50 NOW £  8.95

  5 pupae normal price £29.50 NOW £22.95

10 pupae normal price £55.95 NOW £43.95

We have not had these amazing green pupae for years!  Furthermore, we may not get them again!

The larvae pupate in small groups, spinning a very open-mesh hammock to support the pupae until the moths emerge when the rains come. We have never had another species with pupae like this.

The moths are infinitely variable. See the illustrations.

There are few accounts of rearing in captivity but we believe that larvae will feed on Salix (Willows, Sallows and Osier). Undoubtedly other foodplants will also be accepted. The picture of the larva here is a species whose larvae is very similar.

Here is an opportunity to try something really new and exciting! 

Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons SPECIAL PRICES!

Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas


SPECIAL PRICES 5 for £29.95 NOW £24.95. 10 for £59.90 NOW £45.95

The largest moth in the world.  Winter cocoons are dormant. 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.


Larvae feed on Privet and are easily reared in conditions that are warm and moist.  Atlas larvae will also feed on Tree of Heaven Ailanthus, Osier Willow Salix viminalis, Citrus and undoubtedly a number of other substitute plants outside their normal habitat.









Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia cocoons SPECIAL PRICES

Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia North America



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


Pairing is exceptionally easy. 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.


SPECIAL PRICES 2 for £18 now £16, 5 for £34.95 now £28.95 , 10 for £69.90 now £49.95