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Tau Emperor Aglia tau Breeding Stock of 5 Pupae
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Tau Emperor Aglia tau

 

A Breeding Stock of 5 pupae to emerge this March/April.

 

This European Silkmoth (not found in Britain) appears before our Emperor Moth and is in the same family of Silkmoths (Saturniidae).  Very easy to breed: lay the pupae out in February for March emergence. The moths fly and pair by day, and particularly appreciate sunshine.  Eggs are laid on the cage sides. 

 

The young larvae are adorned with antlers, as impressive as the American Hicory Horned Devils! Foodplants include Lime, Oak, Birch, Hawthorn, and other trees and shrubs. Pupation is in leaf litter. Single brooded.

 

Highly recommended.



 





 

£14.95
Emperor Moth pavonia  cocoons
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Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia

 

Britain’s only Silkmoth. The male and female have similar markings, but the female is larger, and the male is more brightly coloured.

 

Emergence is in March/April.  Pairing is easy – if you have a female, she will often attract males from miles away. The Emperor Moth occurs in many rural areas but is particularly found on heaths, where they breed on Heathers. The larvae feed on a variety of plants, including 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).

 

The caterpillars cluster in the early instars, eventually spreading out and becoming brightly coloured, as beautiful as such exotics as the Moon Moths. The cocoon is spun in the foodplant. An interesting construction with a neck and open end, through which the adult emerges. 

 

This is one of the fun species to rear.  Demand for this species is high. Please order early.

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons
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Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 cocoons

 

Slightly larger than our Emperor. A joy to breed: with amazingly varied larvae, quite distinct from Emperor larvae.

 

Although the moth is similar to our Emperor Moth pavonia, pavoniella male has a much paler band on the hindwing inner margin. There are other differences in appearance and the intensity of pattern, particularly in the male.

 

Large larvae are quite distinct from those of pavonia, and very diverse in their colouring (see pictures). Foodplants are the same as for pavonia and include Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Bramble, Hawthorn, Heather, Willow, Birch, and many others. Pavoniella females pair several times (pavonia only once). The two species hybridise easily but the progeny of hybrids of pavonia with pavoniella are infertile, which indicates that pavoniella is a true species. Pavoniella is found in central Europe, extending south to Greece and for some distance into Turkey and well into Asia Minor.

 

Pairing is very easy in sunshine. Rearing the larvae is most rewarding and interesting. Do give this species a try!

£18.75
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons  SPECIAL PRICES
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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.

 

 

 

 



 

Spanish Moon Moth isabellae Pupae
Availability: Nov-Feb 2017-18


Spanish Moon Moth Graellsia isabellae

 

It is extremely rare to have pupae of this coveted species available – only recently in over 50 years!  Keep the pupae cool for the winter: the moths emerge in spring. Pairings are brief and seldom observed.  The larvae thrive best on growing pine which may be potted or growing outside. Fine, dry weather is ideal – protect in cold or wet weather. 

 

 

 

 

CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae Pupae
Availability: Nov-Feb 2017-18


CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae. Bustillo and Rubio 1974  PUPAE

 

This subspecies first officially recognised and described in 1974, is appreciably larger than the nominate form, and other subspecies. We only recently had the opportunity to list isabellae ceballosi  and this is one not to be missed by the specialist breeder.

 

Ssp ceballosi is found in the north of Andalucia in Sierras de Segura and Cazoria, in South East Spain.  As well as being measurably larger, the eye-spots, bands and other markings are more clearly defined.

 

Foodplants, as with isabellae isabellae, Pines, including Scotts Pinus sylvestris.

 

 

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.

 

 

Oak Silkmoth polyphemus  cocoons
Availability: Autumn


American Oak Silkmoth Antheraea polyphemus

 

The hindwings of both sexes have huge target eyespots. Pairing sometimes easy, other times changes of setup are needed.  The female lays a large number of eggs.

 

The larvae are easy to rear on Oak or Osier Willow. Along the sides of larger larvae there are silver spangles, like drops of mercury. Lovely larvae to rear.

 

They are also reported to feed on Hawthorn,Oak, Birch, Willow, Sallow, Maple, Apple, Cherry, Alder, Elm. Also try Walnut, Pseudacacia, Sumac Rhus typhina.

 




   


 

 

 

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. 



 


    

Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea japonica 4 pupae
Availability: Late summer 2017


Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea wallichii japonica

 

Not easily obtained now!

 

This species is one of the best and earliest in the season, suitable for beginners as well as connoisseurs.  Eggs are laid in March/April. The larvae, which feed on Privet Ligustrum, have long curling spines behind the head, which get longer with each skin change. At the final change the spines are dropped and the caterpillar becomes very large.

 

When ready to pupate the mature larva has a broad orange band down the back. It wanders off in search of a secret place to pupate. Prepare for this by putting a layer of compost in the bottom of the cage at the final instar. Place a large tile, flat stone or slate on top of the compost. The larvae will pupate in a cavity between the compost and the flat stone.

 

Leave the pupae to harden and store them cool until January/February. At this time, lay them out in the emerging cage, on compost. Moths sometimes emerge as early as January but usually a few weeks later. They pair relatively easily and you can then continue the life cycle.

 

 

£20.00 £17.95