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Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 6 cocoons
Availability: Autumn 2017


Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 6 cocoons

Now only a few left.

The moths emerge in March/April. Because of modern practice of hedge management, this once common species is nowadays a rare find. Tight clipping of hedges destroys the habitat and undoubtedly the eggs and larvae.

Egg clusters are laid in batches, covered with black fluff from the tip of the female's abdomen, on branches of the foodplant Blackthorn Prunus spinosa or Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna. The larvae cluster, and even large larvae live within, and on the outsite of a prominent white tent of silk, very often at the end of a branch, with no attempt at concealment. It is likely that the larvae in captivity could be reared on Apple and Plum, though we have not tried these.

Don't be tempted to handle the larvae. They have short, decorative hairs, which easily come away and penetrate the skin, like short cactus prickles, and this gives rise to intense irritation. No doubt this is why the larvae can afford to display themselves in the wild so openly. No predator will try to eat them once they learn, and the larvae are patterned in warning colours to advertise the danger.

To pupate, the larvae descend to form a tight cocoon with a smooth shell-like a nut, in concealed leaf litter or moss, where they spend the winter. In early spring, the moths are fully formed within the pupal shell, ready to emerge the moment they sense that conditions are right. If you take the nut-like cocoons from the cold and put them into room temperature, the moths will suddenly break open the ends of the cocoons and there will be a whole lot of moths in a very short time!

You might help to spread the species locally if you can find thorn hedges that are not regularly trimmed. Cocoons are immediately available. Keep them in the fridge until April. You will enjoy observing this species, in all its interesting stages, and maybe could introduce it to your area.

 

£12.95
Tau Emperor Aglia tau Breeding Stock of 4 Pupae
Availability: Autumn 2017


Tau Emperor Aglia tau  Breeding stock of 4 pupae.

 

A Breeding Stock of 4 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.


A limited stock is reserved to sell at this special price.
 





 

£15.50
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons  SPECIAL TEMPORARY PRICES
Availability: October onwards


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.

 

 

 

 



 

Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons
Availability: Autumn



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 similar to our Emperor Moth pavonia, pavoniella 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
Spanish Moon Moth isabellae Pupae
Availability: Autumn 2017


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: Autumn 2017


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 SPECIAL PRICES
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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.

 

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

Chinese Oak Silkmoth A pernyi A Breeding stock of 5 cocoons
Availability: Winter


Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi

 

 

 

A large species, and probably the best for beginners. Moths emerge in the spring. They pair very easily.

 

Eggs are laid on the sides of the cage. The larvae feed on Oak, Apple, Hawthorn, Willow and undoubtedly other trees and shrubs. Black at first, the larvae become green, with decorations of orange.

 

The larvae 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 LARGE exotic larvae: easily reared. 

 

 



 

£17.95
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 TWO cocoons
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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.

 

£11.50
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.