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Deathshead Hawk Atropos 10 larvae
Availability: June/July 2018


Deathshead Hawkmoth Acheronia atropos  10 larvae

 

 

Everyone’s favourite. An extreme rarity, migrating to Britain from Africa. Occasionally the larvae are found in potato fields but that’s if you are lucky and these days with modern machinery the chances of larvae being found are even more remote. The larvae feed on many plants in the potato family, Solanaceae, but you don’t have to have these to keep the larvae: they do well on Privet. They have also been found feeding on Buddleia, resulting in a pale coloured larva that matches the leaves. The duration of the egg stage is just a few days, and the larvae grow probably twice as fast as our native hawkmoth larvae, completing their life cycle in as little as 4-6 weeks in summer temperatures. These larvae will produce another generation of moths within weeks of pupation, but you can keep them cool in the winter months, and have them emerge in spring. The moth is just amazing to have alive on your hand! It is furry, and squeaks – almost like handling a little mammal. It also humps its back and displays the blue markings on the body, as well as the famous skull and crossbones on the thorax. The moth needs to feed, not from flowers but from a pad soaked in weak honey or sugar solution. Moths have been found inside beehives, attracted by the sweet smell of honey. 

 

In summer, the pupae will emerge within about 4 weeks.  In autumn, to overwinter, bury the pupae in light compost that is not too damp but not allowed to dry out. The top of each pupa should be just showing. Store in a cool place (10-15 degrees C) away from predadors. Bring into the warm in April ready for May emergence. 
 


 

£14.95
Poplar Hawk Laothoe populi 15 eggs
Availability: Spring 2018


Poplar Hawkmoth Laothoe populi 

 

Fast growing, the larvae feed on most Willows and Poplars. They do well in sleeves or caged.

 

This is one of the few hawkmoths that produce two broods of moths in the year.

 

The larvae become very fat and vary in both the ground colour, in shades of green or blue/green, and in their markings which often include red spots as well as the oblique stripes down the sides.

 

The larvae need to burrow into compost for pupation.

£12.50
Lime Hawk tiliae 15 eggs
Availability: May 2018



Lime Hawkmoth Mimas tiliae 15 eggs 

Extremely easy to rear on Lime or Elm. Other reported foodplants include Cherry, Alder, Birch, Oak, Hazel, Acer including Sycamore, Sorbus, Apple, Pear and Ash! In autumn the larvae will grow faster if kept warm.

 

The larvae do particularly well sleeved on growing foodplant but can be kept in plastic boxes or cages. Beautiful streamlined larvae. Larger larvae are often heavily marked with flame and scarlet spots and blotches. Very variable. They pupate underground. In captivity they will pupate amongst folds of cloth or absorbent tissue. Store pupae refrigerated for the winter. The moths normally emerge in May/June.


 

£10.50
Eyed Hawk ocellata 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: May 2018


Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata  

 

Fascinatingly camouflaged larvae which exactly match their leafy background. Easy to breed.

The larvae feed on Apple, Willows, Poplars, Blackthorn, Lime, Privet, Alder, Birch, Plum, Blackthorn, some Viburnums, Various Prunus, Laurel.

At pupation time, provide a container of compost to a depth of about 10cm, with a lid. The larvae burrow to pupate.  The moths, with vivid eye-spots, emerge the following spring.

 

 

£11.50
Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 15 eggs
Availability: June/July 2018


Privet Hawkmoth Sphinx ligustri 

 

 

One of the largest Hawkmoths. The caterpillar becomes enormous and is characteristic of the name Sphinx moths, by its sphinx-like resting position. Adults emerge in June and July.  They need nectar from the flowers of Privet, Valerian, Buddleia.  

Larval foodplants: Privet, Lilac, Ash, also reportedly Spiraea, Viburnum opulus, and other Viburnums,  Holly, Dogwood, Snowberry, Apple, Pear, Oleander, Leycesteria, Currant.

One generation in the year. Privet Hawks breed readily in a large cage with nectar and foodplant. 

The large pupae are formed underground. Store the pupae for emergence next summer. 

 


 

£12.95
Proserpinus proserpina eggs/larvae
Availability: June 2017



Proserpina Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina

 

This rather rare Hawkmoth is a gem, seldom encountered, though it lives throughout much of western and central Europe, eastwards into Russia.  

 

The pretty little green moth has prominent egg-yolk coloured hindwings.  

 

The larva is rather like a grey form of Small Elephant Hawk. Take a close look and decide which end is which! There is a false eye-spot - at the TAIL!

 

The foodplant is Rosebay Willowherb Epilobium, Evening Primrose Oenothera and Purple Loosetrife Lythrum.

 

The normal flight period is June and July.

£12.95
Elephant Hawk elpenor 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: Summer 2018


Elephant Hawk Dielephila elpenor  

 

A most attractive and easy species to rear. The larvae Willowherbs, Fuschia, Virginia Creeper, Vine and Bedstraw. Fast-growing, the larvae have two colour forms, starting green they change to black, or a lovely green form, the green being the rarest.

 

The larvae pupate amongst leaf litter on the ground, and emerge next spring as one of the most beautiful of all hawkmoths.


 

£14.95
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: Summer 2018


Small Elephant Hawk Dielephila porcellus 

 

Very seldom can we offer eggs and larvae of this brilliantly coloured and delicate little Hawkmoth. The larvae are miniatures of the Elephant Hawk.

 

The best foodplant is Bedstraw Gallium, any species, also Willowherb, Purple Loosestrife, Impatiens (Balsam and perhaps Busy Lizzie), Vine and Parthenocissus. Don’t miss this opportunity of rearing the Small Elephant Hawk this year.

 

Best reared on growing foodplant if at all possible.

£15.95 £12.95
Spurge Hawk H euphorbiae 15 eggs
Availability: June 2018


Spurge Hawk  Hyles euphorbiae

 

 

The young larvae are black and cluster.  Soon they take on amazing spots and stripes of yellow, red, white and green.  Some of the most colourful larvae in the world.

 

The best Spurges are Cypress Spurge cyparissias, Wood Spurge, Sea Spurge, and the annual Sun or Petty Spurges are all suitable.  Eggs are laid in clusters near the tips. The larvae are also reported to feed on Sorrel Rumex, Knotgrass Polygonum, Grape Vine, Dog's Mercury Mercurialis and Willowherbs Epilobium

 

The dormant pupae are kept cool for the winter. Adults emerge in June/July. Provide nectar flowers and potted Spurge plants for egg-laying.

 

 

 



 

£16.95
Oleander Hawk nerii 10 larvae
Availability: Early summer 2018


Oleander Hawk Daphnis nerii  10 larvae

 

One of the finest of all Hawkmoths. The larvae are very fast growing indeed and they consume a lot of food. Apart from Oleander Nerium, the larvae thrive on Periwinkle Vinca, and these are being reared on Privet Ligustrum.

 

Larvae cannot be posted outside GB. See XXP for courier delivery to Europe, which does not guarantee safe delivery but is very fast (1-2 days), and minimises risk.

 

 

 

 

£12.95
Kentish Glory versicolora 15 eggs
Availability: Spring 2018


Kentish Glory  Endromis versicolora

 

 

This species is now found only in Scotland, and parts of Central Europe


This is the earliest to emerge, sometimes as early as February. The first eggs and larvae are ready in March.  Clusters of bright yellow eggs are laid on bare Birch twigs.  Just go out and cut some twigs and arrange them in the cage. The eggs gradually change to a deep purple colour which matches the colour of the twigs. In captivity, the eggs can hatch before the Birch buds are open, so keep some twigs warm inside, standing in water, to get them to sprout. If you can sleeve the larvae on a growing plant, potted or in the ground, rearing is very easy. The larvae, black at first,  cluster on the twigs. Later they are green and spread out a little, clinging on to the twigs, they look just like Birch catkins. Absolute masters of camouflage. In May the larvae pupate in soil and settle down until the new season starts again in February. This is a very easy species: just make sure you have enough growing Birch (it can be in pots). The male and female moths share the same patterning, but the female is much larger and the male has particularly rich chestnut markings. Pairing is easy. Just leave the moths together and Nature takes care of things.

 

Note Kentish Glory larvae can also be fed on Hazel, Alder, Hornbeam, and Lime. It is probable that other alternative tree species may be used as foodplant.

 

 

£12.95
Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs SALE PRICE
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Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini

 

 

The largest underwing, spectacular blue. Store eggs refrigerated until May.

 

This species is now almost extinct in Britain. We are offering European stock of this fine moth, the largest of all Underwings and remarkable for its BLUE hindwings. The young larvae are immensely active and care must be taken when transferring them to fooplant on hatching, because they can tangle themselves up if you try to move more than one at a time! Feed on Aspen and other Poplars. The larvae are the largest of this genus and very satisfying to rear. Moths emerge in late summer, laying eggs that overwinter.

£12.95