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Pine Hawk Pinastri 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: NOW


Pine Hawk Hyloicus pinastri 

 

 

Extremely easy to rear on Pine. The larvae change colour and pattern as they shed their skins and grow, each new attire demonstrating remarkable camouflage. They do best sleeved on growing pine but can also be reared on cut food as long as well cared for and hygienic conditions maintained. The larvae pupate in the soil.  Store pupae refrigerated until next summer.


 

£12.95
Proserpinus proserpina 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: NOW



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
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: July


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: July


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: 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
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: August onwards


Oleander Hawk Daphnis nerii 

 

 

One of the finest of all Hawkmoths. The larvae are very fast growing indeed and they consume a lot of food. It is often possible to have the larvae from hatching to pupation in little more than a month.

 

Larvae thrive on Periwinkle Vinca, and can be reared on Privet Ligustrum. Suitable for winter or summer rearing. Oleander Nerium is a natural foodplant but it is often tough and leathery, so the alternives are usually better than Oleander.

 

£12.95
Kentish Glory, Versicolora eggs
Availability: From March 2019


Kentish Glory  Endromis versicolora

 

The Eggs are the first of the season to be laid and are sent from February.  They are yellow when laid, later turning maroon in colour, matching the twigs they are laid on.
 

This species is now found only in Scotland, and parts of Central Europe.  Our stock is European.

 

Keep the eggs cool until you have the first leaves of foodplant. Birch is the normal foodplant, but the larvae can also be reared on Hazel, Alder, Hornbeam, and Lime. Rearing of Kentish Glory larvae is very easy, indoors or outside, and they do particularly well sleeved on their foodplant.

 

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 leaf litter and soil and settle down until the new season starts again in February. This is a very easy species. 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. Provide twigs of foodplant, on which to lay. At this time there are no leaves. Just leave the moths together pairing and egg-laying take place naturally.

 

Our thanks to Jens Stolt who has kindly allowed us to use his beautiful illustration of the life history of this rare species.

 




 

Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs
Availability: Autumn 2018


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
Red Underwing Catocala nupta 15 eggs
Availability: NOW


Red Underwing Catocala nupta

A large and very grand species, with the most wonderful scarlet underwings which are flashed from beneath its grey exterior when disturbed.  The larvae feed on Poplars and Willows (Osier is ideal). When they hatch, use a soft artist’s brush to transfer the larvae on to fresh Poplar in a plastic box. Within a few days, we recommend that the larvae are sleeved on growing foodplant, which can be potted or growing outside. The larvae are well camouflaged on the Poplar stems. After becoming quite large, they pupate amongst leaf litter and produce moths in late summer. Eggs are laid on bark and in captivity they will usually lay on netting, preferably double, coarse mesh. The eggs overwinter, so keep them in the fridge until spring.

£12.95
Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 10 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2018


Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 10 eggs

 Refrigerate the eggs until Oak buds open in spring. 

Increasingly scarce, this richly coloured Underwing can be reared sleeved on Oak.The larvae are very active when they move. They rest for much of the time, impressively camouflaged on Oak bark. Pupae are formed in leaf litter and the moths emerge in July/August. 

£12.95
Ampelophaga rubiginosa from Far Eastern Russia 15 eggs
Availability: July


Ampelophaga rubiginosa from Far Eastern Russia

 

Never before offered by WWB. This Hawkmoth is seldom available. The moths apparently seldom come to light, nor to flowers. Its range extends from the Himalayas, Far East (Russia, China, Japan), southwards through, Myanmar and Thailand, and Indo China to Malaysia and Sumatra. Markings of the moth and depth of colour are quite variable.

 

The larvae are very attractive, differing with changes of instar; very streamlined and strongly reminiscent of the North American Darapsa myron, whose larvae are illustrated here. In the final instar some larvae have a patterned brown form. They feed on Virginia Creeper and Boston Ivy Parthenocissus and Vine Vitis. There are reports of larvae accepting Hydrangea paniculata, Salix and Malus. It seems that there is a need to confirm these and maybe finding other food plants. Try Osier Salix viminalis, which has been so successful for many species, but have creeper or vine available in case the experimental plants are rejected.

 

The pupae have the curious habit of wriggling violently when sprayed, even appearing to hop around!

 

The number of generations in a year depends on the latitude and climate. In captivity and summer conditions, a second brood is quite probable. 

 

This species is highly recommended for the connoisseur breeder, and a great photographic opportunity.

 

£12.95
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Availability: August to October


Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja 50 larvae

 

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

Children love them!

 

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 spring and summer larvae.  In the wild, late summer larvae would hibernate, but if you keep them warm and light, many will produce another generation this year.

If you wish to hibernate Wooly Bears, sleeve them in autumn on Willow or Sallow (Pussy Willow). The falling leaves curl to form a ventilated ball in which the larvae hibernate. If all goes well in winter the larvae emerge in spring and feed from the new spring leaves.

From October to spring the larvae are in hibernation. Orders are booked for dispatch when the larvae awake and feed.

 
£62.50 £42.95