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Red Underwing Catocala nupta 15 eggs
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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
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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
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 10 larvae
Availability: Spring 2018


Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja larvae

 

Available until end of October: then again from Spring.

 

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!

 

£12.95
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
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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
Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae 10 larvae
Availability: August 2018


Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae 

 

Once an extremely common British Moth, less common over most of Europe, but over the last 10 years there has been a marked decline in numbers. The summer of 2016 brought a reversal of this decline and we can help this species back from danger of disappearing.

The larvae feed on Groundsel and Ragwort Senecio. The larvae are ringed in bright orange and black, nature's warning colours, and they absorb chemicals from the foodplant that adversely affect predators who ignore the warning. Ragwort is a mis-understood plant that provides an abundance of nectar to bees, butterflies and other insects. There is evidence that Ragwort plants that are pulled up and left to dry, can be detrimental to cattle and horses if they eat the dried plants. Animals can be seen grazing safely in fields containing growing green plants. There is nothing to be gained from pulling up Ragwort plants, because they are biennials that flower and die in the same year. So a patch of Ragwort can provide valuable nectar to thousands of wild insects, and be host to Cinnabar larvae and, job completed, it dies at the end of summer. 

The Cinnabar moth flies by day, more than by night, and is protected from predators, by the very striking colours of charcoal and scarlet, and bitter-tasting chemicals derived from the larval foodplant, enabling the moth to display its bright colours, yet not be attacked by predators. 

Cinnabar larvae can be raised in sleeves on growing Ragwort. We find the sleeves fitted with a zip are particularly successful. When the larvae are large, if you put in the sleeve several handfuls of springy wood shavings or dried leaf litter, they will form thin silken cocoons in which to pupate.

Could you help to spread this colourful day-flying moth again in your area?

Store pupae cool for the winter, even in a fridge, loose in a plastic box, without any padding.  In May lay them out in an emerging cage and wait for the moths to emerge.

 

£12.95
Scarlet Tiger Moth dominula 15 larvae
Availability: Summer 2018


Scarlet Tiger Panaxia dominula

 

These are newly hatched larvae that could be reared in containers, but are best enclosed in a No. 1 very small sleeve, on growing foodplant.

 

Larvae are very easy, especially on potted foodplants or in a sleeve. Enclose the pot and foodplant in a fine sleeve, to protect from predators during hibernation and to prevent the larvae from wandering.  The larvae feed on Dead Nettle, Stinging Nettle, Willow, Sallow and they especially like Comfrey and Borage. They often browse on other hedgerow plants. Whilst, in the wild, these larvae would hibernate, if you keep them warm and well-fed, in captivity a second brood is possible.

 

Pupation is amongst litter at the base of the foodplant and the magnificent day-flying moths emerge in June. Pairing is easy. Eggs are laid loose in the herbage and the tiny larvae feed for a while before hibernation at the base of the foodplant.
 

Hibernation in captivity can be achieved by sleeving the young larvae on a branch of Salix, Willow or Sallow. The accumulation of autumn leaves makes an ideal environment for the hibernating larvae which re-appear when the buds begin to open in March. In nature eggs are scattered loose amongst the foliage that the larvae like to feed on. The young larvae feed and grow for some weeks before hibernating deep in the base of ground foliage. In spring they resume feeding - their spectacular yellow and black patterning making a striking site on green foliage.


Scarlet Tigers fly by day - a wonderful sight on a sunny June day.  In spring the colourful caterpillars are a joy to rear.

 

£12.95
Puss Moth vinula 15 eggs
Availability: May 2018


Puss Moth Cerura vinula eggs

 

An ideal beginner's species and an old favourite for the connoisseur. Larvae change frequently and become one of the strangest creatures. Curious forked tail with long red flagellae when disturbed. Foodplants are Poplars and Willows. The caterpillar spins a concrete-hard cocoon of chewed bark, mixed into its own silk, producing a cocoon that is so camouflaged that it is very hard to see - see the picture - VERY hard to see!  

 

£12.50
Alder Kitten Harpayia bicuspis 15 eggs
Availability: Spring 2018


Alder Kitten Harpayia bicuspis 

All the Kittens are now very scarce, and bicuspis is quite the rarest of all. Never listed before by WWB.

Eggs are available in May, and again in July.

The larvae are miniatures of the Puss Moth vinula. The more intense charcoal black banding on the wings of the moth, distinguishes the Alder Kitten from the Sallow and Poplar Kittens.

The larvae feed on Alder, Poplars and Birches. Cocoons are formed on the bark of branches and twigs.  Just like the Puss Moth, the cocoon is made of chewed bark, mixed with very strong silk, with such camouflage that the cocoon just looks like a little swelling on the bark.

A truly fascinating species that moth connoisseurs should not miss. 

£18.50
Buff Tip Moth bucephala 10 larvae
Availability: Summer


Buff Tip Moth Phalera bucephala 

 

The Buff Tip, once very common, is remarkable and a must for the enthusiast. You could help re-establish Buff Tips in your area. The eggs are laid in a tight cluster on a leaf of the foodplant. A hatched group of eggs is illustrated and you can see the skeletonised leaf left by the tiny larvae as they progress feeding across the leaf. The larvae are gregarious and quite conspicuous by the trail of eaten leaves, and the fact that they form quite a lumpy cluster! 

 

They are coloured with a netted pattern of yellow and black, warning colours that ward off predators, and larger larvae have a covering of long, fine white silky hairs. The group does not disperse until pupation when they descend to burrow quite deep into the soil.

 

The moth is a master of deception, rolling its wings to form a silvery tube with extraordinary likeness at either end to a broken branch. If it flies up on being disturbed, it is hard to spot on landing, unless you know what you are looking for, because it so closely resembles a piece of branch.  The larvae feed Maple, Birch, Hazel, Laburnham, Poplar, Prunus (Plums and Blackthorn), Oak, False Acacia Robinia, Hazel, Rose, Willows, Sallows, Lime, Elm, Viburnums.

 

We recommend Buff Tips as a great experience of nature.

£11.95
Pale Tussock pudibunda 15 eggs/10 larvae
Availability: May/June 2018


Pale Tussock Moth Dasychira pudibunda  15 eggs/10 larvae according to availability

 

The larvae are tufted with the most delightful coloured shaving brushes, with jet black between the segments, which the larva exposes when threatened. There are different larval colour forms. Foodplants are many and include Lime, Hazel, Oak, Willow, Poplar, Birch and others. Cocoons are spun in late summer and the moths emerge in the following spring. Once known as the Hop Dog, the larvae were encountered in the Hop fields when south Londeners migrated in thousands to Kent to gather the season’s crop.


 

 

£11.95
Sallow Kitten furcula 15 eggs/10 larvae
Availability: May/Jun


Sallow Kitten Furcula furcula  

 

Seldom available, this charming species has miniature Puss larvae. Easily reared on Sallow: may take poplars The cocoon is spun on bark. The moth emerges the same year to produce a second brood of larvae. The resulting pupae overwinter.

 

There will be limited supplies of eggs available in late May or in June.

 

£14.50
Vapourer Moth antiqua egg batch
Availability: NOW


Vapourer Moth Orgyia antiqua

 

 

Very interesting both for its moth and its very attractive and colourful caterpillar. Winter eggs are supplied for storage in the cool until spring. The larvae normally hatch in May/June or later, and feed on a wide variety of trees, which include Hawthorn, Willows and Sallows, most fruit trees, Hazel, Rose, Lime and Oak. The larvae are beautifully patterned and coloured, and decorated by prominent shaving brush-like tufts. The cocoon is spun amongst the foodplant.

 

The male moth is delicate, chestnut brown, with prominent feathered antennae, which are used to detect the wingless female, who emerges from the cocoon and rests on it, calling for a male. She lays her egg batch all over the cocoon where the eggs remain through the winter ready to start off the next generation.

£12.95