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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 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


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: NOW


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
Langia zenzeroides 15 eggs
Availability: From May 2018


Langia zenzeroides Asia 

 

One of the world’s most interesting Hawkmoths. Large, magnificently patterned to camouflage and this species has the curiosity of having some of the largest wing scales of any Hawkmoth. The species occurs in India, China, Eastern Russia and Japan. We have only rarely been able to offer livestock of this species.

 

The larvae feed on Cherry, Apple, Pear and Medlar. Eggs are green, turning to russet and even magenta. The larva when young is very like Marumba quercus, and likewise has a very long tail. Later it takes on more the appearance of tiliae and occelata. There is strong demarcation of colouring either side of the lateral line, and when pupating the top half turns chestnut brown, the lower half remaining green.

The eggs are like leaf-green pearls which turn to maroon after some days.

 

The pupa is more Saturniid like. Rough in texture with a stubby non-pointed tail.  With such a texture it can dry up very easily.  Store for the winter in a very cool place, or in a refrigerator, loose in a plastic box, with no padding or soil.  In spring, when laid out for emergence, cover the pupae with moist compost and mist daily until the moths emerge.

 


£19.00
Ampelophaga rubiginosa from Far Eastern Russia 15 eggs
Availability: May/June


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: NOW


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
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja  10 Larvae

 

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.

 
£12.95
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