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Alder Kitten Harpayia bicuspis 15 eggs
Availability: May/June


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
Vapourer Moth antiqua 10 larvae
Availability: Summer


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
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
Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae
Availability: April/May 2018


Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae

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 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.

This is a very interesting species to rear and observe. You might help to spread the species locally if you can find thorn hedges that are not regularly trimmed.

 

 

£14.00 £11.95
Emperor Moth pavonia 15 eggs
Availability: April 2018


Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia 

 

Britain’s only Silkmoth. The male and female have similar markings, but the female is larger, and the male is more brightly coloured. The Emperor Moth occurs in many rural areas but is particularly found on heaths, where they breed on Heathers. Eggs are laid in clusters on the heather, looking just like the dead flowerheads from last year.

 

The larvae feed on a variety of plants, including Bramble, Raspberry, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Oak, Hornbeam, Birch, Heathers and Heaths, Blueberry, Meadowsweet, Wild Rose, Sea Buckthorn, Purple Loosestrife, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Pussy Willow (Sallow). 

 

The caterpillars cluster in the early instars, eventually spreading out and becoming brightly coloured, as beautiful as such exotics as the Indian Moon Moth. The cocoon is spun in the foodplant. This is the stage that passes the winter.  An interesting construction with a neck and open end, through which the adult emerges in spring.  This is one of the fun species to rear.

 




 
 

 

£10.95
Saturnia pavoniella 15 eggs
Availability: NOW


Saturnia pavoniella 15 eggs 

 

Although similar to our Emperor Moth pavonia, pavoniella is slightly larger and, in the male, 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. 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). 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.

 

 

£12.95
Giant Peacock Moth Pyri 15 eggs
Availability: May 2018


Giant Peacock Moth  Saturnia pyri  


Europe
's largest Moth! Larvae sleeved outside do well except in constant wet and cold weather. The large larva, with its apple green colouring and colourful spikey tubercles, is as handsome as the tropical Moon Moths.

 

The natural foodplants are Blackthorn and Hawthorn but they will often accept fruit trees such a Plum and Apple.









 

£12.95
Tau Emperor Aglia tau 15 eggs
Availability: NOW


Tau Emperor Moth Aglia tau 15 eggs 

 

This European Silkmoth flies in early spring and is one of the Silkmoths (Saturniidae).  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. 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. 

 

 

£15.95 £12.95
Tau Emperor  Tau Emperor form FERENIGRA 15 Eggs SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW


Tau Emperor Aglia tau form FERENIGRA 

 

This scarce form, from central Europe, has bold melanic wing margins, in quite variable amounts.

 

Ferenigra is a rare semi-melanic form of the Tau Emperor, where a good deal of the normal orange colour is suffused or even replaced with black. These come from central Europe and are very scarce indeed. Ferenigra is a form for the connoisseur.

 

The pupae emerge in April. Breeding is very easy. The larvae feed on a variety of trees which include Lime, Hawthorn, Oak, Beech, Willows and Sallows.

 



 

 

£15.95 £12.95
CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae eggs
Availability: May 2018 onwards


CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae. Bustillo and Rubio 1974

 

 

This subspecies first officially recognised and described in 1974, is appreciably larger than the nominate form, and other subspecies. We hve never had the opportunity to list isabellae ceballosi  before and this is an opportunity 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.