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Emperor Moth pavonia 15 eggs
Availability: Spring 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: Spring 2018


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
Saturnia walterorum 10 eggs
Availability: April/May


Saturnia walterorum North America

 

This is a VERY rare relative of the European Emperor Moth, found in very limited regions of California and Mexico.

 

The larvae feed on Strawberry Tree ArbutusRhus or Sumach, and may well take other species but we have not found other foodplants listed.  We have been told that Ceanothus is another foodplant, and possibly Rose.

 

 

This is a rare opportunity indeed!

 

 

£18.50
Tau Emperor Aglia tau 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Availability: April/May 2018


Tau Emperor Moth Aglia tau 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability

 

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. 

 

 

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Tau Emperor Melanic Aglia tau MELANIA 15 Eggs or 10 larvae
Availability: April/May 2018


Tau Emperor Melanic Aglia tau melania  15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availabiliy

 

The first adults to emerge will give you a real surprise! Take a look at just how melanic they are!
 

Melania is a rare melanic form of the Tau Emperor, where much of the normal orange colour is suffused or even replaced with black. These come from central Europe and are very scarce indeed. Melania is for those who like an unusual species. 

 

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.

 



 

 

£18.95
Tau Emperor  Tau Emperor form FERENIGRA 15 Eggs or 10 larvae
Availability: April/May 2018


Tau Emperor Aglia tau form FERENIGRA 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availabiliy


This rare 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
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.

 

Spanish Moon Moth G isabellae eggs
Availability: May 2018 onwards


Spanish Moon Moth Graellsia isabellae Eggs

 

One of the rarest and most coveted species we list.  The moth and larva are as exotic as any tropical species. 

Foodplant Pine. The larvae change dramatically as they grow, starting with a precise imitation of pine twigs, amongst which they rest by day, then changing to patterns of green, black and white as they venture amongst the foliage. Finally they take on an intricate pattern, adding red to a criptic camouflage that renders them almost impossible to spot against the light in the pine forest. The larvae make a cocoon amongst mosses and leaf litter on the ground.

This is a delicate species that often does best sleeved out of doors, as long as the weather is good. They are used to a warm Spanish climate. Orders are supplied in strict rotation. It pays to order early to be high up the list.

Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Availability: November


Madagascan Moon Moth Argema mittrei

 

Eggs of this huge Moon Moth are the largest we have ever seen. See the photo of one compared to other Giant Silkmoth eggs!

The larvae like warmth but not excessive temperature: likewise humidity but not too much. They feed well on Eucalyptus gunii, Rhus typhina and Rhus glabra. Also Liquidambar.

Huge netted cocoons of silvery silk – probably the biggest cocoon in the world! Both male and female moths are tailed but those of the male are very extreme.

 
This is a species that the connoisseur should not miss!


 




 

 

 

 

 

£18.95
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Availability: May 2018


American Moon Moth Actias luna North America  

 

 

A very attractive Moon Moth that is double brooded and is very easy to rear. Larvae of the first brood produce moths this year.

 

The larvae feed on Walnut, Liquidambar, Birch, Plane, Maples, Aspen, Plum, Sallow, Osier Willow and several kinds of Oak. We have excellent results with Walnut and Osier.

 

Store autumn cocoons cool, even in a fridge from December onwards. In April they can be incubated for emergence in May. 

 

 

 
 

Scarlet Windowed Moth Cricula andrei 15 eggs
Availability: Early summer 2017


Scarlet Windowed Moth Cricula Andrei India

 

We have not had this species for years. We are very pleased to be able to offer andrei again. These are from a new source. There are several Cricula species in the region, all very similar, and this is either andrei or a species that is indistinguishable.

 

This little silkmoth is extremely variable in size, shape and colour. Dramatic leaf camouflage in bright autumn colours. 

 

Pairing is easy: resulting larvae are gregarious and they feed on a variety of trees and shrubs, but particularly Privet, Oak, Plum, Blackthorn and Hawthorn. There can be two broods in a season.

 

The cocoon is straw-coloured, with some little round holes, but not netted. The moth emerges through a funnel of outwood-pointing fibres, as found in the Emperor Moth pavonia.



 

£12.95