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Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Availability: July


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: NOW


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, and have been recorded as accepting 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. 

 

 

 
 

Chinese Moon Moth selene ningpoana 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Availability: July/August


Chinese Moon Moth Actias selene ningpoana  China 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability

 

The moth has characteristics different from the normal selene in Asia.

Foodplants: Selene ningpoana may be offered Willows, Sallows, Walnut, Poplars, Hawthorn, Lime, Eucalyptus,
Plum and quite a wide variety of foodplants.




 

 

 

£12.95
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs.
Availability: NOW


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 

 

Eggs may be sent from another country, so please allow time for delivery.

 

One of the largest of all moth species in the world!  The larvae feed well on Privet, at any time of the year.  They require very clean conditions, always with fresh food. Alternative recorded foodplants include Willows, Lilac, Apple, Plum, Ash, Cherry and Tree of Heaven Ailanthus.  Atlas larvae like to browse on several foodplants and settle for the one or more that they like.

 

The larvae like warmth 25 -30 degrees C and humid jungle conditions, which are best achieved in a tank or plastic container, rather than a netting cage. Given these conditions the larvae are not difficult to rear, and spin cocoons in about 8 weeks from hatching.

 

 

 

 

 

£15.95 £12.95
Chinese Golden Emperor Loëpa oberthuri 15 eggs
Availability: June 2019


Chinese Golden Emperor Loëpa oberthuri

 Saturniid breeders will be familiar with Loëpa katinka but this rarity is a first for WWB. The moths are very large and splendidly adorned with wavy patterning, and bright colours. The larvae change with each instar,  becoming very large strikingly shaped and patterned, and fluffy. Best not to handle because the hairs can irritate sensitive skin.

Foodplants are Grape Vine, Virginia Creeper and Boston Ivy.  The larvae thrive sleeved outside in summer. The cocoon is tapered at the emergence end, and is best handled with care to avoid skin irriataion. Winter is passed as a cocoon. There may be two generations in a season if conditions in hot conditions. 

 

£15.95
American Ailanthus Moth advena 15 eggs
Availability: Summer 2017


American Ailanthus Moth Philosamia cynthia advena 

 

Advena is the New World geographical race of this species which is otherwise found in Europe and right across Asia. 

 

This richly coloured moth in shades of olive and ochre, has become very difficult to obtain of late. This geographical race is richer in colouring and pattern than the European form.

 

The larvae thrive on Privet, Lilac, Ailanthus  and Osier Willow. On Privet advena can even be reared out of season.  

 

Gregarious when young, the larvae start yellow and change to powdery white, with black spotting. Usually single brooded, the moths emerge the following spring. Summer is the ideal time to rear advena and the larvae grow quickly even sleeved outside.

 


 

 

Neoris huttoni 15 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2018


Asian Huttoni Emperor Neoris huttoni Turkey

This is a large silkmoth that occurs from China, through India to Turkey. It is relatively unknown amongst entomologists.

The hibernating eggs are simply stored in the refrigerator until buds open in spring.

The larvae like Ash Fraxinus  in particular, Pear Pyrus, Plum and probably Cherry Prunus (Prunus padus is particularly successful), Willows Salix, Privet Ligustrum, Stag’s Horn Sumac Rhus thypina, Spirea.  [We have had a report of larvae not taking to Privet]

The larvae live beneath a leaf and do not like being disturbed. Young larvae go through interesting and different colour forms.

The cocoon is formed in litter on the ground. Moths emerge in autumn and lay overwintering eggs.

Our thanks to Dr. A. Pittaway for kindly letting us show some of his pictures of this rare species.

 

£12.95
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 15 eggs SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: NOW


American Oak Silkmoth Antheraea polyphemus 

 

Successful breeding enables us to offer at special prices, down from £13.95 for 15 eggs.

 

The hindwings of both sexes have huge target eyespots. Pairing sometimes easy, other times changes of setup are needed.  The female lays a large number of eggs.

 

The larvae are easy to rear on Oak and will accept Hawthorn, Birch, Maple, Osier (Basket Willow) also probably other willows  some other trees. Along the sides of larger larvae there are silver spangles, like drops of mercury. Very attractive. Early rearings will produce moths in the same season.

 

Antheraea yamamai 15  Eggs
Availability: Autumn 2018


Antheraea yamamai Japan and Central Europe

 

A rewarding and easy species to rear in spring. The eggs are stored cool for the winter. Bring them into room temperature when the buds open, and the larvae hatch in a couple of weeks or so. The caterpillar, a close relative of Antheraea pernyi, the Chinese Oak Silkmoth, grows very large. It has a green face and more interestingly, it spins a wonderful  egg-shaped cocoon of BRIGHT GREEN silk.  Very easy to rear on Oak. The larvae sometime take leaves of other trees and shrubs. Hawthorn is a early substitute for Oak. The pupa is spun in summer and does not emerge until well into autumn. Pairings are not difficult – resulting eggs overwinter.

 

The female moth is often bright canary yellow, with large ringed eye-spots, one in the centre of each wing. Colouring, especially in the male, is rather varied. Both sexes are illustrated with quite different colour forms.

 

 

 


 


 

£12.95
Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali 15 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2018


Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali Far Eastern Russia 15 eggs

Keep eggs refrigerated until late March, or when the first buds open.

The last time this species was offered by WWB was over 40 years ago!  The young larvae are most decorative. Recorded foodplants include Ornamental Crab Apple Malus, Hawthorn, Sallow, Osier, Sometimes Privet and undoubtedly a number of other trees and shrubs.

Final instar larvae are covered in short bristles and the caterpillar is lime green all over.

The moths emerge in autumn. Their eggs hatch in the following spring. 

£13.95
Robin Moth cecropia eggs
Availability: NOW


Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia North America 

 

Eggs are selling as fast as they are laid. There may be occasional delays while waiting for more layings.

A magnificent and very large moth, coloured with scarlet and charcoal. It sits on your finger, fanning its wings. Easy to breed. The larvae are most attractive and easily reared with careful hygiene. They do well sleeved outside in good weather.

Reported foodplants: Privet is a good evergreen foodplant,  Lilac, Cherry, Pear, Apple, Acer, Plum, Alder, Birch, Dogwood, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Elm, Beech, Gooseberry, Poplar, Osier Willow is the plant that succeeds best for us.

Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
Availability: NOW


Cherry Moth Callosamia promethea North America 

 

The male and female moths are so different that they might be taken for two different species. The male is mainly black, with very shapely wings. The ground colour of the female is wine red. 

 

Promethea flies and breeds by day: the males like sunshine but must not be left out to bake. Pairing is often easy, and sometimes difficult! 

 

The larvae are gregarious until quite large, when they take on a very unusual appearance, being white, with knobbles like sealing wax in bright reds, yellows and oranges.

 

Foodplants include Lilac and Cherry, Ash, Apple, Pear, Oak, Rhododendron, Willow, Lime, Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Peach,  possibly Maple, Poplar and even Pine will also be taken.

 

£12.95