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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.

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. 

 

 

 
 

Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Availability: May 2018


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
DUO Tau Emperor with Ligurian Emperor pavoniella 15 eggs of each of TWO species.
Availability: NOW


DUO Tau Emperor Aglia tau with Ligurian Emperor pavoniella

Both species have particularly interesting and different larvae. 

Pavoniella foodplants are the same as for pavonia and include Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Bramble, Hawthorn, Heather, Willow, Birch, and many others. 

Tau foodplants include Lime, Oak, Birch, Hawthorn, and other trees and shrubs. 

£12.95
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
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas eggs SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: Summer 2018


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs

 

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
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 one pair of cocoons
Availability: May/June 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.

 

£28.00
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
Availability: June 2018


American Oak Silkmoth Antheraea polyphemus 

 

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.

 

£11.50
Antheraea yamamai 15  Eggs
Availability: NOW


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
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs
Availability: May/June


Chinese Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi  
 

Very easy to keep. Young larvae are black, and later turn green. They become enormous, feeding on  Oak, Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Prunus, Hornbeam (Carpinus), Apple, Hawthorn, Beech, Osier Willow.  After about 2 months the larvae spin silk cocoons - an extra opportunity for a teaching project. Moths emerge the same year. Autumn larvae spin over-wintering cocoons.

 

Larvae thrive on Evergreen Oak when other plants not available. In winter, if the evergreen leaves are a bit leathery, make some incisions in the leaves with scissors. This releases attractive scent to the larvae and and gives them easier places to start feeding.

 

A PERFECT species for children and beginners! 

£12.95