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


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 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.

 


 

 

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
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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  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! 

Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 15 eggs
Availability: November


Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 

A very attractive form with dark banded moths. Very easy indeed to breed in captivity.

The larvae feed on Privet, and are very easy to rear in all seasons. Other evergreen foodplants accepted include Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica, which they relish, Rhododendron, Laurel, and Golden-spotted Laurel Acuba. 

Deciduous foodplants: Tree of Heaven Ailanthus is quite their favourite food. They also thrive on Willows, especially Osier Salix viminalis, Cherry, Laburnham, Lilac, Rose, Plum, Apple, Ash, Birch, Elder and doubtless many more.

The larvae are gregarious when young, yellow and black. Larger larvae are covered with white waxy powder. This subspecies is continuously brooded and can be kept going in all seasons. The cocoon is white and can be used to produce spun silk.

 

£11.50
Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali 15 eggs
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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: Spring


Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia North America 

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.

Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka eggs SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: Summer 2018


Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka 

Not only is the moth highly colourful and attractive, but the larvae are also fascinating, with more different forms of colour and pattern than we have seen in any other species! 

The black stage, marked with orange tubercles, changes to green with a variety of other colours and patterns. They are easy to keep and will take a variety of foodplants. Those reported include Oleander, Privet, Willows, Beech, Liquidambar, Hawthorn, Grapevine, Lilac, Cherry, Laurel, Forcythia, Rhus, Pistachia, Apple, Pear, Plum, Peach and Cabbage. In winter Privet is the ideal foodplant.

Keep the larvae and cocoons warm and moths will emerge from cocoons without a dormant period. The moths are the easiest of all species to breed.

We highly recommend this species.

£12.95
Hickory Horned Devil regalis 10 eggs
Availability: Summer 2018



The Hickory Horned Devil or Regal Silkmoth Citheronia regalis North America

 

This exotic species has not been available in recent years. We now have a breeding stock which is emerging and breeding. Most orders have been supplied. We are waiting for more moths to emerge. Please order NOW.

 

This is a star species, one of the grandest you can rear and now very difficult to obtain. The moth has unique colouring and pattern.

 

The caterpillar is adorned with spectacular spines behind the head, from birth to the huge final instar caterpillar. Walnuts and Hickory are favourite foodplants. They have also been reared on Willows, Privet, Ash, Stags Horn Sumach and Hazel. Doubtless other foodplants may be taken. The larva pupates in the soil and the superb moths emerge the following summer.

 

It is hard to find a more spectacular species than the Hickory Horned Devil! And it is easy to rear.


Click on to the photos to enlarge and see the amazing and spectacular caterpillar!  You will always remember raising Hickory Horned Devils!
 

£14.95
Indian Moon Moth selene 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: Summer 2018


Indian Moon Moth Actias selene 

This fine species is now becoming difficult to obtain.

One of the most recommended for beginners and everyone's favourite. Huge, green, tailed moths. Enormous larvae with colourful tufts and tubercles. Changing from red, in early instars, to green. Young selene larvae are red and black, changing pattern with each skin change, until they become bright green with colourful tubercles. They become enormous, one of the largest larvae in the world!

Selene larvae appear to like Hawthorn over other foodplants , but they can also be reared on Apple, Osier Willow Salix viminalis, Plum, Blackthorn, Lime, Poplar and Sumac Rhus typhina. For later generations, when deciduous foodplants drop their leaves, selene larvae also thrive on Escallonia, Evergreen Oak and Rhododendron leaves. 

Keep in plastic boxes, changing the liner and food daily, until the larvae are large enough to be caged on cut foodplant. Selene larvae also do well sleeved outside in summer.  Cocoons produce adult moths again in the same year, but the autumn generation pass the winter as a cocoon and emerge in spring.

 




 

£12.95
Dictyoploca (Caligula) japonica   15 eggs
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Dictyoploca (Caligula) japonica 

 

 

Newly hatched larvae are black, later with a yellow line down the sides, changing in the final instar to a creamy colour, hairy, with sapphire blue spiracles in two lateral rows.

 

Hawthorn is a favourite foodplant, and others include Plum, Sloe and Osier Willow, Beech, Oak and Walnut.  Not difficult to rear.

 

The open mesh cocoon is spun amongst leaf litter. The moths emerge in autumn and lay eggs that hatch the following spring.

 

 

 

£12.95