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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
Actias isis from Sulawesi 10 eggs
Availability: Early 2018


Actias isis from Sulawesi, Indonesia.  

The male has some of the richest colouring of all the world's Moon Moths. Both sexes are giant. The female is even larger and is bright yellow, with large moon-like markings. Her tails are stockier and shorter.

The larvae can be reared out of season on evergreen Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica, or Eucalyptus gunii. They have also been known to accept Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo.

In summer probably the best foodplant is Sweet Gum Liquidambar styraciflua. Other reported foodplants include Rose, Oak, Strawberry and Hawthorn. 

Actias isis  is very seldom available. 

 

£25.00
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