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Puss Moth vinula 15 eggs
Availability: May 2018

Puss Moth Cerura vinula eggs


An ideal beginner's species and an old favourite for the connoisseur. Larvae change frequently and become one of the strangest creatures. Curious forked tail with long red flagellae when disturbed. Foodplants are Poplars and Willows. The caterpillar spins a concrete-hard cocoon of chewed bark, mixed into its own silk, producing a cocoon that is so camouflaged that it is very hard to see - see the picture - VERY hard to see!  


Alder Kitten Harpayia bicuspis 15 eggs
Availability: JUNE

Alder Kitten Harpayia bicuspis 

All the Kittens are now very scarce, and bicuspis is quite the rarest of all. Never listed before by WWB.

Eggs are available in May, and again in July.

The larvae are miniatures of the Puss Moth vinula. The more intense charcoal black banding on the wings of the moth, distinguishes the Alder Kitten from the Sallow and Poplar Kittens.

The larvae feed on Alder, Poplars and Birches. Cocoons are formed on the bark of branches and twigs.  Just like the Puss Moth, the cocoon is made of chewed bark, mixed with very strong silk, with such camouflage that the cocoon just looks like a little swelling on the bark.

A truly fascinating species that moth connoisseurs should not miss. 

Pale Tussock pudibunda 15 eggs
Availability: NOW

Pale Tussock Moth Dasychira pudibunda  


The larvae are tufted with the most delightful coloured shaving brushes, with jet black between the segments, which the larva exposes when threatened. There are different larval colour forms.


Foodplants are many and include Lime, Hazel, Oak, Willow, Poplar, Birch and others.


Cocoons are spun in late summer and the moths emerge in the following spring.


Once known as the Hop Dog, the larvae were encountered in the Hop fields when south Londeners migrated in thousands to Kent to gather the season’s crop.



Sallow Kitten furcula 15 eggs/10 larvae
Availability: May/Jun

Sallow Kitten Furcula furcula  


Seldom available, this charming species has miniature Puss larvae. Easily reared on Sallow: may take poplars The cocoon is spun on bark. The moth emerges the same year to produce a second brood of larvae. The resulting pupae overwinter.


There will be limited supplies of eggs available in late May or in June.


Vapourer Moth antiqua 10 larvae
Availability: Summer

Vapourer Moth Orgyia antiqua



Very interesting both for its moth and its very attractive and colourful caterpillar. Winter eggs are supplied for storage in the cool until spring. The larvae normally hatch in May/June or later, and feed on a wide variety of trees, which include Hawthorn, Willows and Sallows, most fruit trees, Hazel, Rose, Lime and Oak. The larvae are beautifully patterned and coloured, and decorated by prominent shaving brush-like tufts. The cocoon is spun amongst the foodplant.


The male moth is delicate, chestnut brown, with prominent feathered antennae, which are used to detect the wingless female, who emerges from the cocoon and rests on it, calling for a male. She lays her egg batch all over the cocoon where the eggs remain through the winter ready to start off the next generation.

Saturnia pavoniella 10 larvae
Availability: NOW

Saturnia pavoniella 


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.



CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae eggs
Availability: NOW

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: NOW

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: 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!







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.






Chinese Golden Emperor Loëpa oberthuri 15 eggs
Availability: NOW

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. 


Epiphora mythimnia 15 eggs
Availability: Summer 2018

Epiphora mythimnia Africa 


A fine African species, seldom obtained. The moth has deeply hooked wings and markings not unlike those of Atlas, but the colouring is a unique combination of burgundy, white and yellow, with clear triangular and circular eye-spots. mythimnia is one of the smaller species, and very beautiful.

The larvae have many characteristics in common with those of Attacus, whiteish, with fleshy tubercles.

Reported larval foodplants are Ceanothus, Croton (colourful foliage house plant) and Alder Buckthorn Frangula alnus.