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Actias artemis Asia 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: Late August


Actias artemis Asia  

This species occurs in Japan and much of the Far East, including Far Eastern Russia which is the home of this unusual stock.

Reported larval foodplants include Willows, Birch, Walnut, Oak, Hawthorn and Alder. Very likely other trees as well. This is a medium sized Moon Moth with very differently shaped male and female. Seldom available. This is a chance to find out more about the species.

 

£12.95
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Availability: Spring/summer. See text


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 

Currently new moths are awaited to produce eggs at the start of the new season. Incubation does not necessarily achieve newly emerged moths: they develop sporadically and sometimes it is necessary to wait until several moths have emerged to get both sexes and successful pairings. There is no way of predicting which cocoons are going to start developing, but we hope breeding will start again in spring.

One of the largest of all moth species in the world!  The larvae feed well on Privet, at any time of the year, and might accept Portuguese Laurel.  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
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs
Availability: NOW


Chinese Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi  

Highly recommended for those who are looking for a spectacular moth, with LARGE exotic larvae: easily reared.  

This species used to be universally available. Over the years captive bred stocks have disappointingly become in-bred. We now have strong wild Chinese stock, starting with cocoons available from October 2019, and orders can be taken now for eggs and larvae available from May 2020.

A large species, and undoubtedly the best for beginners. Moths emerge in the spring. They pair very easily. 

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
Bullseye Moth Automeris io eggs SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: NOW


Bullseye Moth Automeris io North America 

Eggs and Larvae of the Bullseye Moth are not available every year. This small silkmoth has a number of interesting characteristics.

The male and female are distinctly different colours – both have the enormous eye markings on the hindwings which are exposed when the moth is disturbed.

The larvae are covered by branched spines – don’t touch them – they sting like a nettle! They are gregarious until the larvae are quite large, changing colour at each skin change.

For pairing, keep the moths in a cage the size of the Pyjama Mini Cage. Fertile eggs develop a black dot which is the micropyle, through which the embryo breathes. A useful indicator of fertility, not present in most other species.

The larvae are polyphagous, ie they will accept a wide variety of foodplants, which include such trees as Oak, Lime, Willow, Hazel, Bramble, Apple, Hawthorn and more.

European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia 15 eggs
Availability: Summer


European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia  

This species has now become scarce in Europe and we may not get regular supplies in future. 

Very easy to rear on Privet, Willows, Ailanthus, Llilac and other shrubs, including evergreens, such as Portugal Laurel, Viburnum tinus and Acuba.

The moths pair easily. The young larvae are yellow, decorated with black spots, and live gregariously. As they grow they become pure white, with prominent black spots. In the final instar they have a white waxy bloom.

Highly recommended.
 

Robin Moth cecropia 15 Eggs
Availability: NOW


Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia North America 

This is a magnificent species with most decorative larvae that are easy to rear, especially when sleeved. The moth will sit on your finger fanning its wings, like a pet!  Highly recommended. 

A magnificent and very large moth, coloured with scarlet and charcoal. The larvae are most attractive and easily reared with careful hygiene. They do well sleeved outside in good weather. Osier Willow is the plant that succeeds best for us, and many breeders use Cherry.

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. 

£14.95
Rothschildia triloba 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: July


Rothschildia triloba Central America

This species has similarities with Rothschildia orizaba. It was considered as a sub-species but now has species status. Rothschildia is considered as the new world equivalent of the Atlas Moths of Asia. The larvae can be reared very successfully on Privet. Other reported plants and families include Ash Fraxinus, Roseaceae, Rubiaceae, Willows and Sallows Salicaceae, Ailanthus, and Portuguese Laurel Prunus serotina.

Young larvae and black with yellow warts and other markings. Larger larvae are bright green, with a lateral line demarking a camouflaging change of colour, like the change in colour from the upperside of a leaf to underside. 

Cocoons will diapause, producing adults in the following summer.

 

£16.95
Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
Availability: June/July


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

 

£12.95
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka 15 eggs
Availability: August/September


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
Actias isis from Sulawesi 10 eggs
Availability: Date uncertain


Actias isis from Sulawesi, Indonesia.  

Our specialist breeder will have eggs very shortly in August. Demand will be high, so please order early.

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
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


African Moon Moth Argema mimosae 

The larvae are most spectacular and they thrive on Eucalyptus, which is evergreen and therefore suitable for rearing in summer or winter. Other foodplants recorded: Liquidambar, Walnut, Sumac Rhus sp.

The moth is a miniature of the Giant Madagascan Moon Moth as a whole lot easier to breed!  Spray the cocoons daily, keep at about 25 degrees C, or a little more, and they start to emerge as they do in the rainy season.

Pairings are not automatic but not difficult. 

 

 

 

 





   

 

£12.95
Indian Moon Moth selene eggs
Availability: NOW


Indian Moon Moth Actias selene 

This fine species has now become almost impossible to obtain! But this season we have strong stocks again, with eggs available immediately.

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. Very probably also the evergreen Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica.

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.