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Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Availability: NOW


Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja 50 larvae

The price for 50 Woolly Bears has been substantially reduced to encourage releasing in the wild.

Children love them!

Garden Tiger larvae Woolly Bears  grow fast on Dock, Dandelion, Dead Nettle, Nettle and many other hedgerow plants, also Pussy Willow Salix caprea and Osier Willow Salix viminalis.  You can also feed them conveniently on Cabbage. 

Now a most difficult species to obtain.

These are spring and summer larvae.  In the wild, late summer larvae would hibernate, but if you keep them warm and light, many will produce another generation this year.

If you wish to hibernate Wooly Bears, sleeve them in autumn on Willow or Sallow (Pussy Willow). The falling leaves curl to form a ventilated ball in which the larvae hibernate. If all goes well in winter the larvae emerge in spring and feed from the new spring leaves.

From October to spring the larvae are in hibernation. Orders are booked for dispatch when the larvae awake and feed.

 

£62.50 £42.95
Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae 15 larvae
Availability: August


Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae

Once an extremely common British Moth, less common over most of Europe, but over the last 10 years there has been a marked decline in numbers. The summer of 2016 brought a reversal of this decline and we can help this species back from danger of disappearing.

The larvae feed on Groundsel and Ragwort Senecio. The larvae are ringed in bright orange and black, nature's warning colours, and they absorb chemicals from the foodplant that adversely affect predators who ignore the warning. Ragwort is a mis-understood plant that provides an abundance of nectar to bees, butterflies and other insects. There is evidence that Ragwort plants that are pulled up and left to dry, can be detrimental to cattle and horses if they eat the dried plants. Animals can be seen grazing safely in fields containing growing green plants. There is nothing to be gained from pulling up Ragwort plants, because they are biennials that flower and die in the same year. So a patch of Ragwort can provide valuable nectar to thousands of wild insects, and be host to Cinnabar larvae and, job completed, it dies at the end of summer. 

The Cinnabar moth flies by day, more than by night, and is protected from predators, by the very striking colours of charcoal and scarlet, and bitter-tasting chemicals derived from the larval foodplant, enabling the moth to display its bright colours, yet not be attacked by predators. 

Cinnabar larvae can be raised in sleeves on growing Ragwort. We find the sleeves fitted with a zip are particularly successful. When the larvae are large, if you put in the sleeve several handfuls of springy wood shavings or dried leaf litter, they will form thin silken cocoons in which to pupate.

Could you help to spread this colourful day-flying moth again in your area?

Store pupae cool for the winter, even in a fridge, loose in a plastic box, without any padding.  In May lay them out in an emerging cage and wait for the moths to emerge.

 

£11.95
Puss Moth vinula 15 eggs
Availability: September


Puss Moth Cerura vinula 

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! 

£16.95
Puss Moth vinula 10 larvae
Availability: September


Puss Moth Cerura vinula 

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! 

£16.95
Lackey Moth Malacasoma neustria 50 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2018


Lackey Moth Malacasoma neustria 

Not a rare species but not previously offered by WWB. Although considered common, the Lackey Moth is found much more rarely than 20 years ago and it is one that can be encouraged so easily. 

The overwintering eggs are laid in tight bands on the bark of the foodplant. Resulting larvae are gregarious until much larger.  They become amazingly beautiful, striped from head to tail with contrasting hues of orange and blue. The head is sky blue, with two prominent black spots, looking like eyes.

The most used foodplants are Hawthorn and Blackthorn, and the larvae also feed on Plum, Apple, Oak, Rose, Bramble, Willows and Sallows. Try them on alternatives, you may discover new foodplants.

The white silken cocoons contain a curious sulphur-like powder, produced by the caterpillar as it pupates.

The female is a small, quite stocky Eggar Moth. Males are less heavily built and very agile. Pairing is easy.  Provide thin branches for the females to lay their bands of eggs, which should be stored cold from November to April. When leaves are produced in spring, let the eggs hatch in the ambient temperature.

 

£12.95
American Moon Moth Actias luna 10 larvae
Availability: August


American Moon Moth Actias luna North America  

A very attractive Moon Moth that is double brooded and is very easy to rear. Larvae produce moths this year.

The larvae feed on Walnut, Liquidambar, Plane, Maples, Aspen, Plum, Sallow, Osier Willow and several kinds of Oak. We have excellent results with Walnut, Osier and Birch

 

 

 
 

£12.95
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Availability: Late summer if possible.


Madagascan Moon Moth Argema mittrei

Established larvae doing well on Liquidambar.

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 Liquidambar, Eucalyptus gunii, Rhus typhina and Rhus glabra.

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!

£25.95
Chinese Moon Moth Actias selene ningpoana 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


Chinese Moon Moth Actias selene ningpoana   

Indian Moon Moth Actias selene has been unavailable for several years. This race is very close to the familiar selene.

Young larvae are banded in black and red, changing to scarlet, peppered with black tubercles, later changing to the familiar green with prominent spiky tubercles.

Foodplants: Selene ningpoana may be offered Willows, Sallows, Walnut, Poplars, Hawthorn, Lime, Eucalyptus, Plum and quite a wide variety of foodplants.




 

 

 

£12.95
Actias artemis Asia 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: NOW


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: August/September


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 

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
Bullseye Moth Automeris io 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: August/September


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. Foodplants are very varied and include such trees as Cherry, Oak, Lime, Willow, Hazel, Bramble, Apple, Hawthorn and more. Very interesting and easy to rear.

£12.95
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia eggs
Availability: NOW


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.