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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. 


African Moon Moth Argema mimosae 10 larvae
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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. 







Indian Moon Moth selene eggs
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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.



Chinese Moon Moth Actias sinensis 10 larvae
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Chinese Moon Moth Actias sinensis China 

This is a rare opportunity to rear a species that hardly anybody has reared.

Larvae hatching now. The male is a rich yellow colour, and prettily marked. The female is a delicate shade of eau de nil. 

Liquidambar is the main foodplant.  This is deciduous, but they can also be kept on Eucalyptus gunii, which is available throughout the winter.

The cocoon is an amazing shining lime green, with circular perforations. The moths emerge after a few weeks, depending on temperature.




Rhodinia jankowskyi 10 eggs
Availability: Autumn

Rhodinia jankowskyi Far Eastern Russia

This rarity is related to the Squeaking Silkmoth R. fugax  and is seldom available or reared in captivity. We suggest as foodplants Oak, Willows including Osier, Sallows and possibly Sycamore.

The larva and life history is likely to be along the lines of the pictures and description of Rhodinia fugax.

A winter egg that should be incubated as early in the year as you can find foodplant.