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Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 15 eggs
Availability: August

Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini  

A very attractive form with dark banded moths. Very easy indeed to breed in captivity.

The larvae feed on Privet, and are very easy to rear in all seasons. Other evergreen foodplants accepted include Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica, which they relish, Rhododendron, Laurel, and Golden-spotted Laurel Acuba. 

Deciduous foodplants: Tree of Heaven Ailanthus is quite their favourite food. They also thrive on Willows, especially Osier Salix viminalis, Cherry, Laburnham, Lilac, Rose, Plum, Apple, Ash, Birch, Elder and doubtless many more.

The larvae are gregarious when young, yellow and black. Larger larvae are covered with white waxy powder. This subspecies is continuously brooded and can be kept going in all seasons. The cocoon is white and can be used to produce spun silk.


Forbes’ Atlas Moth Rothschildia forbesi  (R. lebeau). Central America 15 eggs
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Forbes’ Atlas Moth Rothschildia forbesi  (R. lebeau). 

The Rothschildia species occur in the New World only. They are attractive in all stages and easy to rear.

The larvae of forbesi (also known as lebeau) change from striped yellow and black to green, with a strong lateral line separating the underside which is paler green and downy. They are easy to rear on Privet and fast growing in warmer temperatures.

Robin Moth cecropia Eggs SPECIAL PRICES!
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Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia North America 

Normally £14.95 for 15, now £12.95, with BIG REDUCTIONS for 30 and 50 eggs.

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. 

Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
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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.


Antheraea oculea Mexico and Southern USA 15 eggs
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Antheraea oculea Mexico and Southern USA

Never before offered by WWB in some 60 years! This remarkable species has only a small range and is most difficult to obtain. 

This beauty is a must for the Saturniid specialist. 

Eggs will be available in early summer. The larvae feed on Oaks and Walnut species. Cocoons formed in late summer emerge the following year.

Bellavista Horned Devil Citheronia bellavista 15 eggs
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Bellavista Horned Devil Citheronia bellavista  Central and South America.

A rare species, never before offered by WWB. A close relative of the Regal Silkmoth or Hickory Horned Devil Citheronia regalis.

The larvae feed on Sumac Rhus, Liquidambar and Prunus which includes Plum, Blackthorn, Portuguese Laurel and some Cherry species. Very likely other foodplants will be discovered. Larvae have much in common with C. regalis, in all stages, and large larvae have characteristic rose-pink spiney horns.

The pupae are formed underground and the adults emerge in the following year.


Actias isis from Sulawesi 10 eggs
Availability: August

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. 


Actias dubernardi China 15 eggs
Availability: August

Actias dubernardi China

This is a species that is very difficult to obtain.

 The moths have exceptionally long tails for their size. Male and female are differently coloured (the male is the pink and yellow one).

 The larvae feed exclusively on Pine, amongst which they are remarkably well camouflaged. Young larvae mimic the Pine male catkins. Larger larvae are easily lost among the Pine needles, yet they are contrastingly marked and patterned with bright spangles, and startling colours between the segments.

 This is a must for the serious breeder! 

Calleta Silkmoth Eupackardia calleta 15 eggs
Availability: August

Calleta Silkmoth Eupackardia calleta Mexico and southern USA  

Very seldom offered, the larvae are very attractively coloured with spots of red, blue, and black on green/grey. Foodplants are Ash and Privet. Easy to rear.

The moth is strikingly patterned in black with contrasting markings in scarlet and white.

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.