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Tau Emperor Melanic Aglia tau X Aglia tau MELANIA 15 Eggs
Availability: May


Tau Emperor Melanic Aglia tau melania  

Male tau melania are very black indeed! Quite a surprise to see for the first time!

This strain is from mixed tau and tau melania, so there will be some normal and hopefully some black, as well as perhaps some inbetween. Should be interesting!

Melania is a rare melanic form of the Tau Emperor, where much of the normal orange colour is suffused or even replaced with black. These come from central Europe and are very scarce indeed.

 

Pupae emerge in April. Breeding is very easy. The larvae feed on a variety of trees which include Lime, Hawthorn, Oak, Beech, Willows and Sallows.

Melania is for those who like an unusual species.  



 

 

 

£12.95
Japanese Emperor Aglia japonica 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Availability: Spring


Japanese Emperor Aglia japonica 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability

Never before offered by WWB. This is a very large version of the European Tau Emperor. It's a true species, not a subspecies of Aglia tau, differentiated by its size and much more prominent and intensly blue coloured eye spots.

Foodplants: many species of tree and shrubs, with a preference being shown for Beech (Fagus sylvatica). Also, Oaks (Quercus), Hornbeams (Carpinus), Birches (Betula), Maples (Acer), Hazels (Corylus), Limes (Tilia), Pears (Pyrus), Apples (Malus), Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia), Alders (Alnus), Hawthorns (Crataegus) and Willows/Sallows (Salix). In many lowland forests, Tilia and Salix replace Beech as the preferred host.

The young larvae have exotic branched spines, which are shed in the final skin change. Pupation is in leaf litter, usually on or near the ground. Winter is passed in the pupal stage, the moths emerging in spring.

Photos M. Jagelka
 

 

£15.50
American Moon Moth Actias luna 15 Eggs
Availability: June onwards


American Moon Moth Actias luna North America  

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

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

Store autumn cocoons cool, even in a fridge from December onwards. In April they can be incubated for emergence in May. 

 

 

 
 

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


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
Nudaurelia krucki Africa 15 eggs
Availability: April/May


Nudaurelia krucki Africa

Never listed before by WWB. Most difficult to obtain. A very large moth, with superb colouring and markings. The larvae are most spectacular and easy to rear in warmth at any time of the year on Laurel Prunus lauroceracus. In summer the larvae can also be reared on Beech, Birch and Hazel.

Pupae are formed in the soil. In their wild habitat, they remain underground during the dry season, emerging on the arrival of the rains. 

 

 

 

£16.95
Antheraea frithi 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability
Availability: Spring


Antheraea frithi Thailand

 

A relative of the Tussore Silkmoth and one of the loveliest of the Antheraea species. Not difficult to breed. The larvae feed on Oak and Beech. If desired one can experiment with other deciduous trees to find further foodplants.  The larvae and pupae have a lot in common with Antheraea mylitta, a little smaller, and the moths are if anything more richly coloured and patterned.

 

Eggs available IMMEDIATELY
 

10 larvae Antheraea frithi £10.95

 

20 larvae £14.95

£18.00
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.
 

£12.95
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 50 eggs
Availability: January


Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini  

Special Offer worth over £48 for special price whilst eggs are plentiful!

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.

 

£48.95
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability
Availability: NOW


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.

 

£12.95
Rosy Maple Silkmoth (Sycamore Silkmoth) Dryocampa rubicunda 15 eggs
Availability: July


Rosy Maple Silkmoth (Sycamore Silkmoth) Dryocampa  rubicunda  North America

 This small Silkmoth, highly colourful,  is very seldom available. We cannot remember when we last offered eggs and larvae of this species - it was decades ago!  The larvae feed on Sycamore and Maples.  Gregarious at first, they disperse later in life. Pupation is on the ground amongst leaf litter.  The pupae emerge in spring, adults pair relatively easily.  A highly attractive species, easily bred and highly recommended. Give this unusual species a try. AND the price is good!

 

£12.95
Automeris cecrops pamina 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: June/July


Automeris cecrops pamina North America 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability

 A Bull’s Eye from the southern sates and Mexico. The larvae are gregarious. When larger, in common with other Automeris, the larvae are covered with a mass of branched spines which one should not touch as they sting sharply!  Feed on Oak.  Keep the pupae cool for the winter and allow to emerge in summer.
 

 

 

£15.50