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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
Imperial Silkmoth Eacles imperialis pini 10 eggs
Availability: Summer


Imperial Silkmoth Eacles imperialis pini North America 

This is a scarce montane form, which has adapted to feed exclusively from Pine, possibly also related conifers.

Livestock of this moth is very hard to come by. The larvae have prominent spines on the thoracic segments and have some appearance in common with the Hickory Horned Devil. Larvae of the more widespread species feed on a variety of trees including Privet, Oak, Walnut, Liquidambar, Sycamore and Pine.  This form might accept other species, but it would be wiser to offer Pine. Pupae are formed underground and the moths emerge in summer of the following year. This species is highly recommended for the Saturniid connoisseur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£14.50
Actias dubernardi China 15 eggs
Availability: Summer


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! 

£19.50