CURRENT PUPAE - Chrysalides and cocoons

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CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae Pupae
Availability: January


CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae. Bustillo and Rubio 1974  PUPAE

This subspecies first officially recognised and described in 1974, is appreciably larger than the nominate form, and other subspecies. Only in recent years we have had the opportunity to list isabellae ceballosi  and this is one not to be missed by the specialist breeder.

We understood that cocoons of Spanish Moon Moth were not going to be available this season, but our specialist breeder has been able to produce some of this rare form, which occurs only in a limited region. Cocoons are in stock NOW.

 Ssp ceballosi is found in the north of Andalucia in Sierras de Segura and Cazoria, in South East Spain.  As well as being measurably larger, the eye-spots, bands and other markings are more clearly defined.

 Foodplants, as with isabellae isabellae, Pines, including Scotts Pinus sylvestris.

 

 

Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons SPECIAL PRICES
Availability: NOW


Madagascan Moon Moth Argema mittrei

SPECIAL PRICES for a limited period 1 for £16.95 NOW 13.50, Two for £29.95 NOW  £25.95  Five for £68.95 NOW £59.95

Huge netted cocoons of silvery silk – THE biggest cocoon in the world! 

Both male and female moths are tailed but those of the male are very extreme. They are a joy to hatch out! 

They need daily spraying and a temperature of 25-30 degrees C.  Pairing of the adults is notoriously difficult but if successful, the larvae are not difficult to rear on Eucalyptus, Liquidambar or Stags Horn Sumach Rhus typhinus.  Hand-pairing has been reported to be successful but we have not tried it.

Mittrei is found only on the island of Madagascar and is quite one of the word's most exceptional moths.

Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas Sumatran cocoons
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Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 

Atlas cocoons have become very difficult to obtain, but we have good stocks immediately available, for breeding soon. 

Incubate at 25 - 30 degrees C or more, and very humid. They need very warm and humid tropical conditions. When hot, soak the cocoons at least once or twice daily. 

Pairing is achieved in a cage that is ample for the size of the moths but not so large that they can become too separated.

Larvae feed on Privet Ligustrum and are easily reared in warm and moist conditions.  Atlas larvae will also feed on Tree of Heaven Ailanthus, Osier Willow Salix viminalis, Citrus and undoubtedly a number of other substitute plants outside their normal habitat.

Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons from Thailand
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Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas

Atlas cocoons have become very difficult to obtain, particularly the dormant Thailand race, but we have good stocks immediately available, for breeding soon or they can be held cool until you wish to breed from them

The largest moth in the world.  Winter cocoons are dormant. You can choose whether to incubate them or keep them cold until the spring. To get them to emerge, raise the temperature to 15 degrees C, and gradually up to 30 degrees C or more, and very humid. They need very warm and humid tropical conditions. When hot, soak the cocoons at least once or twice daily. 

It is probably better to keep them cool (8 -12 degrees C) and dormant until mid-April, or even May, then raise the temperature and humidity as described above.  They will respond better to summer conditions.

Pairing is achieved in a cage that is ample for the size of the moths but not so large that they can become too separated.

Larvae feed on Privet Ligustrum and are easily reared in warm and moist conditions.  Atlas larvae will also feed on Tree of Heaven Ailanthus, Osier Willow Salix viminalis, Citrus and undoubtedly a number of other substitute plants outside their normal habitat.

Gynandsia maia Africa TWO pupae
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Gynandsia maia Africa

A very spectacular Giant Silkmoth that we have only once offered before. These are subterranean pupae are available at just the right season for breeding. The larvae are most spectacular.

See http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/sample6.htm

Foodplants include Oak, Peach, Wattle (Acacia) and Legume trees such as Laburnum, False Acacia and Cassia.

 We have no experience of this species but we recommend it to Saturniid specialists. It will be very rewarding.

 

 



£15.95
Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi  cocoons
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Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi

Highly recommended for those who are looking for a spectacular moth, with LARGE exotic larvae: easily reared.  

This species used to be universally available. Over the years captive bred stocks have disappointingly become in-bred. We now have strong wild Chinese stock, starting with cocoons available from October 2019, and orders can be taken now for eggs and larvae available from May 2020.

A large species, and probably the best for beginners. Moths emerge in the spring. They pair very easily.

Eggs are laid on the sides of the cage. The larvae feed on Oak, Apple, Hawthorn, Beech, Willow and undoubtedly other trees and shrubs. Black at first, the larvae become green, with decorations of orange. The larvae become very large and eat a great deal of food. Although an oriental species, pernyi  has now become established in Europe.

There are two generations of moths each summer.

Bullseye Moth Automeris io  cocoons
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Bullseye Moth Automeris io North America 

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. Very interesting and easy to rear.

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.

Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka Madagascar pupae
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Madagascan Emperor  Antherina suraka 

Not only is the moth highly colourful and attractive, but the larvae are also most interesting, having an almost infinite number of different colour forms. 

The moths pair as easily as pernyi (!) and lay lots of eggs.

The larvae are easy to keep indoor or sleeved out in summer weather,  and will take a variety of foodplants. Those reported include Oleander, Privet, Willows, Beech, Liquidambar, Hawthorn, Grapevine, Lilac, Cherry, Laurel, Forcythia, Rhus, Pistachia, Apple, Pear, Plum, Peach and Cabbage.

We highly recommend this species.

 

African Moon Moth Argema mimosae Cocoons
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African Moon Moth Argema mimosae 

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. 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.
  
 

 

Pseudobunaea irius TWO pupae
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Pseudobunaea irius Kenya

We have a few pupae of this handsome Saturniid. 

This is an underground pupa, waiting just for some African warmth and the rains to produce most beautiful moths.

Larvae may take Poplars, Privet, Oak or Pine. Try on a variety of plants and let them choose.

£15.95