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Saturnia pavoniella Breeding Cocoons
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Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 cocoons

 

Slightly larger than our Emperor. A joy to breed: with amazingly varied larvae, quite distinct from Emperor larvae.

 

Although the moth is similar to our Emperor Moth pavonia, pavoniella male has a paler band on the hindwing inner margin. There are other differences in appearance and the intensity of pattern, particularly in the male.

 

Large larvae are quite distinct from those of pavonia, and very diverse in their colouring (see pictures). Foodplants are the same as for pavonia and include Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Bramble, Hawthorn, Heather, Willow, Birch, and many others. Pavoniella females pair several times (pavonia only once). The two species hybridise easily but the progeny of hybrids of pavonia with pavoniella are infertile, which indicates that pavoniella is a true species. Pavoniella is found in central Europe, extending south to Greece and for some distance into Turkey and well into Asia Minor.

 

Pairing is very easy in sunshine. Rearing the larvae is most rewarding and interesting. Do give this species a try!

Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons SPECIAL PRICES!
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Madagascan Moon Moth Argema mittrei

 

Giant Cocoons arriving in May.

 

SPECIAL PRICES 2 for £28.50 NOW £24.95, 5 for £65.50 NOW  £55.95.


 

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 cocoons
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Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

Attacus lorquinii  cocoons
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Attacus lorquinii - Philippines 

This species, endemic to the Philippines, is characterised by the prominent red lines and markings across the wings. 

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.The larvae feed on Privet. They appreciate humidity and a temperature of at least 25 degrees C.

 

Attacus caesar Philippines TWO cocoons
Availability: Spring


Attacus caesar South Philippines

 

TWO cocoons of this Philippine Giant.  Massive wingspan: pattern and markings often quite varied

This is a large and most variable Attacus, showing interesting differences in both the adults and the larvae.

 

The females are often very large, with more transparent windows than Attacus atlas, and the background colour is interestingly coloured and textured. Both sexes are infinitely variable. 

 

 

Caesar is not difficult for the experienced. The larvae develop well on Privet. This race has distinctive larvae with yellow or orange tubercles, not seen in Attacus atlas, and rather approaching the appearance of the larvae of Coscinocera hercules. Possibly an evolution link here?

 

 

 

We recommend Caesar very highly. It is some years since we have offered this species. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£12.95
Gynandsia maia Africa 5 Pupae SPECIAL PRICE!
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Gynandsia maia Africa

A very spectacular Giant Silkmoth that we have never 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.

 

 



£21.25 £16.50
Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia TWO cocoons
Availability: Autumn 2018


Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia North America

 

 

Cecropia is a magnificent sight with its gaudy colouring of red and white on charcoaL

 

Pupae have become very expensive in recent years, but we have imported from North American breeders stock of exceptionally high quality. For breeding we supply pupae from more than one origin, which provides great genetic strength. 

 

Pairing is exceptionally easy.  Females lay profusely. The very colourful larvae do very well sleeved unless too cold and wet. Foodplants include Lilac, Cherry, Pear, Apple, Acer, Plum, Alder, Birch, Dogwood, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Elm, Beech, Gooseberry, Privet, Poplar.

 

 

£20.95
Neoris huttoni one pair of cocoons
Availability: May/June 2018


Asian Huttoni Emperor Neoris huttoni Turkey

This is a large silkmoth that occurs from China, through India to Turkey. It is relatively unknown amongst entomologists.

The hibernating eggs are simply stored in the refrigerator until buds open in spring.

The larvae like Ash Fraxinus  in particular, Pear Pyrus, Plum and probably Cherry Prunus (Prunus padus is particularly successful), Willows Salix, Privet Ligustrum, Stag’s Horn Sumac Rhus thypina, Spirea.  [We have had a report of larvae not taking to Privet]

The larvae live beneath a leaf and do not like being disturbed. Young larvae go through interesting and different colour forms.

The cocoon is formed in litter on the ground. Moths emerge in autumn and lay overwintering eggs.

Our thanks to Dr. A. Pittaway for kindly letting us show some of his pictures of this rare species.

 

£28.00
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons SALE PRICES
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Emperor Gum Moth Opodiphthera eucalypti New Zealand

 

SPECIAL PRICES: 5 Cocoons normally £23.50, now £19.95. TEN cocoons normally 39.00, now £34.95

 

This silkmoth used to be in the genus Antheraea and is now re-named as a unique genus. Eucalypti occurs in Australia and New Zealand. Pairings are not difficult and rearing of the larvae on Eucalyptus is very easy as long as they are warm and in healthy conditions. Birch is reported as an alternative foodplant. The young larvae are gregarious.

 

Larger larvae are most beautiful and this is a species that we would recommend for breeding. Being from the southern hemisphere, the moths would normally emerge towards the end of our summer, but they will usually emerge earlier if kept warm and regularly sprayed.

 

 

 

Chinese Oak Silkmoth A pernyi 3 cocoons
Availability: Summer 2018


Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi

 

A large species, and probably the best for beginners.

The moths emerge in May onwards. Eggs are laid on the sides of the cage. Feed the larvae on Oak, Apple, Hawthorn, Willow and other trees and shrubs. Black at first, the larvae become green, with decorations of orange. They become very large and eat a great deal of food. Although an oriental species, pernyi  has now become established in Europe. Highly recommended for those who are looking for a spectacular moth, with exotic larvae, and easily reared. 


 

£15.00
Antheraea sumatrana from Sumatra Cocoons
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Antheraea sumatrana from Sumatra

This is a first for WWB. Hardly ever reared in Europe.

The larvae are reported to feed on Cherry, Beech,Oak and Hornbeam. Other possibilties are  Laurel and Portuguese Laurel.Adults vary widely in both pattern and colour. This is a chance for the Silkmoth specialists to breed something never tried before, and to find out more about the species.

Ceranchia apollina Madagascar pupae
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Ceranchia apollina, Madagascar

This is the first time we have offered this very unusual Madagascan Silkmoth. 

Larvae are reported to accept Stephanotis floribunda, Frangipani Plumeria, and Gomphocarpus fruticosus,  and the natural foodplant is Plectaneia elastica. Breeders who are successful with pairings might try a number of other plants as this species is not widely reared, and new foodplants may well be found.