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Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 50 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2020


Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

Eggs of the Brown Hairstreak are available immediately. They are laid on Blackthorn twigs. Keep the eggs in a very cool place until the Blackthorn buds open in spring.The larvae hatch and quickly burrow into the opening buds to feed until they are much larger. It is best to keep them on growing foodplant.

£26.00
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 500 eggs for release and conservation
Availability: Autumn 2020


Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae

Eggs of the Brown Hairstreak are available immediately. They are laid on Blackthorn twigs. Keep the eggs in a very cool place until the Blackthorn buds open in spring.The larvae hatch and quickly burrow into the opening buds to feed until they are much larger. It is best to keep them on growing foodplant.

£225.00
Eyed Hawk ocellata eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Availability: Spring


Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata  

Fascinatingly camouflaged larvae which exactly match their leafy background. Easy to breed.

The larvae feed on Apple, Willows, Poplars. Other reported foodplants are Lime, Privet, Alder, Birch, Plum, Blackthorn, some Viburnums, Various Prunus, Laurel.

At pupation time, provide a container of compost to a depth of about 10cm, with a lid. The larvae burrow to pupate.  The moths, with vivid eye-spots, emerge the following spring.

 

 

Privet Hawk S ligustri Pupae
Availability: NOW


Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri

One of the largest Hawkmoths. These will produce adults this year, or you can keep them cool for breeding next year.

The caterpillar becomes enormous and is characteristic of the name Sphinx moths, by its sphinx-like resting position. Adults emerge in June and July.  They need nectar from the flowers of Privet, Valerian, Buddleia. 

Larval foodplants: Privet, Lilac, Ash, also reportedly Spiraea, Viburnum opulus, and other Viburnums,  Holly, Dogwood, Snowberry, Apple, Pear, Oleander, Leycesteria, Currant.

One generation in the year. Privet Hawks breed readily in a large cage with nectar and foodplant. 

 


 

Broad-bordered Bee Hawk H fuciformis male pupae  SPECIAL PRICE
Availability: NOW


Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Hemaris fuciformis

5 male pupae normally £25.95 NOW £19.95

During the winter keep the dormant pupae cool. The adults emerge in June. The wings are covered with very loose grey scales on the freshly emerged moths. When they fly, the scales are flung off, leaving clear areas, more like the wings of bees and wasps.

This is a very special species – one that will give a lot of pleasure.

Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Availability: Spring


Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja 50 larvae

The price for 50 Woolly Bears has been substantially reduced to encourage releasing in the wild.

Children love them!

Garden Tiger larvae Woolly Bears  grow fast on Dock, Dandelion, Dead Nettle, Nettle and many other hedgerow plants, also Pussy Willow Salix caprea and Osier Willow Salix viminalis.  You can also feed them conveniently on Cabbage. 

Now a most difficult species to obtain.

These are spring and summer larvae.  In the wild, late summer larvae would hibernate, but if you keep them warm and light, many will produce another generation this year.

If you wish to hibernate Wooly Bears, sleeve them in autumn on Willow or Sallow (Pussy Willow). The falling leaves curl to form a ventilated ball in which the larvae hibernate. If all goes well in winter the larvae emerge in spring and feed from the new spring leaves.

From October to spring the larvae are in hibernation. Orders are booked for dispatch when the larvae awake and feed.

 

£62.50 £42.95
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 15 eggs
Availability: February/March


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 

One of the largest of all moth species in the world!  The larvae feed well on Privet, at any time of the year, and might accept Portuguese Laurel.  They require very clean conditions, always with fresh food. Alternative recorded foodplants include Willows, Lilac, Apple, Plum, Ash, Cherry and Tree of Heaven Ailanthus.  Atlas larvae like to browse on several foodplants and settle for the one or more that they like.

The larvae like warmth 25 -30 degrees C and humid jungle conditions, which are best achieved in a tank or plastic container, rather than a netting cage. Given these conditions the larvae are not difficult to rear, and spin cocoons in about 8 weeks from hatching.

 

£15.95
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia eggs
Availability: Summer 2020


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.
 

Robin Moth cecropia SPECIAL PRICE! 15 Eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: Summer 2020


Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia North America 

Normally £14.95 for 15, now £12.95.

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. 

£12.95