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Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae SALE PRICE
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Small Elephant Hawk Dielephila porcellus

 

FIVE Pupae £22.00 SALE PRICE now £17.95

TEN  Pupae £37.95 SALE PRICE now £32.95

A charming, quite small Hawkmoth, coloured intense magenta and orange, flying in June/July.  Store pupae cool for the winter. Set up with nectar flowers and sprigs of Bedstraw for egg-laying. The larvae are miniatures of the Elephant Hawkmoth and not difficult to rear. Prepare lots of Bedstraw in advance. 

 

The larvae are recorded as accepting these alternative foodplants: Willowherbs Epilobium, Busy Lizzie and Balsam Impatiens, Vines Vitis, Creepers Parthenocissus, and Purple Loosestrife Lythrum.

 

 

This is an unusual species if you want to try something new.

 
 

Kentish Glory, Versicolora eggs
Availability: From March 2019


Kentish Glory  Endromis versicolora

 

The Eggs are the first of the season to be laid and are sent from February.  They are yellow when laid, later turning maroon in colour, matching the twigs they are laid on.
 

This species is now found only in Scotland, and parts of Central Europe.  Our stock is European.

 

Keep the eggs cool until you have the first leaves of foodplant. Birch is the normal foodplant, but the larvae can also be reared on Hazel, Alder, Hornbeam, and Lime. Rearing of Kentish Glory larvae is very easy, indoors or outside, and they do particularly well sleeved on their foodplant.

 

The larvae, black at first,  cluster on the twigs. Later they are green and spread out a little, clinging on to the twigs, they look just like Birch catkins. Absolute masters of camouflage.

 

In May the larvae pupate in leaf litter and soil and settle down until the new season starts again in February. This is a very easy species. The male and female moths share the same patterning, but the female is much larger and the male has particularly rich chestnut markings. Pairing is easy. Provide twigs of foodplant, on which to lay. At this time there are no leaves. Just leave the moths together pairing and egg-laying take place naturally.

 

Our thanks to Jens Stolt who has kindly allowed us to use his beautiful illustration of the life history of this rare species.

 




 

Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Availability: August to October


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
Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae 25 larvae
Availability: NOW


Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae 

Plentiful supplies of larvae available from late May. Very easy to rear.

Once an extremely common British Moth, less common over most of Europe, but over the last 10 years there has been a marked decline in numbers. The summer of 2016 brought a reversal of this decline and we can help this species back from danger of disappearing.

The larvae feed on Groundsel and Ragwort Senecio. The larvae are ringed in bright orange and black, nature's warning colours, and they absorb chemicals from the foodplant that adversely affect predators who ignore the warning. Ragwort is a mis-understood plant that provides an abundance of nectar to bees, butterflies and other insects. There is evidence that Ragwort plants that are pulled up and left to dry, can be detrimental to cattle and horses if they eat the dried plants. Animals can be seen grazing safely in fields containing growing green plants. There is nothing to be gained from pulling up Ragwort plants, because they are biennials that flower and die in the same year. So a patch of Ragwort can provide valuable nectar to thousands of wild insects, and be host to Cinnabar larvae and, job completed, it dies at the end of summer. 

The Cinnabar moth flies by day, more than by night, and is protected from predators, by the very striking colours of charcoal and scarlet, and bitter-tasting chemicals derived from the larval foodplant, enabling the moth to display its bright colours, yet not be attacked by predators. 

Cinnabar larvae can be raised in sleeves on growing Ragwort. We find the sleeves fitted with a zip are particularly successful. When the larvae are large, if you put in the sleeve several handfuls of springy wood shavings or dried leaf litter, they will form thin silken cocoons in which to pupate.

Could you help to spread this colourful day-flying moth again in your area?

Store pupae cool for the winter, even in a fridge, loose in a plastic box, without any padding.  In May lay them out in an emerging cage and wait for the moths to emerge.

 

£8.50
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!

Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons  SPECIAL PRICES
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Giant Peacock Moth Saturnia pyri

 

 

Magnificent - Europe’s largest moth. Flies in May, pairs easily and lays prodigiously. Exotic looking larvae.

Rear the larvae in warm, dry conditions. They are very easy to rear in the first instars and extra care is needed to bring them through the final instars. They repay proper care, growing fast and changing colour.

 

The large larva is as handsome as the tropical Saturniidae and has much in common with Moon Moth larvae, but with sapphire blue tubercles. They do well on Blackthorn and Plum and will often feed on other fruit trees and HawthornWillows, Alder and Birch.

 

 

 

 



 

American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Availability: May 2018


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, 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. 

 

 

 
 

Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: NOW


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
Availability: NOW


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas eggs SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: Summer 2018


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs

 

One of the largest of all moth species in the world!  The larvae feed well on Privet, at any time of the year.  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
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!
Availability: NOW


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