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Tau Emperor Aglia tau Breeding Stock of 5 Pupae
Availability: Autumn 2018

Tau Emperor Aglia tau


A Breeding Stock of 5 pupae to emerge March/April.


This European Silkmoth (not found in Britain) appears before our Emperor Moth and is in the same family of Silkmoths (Saturniidae).  Very easy to breed: lay the pupae out in February for March emergence. The moths fly and pair by day, and particularly appreciate sunshine.  Eggs are laid on the cage sides. 


The young larvae are adorned with antlers, as impressive as the American Hicory Horned Devils! Foodplants include Lime, Oak, Birch, Hawthorn, and other trees and shrubs. Pupation is in leaf litter. Single brooded.


Highly recommended.



Emperor Moth pavonia  breeding stock of 5 cocoons
Availability: Autumn 2018

Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia



Britain’s only Silkmoth. The male and female have similar markings, but the female is larger, and the male is more brightly coloured.


Emergence is in March/April.  Pairing is easy – if you have a female, she will often attract males from miles away. The Emperor Moth occurs in many rural areas but is particularly found on heaths, where they breed on Heathers. The larvae feed on a variety of plants, including Bramble, Raspberry, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Oak, Hornbeam, Birch, Heathers and Heaths, Blueberry, Meadowsweet, Wild Rose, Sea Buckthorn, Purple Loosestrife, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Pussy Willow (Sallow).


The caterpillars cluster in the early instars, eventually spreading out and becoming brightly coloured, as beautiful as such exotics as the Moon Moths. The cocoon is spun in the foodplant. An interesting construction with a neck and open end, through which the adult emerges. 


This is one of the fun species to rear.  Demand for this species is high. Please order early.








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.






Spanish Moon Moth isabellae Pupae
Availability: Winter 2018

Spanish Moon Moth Graellsia isabellae


It is extremely rare to have pupae of this coveted species available – only recently in over 50 years!  Keep the pupae cool for the winter: the moths emerge in spring. Pairings are brief and seldom observed.  The larvae thrive best on growing pine which may be potted or growing outside. Fine, dry weather is ideal – protect in cold or wet weather. 





CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae Pupae
Availability: Winter 2018

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. We only recently had the opportunity to list isabellae ceballosi  and this is one not to be missed by the specialist breeder.


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!
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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.




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.



Oak Silkmoth polyphemus  cocoons
Availability: Autumn

American Oak Silkmoth Antheraea polyphemus


The hindwings of both sexes have huge target eyespots. Pairing sometimes easy, other times changes of setup are needed.  The female lays a large number of eggs.


The larvae are easy to rear on Oak or Osier Willow. Along the sides of larger larvae there are silver spangles, like drops of mercury. Lovely larvae to rear.


They are also reported to feed on Hawthorn,Oak, Birch, Willow, Sallow, Maple, Apple, Cherry, Alder, Elm. Also try Walnut, Pseudacacia, Sumac Rhus typhina.






Cherry Moth promethea 5 cocoons for breeding
Availability: Autumn 2018

Cherry Moth Callosamia promethea North America 


This unusual species is greatly under-rated. Have YOU ever bred it, or do you know of anyone who has? Give it a try, it is very rewarding, and there are no other species with such unusual caterpillars, except rarer ones in the same genus. You will be glad you tried!

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 most successful on sunny evenings.

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. The caterpillar illustrated is immature and does not yet fully show these features.

Reported foodplants include Lilac and Cherry, Lime, Pine, Pear, Peach, Poplar, Apple, Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Ash, Maple, Apple, Oak and Rhododendron.






Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka Madagascar  cocoons
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Madagascan Emperor  Antherina suraka cocoons

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.


American Moon Moth Actias luna Cocoons
Availability: Autumn 2018

American Moon Moth Actias luna North America



A very attractive Moon Moth that emerges from May and breeds exceptionally easily.  The larvae feed well on Walnut, Birch, Osier Willow, Liquidambar, Plane, Maples, Aspen, Plum, Sallow,  Several kinds of Oak and maybe other foodplants.


A second brood is produced in late summer.