WINTER PUPAE for breeding in the following season

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Rosy Maple Silkmoth (Sycamore Silkmoth) Dryocampa  rubicunda.  Breeding stock of 5 pupae
Availability: Autumn 2021

Rosy Maple Silkmoth (Sycamore Silkmoth) Dryocampa  rubicunda  North America

MOST difficult to obtain!  

This small Silkmoth, highly colourful,  is very seldom available. The pupae emerge in spring, adults pair relatively easily.  The larvae feed on Sycamore and Maples.  Gregarious at first, they disperse later in life. Pupation is on the ground amongst leaf litter. A highly attractive species, easily bred and highly recommended.

The pupae are spiky, almose prickly and rather rigid. Store winter pupae refrigerated in a plastic box. In the emerging cage the pupae must always be moist. See the Pupae Nest on the WWB website. The moths usually emerge over a short period, which is rather convenient for breeding!



Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka Madagascar cocoons
Availability: Summer

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.


American Moon Moth Actias luna Cocoons
Availability: NOW

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. Winter is passed in the cocoon stage. Store them cold from November until April. May is the normal emergence time for the first brood.