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Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability.
Availability: Summer 2020

Heliconius species Central and South America

Larvae feed on Passion Plant Passifolora caerulea. Often in clusters when young, the larvae grow fast in warm conditions. Ideally on growing foodplant.

Larvae may be of more than one species. Melpomone and erato , probably could include some cydno and hecale. 

The Heliconius butterflies are mimetic, not only of each other, but they also imitate other species that are distastful to predators. So don't be surprised if your butterflies don't have the same pattern and marking as the illustration, but they do have the same narrow wing shape in common, and their habits are wonderful to observe. Some are capapble of hovering and even flying backwards. The butterflies are able to gather not only nectar through the proboscis, but also pollen which they store in the coils of the proboscis.

Some individuals have been known to survive for months, even in captive conditions.

Eggs are laid on the growing shoots and tendrils of Passiflora, on which the larvae feed. Most lay eggs individually though some lay in groups. The butterflies are continuously brooded and can become a magnificent feature of a greenhouse or conservatory.


Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 15 eggs
Availability: June/July

Privet Hawkmoth Sphinx ligustri 

One of the largest Hawkmoths. 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. 

The large pupae are formed underground. Store the pupae for emergence next summer. 

Pine Hawk Pinastri 15 eggs
Availability: June/July

Pine Hawk Hyloicus pinastri 

Extremely easy to rear on Pine. The larvae change colour and pattern as they shed their skins and grow, each new attire demonstrating remarkable camouflage. They do best sleeved on growing pine but can also be reared on cut food as long as well cared for and hygienic conditions maintained. The larvae pupate in the soil.  Store pupae refrigerated until next summer.

Willowherb Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina Pupae
Availability: NOW

Willowherb Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina

SCARCE! Only a few pupae available. Lower price this year!

This rather rare Hawkmoth is a gem, seldom encountered, though it lives throughout much of western and central Europe, eastwards into Russia.  

The larva is rather like a grey form of Small Elephant Hawk. The foodplant is Rosebay Willowherb Epilobium, Evening Primrose Oenothera and Purple Loosetrife Lythrum. The pretty little green moth has prominent egg-yolk coloured hindwings.  The normal flight period is June and July.

Elephant Hawk elpenor 15 eggs
Availability: June/July

Elephant Hawk Dielephila elpenor  

A most attractive and easy species to rear. The larvae Willowherbs, Fuschia, Virginia Creeper, Vine and Bedstraw. Fast-growing, the larvae have two colour forms, starting green they change to black, or a lovely green form, the green being the rarest.

The larvae pupate amongst leaf litter on the ground, and emerge next spring as one of the most beautiful of all hawkmoths.

Small Elephant Hawk porcellus 15 eggs
Availability: July 2020

Small Elephant Hawk Dielephila porcellus 

Very seldom can we offer eggs and larvae of this brilliantly coloured and delicate little Hawkmoth. The larvae are miniatures of the Elephant Hawk.

The best foodplant is Bedstraw Gallium, any species, also Willowherb, Purple Loosestrife, Impatiens (Balsam and perhaps Busy Lizzie), Vine and Parthenocissus. Don’t miss this opportunity of rearing the Small Elephant Hawk this year.




Spurge Hawk H euphorbiae 15 eggs
Availability: Summer 2019

Spurge Hawk  Hyles euphorbiae

The young larvae are black and cluster.  Soon they take on amazing spots and stripes of yellow, red, white and green.  Some of the most colourful larvae in the world.

The best Spurges are Cypress Spurge cyparissias, Wood Spurge, Sea Spurge, and the annual Sun or Petty Spurges are all suitable.  Eggs are laid in clusters near the tips. The larvae are also reported to feed on Sorrel Rumex, Knotgrass Polygonum, Grape Vine, Dog's Mercury Mercurialis and Willowherbs Epilobium

The dormant pupae are kept cool for the winter. Adults emerge in June/July. Provide nectar flowers and potted Spurge plants for egg-laying.


Kentish Glory, versicolora eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Availability: April 2020

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.

Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: January

Oleander Hawk Daphnis nerii 

One of the finest of all Hawkmoths. The larvae are very fast growing indeed and they consume a lot of food. It is often possible to have the larvae from hatching to pupation in little more than a month.

Larvae thrive on Privet and can be reared on Periwinkle Vinca. Suitable for winter or summer rearing. Oleander Nerium is a natural foodplant but it is often tough and leathery, so the alternives are usually better than Oleander.


Convolvulous Hawk convolvuli 10 larvae
Availability: September/October

Convolvulous Hawkmoth Herse convolvuli 

The moths have started breeding. Larvae will follow next month.  Not available every year: these are very special! 

Huge caterpillars: fascinating to rear.  The pupa has a curious proboscis, like a jug handle. Feeds at dusk, Tobacco plants, Petunia, Lillies and Phlox.

Larval Foodplants: Convolvulus, Field Bindweed, Hedge Bindweed, some Morning Glories.

Best reared in Plastic Rearing Containers: see the advice at the heading of that section of the WWB website. Keep at about 25 degrees C. The paper lining and food must be changed EVERY day. Food needs to be very fresh at all times. When larger the larvae may need this change twice a day, due to their productivity!

Hog sphinx Darapsa myron North America 15 eggs
Availability: Summer 2019

Hog sphinx Darapsa myron North America

 A very attractive little North American Hawkmoth. The moth is beautifully patterned in greens and greys, with orange hindwings and a very streamlined shape.

The caterpillar feeds on Vine and Virginia Creeper. Large larvae have a curious shape and markings, with swollen segments behind the head, suggesting the head of a snake. There are green and brown forms, with intermediate colours.

Dolbina tancrei Asia Breeding Stock of 5 pupae
Availability: NOW

Dolbina tancrei Asia

This Hawkmoth is not very often offered for sale. Not difficult to breed. The larvae feed on Privet, Ash and Lilac.

Very interestingly marked larvae, changing pattern and colour several times as they grow. 

The pupa is formed underground where it remains until the next season.