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Tau Emperor Aglia tau Eggs
Availability: Spring 2021


Tau Emperor Moth Aglia tau 15 eggs 

 This European Silkmoth flies in early spring and is one of the Silkmoths (Saturniidae).  

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. Single brooded. Rearing in sleeves is very successful. The larvae pupate amongst litter on the ground.

Very easy to breed: lay the pupae out in February for March/April emergence. The moths fly and pair by day, and particularly appreciate sunshine. Eggs are laid on the cage sides. 

Highly recommended.

CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae eggs
Availability: NOW


CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae. Bustillo and Rubio 1974

This subspecies first officially recognised and described in 1974, is appreciably larger than the nominate form, and other subspecies. We hve never had the opportunity to list isabellae ceballosi  before and this is an opportunity 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.

 

 

 

Spanish Moon Moth G isabellae eggs
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Spanish Moon Moth Graellsia isabellae 

One of the rarest and most coveted species we list.  The moth and larva are as exotic as any tropical species. 

Foodplant Pine. The larvae change dramatically as they grow, starting with a precise imitation of pine twigs, amongst which they rest by day, then changing to patterns of green, black and white as they venture amongst the foliage. Finally they take on an intricate pattern, adding red to a criptic camouflage that renders them almost impossible to spot against the light in the pine forest. The larvae make a cocoon amongst mosses and leaf litter on the ground.

This is a delicate species that often does best sleeved out of doors, as long as the weather is good. They are used to a warm Spanish climate. Orders are supplied in strict rotation. It pays to order early to be high up the list.

American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Availability: June


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, and have been recorded as accepting 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. 

 

 

 
 

Actias artemis Asia 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: Summer 2020


Actias artemis Asia  

This species occurs in Japan and much of the Far East, including Far Eastern Russia which is the home of this unusual stock.

Reported larval foodplants include Willows, Birch, Walnut, Oak, Hawthorn and Alder. Very likely other trees as well. This is a medium sized Moon Moth with very differently shaped male and female. Seldom available. This is a chance to find out more about the species.

 

£12.95
Japanese Moon Moth Actias gnoma 15 eggs
Availability: Summer


Japanese Moon Moth Actias gnoma

Very rarely offered for sale.  This species has a very beautiful caterpillar as well as an adult that ranks amongst the best Moon Moths in the world, with wonderfully subtle colouring and texture. The larvae feed on Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Hornbeam, Alder, Osier Willow, Birch, Liquidambar and undoubtedly one will find other trees that it likes. Adults will be produced this year from eggs bought now. Cocoons produced by later generations will overwinter. MUCH RECOMMENDED.

 

£12.95
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Availability: Spring/summer. See text


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 

Currently new moths are awaited to produce eggs at the start of the new season. Incubation does not necessarily achieve newly emerged moths: they develop sporadically and sometimes it is necessary to wait until several moths have emerged to get both sexes and successful pairings. There is no way of predicting which cocoons are going to start developing, but we hope breeding will start again in spring.

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
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 15 eggs
Availability: NOW


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 and will usually accept Birch, Willow, Sallow, Maple, Apple, Cherry, Alder and Elm. TRY also Walnut, Robinia pseudacacia, Sumac Rhus typhina, 

Along the sides of larger larvae there are silver spangles, like drops of mercury. Very attractive. Cocoons formed in late summer produce moths the following spring.

£14.00
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs
Availability: June


Chinese Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi  

Highly recommended for those who are looking for a spectacular moth, with LARGE exotic larvae: easily reared.  

This species used to be universally available. Over the years captive bred stocks have disappointingly become in-bred. We now have strong wild Chinese stock, starting with cocoons available from October 2019, and orders can be taken now for eggs and larvae available from May 2020.

A large species, and undoubtedly the best for beginners. Moths emerge in the spring. They pair very easily. 

Very easy to keep. Young larvae are black, and later turn green. They become enormous, feeding on  Oak, Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Prunus, Hornbeam (Carpinus), Apple, Hawthorn, Beech, Osier Willow.  After about 2 months the larvae spin silk cocoons - an extra opportunity for a teaching project. Moths emerge the same year. Autumn larvae spin over-wintering cocoons.

Larvae thrive on Evergreen Oak when other plants not available. In winter, if the evergreen leaves are a bit leathery, make some incisions in the leaves with scissors. This releases attractive scent to the larvae and and gives them easier places to start feeding.

A PERFECT species for children and beginners! 

£12.95
Bullseye Moth Automeris io 15 eggs
Availability: Summer 2020


Bullseye Moth Automeris io North America 

Eggs and Larvae of the Bullseye Moth are not available every year. This small silkmoth has a number of interesting characteristics.

The male and female are distinctly different colours – both have the enormous eye markings on the hindwings which are exposed when the moth is disturbed.

The larvae are covered by branched spines – don’t touch them – they sting like a nettle! They are gregarious until the larvae are quite large, changing colour at each skin change.

For pairing, keep the moths in a cage the size of the Pyjama Mini Cage. Fertile eggs develop a black dot which is the micropyle, through which the embryo breathes. A useful indicator of fertility, not present in most other species.

The larvae are polyphagous, ie they will accept a wide variety of foodplants, which include such trees as Oak, Lime, Willow, Hazel, Bramble, Apple, Hawthorn and more.

£12.95
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia 15 eggs
Availability: Summer


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.
 

Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 10 larvae
Availability: June/July


Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini  

A very attractive form with dark banded moths. Very easy indeed to breed in captivity.

The larvae feed on Privet, and are very easy to rear in all seasons. Other evergreen foodplants accepted include Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica, which they relish, Rhododendron, Laurel, and Golden-spotted Laurel Acuba. 

Deciduous foodplants: Tree of Heaven Ailanthus is quite their favourite food. They also thrive on Willows, especially Osier Salix viminalis, Cherry, Laburnham, Lilac, Rose, Plum, Apple, Ash, Birch, Elder and doubtless many more.

The larvae are gregarious when young, yellow and black. Larger larvae are covered with white waxy powder. This subspecies is continuously brooded and can be kept going in all seasons. The cocoon is white and can be used to produce spun silk.

 

£12.95