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Chinese Moon Moth Actias selene ningpoana 10 larvae
Availability: NOW


Chinese Moon Moth Actias selene ningpoana   

Indian Moon Moth Actias selene has been unavailable for several years. This race is very close to the familiar selene.

Young larvae are banded in black and red, changing to scarlet, peppered with black tubercles, later changing to the familiar green with prominent spiky tubercles.

Foodplants: Selene ningpoana may be offered Willows, Sallows, Walnut, Poplars, Hawthorn, Lime, Eucalyptus, Plum and quite a wide variety of foodplants.




 

 

 

£12.95
Actias artemis Asia 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
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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 2019


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: September


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 

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 10 larvae
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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
Antheraea yamamai 10  Eggs
Availability: Autumn


Antheraea yamamai Japan and Central Europe

A rewarding and easy species to rear in spring. The eggs are stored cool for the winter. Bring them into room temperature when the buds open, and the larvae hatch in a couple of weeks or so.

The caterpillar, a close relative of Antheraea pernyi, the Chinese Oak Silkmoth, grows very large. It has a green face and more interestingly, it spins a wonderful  egg-shaped cocoon of BRIGHT GREEN silk.  Very easy to rear on Oak. The larvae sometime take leaves of other trees and shrubs. Hawthorn is a early substitute for Oak. The pupa is spun in summer and does not emerge until well into autumn. Eggs laid in summer, are dormant through winter; they can be refrigerated, and hatch when the buds open in spring.

The female moth is often bright canary yellow, with large ringed eye-spots, one in the centre of each wing. Colouring, especially in the male, is rather varied. Both sexes are illustrated with quite different colour forms.

 


 


 

£12.95
Bullseye Moth Automeris io 15 eggs
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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. Foodplants are very varied and include such trees as Cherry, Oak, Lime, Willow, Hazel, Bramble, Apple, Hawthorn and more. Very interesting and easy to rear.

£12.95
Bullseye Moth Automeris io 10 larvae
Availability: September


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. Foodplants are very varied and include such trees as Cherry, Oak, Lime, Willow, Hazel, Bramble, Apple, Hawthorn and more. Very interesting and easy to rear.

£12.95
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia eggs
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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 15 eggs
Availability: September/October


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
Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali 15 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2019


Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali Far Eastern Russia 15 eggs

Keep eggs refrigerated until late March, or when the first buds open.

The last time this species was offered by WWB was over 40 years ago!  The young larvae are most decorative. Recorded foodplants include Ornamental Crab Apple Malus, Hawthorn, Sallow, Osier, Sometimes Privet and undoubtedly a number of other trees and shrubs.

Final instar larvae are covered in short bristles and the caterpillar is lime green all over.

The moths emerge in autumn. Their eggs hatch in the following spring. 

£13.95
Forbes’ Atlas Moth Rothschildia forbesi  (R. lebeau). Central America 10 larvae
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Forbes’ Atlas Moth Rothschildia forbesi  (R. lebeau). 

The Rothschildia species occur in the New World only. They are attractive in all stages and easy to rear.

The larvae of forbesi (also known as lebeau) change from striped yellow and black to green, with a strong lateral line separating the underside which is paler green and downy. They are easy to rear on Privet and fast growing in warmer temperatures.

£12.95