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Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
Availability: Summer 2020


Cherry Moth Callosamia promethea North America 

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 easy, and sometimes difficult! 

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.

Foodplants include Lilac and Cherry, Privet, Ash, Apple, Pear, Oak, Rhododendron, Willow, Lime, Tulip Tree Liriodendron, Peach,  possibly Maple, Poplar and even Pine will also be taken.

 

£12.95
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka 15 eggs
Availability: NOW


Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka 

Not only is the moth highly colourful and attractive, but the larvae are also fascinating, with more different forms of colour and pattern than we have seen in any other species! 

The black stage, marked with orange tubercles, changes to green with a variety of other colours and patterns. They are easy to keep 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. In winter Privet is the ideal foodplant.

Keep the larvae and cocoons warm and moths will emerge from cocoons without a dormant period. The moths are the easiest of all species to breed.

We highly recommend this species.

£12.95
Actias isis from Sulawesi 10 eggs
Availability: Date uncertain


Actias isis from Sulawesi, Indonesia.  

Our specialist breeder will have eggs very shortly in August. Demand will be high, so please order early.

The male has some of the richest colouring of all the world's Moon Moths. Both sexes are giant. The female is even larger and is bright yellow, with large moon-like markings. Her tails are stockier and shorter.

The larvae can be reared out of season on evergreen Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica, or Eucalyptus gunii. They have also been known to accept Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo.

In summer probably the best foodplant is Sweet Gum Liquidambar styraciflua. Other reported foodplants include Rose, Oak, Strawberry and Hawthorn. 

Actias isis  is very seldom available. 

 

£25.00
Indian Moon Moth selene 15 eggs
Availability: Summer 2020


Indian Moon Moth Actias selene 

This fine species has now become almost impossible to obtain! There is some hope of having some eggs again in the coming summer.

One of the most recommended for beginners and everyone's favourite. Huge, green, tailed moths. Enormous larvae with colourful tufts and tubercles. Changing from red, in early instars, to green. Young selene larvae are red and black, changing pattern with each skin change, until they become bright green with colourful tubercles. They become enormous, one of the largest larvae in the world!

Selene larvae appear to like Hawthorn over other foodplants , but they can also be reared on Apple, Osier Willow Salix viminalis, Plum, Blackthorn, Lime, Poplar and Sumac Rhus typhina. For later generations, when deciduous foodplants drop their leaves, selene larvae also thrive on Escallonia, Evergreen Oak and Rhododendron leaves. Very probably also the evergreen Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica.

Keep in plastic boxes, changing the liner and food daily, until the larvae are large enough to be caged on cut foodplant. Selene larvae also do well sleeved outside in summer.  Cocoons produce adult moths again in the same year, but the autumn generation pass the winter as a cocoon and emerge in spring.

 




 

£12.95
Actias dubernardi China 15 eggs
Availability: Summer 2020


Actias dubernardi China

This is a species that is very difficult to obtain.

 The moths have exceptionally long tails for their size. Male and female are differently coloured (the male is the pink and yellow one).

 The larvae feed exclusively on Pine, amongst which they are remarkably well camouflaged. Young larvae mimic the Pine male catkins. Larger larvae are easily lost among the Pine needles, yet they are contrastingly marked and patterned with bright spangles, and startling colours between the segments.

 This is a must for the serious breeder! 

£19.50
Calleta Silkmoth Eupackardia calleta 15 eggs
Availability: Summer 2020


Calleta Silkmoth Eupackardia calleta Mexico and southern USA  

Very seldom offered, the larvae are very attractively coloured with spots of red, blue, and black on green/grey. Foodplants are Ash and Privet. Easy to rear.

The moth is strikingly patterned in black with contrasting markings in scarlet and white.

£12.95
Brahmaea hearseyi China 10 eggs
Availability: Summer 2020


Brahmaea hearseyi China

EXTREMELY SCARCE, and MOST SPECTACULAR in all stages.

Supplies will be limited. Please book early.

Only once before listed by WWB. This species is quite similar to Br. wallichii but is a distinct species with very exotic horned larvae that develop fast in summer.

The large larvae are particularly striking in their bold and contrasting patterning and colours.  They thrive on Privet Ligustrum ovalifolium. 

When the larvae are ready to pupate, they assume an orange/brown colour and they race around in search of flat stones or logs under which to pupate. Provide a slate, or tile resting on compost, and they will settle beneath this, ready to pupate.

There may be a further generation, but most pupae become dormant and can be stored cold until the following summer.

£35.00
Rhodinia jankowskyi 10 eggs
Availability: Autumn


Rhodinia jankowskyi Far Eastern Russia

This rarity is related to the Squeaking Silkmoth R. fugax  and is seldom available or reared in captivity. We suggest as foodplants Oak, Willows including Osier, Sallows and possibly Sycamore.

The larva and life history is likely to be along the lines of the pictures and description of Rhodinia fugax.

A winter egg that should be incubated as early in the year as you can find foodplant.

£12.95