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Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Availability: Summer


Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 

Amazingly we have now supplied a very long list of bookws egg orders, and can now supply again immediately. 

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
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs
Availability: NOW


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
Antheraea frithi 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability
Availability: Spring


Antheraea frithi Thailand

 

A relative of the Tussore Silkmoth and one of the loveliest of the Antheraea species. Not difficult to breed. The larvae feed on Oak and Beech. If desired one can experiment with other deciduous trees to find further foodplants.  The larvae and pupae have a lot in common with Antheraea mylitta, a little smaller, and the moths are if anything more richly coloured and patterned.

 

Eggs available IMMEDIATELY
 

10 larvae Antheraea frithi £10.95

 

20 larvae £14.95

£18.00
Bullseye Moth Automeris io eggs SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: NOW


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.

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.
 

£12.95
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 50 eggs
Availability: January


Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini  

Special Offer worth over £48 for special price whilst eggs are plentiful!

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.

 

£48.95
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability
Availability: NOW


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
Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
Availability: June/July


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
Imperial Silkmoth Eacles imperialis pini 10 eggs
Availability: Summer


Imperial Silkmoth Eacles imperialis pini North America 

This is a scarce montane form, which has adapted to feed exclusively from Pine, possibly also related conifers.

Livestock of this moth is very hard to come by. The larvae have prominent spines on the thoracic segments and have some appearance in common with the Hickory Horned Devil. Larvae of the more widespread species feed on a variety of trees including Privet, Oak, Walnut, Liquidambar, Sycamore and Pine.  This form might accept other species, but it would be wiser to offer Pine. Pupae are formed underground and the moths emerge in summer of the following year. This species is highly recommended for the Saturniid connoisseur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£14.50
Actias dubernardi China 15 eggs
Availability: Summer


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


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