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Robin Moth cecropia SPECIAL PRICE! 15 Eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Availability: Summer 2020


Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia North America 

Normally £14.95 for 15, now £12.95.

This is a magnificent species with most decorative larvae that are easy to rear, especially when sleeved. The moth will sit on your finger fanning its wings, like a pet!  Highly recommended. 

A magnificent and very large moth, coloured with scarlet and charcoal. The larvae are most attractive and easily reared with careful hygiene. They do well sleeved outside in good weather. Osier Willow is the plant that succeeds best for us, and many breeders use Cherry.

Reported foodplants: Privet is a good evergreen foodplant,  Lilac, Cherry, Pear, Apple, Acer, Plum, Alder, Birch, Dogwood, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Elm, Beech, Gooseberry, Poplar. 

£12.95
Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
Availability: NOW


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
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
Actias dubernardi China 15 eggs
Availability: September


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
Squeaking Silkmoth Rhodinia fugax diana 15 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2019


Squeaking Silkmoth Rhodinia fugax diana Far Eastern Russia 15 eggs  

We are sure that Rhodinia fugax will bring a lot of pleasure to breeders, and happy memories to those who have reared the Squeaking Silkmoth before.

Large larvae squeak when touched or disturbed by noise. Even the pupa squeaks within the extraordinary cocoon, which is green and shaped like a pitcher plant, with an open top. The vessel would fill with water when it rains, but the caterpillar spins a drainage hole in the bottom!

Foodplants include Oak, Sycamore, Maples, Willows and Sallows, Osier, Beech, Hawthorn, and doubtless many other trees and shrubs. Younger larvae change colour at each skin change. Final instar larvae have a clearly defined lateral demarkation between a dark green underside and bright lime green topside, which breaks the recogniseable shape of the caterpillar and helps it to avoid detection by predators.

Moths emerge in autumn. Males are beautifully patterned in chestnut brown. Females are much larger, and patterned in yellow. Eggs laid in autumn remain unhatched until buds open in the spring. Store in a fridge or very cold place, slightly humid, but beware of mould. Don't keep them chilled longer than necessary. You should incubate the eggs as early as food is available in spring. March and April are the best months to incubate.

£16.95
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