Worldwide Butterflies has been supplying butterflies and moths for half a century. There is a range of species available as livestock. Schools can see Recommended School Species.

Butterflies and moths are supplied for historic, scientific and identification collections, medical research, for photography and conservation, and even just for their incredible beauty and natural history interest.

Schools and educational establishments are prominent in Worldwide Butterflies’ list of customers. A number people started by buying from Worldwide Butterflies, and have gone on to become professional in Entomology and Natural History in a number of ways. In fact in fact this has now continued in subsequent generations. To read about Worldwide Butterflies from the earliest days please see History.


Welcome to the WWB Website

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LIVING BUTTERFLIES and MOTHS. For film shoots, weddings and other events we are sometimes asked for butterflies to release. Foreign species cannot be used for this and we don't supply living adults. You can buy pupae but not to a specific date, so you need to organise the synchronisation of emergence for the particular requirement.

 

 

 

TIME IN THE POST

Customers sometimes expect their orders to arrive next day. Please take into account the anticipated season shown for each item and the fact that several items may be sent from different sources, often from another country. Post is often slower in holiday periods, especially overseas.

MOST PACKETS ARE SENT BY MAIL AND ARRIVE WITH YOUR LETTERS.

THERE IS NO TRACKING.

 

BEFORE ENQUIRING ABOUT 

BOOKED ORDERS

Please check availability on this website and, on YOUR ACCOUNT to see if there is a note against your booked item. If you do enquire, please quote not only the order NUMBER and your NAME but also the SPECIES.

 

 

Availability: NOW means can be dispatched immediately or within a few days. If a month or season is stated, and we are in that period, it does not mean that the item is available immediately. We have to wait for the species to become available. The availability period shown is when that item normally becomes available. Eg  If it is June and a species is listed as June, it does not mean it is ready to send yet: it might be late June. When that species is actually ready to send, the availability will change to NOW and booked items are dispatched in date order.

LARVAE CANNOT BE POSTED OUTSIDE EUROPE

Please remember also that in summer eggs and larvae cannot be posted to warm countries, particularly southern Europe.

Search for XXP to see cost of sending by Express courier in only 1-2 days.

 

 

Historic specimens and Aberrations are now on the WWB website Click here to see set specimens of Coppers

The cost of postage and packing was not only reduced last season but is not increased with the new, higher postal rates.  New packaging is being used, that reduces weight and size, so the charge for posting livestock in the UK and overseas was reduced by about 25% and continues to be held down this year.  

 

CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS

There are some GOOD REDUCTIONS on certain livestock. See the MARKET STALL for details.

SPECIAL REDUCTION on the MOONLANDER MOTH TRAP with Goodden GemLight: for limited period!

£50 off the normal price!  ONLY FOR A FEW MORE DAYS.

 

SLEEVES for rearing larvae are on temporary SPECIAL OFFER at the moment. Please click on to see the reductions!

Actias maenas a giant Moon Moth from Indonesia. It is very rare indeed to have these. Eggs are immediately available - don't miss this opportunity. Note too the special price for orders in lots of 20.

The WWB website offers classic species such as the English and European Swallowtails, Atlas Moth, Deathshead atropos and Oleander Hawkmoths nerii, Purple Emperor iris, Spanish Moon Moth isabellae and many more. Availability of some of these has already started. They are popular, so the earlier you book, the higher on the list your order will be.

SMALL ELEPHANT HAWKMOTH porcellus larvae are available immediately, for a short time. These are quite seldom offered. Bedstraw is the favourite foodplant. They are also recorded as taking Willowherb, Vine, Virginia Creeper, Purple Loosestrife and more. Please see text.

MADAGASCAN EMPEROR suraka eggs are available again. The moths are breeding so well that there are substantial reductions on eggs at the moment.The larvae have an amazing number of variations of colour and pattern. See the pictures!

 

See the range of current eggs and larvae, and note the special prices on DUOs and TRIOs which give amazing value if you want to rear several interesting species! 

 

African Moon Moth Argema mimosae cocoons are available right now. We get them only once a year. Magnificent moths that pair relatively easily. Larvae feed on Eucalyptus. Highly recommended.

HOPEFULLY, WITH THE START OF SUMMER, conditions for moth trapping will start to improve. The MOONLANDER with Goodden GEMLIGHT works in the field, in places where there is no electricity. It is the most compact and lightweight trap in the world. The GemLight runs all night on 8 AA batteries. This compares with a typical battery the size and weight of a brick! Take a trap on holiday it occupies little space in a suitcase and is only the weight of a camera. There is always space in a car, caravan or boat, because it is so compact.

PUSS MOTH vinula are breeding wonderfully this year. Eggs and larvae are immediately available. The larvae are quite unlike normal caterpillars. If you have never reared them, this is the time to experience them!   

DEATHSHEAD HAWKMOTH atropos eggs will be available again in a matter of days. This is quite the most popular of all the species we offer. The larvae grow fast at this time of year and are easy on Privet. They become HUGE. Pupae are formed underground. The moths emerge this year. Adult moths squeak like a mouse when disturbed!

RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE DEATHSHEAD are the larvae of THE PRIVET HAWKMOTH Sphinx ligustri. These are some of the finest chunky and beautifully coloured caterpillars to be found anywhere in Europe! EGGS and LARVAE are available immediately. There are reductions for larger quantities! Click here.

OLEANDER HAWK nerii eggs are also available for a short time. The larvae grow very fast, feeding on Privet. See the pictures of the magnificent larvae.

ELEPHANT HAWK elpenor eggs are available for a short time now. The characterful larvae are a delight to rear, and they feed on a variety of foodplants. The wonderful cerise pink moths are particularly beautiful.

PAINTED LADY cardui larvae are ready immediately, either on nettle leaf or in a pot of artificial diet (in stock for immediate dispatch.

There is a shortage of Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae this year. Many were lost when the mild climate awoke the hibernating adults in full winter - they died of starvation. WWB has bred thousands this spring, and distributed them widely. The second generation larvae are now becoming available. Supplies may last into August, but are expected to sell quickly. 

EUROPEAN SWALLOWTAIL machaon gorganus pupae are being bred for constant supply over the next few weeks. Eggs are expected to be available into August. This species if one of the most popular of all. Please order now.
 
A delightful spring butterfly THE GREEN-VEINED WHITE napi, flies with the Orange Tip in hedgerows and gardens. The larvae feed on wild Cruciferae such as Garlic Mustard, Charlock and Horseradish (they won't eat your cabbages!). They produce several generations through the spring and summer, hibernating eventually as pupae, which can be stored cold for the winter, to breed again in the spring. Pupae now available.
 
ROBIN MOTH cecropia are emerging and breeding now. Eggs are immediately available. The larvae are very attractive with their coloured knobbles and spikes. The moths are a sight to behold as they sit on your hand, fanning their wings. 
 

AMERICAN MOON MOTH luna are breeding right now. Very attractive in all stages and easily reared. Two generations are produced each season.

INDIAN MOON MOTH selene are now emerging and breeding. Eggs for booked orders are now being dispatched. More are available right now.

COMMA BUTTERFLY c-album The larvae live solitarily on Nettle, Elm, Willows and Sallows. Available now.

More MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH mittrei EGGS have all sold now. More available from August. These eggs are HUGE, bigger than any other Lepidoptera eggs.  See the photo for egg size comparison! The larvae take readily to Eucalyptus and Liquidambar, and are easy to keep in a warm room. They change appearance as they grow, and are most active. Highly recommended.

The season for sleeving larvae is starting now. Have you ever used a sleeve with a zip side opening? This is a new WWB innovation, as is the use of velcro ties for sleeve ends. Have a look at the sleeve section. Once you use a Zip Sleeve you won't want to go back to the traditional sleeve with no side access. A small extra cost for a huge benefit!

THERE ARE SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICES on the Lepidoptera Rearing Outfit, Mini Silk Farm.  See the MARKET STALL for details. There can also be found some good reductions on pupae and cocoons. Don't delay: many of the reductions are for a short time or for a limited amount of stock.

MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH mittrei COCOONS can be ordered again for delivery this summer.

PYJAMA CAGES are designed for the practical breeder who needs to be able to clean and renovate cages thoroughly and rapidly. They are proof against most parasites and the most escape-proof, for active larvae, of any design we have used. Eggs laid on the sides of the cage are dealt collected or sleeved with the minimum of time and effort. Pyjama cages are easily stored flat for the winter and quickly re-assembled in spring.

A new size of plastic rearing container has been introduced. The Size 8 comes in packs of 6. It is deeper than the flat Size 7, which allows more space for larvae and foodplant, without being so large that larvae stray off the food. This is very important when establishing young larvae. Buy a pack, and we think you will want to have some more!

The POP-UP CAGE is back!  See the CAGE Section.

SEE the MARKET STALL section for special offers and some big savings (Click on the menu top left of the screen). Watch this section for further offers. Other reductions include cages, the Lepidopterist's Rearing Outfit and the Mini Silk Farm, ALL AT SPECIAL PRICES!

DVD: Astonishing Butterflies and Moths. Click on to the featured item on the home page to read about this very inspiring DVD which shows the lives of a wide variety of butterflies and moths. A perfect gift for yourself or another enthusiast who will really enjoy the action, colour and wonderment of butterflies and moths. Many of the Star Performers were provided by Worldwide Butterflies!

LEPIDOPTERIST'S REARING OUTFIT - See Outfits and Gift Suggestions.

Moonlander Moth Trap and Goodden GemLight. For some time there has been a limit on availability of the Moonlander and GemLight. We have now prepared good stocks for the season.

Click to see

and the Goodden GemLight. A completely new kind of moth light. Click here

CAGES  See PYJAMA CAGES Click here

 

BEGINNER? If you have not reared butterflies and moths before, please take note of the foodplants your larvae will need. To know how to keep caterpillars, hatch out pupae and care for your livestock we recommend the handbook The All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES which is on the Schools Page and in the Book Section. It is packed with information and will help you a great deal.

 

LIVESTOCK

If you are a beginner and need information on rearing from small caterpillars, or hatching out pupae, please order the book shown above. INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT SENT WITH EACH SPECIES, you need to acquire basic skills and this book is a simple way to learn them.

LIVESTOCK ON OUR WEBSITE  is very wide-ranging. Please scroll down the different sections. There are some very interesting species for the connoisseur and for the beginner.

AWAY DATES

ON YOUR ACCOUNT please enter dates when you cannot receive livestock. Letting us know by any other means will not apply the dates to the system and will not prevent dispatch of orders when you cannot receive them.

 

NEWS and UPDATES

We will email you: just go to My Account and click to receive these.

 

Newly hatched or small larvae are too small to be put into a cage or aquarium. If you can put them on growing foodplant, protected with a sleeve, that is ideal. Alternatively keep in a plastic box, lined with absorbent paper, in close confinement with fresh foodplant, and changed daily. Fuller hints on the page for Plastic Rearing Containers. For illustrated instructios see the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES.

 

 

 

 

 

Worldwide Butterflies - over 50 years of supplying butterflies, moths, livestock, and entomological equipment

Featured
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight TEMPORARY SPECIAL PRICE
The lightest and most compact moth trap ever. Gives a whole night's use on just 8 AA batteries. . . . . . . . £50 off for JUST A FEW MORE DAYS!
Availability: NOW
£266.00 £216.00
European Swallowtail P.machaon gorganus 15 eggs/10 larvae
One of the most attractive caterpillars. Easy to rear on Fennel, Carrot tops, Parsnip and more of that family. Available immediately.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri Eggs
It's hard to find more rewarding caterpillars than these colourful giants! Easy to rear on Privet, Lilac or Ash.
Availability: NOW
Spurge Hawk H euphorbiae 15 eggs
We have not had Spurge eggs for quite some years. They are breeding well in this summer weather!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus 10 larvae
Some larvae available immediately. Seldom available.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Actias maenas  10 eggs
An extreme rarity. Giant Moon Moth from Indonesia. Don't miss these - we don't know when they will come again! Eggs ready NOW.
Availability: NOW
£25.00
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 20 larvae
Tortoiseshells are scarce again this year. Second generation larvae are available again. You could help to boost wild Tortoiseshells in your area.
Availability: NOW
£25.00 £16.95
Columbian Silkmoth H. columbia 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Rare relative of the Robin Moth cecropia. Not available every year. A species for the Saturniid enthusiast.
Availability: NOW
£11.95
DUOS and TRIOS Pick Your Own. 10 eggs of each species.
Choose from a highly attractive range of species, selected for their appeal and all for about half the normal price!
Availability: NOW
SLEEVE Size 3  50 x 100 cm   Medium Size
There are big reductions on Sleeves for rearing larvae at the moment.
Availability: NOW
Tagoropsis leporina, Madagascar pupae
Very seldom offered. An attractive species for the Silkmoth connoisseur.
Availability: August/September
Ceranchia appollina Madagascar pupae
A Madagascan Silkmoth with unusual soft cream colouring. Males and females quite distinct. Seldom offered.
Availability: August/September
Indian Moon Moth selene 15 Eggs/10 larvae
At last available again! One of the most favourite of all the Giant Silkmoths. Exotic larvae which become HUGE!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Elephant Hawk elpenor 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Beautiful larvae, with eye markings and delightful characters. Easy to rear on a variety of foodplants.
Availability: NOW
£11.95
Marbled White galathea 20 larvae
Larvae can be overwintered on a potted tussock of coarse grass, enclosed in a sleeve, and kept out of doors in the open. Late summer is the only time these are available.
Availability: August
£12.95
Puss Moth vinula 15 eggs
Extraordinary larvae with forked tails, and unique shape-disruptive pattern. Colours change with each instar. A real favourite!
Availability: NOW
£11.50
American Ailanthus Moth advena 15 eggs
The American geographical race. Not usually available. Eggs ready NOW!
Availability: NOW
Lappet Moth quercifolia 15 eggs/10 larvae
Amazingly camouflaged larvae. Sleeve outside to hibernate. In spring they grow huge, producing moths that look like a bunch of leaves!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Antherina suraka Madagascar eggs
Breeding very successfully at the moment. Substantial PRICE REDUCTIONS! Larvae very easy to rear. See the pictures of the amazing colour forms of the caterpillar, and very striking moths.
Availability: NOW
Oleander Hawk nerii 10 larvae
A few larvae immediately available. GB addresses only
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 15 eggs
Very attractive larvae that produce large moths with very striking markings. Easy to rear on common foodplants.
Availability: NOW
£11.50
Brahmaea tancrei 15 eggs
Boldly-marked moths, producing ever-changing larvae, with huge curled spines. See the pictures and text.
Availability: NOW
£14.95
Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Very unusual larvae and male and female moths look like 2 different species. Pairs on sunny evenings.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Gonimbrasia zambezina  Pupae
Ground pupae producing a very unusual large silkmoth marked in soft greys and maroon markings.
Availability: NOW
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae Cocoons
One of the most beautiful Moon Moths, from Kenya. Like a miniature of the huge Madagascan mittrei. Easily reared on Eucalyptus, Walnut and Rhus.
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons
Freshly arrived cocoons that will produce moths and breed this summer.
Availability: NOW
Comma larvae c-album 10 larvae
A treasure in the garden. Easy to rear on Nettle, Elm or Sallow. In great demand!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Our most popular species. Booked orders have been supplied. We can supply more eggs immediately.
Availability: NOW
£13.95
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs
Perhaps. the most exotic of all the Hawkmoths on the British list. The extrordinary larvae grow fast on Privet. Some eggs available now for a short time.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Russian Moon Moth Actias sjoeqvisti 15 eggs/10 larvae
Possibly a geographical race of Actias artemis. Different and easy to rear on easy foodplants. A new species to most breeders.
Availability: NOW
£12.50
Black Hairstreak pruni 10 pupae
SPECIAL OFFER pupae of a very rare species.
Availability: July
£50.00 £37.95
Green-veined White napi 10 Pupae
A charming butterfly of hedgerows and gardens. Not one of the Cabbage Whites, the larvae feed on wild Cruciferae. Pupae ready now.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Summer pupae of Swallowtail are seldom available. This year there should be lots! Have a go at breeding Swallowtails this year!
Availability: August
£19.50
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 10 larvae
Some larvae available now to GB addresses. Easy to rear on Privet with a little warmth.
Availability: NOW
£14.95
Oleander Hawk nerii 2 pupae
Pupae of this rare and wonderful green hawkmoth are available for a short time now.
Availability: NOW
£18.50
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs
Larvae easy on common foodplants. Amazingly beautiful moths are produced twice a season.
Availability: NOW
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons
Difficult to obtain. Cocoons arriving imminently. Larvae feed on Eucalyptus and reportedly Birch.
Availability: NOW
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Larvae on diet in pots. Convenient, requiring less daily attention. Very educational.
Availability: NOW
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus 2 pupae
Magnificent European Hawkmoth which displays remarkable leaf camouflage. Special price for such a rarity.
Availability: NOW
£14.00
Lepidopterist's Rearing Outfit
Introductory outfit for starting to rear butterflies and moths. SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£59.50 £43.95
Papilio antenor Madagascar 2 pupae
One of the largest Swallowtails in the world. Pupae like miniature Birdwing chrysalis.
Availability: August/September
£12.50
TRAVEL CAGE 26cm diameter 20cm high.
A new cage design for when you are on the move and need every facility in almost no space!
Availability: NOW
£23.60
Painted Lady cardui 10 larvae
Feed larvae on Thistle or Nettle. Adults can be released to breed in the wild.
Availability: All summer
£12.95
Peruvian Black Beauty Stick Insect Peruphasma schultei 10 nymphs
Extraordinary insects, found only in one small area in the world. Easy to keep
Availability: NOW
£9.50
The Goodden GemLight
The world's most compact moth light. Powerful and lasts all night.
Availability: NOW
£149.95
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: NOW
£15.50
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2
Large clear plastic rearing container. Recommended for larger larvae or large numbers of smaller ones.
Availability: NOW
£16.00
Pyjama Mini Cage 22 x 29 x 25cm high
The MINI PJ cage has now grown about a third and is better proportioned. Price held.
Availability: NOW
£19.50
Pyjama Cage LARGE 60 x 40 cm changeable height
Revolutionary design. Lots of space. Easy to maintain. Choose between low or high and change at will. Temporary SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£49.50 £39.95
New Design LARVAE FORCEPS
New to the WWB website. High quality forceps for use in larvae rearing - at a very low price
Availability: NOW
£1.99
NETTING Fine Black Nylon 10 metres
Worldwide Butterflies netting price is very low. Now there is a SPECIAL PROMOTION PRICE on 10 metres!
Availability: NOW
£31.95 £22.95
Artificial Mulberry Diet for 20 Silkworms
Special Promotion Price. Substitute food for silkworms when mulberry difficult to find.
Availability: NOW
£10.00
Complete MINI SILK FARM
Outfit to rear silkworms from egg to cocoon, complete with diet, and equipment to reel the silk - some 3 miles from each cocoon!
Availability: NOW
£59.50 £39.50
Silkmoth Rearer's Handbook SPECIAL PRICE
Was out of print. More copies have become available. After this no more!
Availability: NOW
£18.25 £11.25
Idea leuconoe Philippines 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: August
£8.00
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: August

IMPORTANT NOTES

 Livestock orders not able to be supplied are carried over for priority supply the next season. Please inform us if you wish to cancel and be credited or refunded.

Livestock sent to UK addresses will be replaced or credited if it arrives dead and is reported within 2 days. Not if it dies subsequently or is reported later.  Overseas orders are sent only at the buyer's risk.

Please note that all prices are subject to 20% VAT (except books and orders from non-EU countries), and carriage charges, which will be added to your order at the checkout.

Livestock sent outside the UK, whilst we do our best to see that it arrives safely, is sent at the BUYER'S RISK. Livestock to Mediterranean countries is often subject to delay and hot climate. Please do not order eggs/larvae, nor pupae that are not dormant, to be sent where it is hot.  Livestock sent to USA need USDA permits. We cannot send to AUS or NZ, unless government authorised.

 

WWB email: sales@wwb.co.uk