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.


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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.

 

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.

 

 

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

 

Caligo atreus THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OWL BUTTERFLY IN THE WORLD! A few pupae available after the weekend - only a few, so please don't delay.

BLACK HAIRSTREAK pruni larvae, one of Britain's greatest rarities,  have done so well that there is a temporary promotional price FIVE LARVAE normally £25, now only £10. Worth ordering multiples at that price!

It is now the season to order the EARLY SMALL TORTOISESHELL urticae and EARLY PEACOCK Inachis io which come as caterpillars in April and May. Also the COMMA BUTTERFLY c-album. Can be reared on potted nettle (prepare some pots now).  These produce colourful garden butterflies in the summer term, and are ideal for school classes to rear and learn the life history. SEE THE SCHOOLS PAGE.

 

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. Eggs of EMPEROR MOTH pavonia and CHINESE OAK SILKMOTH pernyi are at special prices for quantities right now.

MOONLANDER MOTH TRAP with the Goodden GemLight has been in short supply due to a shortage of electronic components for the GemLight. But we now have some available immediately. There is even a TEMPORARY promotion price!

Giant and Large PYJAMA CAGES are at promotional prices on the MARKET STALL. Limited period only, so please look ahead to your needs this coming season!

 

CHINESE OAK SILKMOTH Antheraea pernyi cocoons. Order 5 cocoons: you receive both sexes. Kept warm, the moths emerge in April/May. They are large and spectacular. One of the easiest species to pair. Eggs are laid on the cage sides. The larvae soon hatch and are very easy to keep, on a variety of foodplants. Ideal for families.

Kentish Glory versicolora eggs are the first of the season. Laid in March and April, the larvae hatch with bud burst. Easily reared, normally on Birch, but other trees are also used as foodplant in captivity. Highly recommended, and VERY good value.

The extraordinary and giant Hawkmoth Langia zenzeroides is expected to be laying next month. The eggs, which start apple green, turn maroon. The larvae are streamlined and wonderfully camouflaged. The moth is most peculiar, both in shape and pattern, and it has some of the largest scales of any Lepidopteron known. Don't miss this curiosity!

SPRING LARVAE can be ordered now. Early Small Tortoiseshell urticae, Painted Lady cardui and Comma Butterfly c-album are available now.  High Brown and Silver-washed Fritillary, Argynnis niobe, a close relative of the High Brown, and the SCARCE FRITILLARY maturna: hibernated larvae ready immediately. Another unusual species, the SCARCE COPPER virgaureae to feed on Sorrel and probably Dock. WHITE-LETTER HAIRSTREAK w-album larvae can be ordered to be sent this spring, while stocks last. Very difficult to obtain. Early pupae of Black-veined White crataegi are being formed now and will be dispatched this month.

Cocoons of Forbes' Atlas Moth from Costa Rica are immediately available.

SATURNIID SPECIALISTS will appreciate Eupakardia calleta. An unusual black Silkmoth from N. America, marked with scarlet, and patterned with triangular windows. See illustration below. Another for the Silkmoth enthusiast is Actias artemis. Eggs will be available in May: not often obtainable. Right now there are larvae of The Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea japonica: magnificent larvae with long curled thoracic spines. Easily reared on Privet. Larvae of Dictyoploca japonica are due in May. See the photos in the Featured section below.

ANISOTA VIRGINIENSIS Another species new to WWB. Amazingly beautiful moths.

 

SILKWORM EGGS Several different races with coloured cocoons or differently patterned larvae. New supplies for this season immediately available. ARTIFICIAL MULBERRY DIET now available for those who cannot get Mulberry. See the Silkworm Egg section.

 

PHILOSAMIA CYNTHIA Excellent Italian cocoons. Not available every year so don't overlook these. The moths pair and lay easily. Larvae thrive on Privet, Sallows, Willows and Ailanthus.

MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH mittrei Both eggs and cocoons are imported from Madagascar. New supplies of eggs and cocoons will be arriving later than originally anticipated, but we have been told they will come in May.

NEW 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!

 

SOLAR POWER is now becoming a viable means of helping the environment and saving on electricity bills. See the new section on the WWB website.

 

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

 

A wide range of EXOTIC BUTTERFLY PUPAE - tropical beauties in your own home!

SEE THE NEW MOONLANDER MOTH TRAP

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

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NEWS and UPDATES

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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. For details see the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Featured
Pyjama Cage Giant High 60 x 60 cm height 80
A very large cage at a BIG REDUCTION. Read about the advantages of the Pyjama cages
Availability: NOW
£49.50 £35.50
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 5 pupae
Pupae ready immediately. Butterflies lay large egg masses.
Availability: NOW
£19.00
OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
This is the time to plant cuttings of this most useful and under-estimated foodplant. Click the item to read more.
Availability: NOW
£10.00
DUO Small Tortoiseshell urticae and Comma Butterfly c-album. Ten larvae of each.
You get 10 larvae each of the Comma and Small Tortoiseshell. Both live on nettle, Comma are solitary. Torts live in clusters.
Availability: NOW
£19.95
DUO Emperor pavonia and Tau Emperor 10 eggs of each
Two early spring Silkmoths that can share the same breeding space and foodplants. Click to see details. GOOD PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 10 larvae
Larvae of one of Britain's rarest butterflies - at a VERY SPECIAL TEMPORARY PROMOTION PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£50.00 £19.95
Aglia tau MELANIA 1 female and 3 male pupae
Extraordinary Melanic form, Males intense black, Females deep smokey all over. Very rare. Breeding stock of 4 pupae. Only a few left
Availability: NOW
£29.00
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Next eggs arriving from Madagascar in April/May. The biggest Moon Moth in the world.
Availability: April/May
£14.95
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi Eggs
Very early eggs of this Giant Silkmoth. Rear on easy foodplants. Larvae become HUGE! Ideal for beginners.
Availability: NOW
Langia zenzeroides 15 eggs/10 larvae
Extraordinary moth with criptic camouflage and huge wing scales. Beautiful larvae. SCARCE!
Availability: Early summer
£19.00
Emperor Moth pavonia eggs at SPECIAL PRICE
Due to successful breeding we can offer SPECIAL PRICES for QUANTITY.
Availability: NOW
Comma larvae c-album 10 larvae
The larvae live singly on Stinging Nettle. Easily to rear, and fast growing.
Availability: NOW
£10.00
EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
Ideal for children and beginners. Feed on Nettle leaves - see notes on rearing.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
Another caterpillar for beginners. Nettle-feeder, a little later than Small Tortoiseshell.
Availability: April
£14.95
Dictyoploca (Caligula) japonica  Japan 10 larvae
Young larvae are black and yellow. They become hairy and silky with sapphire blue spiracles. Easy foodplants.
Availability: May onwards
£12.95
Emperor Moth pavonia 15 Eggs or 10 larvae
Eggs being laid now. Easy to rear on common foodplants. Nice and early this year.
Availability: NOW
£10.50
Aglia tau MELANIA 15 Eggs or 10 larvae
Strongly melanic form of the Tau Emperor. Males jet black. Females densly smokey. Recommended
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Aglia tau MELANIA 2 male pupae
Just a few male pupae left. Jet black form. Rare in collections.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Forbes Atlas Rothschildia forbesi (lebeau) 4 cocoons
A fine Central Americal Atlas moth easy to breed and rear on Privet.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Calleta Silkmoth Eupackardia calleta 15 eggs/10 larvae
A very different Silkmoth from Mexico, easy to rear on Privet and Ash.
Availability: May/June
£12.95
Sphinx poecila Apple Sphinx North America 15 eggs/10 larvae
New to WWB, this American Sphinx has some similarities with Privet Hawk and is reared on Apple, Alder, Larch or Spruce.
Availability: June/July
£12.95
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei Four giant cocoons
Cocoons available again this season. Probably the largest cocoon in the world - silvery and netted.
Availability: April/May
£35.00
Actias artemis Asia 15 eggs or 10 larvae
An Asian Moon Moth not easily obtained. Feed on Willows, Birch, Walnut, Oak, Hawthorn and Alder.
Availability: May/June
£12.50
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons
Wild cocoons arrive this spring, for summer breeding. Difficult to obtain. Larvae take several foodplants.
Availability: May onwards
Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea japonica 15 eggs
Eggs are being laid now. Amazing larvae with long whip-like spines. Click to see pictures. Very easy on Privet.
Availability: NOW
£11.50
Black-veined White crataegi 5 pupae
Very attractive pupae. Now extinct in Britain. Ready to send immediately. Butterflies hatch this spring.
Availability: NOW
£15.95
Silver-washed Fritillary paphia 10 larvae
The larvae feed on violet leaves. Becomes a magnificent summer butterfly.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Niobe Fritillary Fabriciana niobe Europe 10 larvae
Resembles the High Brown Fritillary but a little smaller. Less well known and few have bred niobe.
Availability: NOW
£13.95
Scarce Fritillary Hypodryas maturna 10 larvae
Scarce indeed! Larvae live not only on Scabious and Honeysuckle, but also on certain trees. Don't miss these!
Availability: NOW
£16.00
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 10 larvae
Hibernated larvae feed violet. A very special species!
Availability: NOW
£14.95
New Clouded Yellow Colias australis 10 Larvae
Larvae are out of hibernation and feeding. They will be large enough to post in March. Note Horseshoe Vetch needed.
Availability: NOW
£10.95
Scarce Copper Lycaena virgaureae 10 larvae
Hibernated larvae feed on Sorrel and probably Dock. VERY difficult to obtain!
Availability: NOW
£15.00
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2
Ideal for large larvae, especially those that need humidity. Not always in stock. There are a few now.
Availability: NOW
£16.00
Spanish Moon Moth G isabellae eggs
One of the most beautiful of all Moon Moths - and it's European! A great rarity and worth planning to rear this year.
Availability: May/June
CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae eggs
A more recently discovered subspecies of the Spanish Moon Moth.
Availability: May/June
Cream-spot Tiger villica 10 larvae
A most attractive Tiger Moth which is not frequently available. We have a breeding stock that will produce larvae this summer.
Availability: Jun/July
£10.00
MAGICAGE
This is the time to consider buying cages for the season. This cage is so very versatile!
Availability: NOW
Actias isis from Sulawesi 10 eggs/7 larvae
A very rare and large Indonesian Moon Moth. Male and female totally dissimilar. See both eggs and cocoons for early summer.
Availability: May/June
£19.95
New Zealand Admiral Vanessa gonerilla 10 larvae
Very difficult to obtain but we have a breeding stock and expect larvae in May.
Availability: May
£12.95
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus pupae
A rare and very beautiful Hawkmoth, with remarkable camouflage. Rear the larvae on Oak and Evergreen Oak.
Availability: NOW
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
Delays getting electronic components has caused a shortage, but we have just received a small stock.
Availability: NOW
£266.00 £216.00
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia cocoons
One of Europe's largest silkmoths. Exotic moths, curious white spikey larvae easy on Privet.
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs/10 Larvae
Early eggs of this the largest moth in the world. Keep larvae warm and moist. Not difficult on Privet
Availability: April
£12.95
Map Butterfly levana 4 Pupae
A beautiful and delicate Nymphalid. Eggs are laid in strings hanging beneath a nettle leaf.
Availability: NOW
£10.00
LARGE CYLINDER CAGE
Large Cylinder cage for larvae, stick insects, Mantids etc. SPECIAL PRICE
Availability: May onwards
£32.00 £22.00
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae 5 Cocoons
The very elegant African Moon Moth. The larvae do well on Eucalyptus
Availability: May/June
£15.95
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus  cocoons
Very colourful moths that lay a lot of eggs! Larvae easy to rear on common plants. Decorated with silver spangles like mercury. SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: NOW
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 £17.95
Vapourer Moth antiqua 20 eggs
One of the most decorative of all larvae. Easy to rear in summer. Eggs ready NOW.
Availability: Late summer
£10.00
COLLECTION OF SIX SILKWORM VARIETIES 20 eggs of each
PROMOTION PRICE on collections of Six Different Silkworm Varieties
Availability: NOW
£53.70 £29.00
Artificial Mulberry Diet for Silkworms
Special Promotion Price. Substitute food for silkworms when mulberry difficult to find.
Availability: NOW
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
Lepidopterist's Rearing Outfit
Introductory outfit for starting to rear butterflies and moths.
Availability: NOW
£59.50 £39.95
Silkmoth Rearer's Handbook SPECIAL PRICE
Was out of print. More copies have become available. After this no more!
Availability: NOW
£18.95 £11.25
The Goodden GemLight
The world's most compact moth light. Powerful and lasts all night.
Availability: NOW
£140.00
Papilio antenor Madagascar 2 pupae
A huge Swallowtail uniquely found in Madagascar. Giant pupae, nearly the size of Birdwings.
Availability: April/May
£12.50
Astonishing Butterflies and Moths DVD
DVD showing a fascinating and colourful insight into the lives and diversity of both temperate and tropical butterflies and moths.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Spurge Hawk H euphorbiae pupae
This winter we have good supplies of this species, a rare migrant to Britain.
Availability: NOW
Anisota virginiensis Pink-striped Oak Silkmoth Eggs/Larvae
Brilliantly coloured day-flying N. American Silkmoth. Pupae available now.
Availability: Summer
£12.95
Antherina suraka Madagascar 4 cocoons
An extremely colourful Madagascan Silkmoth. Not difficult to breed. Easy foodplants.
Availability: April/May
£10.00
Scarce Swallowtail podalirius pupae
Very fine Italian pupae. In spring these will emerge quickly once given warmth.
Availability: NOW
Cirina forda Saturniidae Africa 4 Pupae
Very seldom offered African Silkmoth with a very handsome larva (they eat it in Africa!)
Availability: NOW
£12.50
Painted Lady cardui 10 larvae
Available immediately on Stinging Nettle. Also feeds on Mallow, Burdock and Thistle
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Tussore Silkmoth mylitta cocoons
Extraordinary egg-like cocoons, producing striking moths with varying colours. Easy to breed. See SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: April
Peruvian Black Beauty Stick Insect Peruphasma schultei 4 adults
Very pretty insect found only in small part of Peru. Excellent price! Easy to rear on Privet.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
SILKWORM EGGS Bombyx mori  ROSA variety
Beautiful pink/orange cocoons spun by this beautiful Chinese variety. See also the other races on the same page.
Availability: NOW
Papilio demodocus 4 pupae
Very striking butterflies - easy to breed in a greenhouse
Availability: May
£18.00
Idea leuconoe Philippines 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: May
£8.00
Papilio rumanzovia Philippines 4 pupae
Amazing contrast of colours on a large Swallowtail
Availability: May
£10.00
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: May
Pyjama Mini Cage 20 x 24 x 25cm high
Compact beginner's cage in a range up to real giants. Quick replacable covers.
Availability: NOW
£19.50 £16.95
Pyjama Cage Standard  40 x 30 cm  height 50
Ideal size for breeding most Lepidoptera and other insects
Availability: NOW
£25.95
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Larvae on diet in pots is convenient and requires less care
Availability: NOW

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 refunded.

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,  Best to order ONLY DORMANT stages for hot countries. Livestock sent to USA need USDA permits. We cannot send to AUS or NZ, unless government authorised.

email: sales@wwb.co.uk