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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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 the update note ON YOUR ACCOUNT.


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.

 

LARVAE CANNOT BE SENT OUTSIDE EUROPE

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

 

 

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

 

SPECIAL PRICES on the Moonlander and Pyjama cages will be ending shortly.

SPECIAL PRICE! 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, and for a LIMITED TIME we are offering them at a SPECIAL OFFER - £50 OFF the normal price!

PYJAMA CAGES. There are special early season prices NOW! This season we have prepared a large stock of these highly practical cages. The netting cover is in one piece that slips over the cage frame. This makes it very convenient for laying hawkmoths and silkmoths, that deposit eggs on the cage netting.  Remove the cover, complete with all the eggs! When the cage gets dirty from use, it is simple to remove the cover and replace with a new or washed one. Likewise the base can also be replaced with a clean one. The result is a new cage, restored and hygienic in a matter of minutes! Out of season Pyjama Cages can be stored flat.

The PJ Mini is not only an ideal starter cage based on an A4 footprint, but experienced breeders will find it useful to have a number of these cages on the go.

The PJ Standard cage is an excellent size to house larvae on foodplant, to use as an emerging cage, and for keeping stick insects and other creatures. A good size for use in the home, schools, laboratories and more.

The PJ Large is voluminous and can be put together as a tall, or low cage, and changed according to your wish. It’s almost like having two cages. In fact two bases are supplied, so you can renovate a used one, and have a new one instantly to take its place. This cage is excellent for large silkmoth breeding, raising their enormous larvae, and for use as an emerging cage for a whole lot of pupae and cocoons throughout the season. This large cage gives the required space for breeding Swallowtail butterflies and exotics.

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

LARVAE READY NOW.  Small Tortoiseshell (ready again in June) and Peacock are available NOW.  You can also order larvae of Painted Lady cardui NOW. Clouded Yellow crocea larvae are available now for some weeks. Emperor Moth pavonia eggs immediately available - Beautiful and very varied larvae. Puss Moth vinula larvae are ready now. If you have never reared the extraordinary larvae you must rear some this year - an experience (for children AND adults) never to be forgotten, and many breeders rear them every year.

From May onwards there is a wide range of species becoming available this spring and summer. Enjoy looking through and selecting those you would like to rear. See CURRENT EGGS and LARVAE.

Eggs immediately available: Lime Hawkmoth tiliae including the rare One-spot variety, and Eyed Hawkmoth ocellata. Also Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi, American Moon Moth luna, European Tree of Heaven Silkmoth cynthia, American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus, Saturnia pavoniella, and Emperor Moth pavonia. Soon there will also be eggs of Robin Moth cecropia, Giant Peacock Moth pyri.

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

GIANT ATLAS eggs/larvae will be available shortly. Moths are emerging and eggs are dispatched in date order.

Pupae of three species extremely rare in Britain: See Wormwood and Scarce Wormwood Sharks absinthii and artemesiae. Also the Small Ranunculus dysodea.

Now is the time to order pupae for the new season's breeding. There are Hawkmoths in good variety, Butterflies, Silkmoths and more. Please see the WWB website in detail to see the wide range available.

Silkworm eggs  are ready to send out now. Store cool until you have spring foodplant.

North American cocoons are available now! But stocks are running low in some cases. Please see Current Pupae. American Moon Moth luna, Bulls Eye Moth Automeris io, Cherry Moth Callosamia promethea.

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!

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

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.

SEE THE 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

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

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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
Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea TEN pupae
Ten pupae at only £1 each to clear! An extreme rarity, not seen in many collections. Larvae feed on Wild or Garden lettuce. Get some established locally!
Availability: NOW
£10.00
Bullseye Moth Automeris io cocoons
Moths strikingly patterned in bright colours. Amazing larvae. Easy foodplants. BARGAIN PRICES!
Availability: NOW
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 20 larvae
Lots of Peacock larvae available. SPECIAL PRICE FOR 20 larvae!
Availability: NOW
£25.00
CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae eggs
A rare subspecies of Spanish Moon Moth. Orders can be taken until 10th June.
Availability: NOW
Spanish Moon Moth G isabellae eggs
Very difficult to obtain. Europe's most beautiful Silkmoth - and the larvae are amazing!
Availability: NOW
American Moon Moth Actias luna 15 Eggs or 10 larvae
Pretty and fast-growing larvae, easy on Walnut, Birch, Osier and more. Moths produced this year.
Availability: NOW
£11.50
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia eggs/larvae
Superb stock from Italy. Like a miniature Atlas Moth, and huge for European species. Easy to rear on Privet and other common foodplants.
Availability: NOW
Saturnia pavoniella 15 eggs/10larvae
Eggs ready now. A Europen relative of the Emperor Moth, and they will hybridise.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Scarlet Tiger Moth dominula 10 larvae
Perhaps our most brilliantly coloured Tiger Moth. Easy to rear and very rewarding.
Availability: June
Heath Fritillary athalia PUPAE
A scarce species in Britain. Some pupae immediately available.
Availability: NOW
Pyjama Cage Standard  40 x 30 cm  height 50
All Pyjama Cages are at an EARLY SEASON SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£25.95 £20.95
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
SPECIAL EARLY SEASON PRICE - £50 off! For a limited period.
Availability: NOW
£266.00 £216.00
Black-veined White crataegi 5 pupae
Very beautiful pupae in contrasting colours. Egg masses are produced. Keep the larvae sleeved outside where they will hibernate and continue the cycle in the spring.
Availability: NOW
£16.95 £12.95
Duo Peacock Butterfly Inachis io and Small Tortoiseshell urticae 10 larvae of each
Ten larvae each of Small Tortoisesell and Peacock Butterfly. Can be reared in same container on nettle.
Availability: NOW
£27.95 £24.95
EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
Jet black larvae, fast growing and easy on nettle. One of the most spectacular British species!
Availability: NOW
£14.95
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi  15 eggs
Perfect for youngsters. Caterpillars become HUGE, easily reared on common foodplants. Moths hatch this year and breed easily.
Availability: NOW
£10.95
Puss Moth vinula 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
One of the most exciting of all caterpillars - an absolute joy to rear.
Availability: NOW
£11.95
Privet Hawk S ligustri Pupae
Britain's largest resident Hawkmoth. Pupae available to hatch this summer.
Availability: NOW
Peppered Moth betularia 5 pupae
A wonderful species to demonstrate camouflage and mimicry. Some moths may be melanic. Larvae are just like sticks.
Availability: NOW
£8.95
Lime Hawk tiliae 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Lime Hawk larvae are very slender when young. As they grow they often have flame coloured patches. Easy to rear.
Availability: NOW
£10.50
Eyed Hawk ocellata eggs
The larvae feed on many trees and show remarkable camouflage amongst the leaves.
Availability: NOW
Lime Hawk tiliae ONE-SPOT VARIETY 15 eggs
The female that laid these eggs is a rare aberration with only 1 forewing spot.
Availability: NOW
£14.95 £11.50
Emperor Moth pavonia 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Very beautiful and varied larvae, as good as many exotic species. Easy to rear on common foodplants.
Availability: Spring 2016
£10.95
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae 3 Cocoons
One of the finest Moon Moths and not difficult to breed. Cocoons due in June.
Availability: June
£10.50
Camberwell Beauty antiopa 10 larvae
Late this month Camberwell Beauty larvae will be received. This is the last opportunity to order them this year.
Availability: June
£16.95
Large Tortoiseshell polychloros 10 Larvae
Larvae arriving mid-May. Last opportunity to place orders this year.
Availability: May 2015
£14.95
Clouded Yellow Crocea 10 Larvae
Easily reared on a net-covered potted clover. In warmth development is fast. Very pretty butterfly.
Availability: NOW
£10.95
European Swallowtail P.machaon gorganus 15 eggs/10 larvae
One of the most spectacular larvae, and Europe's largest butterfly. Easily raised on fennel or carrot tops.
Availability: May/June
£12.95
Giant Peacock Moth Pyri 15 eggs
Europe's largest moth. Not difficult to rear. Can be sleeved outside. BEAUTIFUL caterpillars!
Availability: May/June
£12.95
Actias maenas  10 eggs or 7 larvae
Hardly ever available. A great rarity. Spectacular in all stages!
Availability: June/July
£25.00
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
American Moon Moth Actias luna Cocoons
Amazing shape and colour. Breeds easily. Eggs produce moths this year.
Availability: NOW
Painted Lady cardui 10 larvae
Feed larvae on Thistle or Nettle. Adults can be released to breed in the wild.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Larvae on diet in pots. Convenient and requires less daily attention.
Availability: NOW
Poplar Hawk Laothoe populi 4 pupae
More pupae have become available. Easy to breed. Eggs laid in May produce moths again this summer.
Availability: NOW
£12.50
Pale Tussock pudibunda 5 cocoons
Very easily bred. Egg masses laid in May. Beautiful tufted larvae that do well sleeved out or kept indoors.
Availability: NOW
£10.50
Papilio rumanzovia Philippines 4 pupae
Very exotic and large Citrus-feeding Swallowtail. Flies beautifully.
Availability: August
£10.00
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs/10 Larvae
Eggs being laid now. Easily reared on Privet if kept warm and moist.
Availability: June
£12.95
Large Cube Cage (50cm cube)
Large capacity cage for breeding moths, keeping butterflies on flowers, rearing large caterpillars and more. Very low price for such a large cage!
Availability: NOW
£14.95
Wormwood Shark Cucullia absinthii  8 pupae
A great rarity in Britain. Occurs on waysides and gravel. Larvae some of the best camouflaged.
Availability: NOW
£11.95
Scarce Wormwood Shark Cucullia artemesiae 8 pupae
Almost extinct in Britain. Amazing species for larval camouflage. First time ever offered!
Availability: NOW
£11.95
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
The next batch of eggs will be available this month. Easy to rear indoors on Privet. HUGE caterpillars, and a great thrill to rear!
Availability: Summer
£12.95
EASY COCKROACH MIX (introductory offer 15 for the price of 10)
Easy pets to keep if set up with warmth.
Availability: NOW
£10.00
Cherry Moth promethea cocoons
Male and female totally dissimilar. Beautiful larvae, gregarious at first, become white and waxy, with coloured tubercles.
Availability: NOW
£15.95 £11.95
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 £14.95
Peruvian Black Beauty Stick Insect Peruphasma schultei 4 adults
Amazing insects. These come from just one tiny locality in Peru. They have bred so well that we are offering twice the quantity for the price!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
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 £35.95
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus 4 pupae
A rare and very beautiful Hawkmoth, with remarkable camouflage. Rear the larvae on Oak and Evergreen Oak.
Availability: NOW
£26.00 £18.00
The Goodden GemLight
The world's most compact moth light. Powerful and lasts all night.
Availability: Early May
£149.95
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 £22.95
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 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
Lepidopterist's Rearing Outfit
Introductory outfit for starting to rear butterflies and moths.
Availability: NOW
£59.50 £49.95
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
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
Willowherb Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina Pupae
A beautiful species like a green Hummingbird Hawk. Breeds on Willowherb. Scarce.
Availability: NOW
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: August
£18.00
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