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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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.






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

TWO NEW CAGES: Large capacity flat-folding Cube Cage and low priced small starter cage.

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

For rearing right now you can buy eggs immediately of the Eri Silkmoth ricini. The larvae feed on Privet and are very easy to rear. The cocoons are white and fluffy. They are used to make wild silk in India. There is no dormant period - they can be reared continuously through the year.


You can now order larvae of Painted Lady cardui for delivery late February. Also larvae of the Dark Green Fritillary aglaia which are at an EXCEPTIONAL BARGAIN PRICE! These are sent in their hibernation littler, ready to wake in February to feed on potted violet. If buying foodplants, make sure they have not been treated against insects. Enclose the pot with larvae in a sleeve for protection. Large Heath tullia larvae are available right now. They are coming out of hibernation and are best kept on potted coarse grasses, completely enclosed in netting. This is a very scarce species to obtain.

Map Butterfly levana pupae are quite hard to obtain. We are offering breeding stock from two blood-lines, which greatly assists the butterflies’ inclination to pair. See the current special offer of stock from the Czech Republic and from Holland.

RARE HAIRSTREAK EGGS Winter eggs of Black Hairstreak pruni, Brown Hairstreak betulae, White-letter Hairstreak w-album are immediately available. We are very lucky to have a breeder who can produce these rarities. Don't overlook them!

Early Spring Pupae, the first to emerge and breed in spring. A few lots of breeding stock pupae are immediately available. See Kentish Glory versicolora and Tau Emperor.  Note that there is currently a temporary reduction on the wonderful melanic form Aglia tau melania.

Emperor Moth pavonia cocoons have nearly all sold, and now we have some Saturnia pavoniella cocoons at a special price. Very interesting to rear in comparison with pavonia and the larvae are extremely varied in their colour and pattern.

Important Silkmoth eggs Overwintering eggs are available NOW from Far Eastern Russia. Important Silkmoths that are not generally available. See the Squeaking Silkmoth fugax and its much rarer cousin Rhodinia jankowski,  Boisduval's Silkmoth and Dictyoploca japonica.

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.

From Madagascar we have cocoons of Antherina suraka whose larvae are exceptionally pretty, and the most varied in colour and pattern that we have ever seen. In spring there will be eggs and cocoons of The giant Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei,  and pupae of the most beautiful moth in the world Urania ripheus.

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, Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia, Cherry Moth Callosamia promethea.

The Iolas Blue is the largest of all the Blues in Europe. In over half a century WWB has never had pupae before. The pupae can be stored cool for the winter, to hatch in the spring. This is a very rare occasion and one not to be missed! The price may at first seem high: you can buy 4 Orange Tip pupae for the price, but The Iolas Blue is an exceptional rarity which any connoiseur will appreciate is worth much more than four times that of a widespread species!

NORTH AMERICAN COCOONS and SWALLOWTAIL PUPAE are available for a short time still. There is rather a shortage this year, so please don't leave ordering until they have all sold.

TUSSORE Silkmoth mylitta cocoons are arriving regularly from India. These amazing cocoons are smooth and oval, like hens’ eggs! The large moths emerge in the summer months. They pair easily and the larvae are reared on Oak and a number of alternative trees. They are at a very good price. Please see on the WWB website.

There is a new MINI PYJAMA CAGE. About a third larger, and improved proportions, at no extra price! We use these all the time with increased success. Buy one, or several, and you will appreciate just how useful they are.

PYJAMA LARGE CAGE. With options for High and Low, now comes with a larger base and you get supports and cover that allow you to have the cage at which ever of the two heights suits your purpose. You can change the height when ever you wish. The new cage comes with two bases, so, when the base gets dirty, you can change to a clean one. Renovate the old, and keep for the next time you want a clean new base.  You get a lot of space for less money with the Pyjama Cage!

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!

High Brown Fritillary adippe. Eggs are available for the first time for some years. Please make sure that any bought foodplants are insecticide free!  Larvae will also be available of the Black Hairstreak pruni, an extreme rarity in Britain, can be ordered as eggs for delivery from August onwards. Later in autumn there will be eggs of the Brown Hairstreak betulae. 

COCOONS immediately available:  Eucalyptus Silkmoth from NZ, European Tree of Heaven Silkmoth cynthia, American Bulls Eye Moth Automeris io, Oak Hawkmoth Marumba quercus (amazing camouflage).

THE MOONLANDER MOTH TRAP with the Goodden GemLight are again in short supply due to a shortage of electronic components for the GemLight. But we can supply a few still this month.

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.


Click to see

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



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.


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.



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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

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
Junior Cube Cage (25cm cube)
Low price starter cage that is also useful to the experienced breeder
Availability: NOW
Wormwood Shark Cucullia absinthii  5 pupae
A great rarity in Britain. Occurs on waysides and gravel. Larvae some of the best camouflaged.
Availability: NOW
Scarce Wormwood Shark Cucullia artemesiae 5 pupae
Almost extinct in Britain. Amazing species for larval camouflage. First time ever offered!
Availability: NOW
Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea 6 pupae
Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea 6 pupae at very low price for such a rarity!
Availability: NOW
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini eggs/larvae
Eggs being laid now. This species does well on Privet - no need to wait for buds to open. Continuously brooded - no dormant stage.
Availability: NOW
Peppered Moth betularia 5 pupae
Amazingly camouflaged larvae, and moths that can be peppered or black. Easy to breed. Highly recommended.
Availability: NOW
OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
This is the time to strike cuttings of this amazing foodplant. In spring they root immediately and put on huge growth in summer.
Availability: NOW
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Woolly Bears, the larvae of the Garden Tiger will be out of hibernation and available in early Spring. Please order now.
Availability: Spring 2015
£62.50 £34.95
Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali 15 eggs
This popular species, with a very pretty larva, is offered at a temporary SPECIAL PRICE.
Availability: NOW
£12.95 £10.50
Squeaking Silkmoth Rhodinia fugax diana 15 eggs
The Squeaking Silkmoth. Amazing for the colour changes of the larvae, the sound they make, and the different appearance of male and female moths. EXCEPTIONAL! Temporary SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£16.95 £11.25
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia cocoons
We have never seen such fine and fresh cocoons of Cynthia from Italy. As supplies are plentiful there are special prices for a limited period.
Availability: NOW
Privet Hawk S ligustri Pupae
Very good stocks of Privet Hawk pupae this winter means specially low prices for a limited period.
Availability: NOW
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons
A bumper crop of cocoons enables a big price reduction. See the Market Stall prices! Reductions available NOW for a limited period.
Availability: NOW
Dark Green Fritillary aglaia 20 larvae
Larvae sent immediately in hibernation litter, ready to wake and feed from February onwards. VERY GOOD PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£25.90 £12.95
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons
Cocoons in stock right now. The largest cocoon in the world, and the largest ever Moon Moth. Highly spectacular!
Availability: Spring
Antherina suraka Madagascar 4 cocoons
Cocoons in stock. Keep them at 20-30º to breed in winter, or store cool until spring. A species that is little known and very variable.
Availability: NOW
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
EASY COCKROACH MIX (introductory offer 15 for the price of 10)
Easy pets to keep if set up with warmth.
Availability: NOW
Cherry Moth promethea cocoons
Male and female totally dissimilar. Beautiful larvae, gregarious at first, become white and waxy, with coloured tubercles.
Availability: NOW
Theretra oldenlandiae 3 pupae
Dormant pupae keep cool until breeding time in spring. Wonderful larvae which feed on widely diverse plants.
Availability: NOW
Bedstraw Hawk gallii 3 pupae
Bedstraw Hawk pupae will be scarce this winter. Now is the time to prepare breeding stock for next season.
Availability: Autumn 2015
Painted Lady cardui 10 larvae
With extended summer Painted Lady larvae can still be ordered. Easy on Nettle and Thistle. Butterflies emerge this year. Release on a sunny day.
Availability: March
White-lined Sphinx Hyles lineata North America 3 pupae
Winter pupae for breeding in the spring. Fast-growing larvae. Easy to rear. A cousin of the Striped Hawkmoth and much larger!
Availability: NOW
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
Iolana iolas The Bladder Senna Blue pupae
The rarest butterfly listed by WWB and never been offered before.
Availability: NOW
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines 4 Pupae
Orange Tip pupae usually sell out early. Amazing pupae, just like thorns. Very attractive spring butterfly.
Availability: NOW
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 10 larvae
Woolly Bear larvae are available again! Endearing larvae and lavishly coloured moths! See also reduction for 50's to release.
Availability: Spring 2015
Spanish Moon Moth isabellae Pupae
Europe's most exotic silkmoth. Very localised and rare! Cocoons available this autumn and winter, as long as stocks last.
Availability: NOW
CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae Pupae
A sub-species of isabellae, comparatively recently discovered. Due to breeding success, sold at same price as isabellae.
Availability: NOW
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
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
European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 2 pupae
Superb pupae from Sweden and Holland. Adults will emerge this summer, producing another generation.
Availability: NOW
Large Heath tullia 10 larvae
Very localised species on northern moors. Larvae available in August. Hibernate sleeved on potted grass.
Availability: August
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus pupae
A rare and very beautiful Hawkmoth, with remarkable camouflage. Rear the larvae on Oak and Evergreen Oak.
Availability: NOW
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2
Large, clear rearing containers, not always obtainable. Available immediately.
Availability: Spring
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons
Cocoons fresh from New Zealand. Not difficult to breed. Larvae feed on Eucalyptus and reportedly on Birch.
Availability: Late spring
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Larvae on diet in pots is convenient and requires less daily attention.
Availability: March
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
The Goodden GemLight
The world's most compact moth light. Powerful and lasts all night.
Availability: NOW
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 to the WWB website. High quality forceps for use in larvae rearing - at a very low price
Availability: NOW
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
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
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
Pyjama Cage Standard  40 x 30 cm  height 50
Ideal size for breeding most Lepidoptera and other insects
Availability: NOW
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
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: April
Idea leuconoe Philippines 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: April
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: March


 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.


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