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

If you wish to edit your order, click on Shopping Cart where you can change the quantities or remove an item. It is essential to click the blue circular arrow ikon after making a change on an item, which updates the calculations.

Then proceed to Checkout.

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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.





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.





Please check availability on this website, and the note against each booked item


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.


Please remember also that in summer eggs and 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.



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.

SLEEVES The two largest sizes are now available with a long ZIP opening. Very much better for tending the larvae, and for checking. The times one finds a caterpillar on one's clothing after carefully fastening both ends of the sleeve, only to have to undo it again! See also the new VELCRO Strip for sleeve closures. All helping to save time and adding to convenience!

EGGS OF CHINESE OAK SILKMOTH pernyi ready immediately. The larvae feed on convenient foodplants, and become huge! Keep resulting cocoons cool until emergence time in spring.

THERE ARE STILL GOOD SPECIES AVAILABLE FOR THE LATE SUMMER PERIOD:  Woolly Bears available this month. These are the larvae of the Garden Tiger Moth caja, once common in hedgerows and now hardly ever seen. You can help bring some back to your area. Small Tortoiseshell larvae are available now. You can also order larvae of Painted Lady cardui. Clouded Yellow crocea larvae are available now for some weeks.

More summer species become available. Enjoy looking through and selecting those you would like to rear. See CURRENT EGGS and LARVAE.

Eggs immediately: Eyed Hawkmoth ocellata, Privet Hawkmoth ligustri. Also seldom offered, the rather scarce Bullseye Moth Automeris cecrops which feeds on Oak.

Special promotional prices on pupae of Privet Hawk ligustri. These will emerge and breed this year.

PYJAMA CAGE STANDARD SIZE on Special Offer for a limited period! We have produced a number of this popular cage and can offer at an advantageous price for a period this month. 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 just 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!

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

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.

North American cocoons are available now! But stocks are running low. Please see Current Pupae.  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!

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!

PYJAMA 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.

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



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.



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. For details see the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES.






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

Eyed Hawk ocellata eggs
Specially reduced price for eggs - just for next few days. About half price!
Availability: NOW
Acherontia styx from Indonesia 15 eggs or ten larvae according to availability
Keep the larvae warm and slightly humid. They are a tropical Deathshead.
Availability: NOW
Automeris cecrops pamina 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
A Bull's Eye Moth that is seldom listed. Eggs in stock immediately. Feed on Oak.
Availability: NOW
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi  15 eggs
Eggs ready now for autumn rearing. Resulting cocoons are kept cool until emergence time in May. Easy to rear
Availability: NOW
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
Larvae immediately available. Feed on Stinging nettle. Butterflies are produced 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: September
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Larvae on diet in pots. Convenient and requires less daily attention.
Availability: NOW
Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea japonica 4 pupae
Limited number of pupae available immediately.
Availability: NOW
Eastern Eyed Hawkmoth Smerinthus planus 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Enormous and bright eye-spots single out this species. It's been decades since we offered this lovely Hawkmoth.
Availability: NOW
Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 15 eggs/10 larvae
Britain's largest resident Hawkmoth. Larvae are most spectacular and grow large on Privet, Ash or Lilac.
Availability: September
The two largest sleeve sizes are now available with a very useful long ZIP opening. Quicker for checking and changing. See also new VELCRO sleeve closures.
Availability: NOW
Large White Pieris brassicae 10 larvae
Larvae ready immediately. Fast growing and the butterflies can emerge this year or next, according to need.
Availability: NOW
Pyjama Cage Standard  40 x 30 cm  height 50
SPECIAL PRICES for a limited period. DON'T MISS OUT!
Availability: NOW
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Woolly Bears, the larvae of the Garden Tiger will be available this month. Can be kept warm if moths wanted this year.
Availability: NOW
£62.50 £34.95
Marbled White galathea 20 larvae
This is the time to buy larvae. Females scatter their eggs among grasses. Keep the larvae on potted grass sleeved for protection.
Availability: NOW
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
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
The most compact and lightweight trap in the world. Unique Goodden Gemlight runs all night on just 8 AA batteries!
Availability: NOW
The Goodden GemLight
The world's most compact moth light. Powerful and lasts all night.
Availability: NOW
Privet Hawk S ligustri Pupae
Special prices for this, the largest British resident Hawkmoth. Magnificent larvae!
Availability: NOW
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: NOW
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
Bullseye Moth Automeris io Three cocoons
Moths strikingly patterned in bright colours. Amazing larvae. Easy foodplants. BARGAIN PRICES!
Availability: Autumn
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae 3 Cocoons
One of the finest Moon Moths and not difficult to breed. Cocoons due in June.
Availability: September
Clouded Yellow Crocea 10 Larvae
Easily reared on a net-covered potted clover. In warmth development is fast. Very pretty butterfly.
Availability: September
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: September
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
Papilio rumanzovia Philippines 4 pupae
Very exotic and large Citrus-feeding Swallowtail. Flies beautifully.
Availability: September
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs/10 Larvae
Eggs being laid now. Easily reared on Privet if kept warm and moist.
Availability: September
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
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: September
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 4 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
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
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
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 £22.95
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 £43.95
Silkmoth Rearer's Handbook SPECIAL PRICE
Was out of print. More copies have become available. After this no more!
Availability: NOW
£11.25 £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
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: September
Idea leuconoe Philippines 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: September
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: September


 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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