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.

 

 

 

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 note against each booked item

ON YOUR ACCOUNT.


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 SENT OUTSIDE EUROPE

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.

 

CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS

 

TWO TROPICAL DEATHSHEAD SPECIES

Acherontia lachesis and Acherontia styx from Indonesia, available as eggs/larvae from August. These are VERY special and never before offered by WWB. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

RED ADMIRAL LARVAE atalanta can be ordered now for almost immediate delivery in August. These are always immensly popular, so please order early. Remember that they like best being on potted nettle, where they make individual leaf tents. A fascinating species, seldom available. Give them a try if you have never reared Red Admirals before!


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.

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

The Willowherb Hawkmoth proserpina are laying right now. Don't miss out on these! SEE THE DUO together with Elephant Hawk, 8 larvae of each to rear on Willowherb, at a special price!

LARVAE READY NOW.  Comma Butterfly c-album are laying large numbers of eggs, and now is the time to order larvae, which are available in 10's and lots of 20 at a lesser unit price. Small Tortoiseshell are laying NOW.  You can also order larvae of Painted Lady cardui, and Green-veined White napi  (napi larvae and pupae) NOW. Clouded Yellow crocea larvae are available now for some weeks.

Throughout this period there is a wide range of species becoming available. Enjoy looking through and selecting those you would like to rear. See CURRENT EGGS and LARVAE.

Eggs immediately or again shortly: Giant Peacock Moth pyri, Lime Hawkmoth tiliae, and Eyed Hawkmoth ocellata. Also Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi, American Moon Moth luna, and  Robin Moth cecropia.

Pine Hawks pinastri are breeding well and eggs will be available again in July into August. American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus eggs are available now. Now there are eggs of the American Moon Moth luna, and Cherry Moth promethea.

DUO Robin Moth cecropia and Giant Peacock Moth pyri. Ten eggs of each for about the price of one. Available again this month. Magnificent and large moths, both with highly colourful and exotic larvae. Can be reared together. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. There will be other DUO bargains throughout the summer. Check from time to time on the WWB website.

The Far Eastern Eyed Hawk Smerinthus planus  has probably not been on the WWB list for nearly 50 years. Eggs are listed for delivery this summer. The eye-spots are particularly large, bright and staring, especially in the female. Have a look at them on the site.

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 arriving next month. 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.

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 wish to incubate the eggs.

North American cocoons are available now! But stocks are running low in some cases. 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!

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!

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

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
Tropical Deathshead Acherontia lachesis from Indonesia 15 eggs or 10 larvae
This is a star attraction. One of two tropical Deathsheads from Indonesia.
Availability: August
£19.50
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: August
£19.50
Red Admiral atalanta 15 eggs/10 larvae
Eggs being laid now. Larvae ready in August.
Availability: August
£14.95
Large White Pieris brassicae 10 larvae
Fast growing larvae. Pupae will produce butterflies this year, or store cold for the winter.
Availability: NOW
£12.00
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: August
£12.95
Comma larvae c-album 20 larvae
Breeding tremendously well right now. An excellent time to order Comma larvae. Feed on Nettle, Elm or Willow.
Availability: NOW
£16.50
Elephant Hawk elpenor 30 eggs or 20 larvae
Elephants breeding very fast
Availability: NOW
£20.00 £15.95
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
Indian Moon Moth selene 15 Eggs/10 larvae
One of the most spectacular moths and magnificent larvae you can ever hope to rear!
Availability: August
£12.95
Eyed Hawk ocellata eggs
The larvae feed on many trees and show remarkable camouflage amongst the leaves. Easy on Apple, Willow and more.
Availability: End July onwards
Pine Hawk Pinastri Eggs
A much sought species. Easily reared on Pine. Larvae have particularly interesting changing camouflage.
Availability: August
£12.95
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
Proserpinus proserpina eggs/larvae
Very seldom can we offer eggs of this scarce European Hawkmoth. There are some immediately available. Don't miss them!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus eggs
Not only a large and very attractive moth, but the larvae have silver spangles, like drops of mercury. Easy to rear on common trees.
Availability: NOW
DUO Pine Hawk pinastri and Eyed Hawk ocellata 10 eggs of each
Two caterpillars very different in appearance, and very striking both as larvae and adults.
Availability: August
£12.95
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
£266.00
The Goodden GemLight
The world's most compact moth light. Powerful and lasts all night.
Availability: NOW
£149.95
Lime Hawk tiliae 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Very lovely moths, appearing in many forms of colour and pattern. Easy to rear.
Availability: NOW
£10.50
Comma larvae c-album 10 larvae
Breeding tremendously well right now. An excellent time to order Comma larvae.
Availability: NOW
£11.50
Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe 10 larvae
Larvae feeding on Knapweed. Keep them warm and they will produce butterflies this year.
Availability: August
£10.95
Poplar Admiral Limenitis populi 5 larvae
One of Europe's finest and rarest butterflies. Laying now, larvae sent in July/Aug.
Availability: August
£45.00
DUO Robin Moth cecropia and Giant Peacock Moth pyri 10 eggs of each
Ten eggs each of two very large and attractive Silkmoths, with superb larvae that can be reared together. Two for about the price of one!
Availability: August
£12.95
Privet Hawk S ligustri Pupae
Special prices for this, the largest British resident Hawkmoth. Magnificent larvae!
Availability: NOW
Giant Peacock Moth Pyri 15 eggs
Europe's largest moth. Not difficult to rear. Can be sleeved outside. BEAUTIFUL caterpillars! From a wild pairing.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
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: August/September
£12.50
Robin Moth cecropia 15 eggs
Wonderful larvae. Colorful and large. Wide choice of foodplants. Amazing moths that will sit on your hand.
Availability: August
£12.95
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: August
£15.50
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 Three cocoons
Moths strikingly patterned in bright colours. Amazing larvae. Easy foodplants. BARGAIN PRICES!
Availability: Autumn
£12.95
Pyjama Cage Standard  40 x 30 cm  height 50
All Pyjama Cages are at an EARLY SEASON SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£25.95
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: August
£10.95
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
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae 3 Cocoons
One of the finest Moon Moths and not difficult to breed. Cocoons due in June.
Availability: August
£10.50
Clouded Yellow Crocea 10 Larvae
Easily reared on a net-covered potted clover. In warmth development is fast. Very pretty butterfly.
Availability: August
£11.95
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: August
£12.95
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: August onwards
£19.00
Painted Lady cardui 10 larvae
Feed larvae on Thistle or Nettle. Adults can be released to breed in the wild.
Availability: August
£12.95
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Larvae on diet in pots. Convenient and requires less daily attention.
Availability: August
Papilio rumanzovia Philippines 4 pupae
Very exotic and large Citrus-feeding Swallowtail. Flies beautifully.
Availability: From mid-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: August
£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
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: August/September
£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
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
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
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
£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
£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: From mid-August
£18.00
Idea leuconoe Philippines 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: From mid-August
£8.00
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: From mid-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