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, on YOUR ACCOUNT to see if there is a note against your 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.

LARVAE CANNOT BE POSTED OUTSIDE EUROPE

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

Search for XP to see cost of sending by Express courier in only 1-3 days.

 

 

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

 

JAPANESE OWL MOTH Brahmaea japonica eggs are ready right now. The larvae are most spectacular. They do well on Privet in normal room temperature and soon it will be warm enough to sleeve them outside if you wish.

ATLAS MOTH eggs are being laid now. Quantities will be limited at first, but more will follow.

Saturnia pavoniella eggs are ready immediately. This is a European relative of the Emperor Moth pavonia with larvae that are particularly variable in colour and pattern. Rearing and habits much like pavonia. An interesting species to rear for comparison. 

Another species with larvae that occur in many, totally different forms, is Antherina suraka from Madagascar. Click on this species and see the amazing variations in the larval forms. Pavoniella and suraka are quite unique in this respect, and both can be reared on a wide variety of foodplants. 
 
Emperor Moth pavonia and Tau Emperor moths are emerging. Eggs available NOW.
 
The Giant Peacock Moth pyri are emerging now and eggs are immediately available.
 
The MELANIC FORM of Tau Emperor melania Eggs ready NOW. 

High Brown Fritillary adippe larvae will be available again this spring. Please order early.

Meadow Fritillary parthenoides larvae are also now out of hibernation and ready to send out, feeding on Narrow-leaved Plantain. 

EARLY SMALL TORTOISESHELL urticae larvae are available immediately. (See text to prepare nettle pots for feeding). 

EARLY PEACOCK Inachis io larvae have hatched and are growing, ready for dispatch in the first half of May.

COMMA BUTTERFLY c-album The larvae live solitarily on Nettle, Elm, Willows and Sallows. Order now for dispatch early in May.

PAINTED LADY cardui larvae are ready immediately, either on nettle leaf or in a pot of artificial diet (in stock for immediate dispatch) 

Large Tortoiseshell polychloros and Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell xanthomelas eggs are being laid now. Larvae can be ordered now for supply in May.

More MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH mittrei EGGS are arriving in the next few days. These eggs are HUGE, bigger than any other Lepidoptera eggs.  See the photo for egg size comparison! The larvae take readily to Eucalyptus and Liquidambar, and are easy to keep in a warm room. They change appearance as they grow, and are most active. Highly recommended.

A COMPLETELY NEW SATURNIID TO THE WWB LISTS! See Agapema homogena, a rarity from Arizona that breeds well in captivity on interestingly different kinds of foodplant! A chance to experience something REALLY NEW. Eggs due in early summer.

 

TWO NEW and VERY SPECIAL ITEMS have been added to the WWB website. Both cocoons and eggs of Attacus caesar from the Philippines. This magnficent and giant species has become very difficult to obtain, but we have a breeding stock of cocoons, so eggs can be ordered for supply in the spring. More cocoons for sale are arriving in May. Supplies of cocoons are likely to be limited, so please book early. The larvae are distinctive: in appearance they are somewhere between atlas and hercules.

THERE ARE SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICES on the Lepidoptera Rearing Outfit, Mini Silk Farm and all the PYJAMA CAGES. See the MARKET STALL for details. There can also be found some good reductions on pupae and cocoons. Don't delay: many of the reductions are for a short time or for a limited amount of stock.

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.

Catocala eggs, the Underwing Moths.  Store the eggs in the fridge until mid-April, then incubate and sleeve the larvae on growing foodplant. Supplies are getting low, so please don't delay ordering. There is a special offer on lots of 3 different species.

North American cocoons are available now! Please see Current Pupae.  Bulls Eye Moth Automeris io, Cherry Moth Callosamia promethea, American Moon Moth luna, American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus. Robin Moth cecropia are in short supply this winter, but we have just received more, quality and large cocoons. The price is high, but so is the quality.

DEATHSHEAD HAWKMOTH atropos PUPAE can be ordered NOW for early summer delivery. Very seldom available. Special price on lots of 5 pupae.

MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH mittrei COCOONS are available again. They emerge easily if kept in a warm kitchen and sprayed regularly. 

African Moon Moth Argema mimosae cocoons will be available again in summer. We get them only once a year. Magnificent moths that pair relatively easily. Larvae feed on Eucalyptus. Highly recommended.

SLEEVES The two largest sizes are now available with a long ZIP opening, in addition to the open ends. Very much better for tending the larvae, and for checking. This enables close inspection in seconds, and makes it quick to collect up a few larvae to give to friends. 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!  The ZIP gives instant access! See also the new VELCRO Strip for sleeve closures. All helping to save time and adding to convenience!

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 recently 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!

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

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!

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

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. Fuller hints on the page for Plastic Rearing Containers. For illustrated instructios see the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Featured
EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
Larvae cluster on growing nettle. Good for home or classroom rearing. Butterflies are produced this term.
Availability: NOW
£14.95
EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
Larvae are available immediately. Feed on Nettle. Butterflies are produced in June.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons
More pupae available NOW - Europe's largest moth. Prolific breeder. Magnificent larvae.
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Eggs being laid now. Larvae grow well on Privet. Keep humid and at 25-30ºC.
Availability: NOW
£15.95
Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea japonica 15 eggs or 10 larvae
The earliest of all the Silkmoths. Amazing larvae with exaggerated whip-like spines. Very easy to rear on Privet.
Availability: NOW
£13.50
DUO Saturnia pavoniella and Antherina suraka 10 eggs of each
A lot of fun rearing these two species with an amazing variety of larval colours and patterns. Two species for the price of one!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
DUO Tau Emperor and var melania 10 eggs of each
Eggs of the most extreme var melania and the Tau Emperor. Ten of each for the price of one!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Cricula trifenestrata 10 larvae
Larvae easy on common shrubs. Moths are beautifully effective leaf mimics.
Availability: NOW
£12.50
European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Summer pupae of Swallowtail are seldom available, but there will be some this year. Have a go at breeding Swallowtails!
Availability: May onwards
£19.50
Chinese Moon Moth selene ningpoana 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Wonderful larvae, changing colour at different stages. Easily reared on common trees and shrubs.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Agapema homogena from Arizona 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Hardly ever bred in Europe. A special rarity. Breeding season coming up! Don't miss this gem.
Availability: June/July
£14.50 £12.95
Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons
Cocoons for hatching immediately. Pairing and rearing is easy. Amazing larvae.
Availability: NOW
£18.75 £10.95
Brahmaea tancrei 15 eggs
One of the more impressive of the extraordinary Brahmaea Owl Moths. Wonderful caterpillars too!
Availability: Summer
£14.95
Aglia tau MELANIA 15 Eggs or 10 larvae
Very strong melanic form, particularly jet black in the male. Easily reared on a variety of foodplants.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Comma larvae c-album 10 larvae
Larvae live solitarily on Nettle, Elm and Willows. Ready in April
Availability: May
£11.50
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons
The most amazing and quite the largest Moon Moth in the world! Found only on the island of Madagascar.
Availability: April/May
Tussore Silkmoth mylitta cocoons
Amazing cocoons like smooth hens' eggs. Pairing not difficult. Rear on Oak or Sumac. In stock NOW.
Availability: NOW
Saturnia pavoniella 15 eggs/10larvae
The larvae of this lovely Emperor Moth are exceptionally varied in colour and pattern. As easy to rear as pavonia
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Spanish Moon Moth G isabellae eggs
Eggs are laid in May. The larvae feed on Pine. Very difficult to obtain.
Availability: May/June
Philippine Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons
Philippine atlas cocoons freshly arrived available now for breeding or can be kept cool for breeding in spring.
Availability: May/June
Leaf Insect eggs TEN
Uniquely camouflaged to merge with their foodplant. Each stage is different as the nymphs grow. Very educational and fun.
Availability: April onwards
£14.50
Attacus caesar Philippines cocoons
The largest and most distinctive of the atlas group. Very hard to obtain. Cocoons arriving next month.
Availability: April/May
Attacus caesar Philippines 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Larvae distinct from atlas, with yellow tubercles - something between atlas and hercules. Very scarce. Huge moths!
Availability: Spring
£14.95
Winter Silkmoth Egg Collection 10 eggs each of Yamamai, Boisduvali and D. japonica
Winter eggs of three Silkmoths to hatch in the spring, all for nearer the price of two!
Availability: NOW
£38.85 £22.95
Underwing Egg Collection Clifden Nonpareil, Dark Crimson and Rosy Underwing 10 eggs of each
Three Underwing species to hatch in the spring, for about the price of two!
Availability: NOW
£38.85 £22.95
Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
Pupae next available in April. Very hard to obtain! Please order early.
Availability: May/June
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia cocoons
Superb and large wild cocoons from Italy. Highly recommended for breeding.
Availability: NOW
Antheraea yamamai 15 overwintering Eggs
Adults can have many different forms. Females often vivid yellow like a good Tussore. The larvae grow large, they have green head capsules and spin bright green cocoons!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Larvae on diet in pots. Convenient, requiring less daily attention. Very educational.
Availability: NOW
Japanese Emperor Aglia japonica A breeding stock of 4 pupae
New to WWB! Much larger than its European cousin. A must for Silkmoth enthusiasts
Availability: NOW
£20.00
American Moon Moth Actias luna Cocoons
Cocoons immediately available. Easily bred in spring. Very attractive in all stages.
Availability: NOW
Japanese Emperor Aglia japonica 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Eggs ready in spring. Never before offered by WWB. Like a very large version of Tau Emperor.
Availability: May
£11.50
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus 2 pupae
Magnificent European Hawkmoth which displays remarkable leaf camouflage. Special price for such a rarity.
Availability: NOW
£14.00
Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 10 eggs
Much sought species and now rare. Hindwings are a deep carmine. Oak feeder. Rosy Underwing Catocala ele
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Lepidopterist's Rearing Outfit
Introductory outfit for starting to rear butterflies and moths. SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£59.50 £43.95
Pyjama Cage Standard  40 x 30 cm  height 50
Very useful size for all kinds of insects and uses. Pretty escape-proof! TEMPORARY PROMOTION PRICE!
Availability: NOW
Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali 15 eggs
Very beautiful larvae, that change colour with each skin change. Hard to obtain.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Larvae are surprisingly easy to rear at about 20ºC on Eucalyptus or Liquidambar. HUGE eggs - biggest in the world! See photo of comparative egg sizes..
Availability: April/May
£16.95
Dictyoploca (Caligula) japonica   15 eggs
Young larvae are black, later covered with white silky hair, with prominent sapphire blue spiracles down the sides.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Papilio antenor Madagascar 2 pupae
One of the largest Swallowtails in the world. Pupae like miniature Birdwing chrysalis.
Availability: Summer
£12.50
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus  cocoons
Moths have the most wonderful hindwing eye-spots. Larvae, green with mercury spangles and orange tubercles, thrive sleeved out or indoors.
Availability: NOW
OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
Planting time for this fast-growing foodplant favoured by many European and exotic larvae.
Availability: NOW
£10.00
Columbian Silkmoth H. columbia 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Rarely offered. Restricted to small areas of North America. Not difficult to breed.
Availability: May/June
£11.95
TRAVEL CAGE 26cm diameter 20cm high.
A new cage design for when you are on the move and need every facility in almost no space!
Availability: NOW
£23.60
Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs
The largest Catocala, with impressive blue banded black hindwings. Eggs hatch in May.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Rosy Underwing Catocala electa 15 eggs
A European Underwing, interesting to rear in comparison with our Red Underwing.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Painted Lady cardui 10 larvae
Feed larvae on Thistle or Nettle. Adults can be released to breed in the wild.
Availability: Late April onwards
£12.95
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
The Goodden GemLight
The world's most compact moth light. Powerful and lasts all night.
Availability: NOW
£149.95
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: NOW
£15.50
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
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
EASY COCKROACH MIX (introductory offer 15 for the price of 10)
Easy pets to keep if set up with warmth.
Availability: NOW
£10.00
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
£49.50 £39.95
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
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
Silkmoth Rearer's Handbook SPECIAL PRICE
Was out of print. More copies have become available. After this no more!
Availability: NOW
£18.25 £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
Idea leuconoe Philippines 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: May
£8.00
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: May

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