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If you are a beginner and need information on rearing from small caterpillars, or hatching out pupae, please order the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES. INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT SENT WITH EACH SPECIES, you need to acquire basic skills and this book is a simple way of doing so.

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DUO Robin Moth cecropia and American Moon Moth luna 10 eggs of each
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DUO Robin Moth cecropia and American Moon Moth luna 10 eggs of each



Luna larvae feed on Birch, Walnut, Sallow, Osier, some Oaks, Plum, Plane, Sweet Chestnut, some Maples.


Cecropia feed well on Cherry and Apple, Osier, Sallow, they reportedly feed also on Birch, Pear, Ash, Alder, Elm and Lilac,


Two species for about the price of one!

DUOS and TRIOS Pick Your Own. 10 eggs of each species.
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DUOS & TRIOS Select your own.  Extra good value! About half normal price.  You can choose any combination of species you like from the following:

Canadian Eyed Hawk Smerinthus cerisyi 

Ligurian Emperor  pavoniella 

Giant Peacock Moth pyri

 Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia

Catocala dilecta

Catocala electa

Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa

Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi


Select DUO £11.99 or TRIO £17.99. 

On your order enter IN THE COMMENTS BOX your chosen species. To keep it simple follow this example, using the short scientific name:  luna, advena, suraka (cynthia). This is an example of a TRIO. The name in brackets is your second choice if one species is sold out.

If you wish to buy more than one of the same combination just increase the quantity. To go on to buy a different combination DUO or TRIO, just click on the Pick Your Own again, on the same order and choose a further combination.  


Cerisyi: Apple, Willows, Poplars. 

Fraxini:  Poplars. 

Electa: Poplars and Willows.

Pavoniella: Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Osier Willow, Pussy Willow, Plum, Apple, Bramble,

Pyri: Blackthorn and Plum, Osier Willow and will often feed on other fruit trees and Hawthorn.

Pavonia: Bramble, Raspberry, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Oak, Hornbeam, Birch, Heathers and Heaths, Blueberry, Meadowsweet, Wild Rose, Sea Buckthorn, Purple Loosestrife, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Pussy Willow (Sallow).

Nupta: Poplars and Willows, 

Dilecta: Oaks,

Sponsa: Oaks,

Vinula: Poplars and Willows.

Tiliae : Lime, Elm.  Other reported foodplants include Cherry, Alder, Birch, Oak, Hazel, Acer including Sycamore, Sorbus, Apple, Pear and Ash!

Pernyi:  Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Prunus, Hornbeam (Carpinus), Apple, Hawthorn, Beech, Oak, Osier,


OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
Availability: Autumn 2018

Osier Willow cuttings Salix viminalis


 Available now until mid-May. Thereafter next available from November.


Years ago we planted a stick that was floating down a river in Wiltshire.  That was in 1954! It grew – rapidly – producing a wealth of leaves.  We tried it as a foodplant and discovered that not only did British species do well on it, but exotic silkmoth larvae as well.


This stick was the daddy of hosts of willow thickets that we have established in Dorset, Cornwall and in France.


Osier is Basket Willow, the flexible essential for basket weaving. It makes a wonderful woven hedge. It can form living sculptures. Winter or summer, Osier makes wonderful screens and windbreaks. Cover for wildlife and game. Osier is grown as a crop for energy production. In short it is a blessing to the environment, and very pleasant on the eye in landscaping schemes.


We are offering a bunch of 10 cuttings for you to try not only as probably the most universal foodplant for larvae, but a great addition to your garden and grounds. 


Probably the easiest cuttings to strike and grow. You simply push them into the ground, during autumn or spring. Leaves will appear within the first fortnight if planted in spring, roots quickly follow. In the first year they will more than double in size. Next year, in normal drought free conditions,  you will have a metre or more of growth and lots of foodplant. You may even be able to feed some in the first year.

You can store cuttings before planting, either in a polythene bag in the fridge, or standing in water. In water they often start to root. It is advisable to plant them before the roots actually burst out of the bark.


This plant is a complete success story – you will be pleased you tried it!



ACP. Butterflies - used copy
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All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES Robert Goodden.

A comprehensive guide - outlining techniques for the breeding and study of butterflies and moths. This book also shows a grand selection of butterflies of every continent. Packed with essential information, colourful pictures and diagrams by the butterfly artist JOYCE BEE. Paperback. 160  pages. 7 x 4". An essential guide for the beginner.


This book went out of print many years ago. WWB bought the entire stock of the English language edition. Stocks have now sold out. There are some used copies, damage or marking mainly on the covers, which does not materially affect the content. Even these are now down to rather few copies.

Published by Hamlyn. Available only from Worldwide Butterflies.



Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus 10 young nymphs
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Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus

No trouble to look after. Keep at room temperature in a simple cage. Netting sides are better than plastic or glass. Foodplants: Privet, Ivy and Bramble. They will often feed on a variety of other plants. Spray regularly as they welcome moisture. Parthenogenic  - all the insects are females. When adult they will lay eggs loose on the bottom of the cage.


DUO of European Cynthia Moth and Giant Peacock Moth pyri 10 eggs of each
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DUO of European Cynthia Moth and Giant Peacock Moth pyri 10 eggs of each

Two of Europe’s largest and most exotic species. Both easy to rear. Cynthia larvae eat Privet and like Tree of Heaven even more.  Pyri is the largest European Moth. The larvae are as colourful as any exotic species, decorated with blue or mauve tubercles. They grow to be very large indeed. You can keep them sleeved indoor or outside, but pyri need warm and dry conditions.


TRIO Giant Peacock Moth pyri, Robin Moth cecropia, American Moon luna 10 eggs of each
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TRIO Giant Peacock Moth pyri, Robin Moth cecropia, American Moon luna 10 eggs of each

The Giant Peacock Moth is the largest European Moth. Its colourful larvae match any exotic species. The larvae feed on leaves of fruit trees, Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Osier Willow (which can be used to feed all three of these species). The Robin Moth is large and striking in its contrasting colours of scarlet and black. The larvae feed on Cherry and other fruit trees, Hawthorn and Osier Willow. Both species pass the winter as cocoons and emerge next spring. The American Moon moth is beautiful with its pale green colour and long tails. Feed the larvae on Osier Willow, Birch, Walnut Plane, Maples, Aspen, Plum, Oak, Sallow. Luna produces another generation this summer.

Three magnificent species for a bargain price!

DUO Giant Peacock Moth pyri and Emperor Moth pavonia 10 eggs of each
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DUO Giant Peacock Moth pyri and Emperor Moth pavonia

Two species for close to the price of one!

Two important European Silkmoths. The Favourite Emperor Moth and its giant realative from continental Europe. Both can be reared on the same foodplant. We get wonderful results on Osier Willow, but they will also eat Hawthorn, Plum, Apple, Blackthorn and other related plants. Both species have spectacular larvae.

Cocoons are stored for the winter and the moths emerge in the spring.

DUO Robin Moth cecropia and Giant Peacock Moth pyri 10 eggs of each
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DUO Robin Moth cecropia and Giant Peacock Moth pyri 10 eggs of each.

Two species for about the price of one!

Robin Moth does well on Cherry, Osier Willow, Sallow, Hawthorn, Apple, Plum, Blackthorn (Sloe) and other trees.

Giant Peacock Moth feeds on Plum, Blackthorn, Ash, Walnut, Poplar, Apple, Hawthorn, Cherry, Osier Willow.

Start young larvae in plastic rearing containers. Make sure foodplant is fresh, and change the paper lining every day.  If you can sleeve on growing foodplant both do well this way, but shelter from heavy rain with polythene over the top (not wrapped around).

Larger larvae can be reared on cut food or in cages, if growing food is not available.

DUO Giant Peacock Moth pyri and Chinese Oak SIlkmoth pernyi 10 eggs of each
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DUO Giant Peacock Moth pyri and Chinese Oak SIlkmoth pernyi 

Two very fine species for about the price of one!

Pyri is Europe's largest moth and it has larvae that go through interesting changes of colour, finishing up bright green with prominent tubercles coloured turquoise or magenta!  Pernyi larvae start life black. They become bright green and very large. Pernyi will produce moths this year and go through another generation before spending the winter as a cocoon. Pyri stays put in the first cocoon and overwinters.

Both species do well sleeved on growing foodplant. For indoor rearing start young larvae in plastic rearing containers until large enough to be caged. On the page for Plastic Rearing Instructions there are brief instructions. These are shown illustrated and in greater detail in the All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES.

Reported foodplants:

Pyri  Fruit trees, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Alder, Birch, WIllows.

Pernyi  Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Prunus, Hornbeam (Carpinus), Apple, Hawthorn, Beech, Oak, Osier Willow.

Peruvian Black Beauty Stick Insect Peruphasma schultei 6 nymphs
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Peruvian Black Beauty Stick Insect Peruphasma schultei,

Very attractive insects, easy to keep in a ventilated cage, feeding on Privet. They enjoy a spray most days with tepid water. It is best not to let young children have the insects walking on their hands, because they have a defence mechanism that produces a pungent fluid when they are alarmed. Sometimes an irritant. The insects are otherwise completely harmless. Their appearance in contrasting black and scarlet is an interesting example of colours that warn off predators. 

This species comes from just a small area in Peru and are not known from anywhere else. They are very special.

Availability: July onwards



A complete outfit for rearing silkworms from egg to cocoon, and reeling your own raw silk. Everything is provided: a small batch of eggs, food for the entire life of 20 silkworms, all the rearing equipment, detailed educational documentation and instructions, and a miniature reeling device.

There is even a small bag of cocoons so that you can practise reeling, and don't have to wait to rear the cocoons from the egg.

Normally Silkworms feed on Mulberry leaves. This is an uncommon tree that is not always readily available, so we are providing a substitute food, which is a powder that comes with the necessary instructions for preparing the artificial diet in the kitchen. You will have a supply of fresh food always available for the silkworms throughout their life of about a month.

The Mini Silk Farm can be bought at any time of the year. The eggs are stored in a fridge until incubation. Although rearing in summer is easier because of temperature, you can rear silkworms almost throughout the year, if you can keep them at about 25º-28ºC. Eggs supplied in winter will need to be refrigerated for 8-12 weeks before incubation.

The instructions guide you through easy rearing, preparation of the artificial diet and the reeling process. The Mini Silk Farm is fun and unusually educational.

£59.50 £39.50