CURRENT PUPAE - Chrysalides and cocoons

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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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.



European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 2 pupae
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European Swallowtail Papilio machaon gorganus


Down to small quantities now.


Good stock of very healthy and large Swallowtail pupae from several parts of  Europe.


Store the pupae cool for the winter. Lay in the emerging cage in late April for emergence to start in May.


Most years they are most difficult to obtain.


The larvae are very easy to rear on Fennel, Carrot leaves and Parsnip leaves and flowers (wild and cultivated). One of the most attractive butterfly larvae and a joy to rear!




Scarce Swallowtail podalirius  pupae
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Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius 



Good size, plump and clear colour. Increasingly difficult to obtain.


The larvae feed on Blackthorn. Most people find this species difficult to breed but it is a joy to have them emerge at home, and worth trying to breed.



Tiger Swallowtail glaucus pupae SALE PRICE
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Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus North America



FIVE Pupae £28.95  Temporary SALE PRICE now £25.95


The Tiger Swallowtail is perhaps North America’s grandest swallowtail. As a curiosity, a small proportion of females emerge as melanics, not as beautiful as the typical female, but different! They can be bred in captivity and the larvae are as exotic as many of the tropical swallowtails, with the Papilio eye markings and bird dropping camouflage in the early instars.


Try feeding them on Cherry or Lime, and they will probably take a wider variety of foodplants.



Spicebush Swallowtail troilus pupae SALE PRICE
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Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus North America


 FIVE Pupae £28.95  Temporary SALE PRICE now £25.95


A large swallowtail from the Eastern parts of North America. The larvae, which have wonderful enlarged eye markings, feed on Spicebush Lindera benzoin and Sassafras Sassafras albidum, Camphor Cinnamomum camphora, and Redbay Persea borbonia, perhaps prickly ash Zanthoxylum americanum. In Europe they are bred on Tulip Tree Liriodendron and Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana.  Butterflies are produced this year. There are two generations.


On the back of the thorax on the pupa, there is a curious pattern in the exact image of a butterfly, even with curly antennae!



Pyjama Mini Cage 22 x 29 x 25cm high SALE PRICE
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Pyjama Mini Cage 22 x 29 x 25cm high

TEMPORARY SALE PRICE was £19.50, now £17.95.  Or TWO for £26.95 (£13.48 each)

This popular cage has just got even better. Nearly a third larger, and much improved dimensions.

Ideal as a beginner's cage, but also for the busy breeder who wants separate small cages. Excellent as an emerging cage for chrysalides and cocoons, ideal for keeping small numbers of larvae or other insects, when large enough for cage rearing.

This cage is suitable for laying out small numbers of pupae to emerge. Also for rearing smaller numbers of larvae or smaller larvae. Baby larvae should be first reared in plastic rearing containers or kept covered on growing food. Please see the note on the page for plastic rearing containers. This cage will hold small covered pots of plant, and larger sizes of cage are available for larger subjects.

When necessary the netting cover can be slipped off for cleaning or replacement. The Pyjama Mini cage is assembled in minutes and easily packed flat for winter storage. As the interest grows there are larger sizes available. For the experienced breeder the Mini Cage has many uses where a series of smaller cages is needed for separating species and giving different treatment.



Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden 2 pupae
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Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden

It is extremely rare to get breeding stock of the Swedish nominate race, and this is a great opportunity for breeders! This is likely to be the last year they are available.

This is the nominate subspecies. Papilio machaon machaon Linné 1758. Both the pupae and adult butterflies more resemble those of britannicus than the main European subspecies gorganus.

These pupae have been specially bred for us from wild stock in Sweden, and we consider them to be very close to the English Swallowtail in behaviour and rearing characteristics, even though they are not confined to wetlands. 

The larvae do well on both wild and garden Parsnip and, like the English Swallowtail,  Milk Parsley Peucedanum. Carrot tops may also be tried. The larvae will eat Fennel but it appears that mortality of machaon machaon is higher on Fennel than the preferred foodplants.

Store pupae cool until emergence time May/June.


The Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes 4 pupae
Availability: April

The Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes North America


This is North America's largest butterfly. An impressive broad-winged Swallowtail as fine as any tropical species.  The Giant Swallowtail will breed in captivity. The larvae feed on Citrus, Rue and probably Choisya.


Graphium agamemnon Asia 5 pupae
Availability: April

Graphium agamemnon Asia 

Very distinctive lime-green patterning on dark background. The butterflies "dance" on the flowers whilst feeding. At rest the wings are usually open wide.

The larvae feed on Custart Apple and other Annonaceae.


Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion 4 pupae
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Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion Europe


Very seldom available. Only a bit larger than Cupido minimus, the Small Blue, this butterfly is found mostly on warm hillsides and mountains in southern Europe. Places where its foodplant Sedum telephium is found.  Larvae have also been reared on garden varieties of Sedum, the Ice Plant.


There can be two broods in warmer locations. Winter is spent in the pupal stage. You can keep the pupae in a fridge through the winter and bring them out to emerge in spring.



SIlver-striped Hawkmoth Hippotion celerio pupae
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SIlver-striped Hawkmoth Hippotion celerio  Pupae

Hardly ever do we have livestock of this rare migrant. In summer temperatures these pupae will hatch in 2-3 weeks, or even quicker. It may be possible to keep the pupae very cool to emerge in spring, but if the moths are required sooner, keep the pupae at about 20-25*C, and quite humid.

The larvae have realistic eye-spots, and they come in shades of green and brown. They feed well on Fuchsia, Virginia Creeper and the common creeper Boston Ivy, but also a wide variety of other plants, many un-related. These are some: Grape Vine, Parthenocissus, Willowherb, Impatiens, Mullein, Lilac, Dock, Sorrel Begonia, Arum, Caladium, Bedstraw, Zantedeschia.

Fast growing if kept warm. They sometimes take little more than a month before pupation. Moths will emerge again in the same season.




Oak Hawk Marumba quercus 2 pupae
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Oak Hawk Marumba quercus pupae

A very special European rarity. A much sought after species. Pairings are not difficult. The larvae feed on Oaks, with a preference for Evergreen Oaks. Pupae emerge in  summer.

Click on picture of dried Oak leaves to see remarkable camouflage