Worldwide Butterflies has been supplying butterflies and moths for over 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.

If your order is not going through at checkout, you are then with PayPal, not on the WWB website, it sometimes helps to try an alternative valid card, otherwise, you can select to pay by PayPal instead of a card.

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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. If you do enquire, please quote not only the order NUMBER and your NAME but also the SPECIES.

 

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.

COURIER DELIVERIES to EUROPE International orders for livestock that would take too long in the post, are delivered in Europe by express courier, usually arriving next day after dispatch. This almost eliminates the risk in transit and is the only shipping option for most non-dormant livestock. Some species are recommended to be shipped by courier: in such cases, if XXP is not selected the packet will be posted, but the risk is considerably increased.

Outside Europe only dormant pupae and eggs can be posted. Courier delivery outside Europe is only by individual arrangement and is not generally available.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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

 

The WWB website offers classic species such as 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. 

 

HICKORY HORNED DEVIL Citheronia regalis eggs will again be available this season, after absence for some years. The moths are breeding right now. They are very popular indeed, so please book early. This is a very grand silk moth, with larvae that are so fearsome that, once reared, they will never be forgotten. The moths are magnificent, and quite unlike most other Saturniid species. 

TROPICAL GIANTS!  Successful breeding of Actias isis from Sulawesi, has resulted in supplying masses of eggs. There are still some larvae available. It's a great achievement to have this species breeding so well. There are also both eggs and pupae of the largest of all the Moon Moths Argema mittrei from Madagascar, which has the largest egg of all species in the world, and the largest cocoon! 

American Moon Moths luna are breeding now and there are plenty of eggs. Robin Moth cecropia are also laying well. There is an unusual Bullseye Moth, Automeris excreta which does well on Privet.

Eggs and larvae of South American OWL BUTTERFLIES Caligo are available immediately. Also larvae and pupae of Morpho peleides! It's a long time since we could offer Morpho larvae! See also larvae and pupae of the Yellow Admiral itea that has also not been available for some years.

CLOUDED YELLOW crocea larvae are ready to send right now. Pot up some clover and keep the larvae protected by a sleeve over the entire pot. PUPAE can can also be ordered now, as larger larvae are pupating at the moment.

GREEN-VEINED WHITE napi PUPAE are immediately available for a short time. This is a charming wayside butterfly that breeds on wild Mustards and other Cruciferae. Not to be confused with the cabbage-feeding species. The spring flight of butterflies breeds to produce a further generation in summer.

RED ADMIRAL atalanta eggs and larvae are available in quantity. Normally very difficult to obtain. Ideally keep the larvae on growing nettle. They live solitarily, each one in a leaf tent for protection. This is a rare opportunity.

SMALL TORTOISESHELL urticae larvae are doing very well for us right now. There are lots available, which is just as well because this species has suffered a lot in the wild over the last few years, and this spring very few have been seen. Can you help to increase them in your area? Maybe you could rear some on and release the butterflies to breed locally.

HAWKMOTH eggs: Rarely can we offer Convolvulous Hawk eggs or larvae: they are some immediately available. Elephant elpenor are available immediately. Also Oleander nerii, and in about a month, Deathshead Hawkmoth eggs. Some Privet Hawk ligustri eggs are available now, and there will be lots more to come.

BROAD-BORDERED BEE HAWK fuciformis pupae have just arrived. Very seldom can we offer them, but there are good numbers. If you want to breed them this year, there can be a partial second brood when kept in long day-light and warm. Otherwise store cool to breed next June. Don't miss these amazing Hawkmoths!

SOME OLD FAVOURITES: Woolly Bears, the caterpillars of the Garden Tiger Moth caja will again be available. This species was once common on roadsides, and is no longer. We are offering stocks of 50 to help spread them across the country. Would you try this?

DUOs and TRIOs are bargain offers of eggs of more than one species, for nearer the price of one. 

Cocoons of the Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka  are also available: most have sold, but there are a few left. The moths breed very easily and the resulting larvae are the most varied in colour and pattern that we have ever seen. See suraka larvae pictures on this website! Eggs can be ordered now for delivery May/June.  

LARGE COPPER Lycaena dispar batavus larvae are available again. There are very few captive colonies today and we are lucky to have some this year to supply to breeders. We don't know how many more years they will be available. Click here to order and see recommendations for feeding and keeping the larvae.

 

 

There are SALE PRICES  on selected livestock right now. There are still pupae of very desirable species offered for immediate sale, released from our Breeding Stock Reserve. See Atlas Moth, American Moon luna, Cherry Moth promethea, Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti, and the Willowherb Hawkmoth proserpina. This is also a chance to stock up on NETTING, SLEEVES, and Plastic Rearing containers, CLICK ON THE MARKET STALL TO SEE ALL SPECIAL OFFERS.  Some reductions are temporary. There will be changes and additions so please check regularly. Don't miss the opportunities!

 

 

Next supplies of EXOTIC BUTTERFLY PUPAE will be in September.

There are some GOOD REDUCTIONS on certain livestock and other items. See the MARKET STALL for details.

SLEEVES for rearing larvae are on temporary SPECIAL OFFER at the moment.

Please click here to see the reductions.

THE SEASON FOR MOTH TRAPPING started in May. Despite the advanced spring, and frequent sightings of butterflies, moths have been slower to react to spring. The MOONLANDER with Goodden GEMLIGHT works in the field, in places where there is no electricity. It is the most compact and lightweight trap in the world. The GemLight runs all night on 8 AA batteries. This compares with a typical battery the size and weight of a brick!  Take a trap on holiday! It occupies little space in a suitcase and is only the weight of a camera. There is always space in a car, caravan or boat, because it is so compact.  The batteries can be charged from a vehicle or on mains. 

Have you ever used a sleeve with a zip side opening? This is a new WWB innovation, as is the use of velcro ties for sleeve ends. Have a look at the sleeve section. Once you use a Zip Sleeve you won't want to go back to the traditional sleeve with no side access. A small extra cost for a huge benefit!

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 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!

Moonlander Moth Trap and Goodden GemLight. 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
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons  SPECIAL TEMPORARY PRICES
Europe's largest moth. Magnificent moths and beautiful larvae. Early cocoons available at lower than usual prices!
Availability: NOW
Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia cocoons SPECIAL PRICES
One of the most beautiful of the Giant Silkmoths. Easy to breed.
Availability: NOW
Red Admiral atalanta 15 eggs/10 larvae
Some eggs/larvae are available again. Some years we have none, so don't miss these!
Availability: NOW
£14.95
Convolvulous Hawk convolvuli pupae Pupae
Superb pupae to produce adults this year. Amazing jug-handle proboscis! Seldom available.
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
Having a Deathshead Hawkmoth on your hand is an experience never forgotten. Hear them squeak like mice!
Availability: August
Buff Tip Moth bucephala eggs BARGAIN PRICES!
A species worth encouraging in your area. Fascinating in all stages and interesting life-style.
Availability: NOW
Elephant Hawk elpenor 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Wonderful larvae with eye markings. Very easy to rear on a number of foodplants.
Availability: NOW
£14.95
Columbian Silkmoth H. columbia 15 eggs
Rare relative of the Robin Moth cecropia. Not available every year. A species for the Saturniid enthusiast.
Availability: NOW
£11.95
Russian Moon Moth Actias sjoeqvisti 15 eggs
Similar to Actias artemis but now considered a different species. Seldom available. Some eggs immediately available.
Availability: NOW
£12.50
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka eggs and larvae SPECIAL PRICES!
Larvae extraordinarily varied in colouring and pattern. Very interesting and easy to rear. Fabulous moths!
Availability: NOW
Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
Very unusual larvae, easy to rear. The moths fly and breed by day. Male and female like two different species!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
DUOS and TRIOS Pick Your Own. 10 eggs of each species.
Real bargains to be had here. Two or 3 species of your choice for near half price!
Availability: NOW
European Swallowtail P.machaon gorganus 15 eggs/10 larvae
More Swallowtail eggs available right now. Wonderful caterpillars - an experience never forgotten!
Availability: Summer 2018
£12.95
Robin Moth cecropia eggs
Wonderful larvae. Can be sleeved on a wide range of foodplants. One of the loveliest of the giant Silkmoths.
Availability: NOW
Hickory Horned Devil regalis 10 eggs
These gorgeous moths are breeding right now. Booked orders are being sent out and we can take new orders for eggs. Seldom available and VERY spectacular!
Availability: August/September
£14.95
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk H fuciformis pupae
Bee Hawk pupae are normally most difficult to obtain. Store the pupae cold to emerge and breed in the spring.
Availability: NOW
Lappet Moth quercifolia 10 larvae
The moth looks exactly like a cluster of dried leaves, and the snout looks like the stems. One of the cleverest of all camouflaged species!
Availability: NOW
£15.95 £12.95
Morpho peleides pupae
Successful emergence needs a tropical greenhouse. Hang the pupae in the shade.
Availability: September
Ampelophaga rubiginosa from Far Eastern Russia A breeding stock of 5 pupae
An interesting new Sphingid from Russia. Easily bred, Fascinating and varied larvae.
Availability: NOW
£25.00
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka Madagascar cocoons
Fresh cocoons from Madagascar. The moths are quite beautiful. They breed more easily than any other. Very varied and interesting larvae!
Availability: NOW
Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae pupae
Pupae will be ready in September. Store cool for the winter. They produce the most wonderful scarlet and black day-flying moth.
Availability: September
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
These larvae don't need the normal daily care, and green foodplant. They develop and pupate in about a month, eventually producing butterflies for release.
Availability: NOW
Clouded Yellow Crocea 10 Larvae
A real thrill to see Clouded Yellows in summer. Larvae ready immediately.
Availability: NOW
£11.95
Marbled White galathea 10 larvae
Pot some coarse grass and enclose pot and grass with larvae in a netting sleeve. Keep outside even in winter.
Availability: Aug/Sept
£12.95
Oleander Hawk nerii 2 pupae
Pupae immediately available. There's nothing like a freshly emerged green Oleander Hawk. Breed from them and feed larvae on Privet.
Availability: NOW
£18.50 £15.95
Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 15 eggs
Truly magnificent larvae, easy to rear, and one of our largest and most beautiful larvae.
Availability: September
£12.95
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs
Eggs being laid now and available immediately. Larvae fast-growing on Privet or Periwinkle.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae SALE PRICE
Brilliantly coloured moths. Larvae are reared on Bedstraw, and are like Elephant larvae in miniature.
Availability: NOW
Elephant Hawk elpenor pupae SALE PRICE!
Wonderful magenta and olive markings. Larvae are a joy to rear on Fuschia or Willowherb.
Availability: NOW
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
A very lovely Moon Moth from North America, extremely easy to breed, and moths are produced this year..
Availability: NOW
Green-veined White napi 10 Pupae
Charming hedgerow species, not to be confused with Cabbage Whites.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Clouded Yellow Crocea 5 pupae
Some pupae are ready immediately, and in succession through the summer
Availability: August onwards
£14.50
Orizaba Atlas Rothschildia orizaba 15 eggs
A very handsome Rothschildia from South America, with atlas-like markings. Easily reared on Privet. Beautiful larvae.
Availability: August
£13.95
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
Uniquely compact and lightweight. The only light that runs all night on 8 AA torch batteries! Perfect for use in isolated habitats.
Availability: NOW
£266.00
The Goodden GemLight
An amazing concept using compact electronics to attract insects, on tiny power. Designed for the Moonlander Moth Trap
Availability: NOW
£149.95
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 10 larvae
Woolly Bear caterpillars are great favourites and will be ready in March/April. Once common in hedgerows. Maybe we can help bring them back?
Availability: NOW
£12.95
CHART Caterpillars of British Moths 1 and 2, Gordon Riley & David Carter
Two charts showing a massive variety of interesting moth caterpillars. A practical identification reference.
Availability: NOW
£9.50
Cherry Moth promethea 5 cocoons for breeding  SALE PRICE
An amazing species, with male and female quite dissimilar. Flies and breeds by day. Curious and beautiful larvae, white with decorations of yellow or red.
Availability: NOW
£29.50
Breeding Butterflies & Moths - Ekkehard Friedrich
A most comprehensive bible on breeding many species in captivity. The only one of its kind.
Availability: NOW
£34.00
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Eggs being laid now. Larvae grow well on Privet. Keep humid and at 25-30ºC.
Availability: Late August/September
£13.95
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons SALE PRICES
Larvae feed on Eucalyptus and reportedly Birch. Fresh cocoons available immediately.
Availability: NOW
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: NOW
£15.50
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 £41.95
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 SALE PRICE
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
Idea leuconoe Philippines 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: September
£11.50

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