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.


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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.

Orders sent internationally are at the risk of the purchaser: When placing an order to be sent internationally, you agree to accept non-arrival, delay or hatching or death of livestock - all risks. We do everything possible to get your order to you safely, by post. Dormant livestock can normally be sent by post, but in hot seasons all livestock is at risk. For European destinations orders can be sent by courier, and arrive in only a few days after dispatch. If this is not shown as the means of sending and you wish to order Express courier, please select Express European courier (XXP) from the main menu. Click on XXP and add this to your order. We cannot send by courier to USA, AUS,NZ, S. Africa and most other countries outside Europe. Even though Express courier costs considerably more: it does not guarantee safe arrival, but usually ensures prompt delivery in fresh condition and perfect health. 

Availability: The availability of each species is shown. Orders are booked, and the availability can change. Anything that is immediately available is shown as NOW. If a month or period is shown, and we are at that time, unless the availability is NOW, we must wait until the species is ready to be sent out. As soon as it is, the availability changes to NOW, and dispatch commences.

Time in the Post: Ordered items may come from several different sources, breeders, publishers, manufacturers in different places, even from another country. Most orders are sent by post and arrive with your letters. There is no tracking.  Please remember that each species has its season, and allow for this, also for the possibility of your order being posted internationally, which can take  a week or two to arrive.

Orders for European destinations may be sent by Express courier, once it is available, if it is obligatory because the species develops quickly, or because it is specifically requested. Generally Express courier takes 1-3 days and is the best way to send livestock that requires special handling. 





The WWB website lists classic species which include Swallowtails, Morpho Butterflies, Silkmoths and Hawkmoths, both rare and well known, iconic Hawkmoths such as the Deathshead atropos and Oleander nerii, The Giant Atlas Moth and other giants such as the Madagascan Moon Moth. Garden butterflies suitable for rearing and release, easy species for schools and beginners ....... a wealth of variety, colour and interest. In summer the range changes daily, so please keep visiting the site. Click on the WWB NEWS to receive colourful information regularly, highlighting the species currently being offered.


Take a look at the illustrated species featured on this home page, to see species currently selected for immediate availability, or particular points of interest, rarity or sheer beauty.


There are currently several DUOs on special offer, at prices that are about the same for one, but you get TWO species for that money. In the search box at the head of the page enter DUO and they all show!


Comma Butterfly c-album larvae are available immediately, in lots of 10 and 20. Likewise Small Tortoiseshell urticae Larvae of Clouded Yellow crocea are also ready immediately.


Exotic Heliconius melpomone pupae are producing an amazing variety of different forms of pattern and colour. Please click on the species to see the amazing pictures.


African Moon Moth mimosae fresh cocoons have just been hand delivered from Kenya. Extra fine cocoons for breeding this season.


MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH mittrei giant cocoons are immediately available. These are the largest cocoons in the world, made of a network of silvery silk: and quite heavy!  Also from Madagascar there are cocoons of Ceranchia apollina and the Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka. Suraka is very easy to breed, highly colourful and the larvae are amazingly varied in pattern and colours.


EMPEROR GUM MOTH eucalypti cocoons are available immediately. The cocoons are almost concrete hard, oval with pieces of bark woven in. The moths pair easily and the larvae thrive on Eucalyptus.


PUPAE OF EXOTIC BUTTERFLIES. The range is greater this month, and includes very fine Morpho and Caligo species. The pupae are as amazing as the butterflies, with their extremely odd and artistic shapes, colours, camouflage and metallic markings. If you have never tried them you will be amazed at the variety and beauty! Time to order is NOW! 


PINE HAWK Hyloicus pinastri pupae have become very difficult to obtain in recent years. A new stock has just been received and are available in sufficient quantities for breeding. Take a look at the pictures of the interesting changes in the pattern and colour of the larvae, that keep them camouflaged in all their ages. For breeding, set up the moths with nectar flowers (eg Valerian or Buddleia). Pairing is usually not difficult, and laying is often profuse.



There is a very wide variety of species available. Please search through Current Eggs and Larvae, and Current Pupae to see just how much there is now and coming shortly. 



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.

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!


THE SEASON FOR MOTH TRAPPING is best from May, but there are some winter moths that can be attracted in kinder winter weather. The MOONLANDER MOTH TRAP 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. 

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



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.



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.


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.



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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. 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

Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
Remarkable and very different larvae, easy to rear on a variety of foodplants.
Availability: NOW
DUO Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka and American Moon Moth luna 10 eggs of each
Two most handsome giant Silkmoths, with easily reared larvae, for nearer the price of one!
Availability: NOW
DUO Elephant Hawk elpenor and Eyed Hawk ocellata 10 eggs of each
Two very different Hawkmoths for nearer the price of one.
Availability: NOW
DUO Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka and Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 10 eggs of each
Two giant eyed silkmoths with most attractive larvae, for nearer the price of one!
Availability: NOW
Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius 2 pupae
Just a few pupae immediately available! Very scarce.
Availability: NOW
Marsh Fritillary aurinia larvae  SPECIAL PRICES!
Well-established larvae and growing fast!
Availability: NOW
Red Admiral atalanta 15 eggs/10 larvae
Eggs being laid now.
Availability: NOW
DUO Proserpina and Elephant Hawk elpenor 10 eggs or 7 larvae of each according to availability
Two Hawkmoths that feed on Willowherb, with amazing larvae. A rare offer
Availability: NOW
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 15 eggs SPECIAL PRICES!
Often in short supply, there are eggs in plenty at the moment. Beautiful larvae which produce very large and colourful moths.
Availability: NOW
Robin Moth cecropia eggs
The ever-popular Robin Moth. Eggs being laid at the moment.
Availability: NOW
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io  5 Pupae
Pupae in mid-summer. High demand. Please book early.
Availability: August
American Black Swallowtail polyxenes asterias 15 eggs or 10 Larvae according to availability.
A second opportunity to rear the popular North American Black Swallowtail. Conditions and food as for European Swallowtail.
Availability: NOW
Lime Hawk tiliae ONE-SPOT VARIETY 15 eggs
Both parents are One-Spot varieties and the strain is producing both banded and Brick Red vars. Now rather hard to obtain.
Availability: NOW
£14.95 £12.95
Hypolimnas bolina Tropical Asia 10 larvae
An exotic larva that can be reared on Stinging Nettle! Handsome caterpillar, and really lovely butterflies.
Availability: NOW
DUO Small Tortoiseshell urticae and Comma Butterfly c-album. Ten larvae of each.
Two favourite garden butterflies. Both feed on nettle. One lives in groups, and Comma is solitary. Please read notes on their care.
Availability: NOW
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 20 larvae
Successful breeding has produced plentiful larvae. This species is suffering in the wild. We can help boost local populations.
Availability: NOW
£25.00 £16.95
Far Eastern Bee Hawk Hemaris affinis A breeding stock of 5 pupae
A Bee Hawk from Russia with a lot in common with our species. Interesting for Sphingid connoisseurs to breed.
Availability: NOW
£34.95 £27.95
Proserpinus proserpina 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
A gem of a Hawkmoth, easily reared on Rosebay Willowherb. Not always available and highly recommended.
Availability: NOW
Owl Butterfly Caligo species 15 eggs
The larvae do best on growing Banana leaves. They become quite large and eat a lot!
Availability: NOW
Heliconius melpomone Amazing colour forms TEN pupae
Amazing variety of pattern and colours in one species. Incubate pupae in a tropical house where they breed very easily on Passiflora.
Availability: NOW
Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae larvae SPECIAL PRICES!
Easily reared on Ragwort or Groundsel. Once exceedingly common, now becoming quite scarce.
Availability: NOW
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Eggs available again. Easily reared on Privet, and fast growing in summer.
Availability: August onwards
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
The most colourful of all our garden butterflies. There is a shortage this year but we have larvae again at the moment.
Availability: August
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae Cocoons
Very beautiful miniatures of mittrei, with delicate pale green tint.
Availability: NOW
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka 15 eggs
Exceptionally easy to rear indoors or outside. Extraordinary variation in larval colour and pattern. Highly recommended.
Availability: NOW
European Swallowtail P.machaon gorganus 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Eggs and larvae available again in July/August. One of our grandest butterflies, with amazing larvae which react to disturbance by producing an extraordinary and smelly orange osmaterium!
Availability: July/August
Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius 5 larvae SPECIAL PRICE!
Very difficult to obtain. Our breeding stocks will produce larvae in late summer. Magnificent Mediterranean coastal species. SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: Late summer 2018
£30.00 £17.99
Yellow Admiral Vanessa itea 10 larvae
Not generally available. From AUS and NZ. Easily reared on Stinging Nettle.
Availability: NOW
Dusky Spurge Hawk Hyles dahlii Island species from Sicily. 10 larvae
From Sicily. Scarce and found only on some Mediterranean islands.
Availability: Late June
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Larvae hardly ever offered. A different species to rear this summer. See pictures.
Availability: NOW
European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Pupae ready now. Butterflies emerge soon and will produce another generation this summer. Very grand species!
Availability: NOW
Comma larvae c-album 10 larvae
A favourite garden butterfly. Larvae solitary, best raised on growing foodplant. New brood available now.
Availability: NOW
Pine Hawk Pinastri 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Not available every year. Eggs being laid now. Very easy to rear
Availability: NOW
Clouded Yellow Crocea 10 Larvae
Very easy to rear on potted clover in a cage or enclosed in a sleeve. Butterflies produced this year.
Availability: NOW
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Eggs ready now. Larvae easily reared and can be sleeved. Moths produced this year.
Availability: NOW
Eyed Hawk ocellata 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
One of our loveliest Hawkmoths. Larvae show superb camouflage. Moths have fascinating defence display.
Availability: NOW
Ceranchia apollina Madagascar pupae
Fine and large cocoons in ready immediately. A species for the connoisseur, with very unusual moths.
Availability: NOW
Attacus lorquinii  cocoons
Endemic to the Philippines. Pupae available now.
Availability: NOW
Citrus Swallowtail POT LUCK collection of 20 eggs
A surprise collection of Citrus Swallowtail eggs to rear to butterflies on Citrus, Rue, Choisya etc.
Availability: July
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka Madagascar  cocoons
Wonderfully colourful endemic Emperor Moth from Madagascar. VERY easy to breed. Larvae most varied in colour and pattern.
Availability: NOW
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons SALE PRICES
Often difficult to obtain. New stock of cocoons just arrived. Pairing easy.
Availability: NOW
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
This is the season for Woolly Bears, once found in hedgerows, and could be again if we look after them!
Availability: August to October
£62.50 £42.95
Mercury Vapour spare bulb
No longer made. We have a SMALL stock immediately available
Availability: NOW
Zompro’s Stick Insect Parapachymorpha zomproi 10 NYMPHS medium to large
A Stick Insect new to WWB. Easily kept, ideal for beginners. Easy foodplants.
Availability: NOW
Monarch Butterfly (Milkweed) Danaus plexippus  5 pupae
Never available when wanted! Some pupae ready now and more are expected this month.
Availability: Available most weeks but not always.
Festoon Zerynthia polyxena 5 pupae
This beautiful and delicate butterfly is one of the Swallowtail family.
Availability: NOW
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons SPECIAL PRICES!
Uniquely found in Madagascar, and truly giant. The cocoon is like silvery netting and is the largest in the world.
Availability: NOW
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
The egg is the Ostrich of Moths, hugely larger than any other. The larvae are not difficult and can be sleeved out in summer.
Availability: July
Owl Butterfly Caligo atreus two pupae
The most wonderful and colourful of all the Owl Butterflies. As good as any Morpho and better than most!
Availability: NOW
Pine Hawk H pinastri pupae
RARE. Hard to obtain in recent years. There is now a fresh stock of pupae. Moths breed easily with flowers and pine.
Availability: NOW
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk H fuciformis pupae
SPECIAL PRICES for this special Hawmoth that is seldom available. The moths are born with scales, which are immediately lost in flight!
Availability: Autumn 2018
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Five larvae in a pot of artificial diet, requiring no special attention or foodplant. Pupae are formed in the pot and then they are hatched in a cage or box.
Availability: NOW
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
The most compact and lightweight trap in the world. Runs up to 9 hours on only 8 AA batteries. No lugging of brick-like batteries!
Availability: NOW
The Goodden GemLight
An amazing concept using compact electronics to attract insects, on tiny power. Designed for the Moonlander Moth Trap
Availability: NOW
Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata pupae
Very fine and healthy pupae for breeding in spring. Streamlined larvae beautifully camouflaged on the foodplant.
Availability: NOW
Hog sphinx Darapsa myron North America 15 eggs
Absent for many years we can now offer eggs of this interesting Hawkmoth for supply in the coming summer.
Availability: NOW
Sphingonaepiopsis gorgoniades Eastern Europe/Asia a PAIR of pupae
Little-known Hawk with some appearance akin to proserpina, and a larva like Hummingbird Hawk. Never offered before! Most unusual.
Availability: NOW
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus PAIR of pupae
Relatively unknown in Britain, but one of the most interesting Hawkmoths. The moth is amazingly camouflaged. The larvae thrive on Oaks, especially Evergreen species.
Availability: NOW
OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
One of the most universal of all foodplants. Fast-growing in the garden or potted. Read the full description.
Availability: NOW
Owl Butterfly Caligo species 10 larvae
Larvae feed on Banana leaves and Calathea
Availability: July
Theretra japonica Pupae
Another new species for WWB. Seldom available for breeding and a chance to explore habits and behaviour of a relatively unknown species.
Availability: NOW
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
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons  SPECIAL PRICES
Europe's largest moth. Magnificent moths and beautiful larvae. Early cocoons available at lower than usual prices!
Availability: NOW
Morpho peleides pupae
Successful emergence needs a tropical greenhouse. Hang the pupae in the shade.
Availability: August
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae
Brilliantly coloured moths. Larvae are reared on Bedstraw, and are like Elephant larvae in miniature.
Availability: Autumn
Elephant Hawk elpenor pupae
Wonderful magenta and olive markings. Larvae are a joy to rear on Fuschia or Willowherb.
Availability: Autumn
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: July/August
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
Cherry Moth promethea 5 cocoons for breeding
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: Autumn 2018
Breeding Butterflies & Moths - Ekkehard Friedrich
A most comprehensive bible on breeding many species in captivity. The only one of its kind.
Availability: NOW
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: NOW
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
New to the WWB website. High quality forceps for use in larvae rearing - at a very low price
Availability: NOW
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
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 8 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: August


 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.   Orders are sent internationally 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.


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