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.





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.





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.  




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. 


TROPICAL GIANTS!  Successful breeding of Actias isis from Sulawesi, will enable us to supply many eggs in July. 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! 

The much-sought Indian Moon Moth Actias selene is also available right now as larvae. Now only a few left. This is an all-time favourite, that has become difficult to obtain. 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.

A first for WWB is the Rose Myrtle Lappet Moth Trabala vishnou from Thailand. Wonderful moths and charming wiskery caterpillars - but watch those hairs, some people are sensitive to them. Special introductory price!

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.

PEACOCK BUTTERFLY Inachis io larvae are available in large numbers, due to a successfull second brood.  Now the heatwave is over across Europe, it will make it much safer for sending larvae again.

HAWKMOTH eggs: Rarely can we offer Convolvulous Hawk eggs or larvae: they are some immediately available. Elephant elpenor and Small Elephant porcellus 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.

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. You can now PICK YOUR OWN two or three species from the offered list. A very popular offer that gives you variety without too much outlay!

MADAGASCAN SILKMOTHS. The Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei is not just one of the largest of all moths, but it has many unique characteristics, and is only found on the island of Madagascar. It is amazing that it is available for us to observe in captivity and to breed in temperate countries. The egg and cocoon are both the largest in the world, by quite a margin! Mittrei cocoons are in stock for immediate delivery. 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!



Agapema homogena is another lesser-known Saturniid which did very well for WWB last summer. We have a breeding stock again and eggs can be ordered now for supply in summer. The moths emerge in the afternoon, pair in late evening. At night eggs are laid in groups on the cage netting. The larvae are gregarious at first. The winter cocoons are spun amongst vegetation on the ground.

HICKORY HORNED DEVIL Citheronia regalis eggs will again be available in the coming season, after absence for some years. 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. 

Next supplies of EXOTIC BUTTERFLY PUPAE will be in July.


Emperor Moth pavonia cocoons have now all sold.  Its European larger cousins the Giant Peacock Moth pyri and pavoniella are recommended. All three species emerge and breed in spring and produce wonderful larvae.

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!

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!

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

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 20 larvae
This species was seriously threatened a few years back, and now there is a current further decline. Can you help breed and release some?
Availability: NOW
£25.00 £16.95
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
Convolvulous Hawk convolvuli 10 larvae
seldom offered, we now have eggs available immediately
Availability: NOW
DUO Tree of Heaven Silkmoth cynthia with Robin Moth cecropia 10 eggs of each
Two species with unusual larvae with very large and spectacular moths!
Availability: NOW
DUO Elephant Hawk elpenor with Small Elephant porcellus 10 larvae of each TEMPORARY SALE PRICE!
Both Elephant Hawks together. First time offered! Very characterful larvae and great fun.
Availability: NOW
£16.95 £13.95
Camberwell Beauty antiopa 10 larvae
Eggs now hatching. Larvae ready to send next week. Very difficult to obtain, and very rarely offered.
Availability: NOW
Red Admiral atalanta 15 eggs/10 larvae
Eggs being laid now. Rather seldom offered. Rearing is not for beginners. With experience good results are obtained.
Availability: NOW
Comma larvae c-album 10 larvae
Breeding wonderfully this year. The larvae are solitary and do best on growing foodplant.
Availability: NOW
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
Peacock numbers are low in the wild, due to losses last winter. Here is a chance to help local populations to recover.
Availability: NOW
DUO Small Tortoiseshell urticae and Comma Butterfly c-album. Ten larvae of each.
Rear the larvae separately because Comma live solitarily.
Availability: NOW
Clouded Yellow Crocea 10 Larvae
A real thrill to see Clouded Yellows in summer. Larvae ready immediately.
Availability: August onwards
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
European Swallowtail P.machaon gorganus 15 eggs/10 larvae
More Swallowtail eggs available this month. Wonderful caterpillars - an experience never forgotten!
Availability: Imminent
Elephant Hawk elpenor 30 eggs or 20 larvae according to availability
Elephants laying amazingly well. Special offer while there are a lot of eggs. Such characterful larvae!
Availability: NOW
£23.00 £16.95
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
Large White Pieris brassicae 10 larvae
Eggs are laid. Larvae ready in July. Easily reared on Cabbage and other Cruciferae.
Availability: July
Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 15 eggs
Truly magnificent larvae, easy to rear, and one of our largest and most beautiful larvae.
Availability: July/August
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Usually difficult to get eggs and larvae of this lovely species. This year is proving to be the exception. Try this attractive Hawkmoth!
Availability: NOW
£15.95 £12.95
Actias isis from Sulawesi 10 eggs/7 larvae
Very rare indeed to be able to offer isis eggs! Don't miss this opportunity!
Availability: July 2017
Automeris excreta 15 eggs/10 larvae
A bullseye moth that is seldom offered. Easy to rear on Privet. A chance to learn new things and for photography.
Availability: NOW
Ampelophaga rubiginosa from Far Eastern Russia PUPAE 3 breeding pairs
Some more pupae of this seldom bred species. A chance for new breeding experiences and photo opportunities.
Availability: August
Indian Moon Moth selene 10 larvae
Surely the most popular of all the Moon Moths, even all Silkmoths. Eggs available again at last!
Availability: NOW
Morpho peleides pupae
Pupae of Morpho peleides ready in July. Successful emergence needs a tropical greenhouse. Hang the pupae in the shade.
Availability: July
Morpho peleides 10 larvae
Morpho larvae will be available in July. These are very special!
Availability: NOW
Owl Butterfly Caligo eurilochus 10 eggs or 7 larvae according to availability
Owl Butterfly larvae are available now! They need some warmth and the correct foodplant. Watch them grow FAST!
Availability: NOW
Yellow Admiral Vanessa itea 10 larvae
Yellow admiral larvae and pupae are back and available immediately. Rear on Stinging Nettle.
Availability: NOW
Caligo atreus 10 eggs or 7 larvae according to availability
Eggs/larvae are immediately available. The larvae grow fast and become very large!
Availability: NOW
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs
Eggs being laid now and available immediately. Larvae fast-growing on Privet or Periwinkle.
Availability: Late July
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 FIVE pupae SALE PRICE!
Wonderful magenta and olive markings. Larvae are a joy to rear on Fuschia or Willowherb.
Availability: NOW
£18.95 £12.95
Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
Truly amazing larvae which become moths so different that they are like 2 different species!
Availability: August
Lappet Moth quercifolia 15 eggs or10 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: July onwards
Alder Kitten Harpayia bicuspis 15 eggs
This is the rarest of the Kittens. Larvae are like miniature Puss Moth caterpillars. Something really different!
Availability: July 2017
Antheraea yamamai 15  Eggs
Last orders for eggs of this big silkmoth that produces bright green cocoons. Easily reared. See photos.
Availability: Winter
Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
A few pupae will be available mid June. Moths emerge this summer.
Availability: Late summer
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs
A very lovely Moon Moth from North America, extremely easy to breed, and moths are produced this year..
Availability: NOW
Columbian Silkmoth H. columbia 15 eggs
A rarer and less well known member of the Robin Moth family. A chance to experience and photograph a species that many breeders have never tried.
Availability: August
Green-veined White napi 10 Pupae
Charming hedgerow species, not to be confused with Cabbage Whites.
Availability: NOW
Clouded Yellow Crocea 5 pupae
Some pupae are ready immediately, and in succession through the summer
Availability: August onwards
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
DUOS and TRIOS Pick Your Own. 10 eggs of each species.
Make your own choice of TWO or THREE listed species at a fractions of the normal price!
Availability: NOW
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi eggs BARGAIN PRICES!
Highly suitable for beginners, and a favourite of the more experienced. The larvae become huge. Moths are produced this year.
Availability: NOW
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons
Among the world's largest and most remarkable moths. Unique to Madagascar. We are lucky to have the opportunity to hatch and breed these, and you can too!
Availability: NOW
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
The Goodden GemLight
An amazing concept using compact electronics to attract insects, on tiny power. Designed for the Moonlander Moth Trap
Availability: NOW
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Largest of all moth eggs. Larvae grow fast in warmth. Can be sleeved in summer.
Availability: August 2nd half
Chinese Oak Silkmoth A pernyi A Breeding stock of 5 cocoons
Fresh cocoons from China. Very large moths that breed easily. The larvae change colour and become HUGE! Ideal for beginners.
Availability: NOW
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: Autumn
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  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
Breeding Butterflies & Moths - Ekkehard Friedrich
A most comprehensive bible on breeding many species in captivity. The only one of its kind.
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Eggs being laid now. Larvae grow well on Privet. Keep humid and at 25-30ºC.
Availability: Late August/September
Colorado Pine Silkmoth Coloradia doris 15 eggs
FIrst time offered. Very unusual Silkmoth from N. America. Larvae feed on Pines. Eggs ready in early summer.
Availability: July
Hickory Horned Devil regalis 10 eggs
One of the grandest species you can rear. Fearsome caterpillars, and strikingly exotic moths. Recently unavailable, but we now have a good breeding stock.
Availability: Summer 2017
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons SALE PRICES
Larvae feed on Eucalyptus and reportedly Birch. Fresh cocoons available immediately.
Availability: NOW
Willowherb Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina Pupae
An amazingly beautiful green patterned Hawkmoth that is reared on Willowherb. Interesting larvae, that eat a lot!
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
£49.50 £41.95
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: July onwards
£59.50 £39.50
Idea leuconoe Philippines 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: July


 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.


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