Worldwide Butterflies has been supplying butterflies and moths for 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.


Please remember also that in summer eggs and larvae cannot be posted internationally, without severe risk in transit, particularly to southern Europe, but even to countries such as  NL, D, B and F.

Search for XXP to see cost of sending by Express courier in only 1-2 days from dispatch. Click here.



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.  




GOOD NEWS! Pupae of Camberwell Beauty antiopa are being received now, and early orders are being dispatched. We can even take NEW ORDERS for antiopa pupae right NOW.

Camberwell Beauty larvae will also be available in September if the breeding is a success as anticipated. So we can also book larvae for late summer delivery. For several seasons it has not been possible to obtain this species, so this is good nes indeed! Don't miss the opportunity!

Small Tortoiseshells urticae have suffered very badly last winter because the mild weather woke them from hibernation when there was no food to keep them alive. In some areas populations are barely 5% of normal. There are some larvae available again. Could you help to spread this prime garden butterfly again?

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

DUSKY SPURGE HAWK dahlii - an island species from Menorca. Seldom offered: larvae are immediately available.

SLEEVES for rearing larvae are on temporary SPECIAL OFFER at the moment. Please click on to see the reductions.

AGAPEMA HOMOGENA A rare and seldom imported Silkmoth from only a few mountain localities in North America. We successfully bred this little beauty earlier this season and now have eggs again. This is an opportunity to rear something very unusual, and even discover foodplants previously unknown. The larvae cluster while young. We have them on Osier Willow, a real favourite with so many species. We don't know whether we shall be able to obtain it again, so don't miss this chance now! EGGS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. Click here.

EXOTIC PUPAE: Immediately available 2 lots each of pupae of the Small Monarch Lymnas chrysippus and Papilio agamemnon.  Sold to the first to order them! Next available in October.

DEATHSHEAD HAWKMOTH Acherontia atropos PUPAE - just a few immediately available. Hardly ever offered. Don't miss these!

WOOLLY BEARS The larvae of the GARDEN TIGER MOTH Arctia caja, are available again. Once a wayside species all over the countryside, and now seldom seen. There is a special offer for lots of 50.

INDIAN MOON MOTH Actias selene eggs are immediately available after a very long wait this season! One of the favourites of all Silkmoths. The larvae become HUGE and are easy to rear on easily obtained foodplants. There is also a DUO of Indain and American Moon Moths, at a special price.

EYED HAWK ocellata, eggs ready immediately. The larvae are masters of camouflage, and easy to rear. If you have growing foodplant, they like being sleeved on it. If not use plastic rearing containers (see notes on this page of the WWB website), and a cage when larger, and maintain good hygiene. Also available in Pick Your Own DUOs and TRIOs.

GINGER POLYPHEMUS. We have eggs from a lovely ginger form of the American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus. See the illustration, which is the actual pairing.

The WWB website offers classic species such as the English and European 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.

See the range of current eggs and larvae, and note the special prices on DUOs and TRIOs which give amazing value if you want to rear several interesting species! 

African Moon Moth Argema mimosae cocoons are available right now. We get them only once a year. Magnificent moths that pair relatively easily. Larvae feed on Eucalyptus. Highly recommended.

NOW WE ARE IN FULL SUMMER, conditions for moth trapping are good.  Each night at present there is good moth activity. 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.

PUSS MOTH vinula are breeding wonderfully this year. Eggs and larvae are immediately available. The larvae are quite unlike normal caterpillars. If you have never reared them, this is the time to experience them!   

DEATHSHEAD HAWKMOTH atropos eggs will be available again in September.  This is the most popular of all the species we offer. The larvae grow fast at this time of year and are easy on Privet. They become HUGE. Pupae are formed underground. The moths emerge this year. Adult moths squeak like a mouse when disturbed. We rarely have Deathshead Hawkmoth PUPAE .....  THERE ARE SOME IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE!

RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE DEATHSHEAD are the larvae of THE PRIVET HAWKMOTH Sphinx ligustri. These are some of the finest chunky and beautifully coloured caterpillars to be found anywhere in Europe! EGGS are available immediately. There are reductions for larger quantities! Click here.

OLEANDER HAWK nerii eggs are also available for a short time. The larvae grow very fast, feeding on Privet. See the pictures of the magnificent larvae.

ELEPHANT HAWK elpenor eggs will be available again in September. The characterful larvae are a delight to rear, and they feed on a variety of foodplants. The wonderful cerise pink moths are particularly beautiful.

COMMA BUTTERFLY c-album are available again for a short time.

PAINTED LADY cardui larvae are ready immediately, either on nettle leaf or in a pot of artificial diet (in stock for immediate dispatch.

There is a shortage of Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae in the wild this year. Many were lost when the mild climate awoke the hibernating adults in full winter - they died of starvation. WWB has bred thousands this spring, and distributed them widely. The second generation larvae are now becoming available. Supplies are expected to sell quickly. 

EUROPEAN SWALLOWTAIL machaon gorganus pupae are being bred for constant supply over the next few weeks. Eggs are expected to be available into September. This species if one of the most popular of all. Please order now.
A delightful spring and summer butterfly THE GREEN-VEINED WHITE napi, flies with the Orange Tip in hedgerows and gardens. The larvae feed on wild Cruciferae such as Garlic Mustard, Charlock and Horseradish (they won't eat your cabbages!). They produce several generations through the spring and summer, hibernating eventually as pupae, which can be stored cold for the winter, to breed again in the spring. Pupae now available.
ROBIN MOTH cecropia are emerging and breeding now. Eggs will be available again in September. The larvae are very attractive with their coloured knobbles and spikes. The moths are a sight to behold as they sit on your hand, fanning their wings. 

AMERICAN MOON MOTH luna are breeding right now. Very attractive in all stages and easily reared. Two generations are produced each season.

More MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH mittrei EGGS have all sold now. More available from August. These eggs are HUGE, bigger than any other Lepidoptera eggs.  See the photo for egg size comparison! The larvae take readily to Eucalyptus and Liquidambar, and are easy to keep in a warm room. They change appearance as they grow, and are most active. Highly recommended.

The season for sleeving larvae is starting now. 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!

THERE ARE SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICES on the Lepidoptera Rearing Outfit, Mini Silk Farm.  See the MARKET STALL for details. There can also be found some good reductions on pupae and cocoons. Don't delay: many of the reductions are for a short time or for a limited amount of stock.

MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH mittrei COCOONS can be ordered again for delivery this summer.

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!

The POP-UP CAGE is back!  See the CAGE Section.

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!

DVD: Astonishing Butterflies and Moths. Click on to the featured item on the home page to read about this very inspiring DVD which shows the lives of a wide variety of butterflies and moths. A perfect gift for yourself or another enthusiast who will really enjoy the action, colour and wonderment of butterflies and moths. Many of the Star Performers were provided by Worldwide Butterflies!

LEPIDOPTERIST'S REARING OUTFIT - See Outfits and Gift Suggestions.

Moonlander Moth Trap and Goodden GemLight. For some time there has been a limit on availability of the Moonlander and GemLight. We have now prepared good stocks for the season.

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 10 larvae
Small Tortoiseshell is scarce this summer because many were killed by too warm a winter, waking the adults when there was no food. Can you help your local population?
Availability: NOW
Indian Moon Moth selene eggs
One of the most popular of all Silkmoths. Selene are now breeding so well that the price is reduced and still further for quantities. Larvae become HUGE!
Availability: NOW
Eastern Eyed Hawkmoth Smerinthus planus 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Until 2015 absent from our lists for some 40 years. Interesting to compare with the Eyed Hawk. Very vivid eye-spots. Larvae easy to rear.
Availability: NOW
£12.50 £9.95
Plain Tiger Lymnas chrysippus Tropical Asia 10 pupae
Pupae immediately available. They breed like the Monarch, also feeding on Milkweed. GB addresses only.
Availability: NOW
Eyed Hawk ocellata eggs
Larvae manage to match the appearance of their foodplants remarkably! Hardy and easy to rear, especially on growing foodplant.
Availability: NOW
DUO Indian Moon and American Moon Moth selene and luna 10 eggs of each
The most popular DUO! Two very fine Moon Moths. Spectacular! Easy to rear on a variety of foodplants. Walnut and Osier Willow suit both species.
Availability: NOW
Camberwell Beauty antiopa 5 pupae
After several difficult seasons we now have Camberwell Beauty pupae arriving. We can book new orders for supply this summer. Good news indeed!
Availability: September
Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
We have a few Deathshead pupae immediately available. Very rare to have at all! Listen to the moths squeak, and so do the pupae when ready to emerge!
Availability: NOW
Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion 4 pupae
Dormant pupae of this mountain Blue. Breed in summer on Sedum. Difficult to obtain.
Availability: NOW
Russian Moon Moth Actias sjoeqvisti 15 eggs/10 larvae
Possibly a geographical race of Actias artemis. Different and easy to rear on easy foodplants. A new species to most breeders.
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Keep larvae warm and moist. Feed on Privet and you can produce your own largest moths in the world!
Availability: NOW
Camberwell Beauty antiopa 10 larvae
Camberwell pupae are being supplied immediately. It is now hoped to be able to supply larvae this season and can take new orders.
Availability: September
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs
Larvae easy on common foodplants. Amazingly beautiful moths are produced twice a season.
Availability: NOW
Comma larvae c-album 10 larvae
Eggs have been laid. Larvae will be ready again soon. Best reared on growing foodplant.
Availability: Early September
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Woolly Bears are available again! Real old favourites that are disappearing from our countryside today.
Availability: NOW
£62.50 £39.95
Large White Pieris brassicae 10 Pupae
Surprisingly we can seldom get enough Large White pupae. There is a stock now, which can be stored for breeding next season.
Availability: NOW
Agapema homogena from Arizona 15 eggs
This N. American Saturniid has been bred by very few people in Europe. We have them breeding again. Don't miss this opportunity!
Availability: NOW
£14.50 £12.95
Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Few people are familiar with these peculiar larvae. Fun to rear and easy on several foodplants.
Availability: NOW
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 15 eggs
Occasionally we get a strong ginger form. We are offering eggs NOW from this actual pairing.
Availability: NOW
Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 15 eggs
It's hard to find more rewarding caterpillars than these colourful giants! Easy to rear on Privet, Lilac or Ash.
Availability: NOW
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
The lightest and most compact moth trap ever. Gives a whole night's use on just 8 AA batteries.
Availability: NOW
Actias maenas  10 eggs
An extreme rarity. Giant Moon Moth from Indonesia. Don't miss these - we don't know when they will come again! Eggs ready NOW.
Availability: Autumn
Columbian Silkmoth H. columbia 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Rare relative of the Robin Moth cecropia. Not available every year. A species for the Saturniid enthusiast.
Availability: Autumn
DUOS and TRIOS Pick Your Own. 10 eggs of each species.
Choose from a highly attractive range of species, selected for their appeal and all for about half the normal price!
Availability: NOW
SLEEVE Size 3  50 x 100 cm   Medium Size
There are big reductions on Sleeves for rearing larvae at the moment.
Availability: NOW
Tagoropsis leporina, Madagascar pupae
Very seldom offered. An attractive species for the Silkmoth connoisseur.
Availability: September
Ceranchia apollina Madagascar pupae
A Madagascan Silkmoth with unusual soft cream colouring. Males and females quite distinct. Seldom offered.
Availability: September
Elephant Hawk elpenor 15 eggs
Beautiful larvae, with eye markings and delightful characters. Easy to rear on a variety of foodplants.
Availability: NOW
Marbled White galathea 20 larvae
Larvae can be overwintered on a potted tussock of coarse grass, enclosed in a sleeve, and kept out of doors in the open. Late summer is the only time these are available.
Availability: NOW
Puss Moth vinula 15 eggs
Extraordinary larvae with forked tails, and unique shape-disruptive pattern. Colours change with each instar. A real favourite!
Availability: NOW
Lappet Moth quercifolia 10 larvae
Amazingly camouflaged larvae. Sleeve outside to hibernate. In spring they grow huge, producing moths that look like a bunch of leaves!
Availability: Autumn
Antherina suraka Madagascar eggs
Breeding very successfully at the moment. Substantial PRICE REDUCTIONS! Larvae very easy to rear. See the pictures of the amazing colour forms of the caterpillar, and very striking moths.
Availability: Autumn
Oleander Hawk nerii 10 larvae
A few larvae immediately available. GB addresses only
Availability: NOW
Brahmaea tancrei 15 eggs
Boldly-marked moths, producing ever-changing larvae, with huge curled spines. See the pictures and text.
Availability: September
Gonimbrasia zambezina  Pupae
Ground pupae producing a very unusual large silkmoth marked in soft greys and maroon markings.
Availability: NOW
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae Cocoons
One of the most beautiful Moon Moths, from Kenya. Like a miniature of the huge Madagascan mittrei. Easily reared on Eucalyptus, Walnut and Rhus.
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons
Freshly arrived cocoons that will produce moths and breed this summer.
Availability: September
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Our most popular species. Booked orders have been supplied. We can supply more eggs immediately.
Availability: Mid-late September
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs
Perhaps. the most exotic of all the Hawkmoths on the British list. The extrordinary larvae grow fast on Privet. Some eggs available now for a short time.
Availability: NOW
Black Hairstreak pruni 10 pupae
SPECIAL OFFER pupae of a very rare species.
Availability: July
£50.00 £37.95
Green-veined White napi 10 Pupae
A charming butterfly of hedgerows and gardens. Not one of the Cabbage Whites, the larvae feed on wild Cruciferae. Pupae ready now.
Availability: NOW
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons
Difficult to obtain. Cocoons arriving imminently. Larvae feed on Eucalyptus and reportedly Birch.
Availability: NOW
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Larvae on diet in pots. Convenient, requiring less daily attention. Very educational.
Availability: NOW
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus 2 pupae
Magnificent European Hawkmoth which displays remarkable leaf camouflage. Special price for such a rarity.
Availability: Autumn
Lepidopterist's Rearing Outfit
Introductory outfit for starting to rear butterflies and moths. SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£59.50 £43.95
Papilio antenor Madagascar 2 pupae
One of the largest Swallowtails in the world. Pupae like miniature Birdwing chrysalis.
Availability: August/September
TRAVEL CAGE 26cm diameter 20cm high.
A new cage design for when you are on the move and need every facility in almost no space!
Availability: NOW
Painted Lady cardui 10 larvae
Feed larvae on Thistle or Nettle. Adults can be released to breed in the wild.
Availability: All summer
The Goodden GemLight
The world's most compact moth light. Powerful and lasts all night.
Availability: NOW
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: NOW
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2
Large clear plastic rearing container. Recommended for larger larvae or large numbers of smaller ones.
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 £39.95
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
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
Silkmoth Rearer's Handbook SPECIAL PRICE
Was out of print. More copies have become available. After this no more!
Availability: NOW
£18.25 £11.25
Idea leuconoe Philippines 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: October
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: October


 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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