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.

 

 

 

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.

LARVAE CANNOT BE POSTED OUTSIDE EUROPE

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.  

 

CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS

PEACOCK BUTTERFLY Inachis io both larvae and pupae are available now. This species, together with the Small Tortoiseshell urticae suffered huge losses last winter when the hibernating adults woke early and died of starvation. Could you help to boost the Peacock population in your area?

 

CONVOLVULOUS HAWKMOTH Eggs are seldom available, and it is even rarer to have pupae for sale. There are some eggs ready right now, and pupae in October. Don't miss these!

Eggs are being laid now by THE CHINESE MOON MOTH Actias sinensis. Very seldom offered. Larvae feed on Liquidambar and Eucalyptus. Male and female moth entirely different. See the pictures, and note the amazing shining green silk cocoons! Don't miss these if you are a Saturniid connoisseur!

 

EGGS OF THE AMERICAN MOON MOTH Actias luna have resulted from prolific breeding. See exceptionally low prices for quantities of eggs right now. Click here.

PUPAE of the nominate subspecies Papilio machaon machaon are immediately available. This race is not P. m. gorganus which is found across Europe.  In fact there are greater similarities with the English Swallowtail Papilio machaon britannicus. Click on to this species in the featured section, to learn more and see pictures.

AUTUMN PUPAE are beginning to arrive from breeders. It is a good idea to look at the species you would like to breed next year and order breeding stock pupae early, while still available. 

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. We are expecting larvae in September. Could you help to spread this prime garden butterfly again?

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.

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.

RIGHT INTO AUTUMN 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.  

DEATHSHEAD HAWKMOTH atropos eggs are available now, and larvae very soon.  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 and larvae 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 are available again now. The characterful larvae are a delight to rear, and they feed on a variety of foodplants. The wonderful cerise pink moths are particularly beautiful.

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

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 in September/October. 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. 

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 season.

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!

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

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
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io  Pupae
In the wild, Peacock numbers are low due to losses last winter. Here is a chance to help local populations to recover.
Availability: Early October
Brahmaea tancrei  Asian Owl Moth 15 eggs
A very strangely marked and beautiful moth, with the most extraordinary caterpillar, which long curly spines. Easy to rear on Privet. Not available every year. Eggs being laid now.
Availability: October onwards
£14.95 £12.95
Convolvulous Hawk convolvuli 5 pupae
It is rare to have convolvuli pupae. Amazing creatures, with a proboscis like a jug handle!
Availability: October
£35.00
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 30 Eggs,
Successful breeding has produced many eggs, so we can offer them at a special price.
Availability: NOW
£27.90 £19.95
Oleander Hawk nerii 30 eggs
Lots of eggs being laid right now, so there is a special offer.
Availability: NOW
£25.90 £17.95
Chinese Moon Moth Actias sinensis 15 eggs
Rarely offered. Wonderful species with active larvae and amazing green cocoons. Male and female quite different colours.
Availability: Imminent
£12.95
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons
Larvae feed on Eucalyptus and reportedly Birch. Fresh cocoons available immediately.
Availability: NOW
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs
Very successful breeding enables us to offer quantities of eggs at a big reduction!
Availability: NOW
Convolvulous Hawk convolvuli 10 eggs
It's years since we could offer this huge Hawkmoth. Some eggs available right now, but please order soon. GB addresses only.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden pupae
VERY SPECIAL! Swedish nominate subspecies, not at all the same as machaon across the rest of Europe, and nearer to britannicus.
Availability: October onwards
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
£15.95
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus Breeding stock of 5 pupae
Bright magenta moths, that breed well in a large cage, on growing foodplant. Not easily obtained.
Availability: NOW
£18.00
Willowherb Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina Pupae
An amazingly beautiful green patterned Hawkmoth that is reared on Willowherb. Interesting larvae, that eat a lot!
Availability: NOW
Gonimbrasia zambezina  Pupae
A magnificent African Silkmoth that can be reared on Oak. Can you add to knowledge of alternative foodplants? Wonderful larvae!
Availability: NOW
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae Cocoons
Fresh supplies of cocoons of this magnificent African Moon Moth, which is like a Madagascan Moon in miniature and delicately coloured.
Availability: NOW
Chestnut Emperor menippe 4 Pupae
An unusual species of African Silkmoth. Little is known about breeding in captivity. A chance to find out more and tell others!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
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!
Availability: Autumn
£25.00
Indian Moon Moth selene 15 eggs
One of the most popular of all Silkmoths. The larvae grow to become enormous, after several colour changes.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
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
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
£15.50
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
£15.95
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
£15.50
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus 15 eggs
Occasionally we get a strong ginger form. We are offering eggs NOW from this actual pairing.
Availability: NOW
£11.50
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
£12.95
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
£266.00
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: From October
SLEEVE Size 3  50 x 100 cm   Medium Size
There are big reductions on Sleeves for rearing larvae at the moment.
Availability: NOW
£6.95
Tagoropsis leporina, Madagascar pupae
Very seldom offered. An attractive species for the Silkmoth connoisseur.
Availability: October
Ceranchia apollina Madagascar pupae
A Madagascan Silkmoth with unusual soft cream colouring. Males and females quite distinct. Seldom offered.
Availability: October
Elephant Hawk elpenor 15 eggs
Beautiful larvae, with eye markings and delightful characters. Easy to rear on a variety of foodplants.
Availability: NOW
£14.95
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
£12.95
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: NOW
£15.95
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
£12.95
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons
Freshly arrived cocoons that will produce moths and breed this summer.
Availability: Oct/Nov
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Our most popular species. Booked orders have been supplied. We can supply more eggs immediately.
Availability: NOW
£13.95
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
£12.95
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: Summer
£12.95
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 10 larvae
Some larvae available now to GB addresses. Easy to rear on Privet with a little warmth.
Availability: NOW
£14.95
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Larvae on diet in pots. Convenient, requiring less daily attention. Very educational.
Availability: Available until 7 Oct, then from March.
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus 2 pupae
Magnificent European Hawkmoth which displays remarkable leaf camouflage. Special price for such a rarity.
Availability: Autumn
£14.00
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: October
£12.50
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
£23.60
Painted Lady cardui 10 larvae
Feed larvae on Thistle or Nettle. Adults can be released to breed in the wild.
Availability: Available until 7 Oct, then from March.
£12.95
The Goodden GemLight
The world's most compact moth light. Powerful and lasts all night.
Availability: NOW
£149.95
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: NOW
£15.50
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: Delay 1-2 weeks
£16.00
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 £39.95
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
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: October
£8.00
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: October

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