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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This is a wonderful way to mark an event, birthday, anniversary or show appreciation to friends or family, or to encourage a budding interest, even to start a new one.

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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.

If you wish to enquire about an order: Before you email please check the anticipated availability period for the species, and check your Account History because for most booked species you will see a note on your account. This may answer your query. If you do enquire, please quote the 5-figure ORDER NUMBER and SPECIES, without which we may not be able to reply.

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.

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. 

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 the species 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. 





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
Fresh eggs, producing extraordinary larvae. Easily reared on a variety of foodplants.
Availability: NOW
Belted Beauty Lycea zonaria Pupae
A scarce and most interesting species, with wingless females. Seldom offered. Don't miss these!
Availability: September
Poplar Hawk Laothoe populi 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability.
Not always available. New eggs immediately available.
Availability: NOW
Japanese Moon Moth Actias gnoma 10 larvae
Attractive Moon Moth in a delicate shade of eau-de-nil. Larvae feed on a range of trees. Larvae have much in common with selene.
Availability: NOW
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
This species is being hit by climatic conditions and by natural parasites. We can help local populations now before hibernation.
Availability: NOW
£19.95 £12.95
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
Larvae available again immediately! These will be the last of the season.
Availability: NOW
£20.95 £16.95
European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Pupae being produced regularly. Butterflies expected to emerge this season.
Availability: August
Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae pupae
Scarce in Europe and suddenly less common in Britain. Store pupae cold until spring.
Availability: NOW
Actias isis from Sulawesi 10 eggs
Unusually eggs should be plentiful in the second half of August. This is one of the rarest giant Moon Moths. Easy to rear. Click to see the pictures!
Availability: August
Actias maenas  10 eggs
Another giant Moon Moth hardly ever available as eggs. There is a good breeding stock and eggs are due in the second half of August.
Availability: August
Hemaris croatica pupa
Extremely difficult to obtain.This is the first time ever. The most desirable of all Bee Hawkmoths!
Availability: NOW
Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability.
An exciting addition to our range. Larvae easily raised on Passiflora. Fast growing.
Availability: August
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Eggs from Thailand ready immediately. Easily reared on Privet.
Availability: Late summer
£15.95 £12.95
Hissing Hawkmoth Phyllosphingia dissimilis 15 eggs
First time offered. An extraordinary species with attractive larvae, and pupae that not only hiss, but can move around and bury themselves!
Availability: NOW
Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion 4 pupae
Winter pupae immediately available. Store cold until the spring. Not frequently offered.
Availability: NOW
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Larvae easily reared and can be sleeved. Moths produced this year.
Availability: August
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: NOW
£62.50 £42.95
Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius 2 pupae
Just a few pupae immediately available! Very scarce.
Availability: August
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io  5 Pupae
Pupae in mid-summer. High demand. Please book early.
Availability: August
Hypolimnas bolina Tropical Asia 10 larvae
An exotic larva that can be reared on Stinging Nettle! Handsome caterpillar, and really lovely butterflies.
Availability: August
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
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: September
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
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae Cocoons
Very beautiful miniatures of mittrei, with delicate pale green tint.
Availability: NOW
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: August
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
Eyed Hawk ocellata 15 eggs
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
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: August 2018
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons SALE PRICES
Often difficult to obtain. New stock of cocoons just arrived. Pairing easy.
Availability: NOW
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
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: September
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: NOW
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
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
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
Morpho peleides pupae
Successful emergence needs a tropical greenhouse. Hang the pupae in the shade.
Availability: September
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae
Brilliantly coloured moths. Larvae are reared on Bedstraw, and are like Elephant larvae in miniature.
Availability: NOW
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: NOW
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
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: September


 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 carriage charges and 20% VAT (except books and orders from non-EU countries), 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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