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.

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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.

Welcome to the WWB Website

If you wish to edit your order, click on Shopping Cart where you can change the quantities or remove an item. It is essential to click the blue circular arrow ikon after making a change on an item, which updates the calculations.

Then proceed to Checkout.

If your order is not going through at checkout, you are then with PayPal, not on the WWB website, it sometimes helps to try an alternative valid card, otherwise, you can select to pay by PayPal instead of a card.


Login to My Account  to follow availability of booked items. You can see your order history, Store Credits and check on dispatch. Booked species may have an update note. If none please check the species text on the website to see the current availability.


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Most items on the website pages have multiple pictures which show when you click the main picure. If you hover the cursor over a picture, arrows appear left or right so you can scroll through the pictures enlarged. You can click any picture to see it enlarged.


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.



To make sure that the recipient gets the greatest benefit, let them choose from the whole WWB website the things they MOST want.

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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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 five figure ORDER NUMBER and SPECIES, without which we may not be able to respond.


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.

POSTAL DELAYS At present Royal Mail is under pressure due to the Covid 19 crisis. Please be patient if your order takes more days than usual and please refrain from expressing anger if the delay has caused loss of livestock.   

Everyone is doing their best!   Thank you.

Orders can be seen on your account Order History. Enquiries about how long delivery will take will not be replied to because the delivery time in the post is inconsistent, and not in anyone's control. Most orders are arriving in good time and good condition.








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.


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.

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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Breeding stock of 5 or 10 pupae: If the species breeds easily, or you are  experienced and if both sexes emerge at about the same time, 5 pupae may well be enough to give you a pairing and fertile eggs.

With TEN pupae, the chances of breeding success are considerably improved.

Classic species. The WWB website has a very wide range of species from all over the world, including Deathshead Hawkmoth, Swallowtails, wonderful Exotic Butterfly Pupae, tropical giants such as the Atlas Moths and a variety of amazing Moon Moths. The anticipated season for availability is shown for each one.


PEACOCK BUTTERFLY Inachis io larvae are available in good quantities at temporary special prices. In current temperatures they are growing fast each day and the offers may not last long!  

SMALL TORTOISESHELL Aglais urticae pupae are currently available. This species, once one of the commonest, has become scarce in most places, and disappeared from some. We can help to re-populate by releasing butterflies in sunshine.

BLACK-VEINED WHITE Aporia crataegi are breeding right now. This is the time of year to buy egg batches which are remarkable value and the best way to start a colony, whether for breeding at home, or perhaps trying to re-establish the species in the wild. It has been suggested that the climate in Britain is becoming more suitable for Black-veined Whites to return. When they hatch, the larvae live in their own tight colony, feeding and growing for a while. Before hibernation they construct a hibernaculum of leaves, very firmly attached by a silken rope, that keeps them safe through all the bad winter weather. Let them hibernate on a bush outside in totally wild conditions.

MARSH FRITILLARY aurinia egg batches of 100-200 are available immediately, and there are even some of the IRISH geographical race, which is MOST difficult to obtain! These are best reared on growing foodplant.

SPANISH MOON MOTH isabellae and the rare subspecies ceballosi are being dispatched as eggs immediately from our breeder in Spain. These become available only at this time of year - so don't miss them!

SILKWORMS Bombyx mori are seldom available. At this time there is a special offer on a large batch of hatchlings, and there are well established 3rd instar silkworms immediately available, sent feeding on diet, for you to continue feeding on diet (available separately) or on Mulberry leaf.

LARGE TORTOISESHELL polychloros larvae are arriving imminently. Until this year it has been some years since we could obtain this species. This could be an opportunity to try to re-introduce Large Tortoiseshells, and this is ideal weather for the larvae. Both larvae and pupae can be ordered NOW.

MANY MORE SPRING SPECIES WILL BECOME AVAILABLE IN JUNE. Puss Moth vinula, several Hawkmoths, Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi, Robin Moth cecropia, Indian Moon Moth selene (now a scarcity in captivity) and many more. Please keep visiting this website to see all that it available now and coming soon.

NEW KITE NET. Rugged construction, easy to dismantle and erect. Minimal size for travel, yet large frame with extra deep net bag. New design Frame and Net Bag. It's essential to order the handle of your choice separately.


For GIFT SUGGESTIONS please click on that section in the menu top left of the Home Page, or click here.

For some years two favourite Silkmoths that were once always available, have become very scarce in captivity. The Indian Moon Moth Actias selene has almost completely disappeared in captive breeding, but eggs will again be available in the coming season. The Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi has become week and inbred in captivity, but now we have wild silk cocoons direct from China. Cocoons are available immediately, and eggs can be booked for supply from May onwards. 

SEE CURRENT LIVESTOCK for other eggs and larvae that are available NOW. 

Worldwide Butterflies NEWS keeps you informed of current livestock changes and availability, and often includes special offers and promotions. 

PUPAE NEST: At this time, with the new season ahead, it is a good opportunity to set up a practical emerging cage. WWB has devised the PUPAE NEST, which is the most successful way of keeping pupae moist, safe and able to be examined whenever required. The Pupae Nest is suitable for all pupae, but is particularly ideal for pupae that live on or under the ground. Pupae are arranged in depressions in specially formed foam sheets, which keeps the pupae separate, moist, and in hygienic conditions. Please see the Pupae Nest in the section for Plastic Rearing Containers.

For the Field Naturalist there is the new Spring Frame Pocket Net. Please see this in the Equipment section of this website. The design is practical, construction rugged, and the net fits nicely in the pocket, but can be deployed in seconds when required. This keeps both hands free for examination and photography, when the net is not in current use. 

Osier Willow S. viminalis. Years ago we planted a stick that was floating down a river in Wiltshire. That was in 1954! It grew - rapidly - producing a wealth of leaves. We tried it as a foodplant and discovered that not only did British species do well on it, but exotic silkmoth larvae as well.  An amazing foodplant that grows prodigeously, looks most attractive grown formally in a garden, or in a wild setting.

Moonlander Moth Trap and Goodden GemLight. No other trap is so compact and lightweight for travel. The only ultra compact trap and light for travel and sampling insects in remote habitats. 

Rearing Cages There are cages for travel, small ones for starters, Giant for larger breeding programmes and the range of Pyjama Cages in three sizes. Pyjama Cages are practical in use and  one of the most important features is that, a used cage can be renovated to almost new state in only a few minutes. No need to replace netting that is worn or dirty, simply by removing the entire netting cover and replacing with a new or freshly washed one. 

Sleeves. Sleeving is the most natural method for rearing larvae, proving constantly fresh food, with protection from parasites and predators, and preventing escape. The WWB sleeves uniquely have zip access which is a great convenience and time-saver. Five sizes from small to giant.

This RECOMMENDED section is constantly evolving. Please keep visiting the WWB website to see more, and all the other changes and additions.

Worldwide Butterflies - over 50 years of supplying butterflies, moths, livestock, and entomological equipment

Lackey Moth Malacasoma neustria 15 well grown larvae
Very colourful and active larvae, well grown already, and never offered before. Recommended even for beginners.
Availability: NOW
Papilio multicaudata North America 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Very spectacular and large N. American Swallowtail. Breeding now. Eggs in early June.
Availability: June/July
Silkworms Bombyx mori. A cluster of at least 100 hatchlings on diet.
A unique offer, available NOW for just a short time.
Availability: NOW
Comma larvae c-album 10 larvae
Comma larvae live solitarily. They like growing nettles, but do even better on Elm or Willow.
Availability: June
Indian Moon Moth selene 15 eggs
Suddenly scarce, this eternal favourite will be available again as eggs in early summer. Magnificent and huge larvae. Amazing moths!
Availability: June/July
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
Once common, this species is disappearing in many places. New larvae are due early in June.
Availability: Imminent
Marsh Fritillary aurinia EGG MASS
Only a few Egg Masses available each year! There are some NOW!
Availability: NOW
IRISH Marsh Fritillary aurinia Egg Batch
Hardly ever available. These are ready now. Just a few batches!
Availability: NOW
Pine Arches Moth Panthea coenobita Breeding stock of 5 cocoons
Few breeders have tried this species. A chance for a new experience with a very attractive Noctuid.
Availability: NOW
Spanish Moon Moth G isabellae eggs
The most amazingly beautiful moth in the whole of Europe. Rear on Pine indoors or outside.
Availability: NOW
CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae eggs
Very rare and the most beautiful of all European moths! Eggs are being sent out NOW.
Availability: NOW
SILKWORMS Bombyx mori. FIFTEEN Established  larvae third stage or larger.
Silkworms can now be reared on artificial diet as well as Mulberry leaves. These are well-established Silkworms that will spin pure white cocoons in just a few weeks.
Availability: NOW
Small Tortoiseshell urticae pupae
This species is no longer seen in great numbers. Can you help by breeding and releasing some locally?
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons from Thailand
The biggest moth in the world! Superb quality cocoons that will produce moths this spring and summer.
Availability: NOW
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
Can you help bring back more of this wonderful garden butterfly?
Availability: NOW
£39.90 £22.95
EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae SPECIAL SALE PRICE
Larvae available from last week of April. Great demand. Please order NOW!
Availability: NOW
£19.95 £12.95
Bullseye Moth Automeris io  cocoons
New stock of fine cocoons that can be bred from this spring.
Availability: NOW
KOKUSO 21 Mulberry A group of 5 robust cuttings.
A rare Mulberry with massive growth potential and high leaf production for silkworm rearing.
Availability: NOW
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
No feeding or special attention required. Ideal for encouraging budding beginners and for those who can't go out for foodplant.
Availability: NOW
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 5 Pupae
Pupae are seldom available, but this year we expect to have them. Please order early!
Availability: June onwards
Entirely new construction and design. Rugged. Packs small. Perfect size. Frame and bag. Choose your preference of interchangeable handles.
Availability: NOW
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
The most lightweight and compact trap in the world. Run on AA batteries which last all night. Perfect for travel and remote habitats. Temporarily £50 off!!
Availability: NOW
BREEDING OUTFIT Cage, Pupae Nest and 5 cocoons for breeding
Standard Cage with PUPAE NEST together with 5 cocoons of the Giant Atlas or Chinese Oak Silkmoth for breeding.
Availability: NOW
SLEEVE PACK One each of Sizes 1, 3 and 4 with Velcro
The three most useful sizes, with reel of Velcro for securing the sleeve to the branch. Useful aid, giving the best chance of rearing success.
Availability: NOW
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs
Oleander larvae feed on Privet and are easily reared out of season at 25C or above. Hard to obtain - eggs available immediately.
Availability: Summer
Tiger Swallowtail glaucus pupae
Store pupae refrigerated until April. A large Papilio that can be bred
Availability: NOW
Spicebush Swallowtail troilus pupae
Dormant pupae. Store cold until April for May-June emergence. Supplies are scarce.
Availability: NOW
Spanish Moon Moth isabellae Pupae
There are just a few cocoons of G. isabellae isabellae, in addition to the ssp ceballosi that we have been offering this autumn. Only a few. First come First served!
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Eggs immediately available. Rear on Privet in warm, humid conditions. Extraordinary larvae, producing the largest moths in the world!
Availability: Spring/summer. See text
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 10 larvae
Fresh strong stock. Breeding now. Eggs available immediately. Easy to rear on Privet. Continuously brooded.
Availability: June/July
Rothschildia triloba 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Very fine South American Atlas. Very pretty caterpillar, easily reared on Privet.
Availability: Spring 2020
Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi  cocoons
Captive bred pernyi have become universally inbred. At last we have some wild Chinese cocoons on their way to us!
Availability: Winter 2020-21
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Our most popular species. Moths emerging now eggs due shortly.
Availability: Summer
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Very easy to rear, even late in the year. Beautiful larvae and exquisite moths!
Availability: June
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines pupae
THE harbinger of spring! Pupae difficult to obtain. Some are available NOW.
Availability: Autumn
Tau Emperor Aglia tau Pupae
Very fine and large pupae at exceptional prices. Store cold until late winter. Moths emerge in early spring and pair by day.
Availability: Autumn
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia 15 eggs
This species is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Its range is decreasing. Eggs are immediately available. Easy on Privet. SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: Summer
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas Sumatran cocoons
Huge moths from tropical Sumatra. Incubate and breed from them now.
Availability: Summer
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2.
Large enough for fully grown large larvae, or for keeping more smaller ones. Keeps food always fresh for 24 hours.
Availability: NOW
This WWB method of keeping underground pupae enables humidifying, inspection and good hygiene.
Availability: NOW
Spring Frame Pocket Net - NEW SUPERIOR DESIGN
The best made and designed pocket net, compact and convenient for travel and field work. Introductory price!
Availability: NOW
Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata pupae
Prominent eye spots are flashed when disturbed. Larvae amazingly camouflaged. Breeds easily.
Availability: Autumn
Lime Hawk tiliae pupae
This strain has been producing extreme forms of One-spot, Brick Red and Banded, in a variety of colours.
Availability: Autumn
Empty cocoon collections. Hugely varied, all identified. From a UNIQUE collection of the world's Silkmoth cocoons.
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
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
Elephant Hawk elpenor pupae
Wonderful magenta and olive markings. Larvae are a joy to rear on Fuschia or Willowherb.
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
Breeding Butterflies & Moths - Ekkehard Friedrich
A most comprehensive bible on breeding many species in captivity. The only one of its kind.
Availability: from June/July
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 £25.95
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


 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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