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. 






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.


THERE ARE SPECIAL PRICES ON THE GIANT COCOONS OF THE MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH Argema mittrei, much lower that before. This is the largest cocoon in the world. Constructed of silvery netted silk, and the resulting moths are the largest Moon Moths in the world, by a large measure. Please see the description and detailed photographs where the species is listed.

There are two other rare and spectacular Moon Moths, isabellae from Spain and dubernardi from China. See them under the featured species.

HAWKMOTHS are breeding and several are available now as eggs or larvae.  The most popular of all species Deathshead Hawkmoth atropos are breeding again. Oleander Hawkmoth eggs, very difficult to obtain, will be available in November. Both species feed on Privet.

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.

Hawkmoth pupae.  Ready now are Privet Hawk ligustri, Elephant elpenor,  Lime Hawk tiliae, Poplar Hawk populi, Eyed Hawk ocellata, 

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

Grellada imitans African Lasiocampid. 10 larvae
Wonderfully woolly larvae and extraordinarily different moths from Africa.
Availability: NOW
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons SPECIAL PRICES
Lowest prices than for a long time! The world's largest cocoons! Amazing silvery netted silk, producing the MOST spectacular moths!
Availability: NOW
Duke of Burgundy Fritillary lucina 5 pupae
Now very difficult to obtain. There are some pupae immediately available. Store cold to emerge in May.
Availability: From late October.
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 15 eggs
Fresh strong stock. Breeding now. Eggs available immediately. Easy to rear on Privet. Continuously brooded.
Availability: NOW
Oleander Hawk nerii Pupae
Pupae are very seldom offered. You can let the moths emerge now, or store cool to breed in spring. Magnificent and RARE!
Availability: Imminent
Rothschildia triloba 10 larvae
Very fine South American Atlas. Very pretty caterpillar, easily reared on Privet.
Availability: NOW
Chinese Moon Moth Actias sinensis 15 eggs
Seldom offered. Eggs from Vietnam parents. Easy to rear. Wonderful green cocoons and dimorphic moths.
Availability: Imminent. Adults emerging.
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: Imminent!
Pine Hawk Pinastri 5 established larvae
Established larvae doing well on pine. One lot - sold to the first buyer!
Availability: From late October.
Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
Superb and large pupae in stock now, for a short time.
Availability: From late October.
Ten pupae of real exotic beauties. The pupae as amazing as the butterflies that emerge!
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Our most popular species. Moths emerging now eggs due shortly.
Availability: NOW
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk H fuciformis pupae
An amazing mimic of bees. Born with opaque scales, which are shed on first flight, to present glass clear wings.
Availability: From late October.
Festoon Zerynthia polyxena pupae SPECIAL PRICES!
Beautiful European member of the Swallowtail family. Very unusual in all stages.
Availability: From late October.
Belted Beauty Lycea zonaria Pupae
A rare species with wingless female. MOST difficult to obtain. Store pupae cold until February/March when they breed.
Availability: From late October.
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Very easy to rear, even late in the year. Beautiful larvae and exquisite moths!
Availability: From late October.
Dryas julia from Central America 10 larvae
Very seldom available. A beautiful addition to any tropical display. Rear on Passiflora.
Availability: NOW
Actias dubernardi China 15 eggs
After a long wait, dubernardi are now breeding and eggs can be ordered now!
Availability: November
CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae Pupae
Becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Our breeder has cocoons which will be available from October.
Availability: From late October.
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines pupae
THE harbinger of spring! Pupae difficult to obtain. Some are available NOW.
Availability: From late October.
Marbled White galathea 50 larvae
An opportunity to start a Marbled White colony in a meadow near you!
Availability: NOW
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 20 eggs
Hibernating eggs that hatch in late winter. Rear sleeved on pots of violet.
Availability: NOW
£29.90 £12.95
Dark Green Fritillary aglaia 20 larvae
Young larvae in hibernation. Store cold until late winter. Sleeve larvae on potted violet.
Availability: NOW
Black Hairstreak S. pruni TWENTY eggs SPECIAL PRICE.
Keep eggs cold through winter until they hatch in spring. Very RARE SPECIES.
Availability: NOW
£60.00 £20.00
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 20 eggs
Winter eggs to hibernate cold until Blackthorn buds open in March.
Availability: NOW
Silver-washed Fritillary paphia 10 larvae to hibernate.
The larvae hibernate without feeding. Store cool on the material they are on, until they stir in late winter.
Availability: From late October.
Tau Emperor Aglia tau Breeding Pupae SPECIAL PRICES!
Very fine and large pupae at exceptional prices. Store cold until late winter. Moths emerge in early spring and pair by day.
Availability: From late October.
Chinese Moon Moth Actias selene ningpoana 10 larvae
Very similar to the Indian Moon Moth in all its stages. One of the greatest favourites!
Availability: NOW
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia eggs
This species is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Its range is decreasing. Eggs are immediately available. Easy on Privet. SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: Summer 2020
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas Sumatran cocoons
Huge moths from tropical Sumatra. Incubate and breed from them now.
Availability: NOW
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2  SALE PRICE.
Large enough for fully grown large larvae, or for keeping more smaller ones. Keeps food always fresh for 24 hours.
Availability: From late October.
£16.95 £14.50
13 British Butterflies photographed in British localities by Michael Hampson. Ideal present for enthusiasts of all ages! Buy 5 and save £1 on each!
Availability: NOW
Forbes’ Atlas Moth Rothschildia forbesi  (R. lebeau). Central America 15 eggs
Eggs being laid now. Very pretty caterpillar, easily reared on Privet.
Availability: October
Bellavista Horned Devil Citheronia bellavista 15 eggs
Laying is going well and we can take further orders.
Availability: NOW
Monarch Butterfly (Milkweed) Danaus plexippus  5 pupae
Pupae always in demand. A few available now, and more this month.
Availability: From late October.
Small Purple Emperor Apatura ilia 5 larvae
Not available most years. Pre-hibernation larvae to sleeve for the winter, requiring little attention.
Availability: Sept/October
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 50 eggs SPECIAL OFFER
Eggs available already, following a huge breeding success. This rarity could become more widespread with a little help.
Availability: NOW
£150.00 £60.00
Gynandsia maia Africa TWO pupae
Very attractive moth with camouflaged forewings, concealing two enormous hindwing eyespots.
Availability: From late October.
Pseudobunaea irius TWO pupae
A very fine African Saturniid that we seldom get.
Availability: From late October.
This WWB method of keeping underground pupae enables humidifying, inspection and good hygiene.
Availability: From late October.
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: From late October.
£45.50 £34.95
Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata pupae
Prominent eye spots are flashed when disturbed. Larvae amazingly camouflaged. Breeds easily.
Availability: From late October.
Lime Hawk tiliae pupae
This strain has been producing extreme forms of One-spot, Brick Red and Banded, in a variety of colours.
Availability: From late October.
Empty cocoon collections. Hugely varied, all identified. From a UNIQUE collection of the world's Silkmoth cocoons.
Availability: From late October.
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: From late October.
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: From late October.
Elephant Hawk elpenor pupae
Wonderful magenta and olive markings. Larvae are a joy to rear on Fuschia or Willowherb.
Availability: From late October.
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: From late October.
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: From late October.
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: From late October.
New to the WWB website. High quality forceps for use in larvae rearing - at a very low price
Availability: From late October.
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: From late October.
£31.95 £25.95
Artificial Mulberry Diet for 20 Silkworms
Special Promotion Price. Substitute food for silkworms when mulberry difficult to find.
Availability: From late October.
Outfit to rear silkworms from egg to cocoon, complete with diet, and equipment to reel the silk - some 3 miles from each cocoon!
Availability: From late October.
£59.50 £39.50
Idea leuconoe Philippines 8 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: March


 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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