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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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.



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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, however this is not guaranteed and both mail and courier service is sometimes extended, outside anybody's control, due to Covid 19.


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 THE WWB 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.



SEE FEATURED SPECIES There are some very unusual species and offers.

THERE ARE STAR CLASSIC and RARE SPECIES that are particularly rare and desirable. These include the Purple Emperors and Swallowtails.

THERE ARE SPECIAL REDUCTIONS featured on the Home Page and please see the whole section entitled MARKET STALL

GIANT ATLAS MOTH COCOONS are available immediately. Really large and healthy dormant pupae that can be incubated soon or kept cool until summer incubation.

The larvae feed well on Privet: keep them warm and moist.

 Pupae of the Italian Festoon cassandra, a scarcity found only on the Italian peninsula, are available immediately. 


DEATHSHEAD HAWKMOTH Acherontia atropos is the species most in demand. Covid has prevented travel and there are very few being bred in captivity. At last our breeder has superb wild stock and has had tremendous success in getting the first eggs, supplying the greater part of accumulated booked orders in a very short time.

Eggs are now immediately available. PUPAE orders can be taken now for delivery starting this month.


SWALLOWTAIL Papilio machaon gorganus eggs and larvae are breeding well and orders can be supplied immediately. The colourful and interesting larvae thrive on Fennel and Carrot tops.


CURRENT LIVESTOCK to see all that is available, and keep checking back.

Please visit the WWB website regularly, to see all the other species new to our lists, as they appear

CURRENT PUPAE include a number of rarer Hawkmoth species of interest to the Sphingid connoisseur.


BRIMSTONE rhamni pupae are available immediately and at very attractive prices! If you release hatched butterflies now in summer, it will boost the population in your area and you may see more when they emerge from hibernation in spring.

SEEDS of two rare foodplants are available right now. Milk Parsley Peucedanum palustre is the preferred foodplant of the Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio machaon. Sow the seed immediately and it germinates with vigour. The seed does not store for long. Also available now is seed of Great Water Dock Rumex hydropathalum, the preferred foodplant of the Large Copper Butterfly Lycaena dispar.


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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

European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Immediately available, producing butterflies very soon.
Availability: NOW
Comma c-album 5 pupae
Ready NOW for a few days. One of the most delightful garden butterflies.
Availability: NOW
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io Pupae
Larvae are about to pupate. Final opportunity to get Peacocks for this season.
Availability: Imminent
Elephant Hawk elpenor pupae  SPECIAL  PRICES
Moths emerge and breed this year. Provide foodplant for egg-laying, and flowers.
Availability: NOW
Large Copper disparbatavus 5 pupae
Pupae are appearing now. Orders can be taken for a short time.
Availability: NOW
Adonis Blue bellargus 5 pupae
Pupae available immediately for a very short time. Scarce and very desirable.
Availability: NOW
Large White Pieris brassicae A whole EGG BATCH
For a short time in summer whole egg batches are available.
Availability: NOW
Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
Eggs now being laid. Very unusual white waxy larvae, decorated with coloured knobs!
Availability: NOW
Jersey Tiger quadripunctaria 10 larvae
Rather difficult to obtain. Larvae available from late August.
Availability: From late August
Large Copper dispar batavus 10 larvae
Larvae and pupae available again. It's a privilege to have this rarity, which is highly protected in the wild.
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Having nearly completed booked orders, eggs of this VERY popular species can be ordered NOW!
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
Breeding is in full swing. There are booked orders to supply first, but new orders can be taken now for supply this summer.
Availability: August/September
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 10 larvae
Pernyi has become inbred in captivity, but these are from freshly obtained strong stock.
Availability: NOW
Poplar Hawk Laothoe populi 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability.
Eggs and larvae available now and doing well.
Availability: Spring
Large White Pieris brassicae 10 larvae
Not as easy to find in nature when you want some. Migrations are arriving and breeding now.
Availability: NOW
European Swallowtail P.machaon gorganus 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Swallowtail breeding is going well. There are good numbers and we can take new orders for delivery NOW.
Availability: NOW
HYBRID cocoons of Giant Peacock moth with Ligurian Emperor Moth 4 cocoons PYRI x PAVONIELLA
A particularly rare and interesting hybrid! Only one lot of 4 cocoons - sold to the first buyer!
Availability: NOW
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines pupae
Pupae, like little thorns. Store cold from October to March. Butterflies emerge in spring.
Availability: NOW
Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding.
Very scarce Saturniid from remote Kazakhstan. We have never offered cocoons before. Numbers limited.
Availability: NOW
Tiger Swallowtail glaucus 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Early eggs are being laid NOW. Beautiful larvae when large, with cute eye-spots!
Availability: Summer 2023
Tiger Swallowtail glaucus pupae SPECIAL JUBILEE PRICES!
Magnificent American Swallowtail with characterful larvae that feed on Ash.
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: May/Jun 2023
Forbes’ Atlas Moth Rothschildia forbesi  (R. lebeau). Central America 5 cocoons
A lovely Central American Atlas, with beautiful larvae that thrive on Privet.
Availability: NOW
Malayan Jungle Nymph Heteropteryx dilatata One pair of Nymphs
Exceptionally striking and large Phasmid. First time available for years!
Availability: NOW
Owl Butterfly Caligo species 10 larvae
Eggs and larvae available immediately. Extraordinary larvae, producing amazing pupae like wrapped leaves.
Availability: NOW
Citrus Swallowtail POT LUCK collection of 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability
Fascinating larvae with many colour forms. Easy to rear on Citrus and Choisya.
Availability: NOW
Spurge Hawkmoth named ssp Hyles euphorbiae cretica from Crete. Breeding stock of 5 pupae
Seldom available endemic to Crete. A species for the Hawkmoth connoisseur!
Availability: NOW
Italian Festoon Zerynthia cassandra Pupae
Pupae are in transit to us right now. A Festoon (Papilionidae) endemic to Italy. First time offered!
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons from Thailand
The finest and largest cocoons of this giant from Thailand. Hibernating pupae to store cold until spring.
Availability: Aug/Sep
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Eggs available again. Very rewarding rearing on Privet with some warmth. Larvae become very large!
Availability: NOW
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons
Exceptional and giant Moon Moth, endemic to Madagascar. Huge netted silver cocoons, by far the largest in the world!
Availability: NOW
Morpho peleides (helenor) 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
A rare opportunity to rear some of the most brilliant iridescent butterflies in the world!
Availability: NOW
Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs
Eggs immediately available. Store chilled until May. The largest and most magnificent of these Catocala species.
Availability: Late summer onwards
Morpho helenor. South America pupae
Just amazing to hatch these out at home. Best in a tropical house. See text.
Availability: NOW
Caligo atreus 10 eggs or 7 larvae according to availability
Larvae available immediately. Fast-growing. Spectacular in all stages!
Availability: NOW
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
There are a few left with GemLight NOW. GemLights are in short supply.
Availability: NOW
The Goodden GemLight
Runs all night on just 8 AA batteries. Site the trap carefully and results can be excellent in remote areas.
Availability: NOW
Size 5A  Plastic Box Shallow version of Size 5 174 x 115 x 41mm. Carton of 3.
New size of Plastic Rearing Container, shallower version of the ever popular Size 5.
Availability: NOW
Ermine Puss Moth D erminea 5 pupae
A European cousin of the Puss Moth. Interesting to rear for comparison. Puss pupae are almost never available, and erminea pupae are scarce.
Availability: NOW
£28.50 £15.95
Great Water Dock Rumex hydropathalum Seeds. Foodplant of the Large Copper Butterfly
Foodplant of the Large Copper in its natural habitat. Easily grown at water's edge or in pots standing in water.
Availability: NOW
Milk Parsley Peucedanum palustre  Packet of seed
Seldom available. Milk Parsley seed, foodplant of the Swallowtail Papilio machaon. Germinates rapidly and easy to grow.
Availability: NOW
Vapourer Moth antiqua eggs.
Exceptionally attractive larvae. Extraordinary fat wingless females, and males that can find them from miles away!
Availability: NOW
Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae
It's been years since we listed this scarce species. Don't let this opportunity pass!
Availability: NOW
After months of having no exotic butterfly pupae, this collection of World Swallowtails is now available again.
Availability: NOW
For the first time this year, due to Covid, exotic butterfly pupae have been impossible to obtain but we can now supply this collection again.
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
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
Empty cocoon collections. Hugely varied, all identified. From a UNIQUE collection of the world's Silkmoth cocoons.
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
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
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. 

COVID NOTE: Time in the post is outside our control during the Covid pandemic. We cannot guarantee replacement or refund in the event of loss through postal treatment or delay.

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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