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.

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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.

 

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.

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.

 

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RECOMMENDATIONS

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.

 

PLEASE SEE FEATURED SPECIES AND CURRENT LIVESTOCK

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

It is not very often that we can expect such a range of classic desirable species and extreme rarities, all at one time!  

THERE ARE STAR CLASSIC and RARE SPECIES that are particularly rare and desirable. These include the Purple Emperor iris, the Swedish Nomiate species of SWALLOWTAIL.

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

 

CAMBERWELL BEAUTY Vanessa antiopa pupae are available immediately. These are seldom available and this is an opportunity not to be missed. The joy of having these emerge and to observe the magnificent butterflies at home is something very special!

ADONIS BLUE bellargus pupae are being sent out in the first part of August. This is the most spectacular and brightest of all the BLUES. They are not always available, so don't miss these.

OLEANDER HAWKMOTHS Daphnis nerii are breeding NOW and eggs and larvae are available immediately.

ATTACUS PHILIPPINA is a recently described ATLAS MOTH species, bright and large. Eggs of this "new" species are available right now.

See also other interesting Silkmoths such as Antheraea frithi, which are available both as cocoons and as eggs.

European Swallowtails machaon gorganus are breeding now. Orders for eggs are being sent out in date sequence.

 

 

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

 

FROM CHINA!  Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi cocoons. Superb in size and quality. In recent years this species has been over-bred in captivity. The introduction of this fresh wild stock will overcome this problem. Order immediately and store cold for breeding from May onwards. 

 

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

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.

Silkmoth specialists will find a wide range of Saturniids available immediately. Cocoons of the African Moon Moth Argema mimosae have arrived from Kenya. These are miniatures of the Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei,  with a delicate greenish hue. They can be bred and raised on Eucalyptus. 

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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.

 

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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

Featured
Camberwell Beauty antiopa pupae
An extremely rare visitor to Britain. Much prized by entomologists and seldom available. Pupae ready NOW
Availability: NOW
Attacus philippina
A recently described species from Philippines. Extra large and bright! A chance to rear something very special!
Availability: NOW
£16.95
Adonis Blue bellargus 5 pupae
The shimmering blue of this, the brightest of all Blues, is a sight to behold. Wonderful subjects to photograph!
Availability: NOW
£15.00
European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
Summer pupae of this, our largest and grandest European butterfly. Most pupae will produce Swallowtails this season.
Availability: From August
£29.50
Jersey Tiger quadripunctaria 10 larvae
Larvae available shortly, after a long absence. It may be possible to keep them warm and have a second generation.
Availability: August
£14.95
Buff Tip Moth bucephala Eggs at special prices
Wonderful larvae that live communally until pupation. Unique in pattern and colouration and covered with down. The moths are just incredible!
Availability: NOW
Forbes’ Atlas Moth Rothschildia forbesi  (R. lebeau). Central America 15 eggs
Eggs being laid now. Very handsome larvae, producing miniature Atlas Moths. Easy on Privet.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE.
Populations fluctuate, but most are declining. This is a chance to help them in the wild near you.
Availability: NOW
£39.90 £24.95
Large White Pieris brassicae 10 larvae
Larvae available now. Also pupae before long.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Elephant Hawk elpenor 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability.
Eggs being laid now. Characterful and endearing larvae in different colour forms.
Availability: August
£14.95
Privet Hawk Sphinx ligustri 15 eggs
Amazing stocky larvae, with lilac oblique stripes on green, and a glossy black hooked tail.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Antheraea frithi 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability
Few breeders have tried this species. Some characteristics of the Tussore Silkmoth. Larvae undergo interesting changes.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
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
£15.50
Automeris frankae Costa Rica 15 eggs
An elusive Bullseye species, with spectacular larvae and adults, which are breeding right now!
Availability: August
£15.95
DUOS and TRIOS Pick Your Own. 10 eggs of each species.
A great opportunity to get several species at about half price! Read all about it!
Availability: NOW
DUO American Moon Moth luna and Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 10 eggs of each
Two spectacular and easily reared species at a SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia 15 eggs
This species is less available than it was. Eggs now being laid and available immediately. Italian stock.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability
Moths are laying now and eggs can be ordered immediately.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs
Attractive larvae that become large and spectacular. Easy to rear in most conditions, on a variety of foodplants.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka Eggs
Fabulous moths and larvae more varied in pattern and colour than almost any other species!
Availability: NOW
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
Young larvae best kept on growing shoots of potted nettle. Then on cut foodplant.
Availability: NOW
£19.95
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
Larvae available again late July into August. Rear on Nettle indoors or outside.
Availability: August
£19.95
Lappet Moth quercifolia 15 eggs
Eggs being laid now. Such endearing larvae! Easy to keep sleeved. Totally amazing moths!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden 10 larvae at SPECIAL PRICE!
First time offered. This is the nominate race of P. machaon, large and with some similarities to britannicus. Don't miss these! Available NOW for a limited time.
Availability: NOW
£16.95
Epiphora mythimnia 5 pupae
Cocoons in stock now. African Atlas moth.
Availability: NOW
£28.95
Ringlet Butterfly Aphantopus hyperanthus 15 eggs
This attractive dark ringed Satyrid is breeding now and eggs will be ready shortly.
Availability: July 2022
£12.50
Epiphora mythimnia 15 eggs
Seldom available. Interesting larvae with characteristics like atlas. Wonderful moths!
Availability: August
£12.50
Red Admiral atalanta 15 eggs
Egg laying going well. Available immediately.
Availability: July
£16.95
Tiger Swallowtail glaucus 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Breeding now, egg orders being supplied immediately.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Adonis Blue bellargus 10 larvae
Larvae will be available again in July and August.
Availability: July
£16.50
Comma larvae c-album 10 larvae
Comma larvae live solitarily. They like growing nettles, but do even better on Elm or Willow. Hard to get!
Availability: August
£14.95
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
There are a few left with GemLight NOW. GemLights are in short supply.
Availability: NOW
£296.00
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
£149.95
Marsh Fritillary aurinia EGG MASS
A whole egg batch to produce 100 or more larvae to rear on. A BARGAIN!
Availability: New orders June 2022
£24.95
Owl Butterfly Caligo species 10 larvae
Amazing larvae, very easy to rear on Banana or Canna leaves.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Bullseye Moth Automeris io  cocoons
Charming moths, with gregarious larvae. Special Promotional Price for 10 cocoons!
Availability: Autumn
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
£19.95
Automeris cecrops pamina 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Gregarious larvae with branched spines that sting, so don't touch. Not often available.
Availability: July/Aug
£15.50
Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi Large cocoons fresh from CHINA
Just arrived from China extra fine and large cocoons, perfect for breeding this season.
Availability: NOW
Small Eyed Sphinx Paonias myops North America pupae
A North American miniature Eyed Hawk with interesting differences.
Availability: NOW
Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) Extatosoma tiaratum 10 eggs
Very rewarding to rear. Big variety of forms, colour and camouflage. Most difficult to obtain.
Availability: NOW
£14.95
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
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
£4.95
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
£4.95
Leaf Insect Phyllium giganteum TWO nymphs
In all stages, one of nature's most amazing examples of camouflage! Easily reared on Bramble.
Availability: NOW
£20.00
Catocala dilecta 10 eggs
A brilliant Oak-feeding Crimson Underwing, very seldom offered for sale.
Availability: NOW
£19.95 £12.95
Laurel Sphinx, Sphinx kalmiae pupae SPECIAL PRICE!
Very seldom available. This beauty has a lot in common with the Privet Hawk, with interesting differences in all stages.
Availability: NOW
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 15 eggs or 10 larvae, according to availability
Eggs hatch immediately and feed on Privet and other evergreen leaves. Continuously brooded, regardless of season.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Achemon Sphinx Eumorpha achemon North America Pupae
NEW to WWB! One of America's most attractive Hawkmoths. Diapausing pupae NOW.
Availability: NOW
Canadian Bee Hawk Hemaris diffinis pupae
New to WWB! A very fine Canadian Bee Hawk. Store pupae cold to breed in the spring.
Availability: NOW
Vapourer Moth antiqua eggs.
Exceptionally attractive larvae. Extraordinary fat wingless females, and males that can find them from miles away!
Availability: July onwards
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Hemaris fuciformis pupae
One of the most exciting sights of summer, the buzz of this mimetic moth, few people get to see today.
Availability: NOW
Purple Emperor Apatura iris 5 larvae
Booked orders for larvae are about to be sent out! There are MANY to send before new orders, but more can be booked NOW.
Availability: October 2021
£32.00
Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae
It's been years since we listed this scarce species. Don't let this opportunity pass!
Availability: NOW
Large Copper dispar batavus 10 larvae
Some larvae are still available. This Dutch race is almost identical to the extinct British Large Copper.
Availability: July onwards
£16.95
Lappet Moth quercifolia 10 larvae
The larvae are very engaging! They have orange eye-like markings that show as they move. Uniquely they wrap around branches.
Availability: August
£12.95
WORLD SWALLOWTAIL PUPA COLLECTION 10 pupae
After months of having no exotic butterfly pupae, this collection of World Swallowtails is now available again.
Availability: NOW
£38.50
WORLD COLLECTION OF EXOTIC BUTTERFLIES Ten pupae
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
SILKWORMS Bombyx mori. 30 Established  Silkworms.
Can now be reared on diet or Mulberry leaves. Well established Silkworms, producing pure silk cocoons within weeks.
Availability: NOW
£14.95
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
£35.50
PUPAE NEST
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
£45.50
SILK-COCOON COLLECTION
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
£12.95
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
£11.95
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
£22.95
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
£49.95
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 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
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

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. 

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.

 

WWB email: sales@wwb.co.uk