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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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.

Spring is now well under way. Clouded Yellow crocea larvae are available immediately. Early Small Tortoiseshells urticae have bred remarkably well so there are temporary reductions on all quantities. Brimstones rhamni are laying and larvae will be ready this month. Larvae of Brown Hairstreak betulae are ready immediately. Glanville Fritillary are pupating now and pupae can be ordered immediately. There are now larvae of the Tau Emperor Aglia tau, Emperor Moth pavonia and Puss Moth vinula.  Eggs of the Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka are available immediately. European Swallowtail machaon gorganus will soon be breeding, and eggs can be ordered now for delivery this month or early in June.

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

Large cocoons of the Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas are immediately available. They have become very difficult to obtain but we have an excellent stock of very fine cocoons. They are in diapause, which means they can be stored cold until you wish to breed from them, from spring onwards. Alternatively they can be put into incubation conditions as soon as you wish, to emerge much earlier.

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. 

The African Peacock Mantis Pseudempusa pinnapavonis is a most beautiful new species to the WWB website. Search the name and see the pictures of these wonderful creatures displaying. They are available right now.

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, Elephant Hawk elpenor.

Giant Silkmoth cocoons available NOW include the Giant Atlas Moth, American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus, Cherry Moth promethea, 

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
Small Tortoiseshell urticae 5 pupae SPECIAL PRICE
Some early pupae ready last week of May. Sadly a declining species. Can you help spread Tortoiseshells in your area?
Availability: NOW
£15.00 £12.95
Emperor Moth pavonia 10 larvae
Larvae available immediately. Gregarious at first. Will feed on many plants. Beautiful as large larvae.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Cherry Moth promethea 15 eggs
Eggs ready NOW. The larvae are MAGNIFICENT and quite different!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Lime Hawk tiliae 10 larvae
Some early larvae ready now. Easy to rear on Lime and a range of other trees.
Availability: NOW
£12.50
Puss Moth vinula 10 larvae
One of the most interesting and different larvae to rear. Everyone's FAVOURITE! Amazing differences in every stage.
Availability: NOW
£15.95
Tau Emperor Aglia tau 10 larvae
Young larvae are spectacularly spined like some exotic larvae. Easy to rear on several foodplants.
Availability: NOW
£15.95
EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
Tortoiseshells have been very productive so there are reductions on all quantities. A chance to help boost ailing wild populations.
Availability: NOW
£33.90 £18.95
Puss Moth vinula eggs SPECIAL PRICES.
Temporary special prices due to successful breeding.
Availability: NOW
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus  cocoons SPECIAL PRICE
Good-sized cocoons for breeding as soon as required. Females lay prodigiously. Beautiful larvae!
Availability: NOW
Smerinthus caecus, RUSSIA 15 eggs
A Russian Eyed Hawk not offered before. Will emerge and breed any time now.
Availability: May/June
£12.95
Hog sphinx Darapsa myron North America A Breeding Stock of 5 pupae
Very streamlined green-grey Hawkmoth, with beautiful larvae that feed on vine and creepers.
Availability: NOW
£14.95
European Swallowtail P.machaon gorganus 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Breeding starts in May. Eggs will be available very soon.
Availability: May onwards
£12.95
Brimstone rhamni larvae
This spring Brimstones have done well. Lots of eggs. Larvae ready shortly. Can you help to boost Brimstones in your area?
Availability: May-June
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 pupae
Marsh Fritillary has done well this spring. Pupae available in good numbers.
Availability: May 2020
£38.00 £23.50
Glanville Fritillary cinxia 10 pupae
Lots of fresh pupae ready early this year.
Availability: May 2020
£18.95
Clouded Yellow Crocea 10 Larvae
Larvae available immediately. Feed on Clover or related Trefoils. Earlier than usual.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Beckeri Marsh Fritillary Euodrydryas aurinia beckeri 5 pupae
Very seldom available. Magnificent, large and very striking Spanish form.
Availability: May 2020
£14.95
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
The largest egg of all Lepidoptera - by far! See the illustration. Very easy to rear in a little warmth. Larvae become huge, and spin the largest cocoon in the world!
Availability: Imminent
£18.95
Papilio multicaudata North America 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Very large and multi-tailed North American Swallowtail. Amazing eyed larvae that feed on Lime.
Availability: June 2019
£12.95
Rothschildia cincta 15 eggs or 10 larvae
A lovely South American Atlas moth, that thrives on Privet.
Availability: June/July
£10.50
Calleta Silkmoth Eupackardia calleta 15 eggs/10 larvae
Rather difficult to obtain, Larvae easy to rear on common foodplants.
Availability: May/June
£12.95
Antheraea sumatrana from Sumatra Cocoons
Sumatran Antheraea with some characteristics of mylitta. Both sexes very variable in colour.
Availability: NOW
Attacus lorquinii  cocoons
Endemic Philippine Atlas Moth. Only available from time to time. Strongly marked with red.
Availability: NOW
Bullseye Moth Automeris io  cocoons
Charming moths, gregarious stinging larvae that eat many foodplants. Easy to rear.
Availability: NOW
Black-veined White crataegi 10 larvae
Larvae immediately available. Gregarious until older. Easily reared on Hawthorn, Plum and Blackthorn. Butterflies produced this year.
Availability: April 2020
£15.95
Black-veined White crataegi 5 pupae
Most beautiful pupae, available in May, producing butterflies May/June. Not difficult to pair and obtain egg batches. With climate change it may be possible to establish again in Britain.
Availability: May 2020
£16.95
Antheraea oculea Mexico and Southern USA 15 eggs
A remarkable rarity from Arizona and Mexico. Never before offered by WWB!
Availability: June/July
£16.95
Bellavista Horned Devil Citheronia bellavista 15 eggs
Another first for WWB. Related to the Hickory Horned Devil, this is a considerable rarity.
Availability: June/July
£16.95
Chinese Golden Emperor Loëpa oberthuri 15 eggs
A scarce Golden Emperor Moth from China, with a remarkable furry larva in the final instar.
Availability: June 2019
£15.95
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka 15 eggs
Larvae have many forms of colour and pattern. Easily reared on Privet and other easy plants. Easy to breed. Lots of beauty and colour!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Peacock Mantis Pseudempusa pinnapavonis TWO young mantids
Highly colourful defence eye markings on this Asian Mantis. New to WWB!
Availability: NOW
£15.50
Lappet Moth quercifolia 15 eggs
Eggs are laid in July. The fascinating larvae feed into the autumn, and hibernate sleeved on Blackthorn. Very special!
Availability: July/August
£12.95
Marsh Fritillary aurinia larvae  10 larvae
Larvae feeding and developing well on Honeysuckle, Devil's Bit and Teasel. Butterflies emerge this year.
Availability: Spring 2020
£12.95
Glanville Fritillary cinxia 10 larvae
Larvae immediately available. Gregarious until older. Easily reared on Ribwort Plantain. Butterflies produced this year.
Availability: April 2020
£12.95
Spanish Moon Moth G isabellae eggs
Extremely scarce and probably the most beautiful European moth! The larvae thrive on Pine.
Availability: NOW
CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae eggs
A subspecies described in recent times. Ceballosi is for the connoisseur.
Availability: NOW
Kentish Glory, versicolora eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Eggs being laid now. The larvae hatch as the buds are opening. Very easy to rear and they do well sleeved indoors or outside.
Availability: April 2020
PUPAE NEST
Never offered before, the Pupae Nest is the innovative way WWB incubates pupae for best results and hygienic control.
Availability: NOW
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
From March onwards these larvae are available in pots of diet so children can watch the life cycle without feeding and maintenance!
Availability: NOW
EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
First available in April. Prepare pots of nettle to feed the young larvae in a simple cage or sleeve.
Availability: NOW
£16.95 £12.95
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 £34.95
Canadian Eyed Hawk Smerinthus cerisyi 15 eggs
Breeds easily and feeds on easily found foodplants.
Availability: May/June 2019
£12.95
Actias artemis Asia 15 eggs
An oriental Moon Moth that is not frequently available.
Availability: June/July 2019
£12.95
Small Eyed Sphinx Paonias myops North America 15 eggs
Rather small Eyed Hawk in appearance, but not a Smerinthus.
Availability: May/June 2019
£13.95
Sphinx jamaicensis 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Brightly coloured Eyed Hawk that we have not had for years.
Availability: June/July 2019
£12.95
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons SPECIAL PRICES
Despite the shortage of atlas cocoons we have good stocks from Thailand, which can be incubated now or stored for summer breeding.
Availability: NOW
Scarlet Windowed Moth Cricula andrei pupae
There are a few pairs of cocoons immediately available. This species had not been available for a great many years.
Availability: NOW
Red Underwing Catocala nupta 15 eggs
Winter eggs are kept cold until spring buds open. Beautiful larvae do well in sleeves. Magnificent moths.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs
Store eggs refrigerated until May. Wonderful larvae and spectacular moths!
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Vapourer Moth antiqua eggs.
Eggs immediately available. Store cold until spring. Beautiful tufted larvae, Curious wingless female. Vigorous and active males.
Availability: NOW
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons
The largest European moth, with larvae as fine as any exotic Moon Moth. Not difficult to breed.
Availability: Autumn
Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata pupae
Prominent eye spots are flashed when disturbed. Larvae amazingly camouflaged. Breeds easily.
Availability: NOW
Poplar Hawk Laothoe populi  pupae
The hindwings are displayed in front of the forewings. Big fat larvae. Two generations every summer.
Availability: NOW
Lime Hawk tiliae pupae
This strain has been producing extreme forms of One-spot, Brick Red and Banded, in a variety of colours.
Availability: NOW
Scarce Swallowtail podalirius pupae SPECIAL PRICES
As exotic as tropical Swallowtails. Pupae available immediately
Availability: NOW
Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae pupae
Scarce in Europe and suddenly less common in Britain. Store pupae cold until spring.
Availability: Autumn
Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali 15 eggs
Eggs hatch in early spring. Beautiful larvae that change a lot at different stages. Easy to rear and can be sleeved outside, or reared indoors.
Availability: Autumn 2019
£13.95 £12.95
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs
Eggs available again in November. The larvae thrive on Privet and grow fast in the warm.
Availability: June/July
£12.95
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Breeding has gone well and more orders can be taken for September delivery.
Availability: NOW
£13.95
American Moon Moth Actias luna Cocoons
Although in short supply this season, there is a stock of cocoons available immediately. Spectacular moths and easy to breed.
Availability: Autumn 2019
Cherry Moth promethea cocoons
Male and female amazingly different! Very spectacular and curious larvae. Highly recommended.
Availability: Autumn 2019
SILK-COCOON COLLECTION
Empty cocoon collections. Hugely varied, all identified. From a UNIQUE collection of the world's Silkmoth cocoons.
Availability: NOW
Spicebush Swallowtail troilus pupae
In short supply this season, but pupae are arriving in November.
Availability: NOW
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons
Uniquely found in Madagascar, and truly giant. The cocoon is like silvery netting and is the largest in the world.
Availability: NOW
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: April onwards, monthly.
£12.95
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
£296.00
The Goodden GemLight
An amazing concept using compact electronics to attract insects, on tiny power. Designed for the Moonlander Moth Trap
Availability: NOW
£149.95
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
Morpho peleides pupae
Successful emergence needs a tropical greenhouse. Hang the pupae in the shade.
Availability: May
Elephant Hawk elpenor pupae
Wonderful magenta and olive markings. Larvae are a joy to rear on Fuschia or Willowherb.
Availability: NOW
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: July onwards
£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
Breeding Butterflies & Moths - Ekkehard Friedrich
A most comprehensive bible on breeding many species in captivity. The only one of its kind.
Availability: NOW
£37.00
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: NOW
£15.50
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
Artificial Mulberry Diet for 20 Silkworms
Special Promotion Price. Substitute food for silkworms when mulberry difficult to find.
Availability: NOW
£10.00
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 £39.50
Idea leuconoe Philippines 8 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: May
£16.95

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.   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