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ACP. Butterflies - used copy
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All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES Robert Goodden.

No other book gives such plain and practical advice for the study of butterflies and moths.
A comprehensive guide - outlining techniques for the breeding and study of butterflies and moths. This book also shows a grand selection of butterflies of every continent. Packed with essential information, colourful pictures and diagrams by the butterfly artist JOYCE BEE. Paperback. 160  pages. 7 x 4". An essential guide for the beginner.

This book went out of print many years ago. WWB bought the entire stock of the English language edition. Stocks have now sold out. There are some used copies, damage or marking mainly on the covers, which does not materially affect the content. Even these are now down to rather few copies.
Published by Hamlyn. Available only from Worldwide Butterflies.



£29.95 +vat
Moths of the British Isles. Colour Identification Guide, by Bernard Skinner
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Moths of the British Isles. Colour Identification Guide     Bernard Skinner

One of the best works on British Moths, compact text and cross-references simplify identification. Third revised and updated edition April 2009..

A colour identification with 42 plates, illustrating over 1600 species. 

Current assessment of breeding species and genuine migrants, their status, habits and distribution.  Hardcover.  325 pages. 9.5 x 7.5"  



£77.00 +vat
Butterflies of Britain and Ireland  Jeremy Thomas and Richard Lewington
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Butterflies of Britain and Ireland  Jeremy Thomas and Richard Lewington

Full of stunning illustrations, this new fully revised edition contains updated information about each species in the light of new research and updated maps.

All life stages are illustrated, and aspects of identification, variation, distribution, life-cycle, ecology, food plants and behaviour are all covered. A masterpiece!

Paperback 288 pages.

£25.00 +vat
The AURELIAN LEGACY: British Butterflies & their Collectors
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The Aurelian Legacy   Michael Salmon, Peter Marren & Basil Harley

 A fascinating account of men and women who have made valuable contributions to our knowledge of British butterflies and of their early and often complex history. 

From 1553 to present day, it covers brief biographies of 101 lepidopterists, species of historical interest, nostalgic illustrations of old equipment, good colour plates & text figures. Highly recommended.


430 pages, 11 x 8.5"




£37.00 +vat
Breeding the British Butterflies
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Breeding the British Butterflies    Peter Cribb

A good practical handbook covering all aspects of butterfly breeding, including general techniques, equipment, and hints on how to breed each of the British species, foodplants, hand-pairing etc. written by an expert on British Butterflies. 

60 pages, 6 figures, 5 plates.  Paperback 8.25 x 5.75"

£7.95 +vat
Field Guide to the MOTHS of Great Britain & Ireland
Availability: From November

Field Guide to the MOTHS of Great Britain and Ireland  Paul Waring & Martin Townsend.   Illustrated by Richard Lewington

To identify your catch this book is the first ever to depict every species as you find it in the wild, in completely natural positions, instead of wings spread as in a collection. Absolutely outstanding. More than 1,600 superbly detailed illustrations of over 880 species, showing moths in their natural resting positions.

Photographs of larvae. Comprehensive tests for each species, and general introduction to identifying and studying moths. A superb companion to accompany WWB's Moonlander Moth Traps.   Quite the best moth book available. 



£77.00 +vat
CHART Caterpillars of the British Butterflies, Gordon Riley & David Carter
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CHART Caterpillars of the British Butterflies


A very striking and informative identification guide, which will help at a glance to identify butterfly caterpillars.  The artist is Gordon Riley, and it is edited by David Carter.  20 x 30". Sent folded.




£4.50 +vat
Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
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Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland   edited by Phil Sterling and Mark Parsons, illustrated by Richard Lewington. 

A new guide to micro-moths, illustrated with over 1500 artworks and photographs.   Soft cover, 416 pages

Written by a team of experts from across the British Isles, the book describes and illustrates over 1000 species of micro-moths.


£34.99 +vat
Day-flying Moths, a laminated fold-out chart - Richard Lewington
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Day-flying Moths, a laminated fold-out chart  Illustrated by Richard Lewington 

8-page laminated chart with 103 species of day-flying macro-moths and information on the habitats and distribution of each species. Illustrations by Richard Lewington.

£6.95 +vat
The top 50 Garden Birds in Britain, a laminated fold-out chart
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The top 50 Garden Birds in Britain

This laminated fold-out chart is designed to help identify the majority of species likely to be found in a garden throughout the year. 12 pages.

£5.95 +vat
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
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Five Painted Lady larvae in Total Environment Pot

Available only for delivery to GB addresses, not international orders.

The five Painted Lady caterpillars live their whole life inside the see-through pot which contains all they need from birth to pupating. You need add no food. You don’t even clean them out and they look after themselves over weekends!

The larvae grow quite quickly in summer indoor conditions (never keep them in direct sunshine).  The container is easily passed round a group without disturbance to the larvae.
During skin change the larvae do not move or eat This may last a day or two.

Don't be alarmed by this: it is a natural stage in their development.

When the larvae have finished eating, they suspend themselves from a silk pad spun on special absorbent paper in the lid. Here they cast their caterpillar skin.  If you are lucky and look at the right moment you can see the actual moment of change from caterpillar to chrysalis.

Let the chrysalis harden for a couple of days, then hang the paper pinned inside a cage for the butterflies to emerge.

You can keep the butterflies for a few days in a cage with nectar flowers. Then, except in the colder months October to March, release them into the wild where they may breed naturally in your area. Please keep the larvae and pupae in an even room temperature (around 18-22º) day and night. Keep away from direct sunlight or a direct heat source such as a radiator.

The instructions are printed above - please note them for the arrival of the larvae which are not sent with further instructions. If you are sending larvae as a present, please remember the recipient will not have these instructions, unless you copy them to the recipient.


Can be ordered in advance. During the season there may be a delay of a couple of weeks or more if larvae are not currently at the size for sending. 


Caterpillars of the British Isles, Colour Identification Guide.  Jim Porter
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Caterpillars of the British Isles, Colour Identification Guide.  Jim Porter

Illustrates 850 butterfly and moth larvae. 

Books for identifying caterpillars are very scarce.  This excellent caterpillar guide is now available again. Foodplants, Habits etc. detailed for each species. 

Compliments Skinner’s Moths. Hardback    275 pages. 

The best guide for many years.

£77.00 +vat