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.

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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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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.



Never in the 60 year history of WWB has it been possible to offer so many prime,

scarce and desirable species all at one time!

SEE: Purple Emperor iris, Small Purple Emperor ilia, White Admiral camilla, Deathshead Hawkmoth atropos both eggs and pupae, Camberwell Beauty antiopa, Large Tortoiseshell  polychloros,  Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell xanthomelas, Scarce Fritillary maturna, Swallowtail machaon gorganus, Giant Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei eggs  - and the list goes on .............


Peacock Butterfly Inachis io larvae are available immediately. They do best reared on growing Stinging Nettle. Eggs of Deathshead Hawkmoth atropos and European Swallowtail machaon gorganus are available now. Puss Moth vinula have bred wonderfully and more eggs are available immediately.  HAWKMOTHS are breeding and several are available now as eggs or larvae. Exotic butterfly pupae can be ordered now: please see the section on this website. 

Larvae of the day-flying Scarlet Tiger dominula which lives as a colony, are available immediately. Hibernate them sleeved and they complete the life-cycle in the spring. Can you help to establish more in the wild?

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, Elephant Hawk elpenor.

Giant Silkmoth cocoons available NOW include the American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus and 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

New Clouded Yellow Colias australis 5 pupae
Ready immediately! Very hard to obtain.
Availability: NOW
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io Pupae
Fresh pupae available immediately. Ideal to hatch and release to boost the local population of Peacocks, which need help in many places.
Availability: NOW
DUOS and TRIOS Pick Your Own. 10 eggs of each species.
Popular BARGAIN choice of DUO or TRIO at near half price. You choose from the listed species.
Availability: NOW
Purple Emperor Apatura iris 5 larvae
At long last we expect to have pre-hibernation larvae again this late summer!
Availability: Sept/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
White Admiral camilla 5 larvae
A most desirable species, MOST difficult to obtain. Young larvae ready NOW. Amazingly shaped larvae, egg and pupae!
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
We seldom get pupae of this popular species but some will be available any day now. They have just formed and need to harden.
Availability: NOW
Smerinthus caecus, RUSSIA 15 eggs
A new species to WWB. Eggs available immediately.
Availability: NOW
Camberwell Beauty antiopa pupae
One of the star species of summer, the Camberwell Beauty is the prize one always hopes to see, but ......
Availability: Late July
Brown Hairstreak betulae 3 mated females
Very unusual offer! A chance to establish this lovely species in your area.
Availability: July/August 2019
Puss Moth vinula 15 eggs SPECIAL PRICE
A real favourite for families and experienced breeders alike! Amazing caterpillars!
Availability: NOW
£16.95 £12.95
DUO Peacock Inachis io and Comma c-album 10 larvae of each
Two of the finest Garden Butterflies 10 larvae of each for near half the normal price!
Availability: NOW
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
Red Admiral atalanta 15 eggs/10 larvae according to availability
Not available every year. There are eggs now and larvae soon. The larvae are solitary and need different rearing from other Vanessids.
Availability: NOW
Canadian Eyed Hawk Smerinthus cerisyi 15 eggs
Breeding well and eggs available immediately. An Eyed Hawk with differences.
Availability: NOW
Brimstone rhamni 5 pupae
Just one lot of 5 pupae available right now. Sold to the first buyer!
Availability: NOW
Papilio antenor Madagascar 2 pupae
One of the largest of all Papilios. The pupa resembles a Birdwing in shape, and much larger than other Papilio pupae.
Availability: NOW
Brown Hairstreak betulae TEN pupae
Pupae are very seldom available, but there are some right now!
Availability: NOW
£45.00 £39.95
Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia TWO cocoons
Really fine cocoons of this, one of the most beautiful and famous of all silkmoths.
Availability: NOW
£25.95 £18.95
DUO Small Tortoiseshell urticae and Comma Butterfly c-album. Ten larvae of each.
Ten larvae each of two species for a bargain price!
Availability: NOW
European Swallowtail machaon gorganus 5 summer pupae
One of the finest of all butterflies! Butterflies emerge this summer. Pupae are being bred for us in Italy now and will arrive in July.
Availability: NOW
Hypolimnas bolina Tropical Asia 20 eggs
Active larvae easily reared on Nettle. Male and female butterflies distinctly different.
Availability: NOW
Comma larvae c-album 10 larvae
There has been a shortage this year but larvae are available for immediate sending.
Availability: NOW
Black-veined White crataegi Egg Batch
Females continue to lay so egg batches can be supplied immediately.
Availability: NOW
European Swallowtail P.machaon gorganus 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
More eggs and larvae are being produced this month. One of the most popular species with spectacular larvae and butterflies.
Availability: July second half
Emperor Moth pavonia  cocoons
Emperors have done well this year and we have the first cocoons already. Store cool until March.
Availability: NOW
Epiphora mythimnia TWO pupae
A very fine African Saturniid that we seldom obtain.
Availability: NOW
Gynandsia maia Africa TWO pupae
Very attractive moth with camouflaged forewings, concealing two enormous hindwing eyespots.
Availability: NOW
Pseudobunaea irius TWO pupae
A very fine African Saturniid that we seldom get.
Availability: NOW
Owl Butterfly Caligo atreus two pupae
Combines the best beauty of both Caligo and Morpho. Absolutely magnificent! Just a few pupae available NOW.
Availability: NOW
American Black Swallowtail polyxenes asterias 15 eggs or 10 Larvae according to availability.
Rarely available, there are some eggs NOW! Feed on Fennel, Carrot tops, Parsnip.
Availability: September
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Our most popular species of all! Booked orders have been supplied and there are still more eggs.
Availability: July/August
Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
Becoming difficult to obtain. We have larvae available NOW. Rear on growing nettle if possible.
Availability: NOW
£41.90 £29.95
Scarlet Tiger Moth dominula 15 larvae
Brilliantly coloured day-flying moth. Larvae easy to rear sleeved on potted foodplant, where they hibernate, and finish feeding in spring.
Availability: NOW
This WWB method of keeping underground pupae enables humidifying, inspection and good hygiene.
Availability: NOW
Bullseye Moth Automeris io 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Eggs available now. Larvae gregarious. Mind the stinging spines on larger larvae!
Availability: NOW
Proserpinus proserpina 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Fabulous larvae with interesting cryptic colouring and markings. Characters in common with Elephant Hawks. Quite different and lovely moth!
Availability: July
Dolbina tancrei Asia Breeding Stock of 5 pupae
Seldom offered. Breeds easily on Privet. Pupae available NOW.
Availability: NOW
Lappet Moth quercifolia 15 eggs
Grow and hibernate larvae in sleeves. Charming larvae that wrap themselves camouflaged on branches.
Availability: NOW
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Eggs are being laid now. Easily reared sleeved indoors or outside. Very attractive in all stages.
Availability: NOW
Bullseye Moth Automeris io 4 male cocoons
Just a few male cocoons, the bright yellow beautiful ones. Sold in lots of 4 at a SPECIAL PRICE.
Availability: NOW
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus  cocoons SPECIAL PRICE
Good-sized cocoons for breeding as soon as required. Females lay prodigiously. Beautiful larvae!
Availability: NOW
Clouded Yellow Crocea 10 Larvae
Larvae available immediately. Feed on Clover or related Trefoils. Earlier than usual.
Availability: August
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 8 larvae
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: NOW
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/July 2020
Calleta Silkmoth Eupackardia calleta 15 eggs
Rather difficult to obtain, Larvae easy to rear on common foodplants.
Availability: July
Bullseye Moth Automeris io  cocoons
Charming moths, gregarious stinging larvae that eat many foodplants. Easy to rear.
Availability: Autumn
Antheraea oculea Mexico and Southern USA 15 eggs
A remarkable rarity from Arizona and Mexico. Never before offered by WWB!
Availability: July
Bellavista Horned Devil Citheronia bellavista 15 eggs
Another first for WWB. Related to the Hickory Horned Devil, this is a considerable rarity.
Availability: July
Chinese Golden Emperor Loëpa oberthuri 15 eggs
A scarce Golden Emperor Moth from China, with a remarkable furry larva in the final instar.
Availability: July
Spanish Moon Moth G isabellae eggs
Extremely scarce and probably the most beautiful European moth! The larvae thrive on Pine.
Availability: May 2020
CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae eggs
A subspecies described in recent times. Ceballosi is for the connoisseur.
Availability: May 2020
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
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
Actias artemis Asia 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
An oriental Moon Moth that is not frequently available.
Availability: NOW
Small Eyed Sphinx Paonias myops North America 15 eggs
Rather small Eyed Hawk in appearance, but not a Smerinthus.
Availability: June/July
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
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons
Despite the shortage of atlas cocoons we have good stocks from Thailand, which can be incubated now or stored for summer breeding.
Availability: Late summer
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: June/July
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
Cherry Moth promethea cocoons
Male and female amazingly different! Very spectacular and curious larvae. Highly recommended.
Availability: Autumn 2019
Empty cocoon collections. Hugely varied, all identified. From a UNIQUE collection of the world's Silkmoth cocoons.
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
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
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: NOW
Morpho peleides pupae
Successful emergence needs a tropical greenhouse. Hang the pupae in the shade.
Availability: August
Elephant Hawk elpenor pupae
Wonderful magenta and olive markings. Larvae are a joy to rear on Fuschia or Willowherb.
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
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: 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
Artificial Mulberry Diet for 20 Silkworms
Special Promotion Price. Substitute food for silkworms when mulberry difficult to find.
Availability: NOW
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: August


 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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