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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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.

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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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This is a wonderful way to mark an event, birthday, anniversary or show appreciation to friends or family, or to encourage a budding interest, even to start a new one.

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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.


There are some very scarce pupae of the GREEN HAIRSTREAK Callophrys rubi immediately available. Also the rarely availble Irish Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernia. 

KENTISH GLORY MOTH Endromis versicolora eggs are being laid in large batches, right now, and there are special prices. Store the eggs cool until the buds open, and that is already starting in some areas.

EMPEROR MOTH Saturnia pavonia eggs more will be laid in late March. Very attractive larvae, with many colour changes. Rear on Bramble when other leaves are still in bud. An early opportunity to get the rearing season started!  

COCOONS OF THE GIANT ATLAS MOTH from Thailand are ready to send immediately. They are magnificent and large. They can be incubated immediately, or stored cold until you wish to let them emerge and breed.

MARSH FRITILLARY aurinia larvae are now out of hibernation and available immediately. Feed on Devilsbit, Plantain, Knapweed, Teasel or Honeysuckle. The butterflies emerge and breed in May.

DARK GREEN FRITILLARY larvae are fresh from hibernation and feeding now on violet. Rear sleeved on potted foodplant.

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.


NEW Caterpillar Field Guide. A superbly illustrated guide to help you identify caterpillars that have often been a mystery! Publication date mid-March. Can be ordered now and would make a really useful present maybe for yourself, and for friends and family. See details here.


For GIFT SUGGESTIONS please click on that section in the menu top left of the Home Page, or click here.

There are two other rare and spectacular Moon Moths, isabellae from Spain (both isabellae isabellae and isabellae ceballosi and dubernardi from China. See them under the featured species. 

This summer there will be eggs, larvae and pupae of several exotic species, including The Milkweed Butterfly plexippus, Owl Butterfly Caligo species, Passionflower Butterflies Heliconius, and The Glasswing Greta oto. These are all listed on this website.

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. 

There are eggs of the Chinese Moon Moth Actias sinensis available immediately. A lovely species with male and female so different that they look like two different species. They can be reared in winter on Eucalyptus.  

Eggs of the Giant Atlas moth are available immediately. Keep the larvae warm and moist, and they thrive on Privet. Atlas Moth cocoons are also available.  Other species also: please see the Featured Species on this Home Page.

HAWKMOTHS are available now as dormant pupae. Oleander Hawkmoth eggs, very difficult to obtain, will be available again in January. The larvae feed on Privet.

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, 

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

Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
No feeding or special attention required. Ideal for encouraging budding beginners and for those who can't go out for foodplant.
Availability: April
Emperor Moth pavonia 15 eggs
Early Emperor eggs available already. A lovely species, and easy to rear.
Availability: NOW
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 5 Pupae
Pupae are seldom available, but this year we expect to have them. Please order early!
Availability: Summer
Indian Moon Moth selene 15 eggs
Absent for some years, eggs are expected to be available this May/June. Highly recommended. Please book early!
Availability: May/June
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 10 larvae
Spring larvae immediately available. A very rare species, easily reared indoors or sleeved outside.
Availability: NOW
£50.00 £28.00
Green-veined White napi Pupae
Newly arrived dormant pupae to hatch this spring. The larvae feed on wild Cruciferae. A beneficial wayside species that flies with the Orange Tip.
Availability: NOW
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernica IRISH RACE five pupae
Almost never available but there are some pupae available NOW!
Availability: NOW
Green Hairstreak rubi 4 pupae
The first pupae available for quite a few years! Butterflies will emerge this spring.
Availability: NOW
Kentish Glory, versicolora eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Breeding is under way and eggs are being sent out immediately. Keep eggs cool, even refrigerated, until buds appear in March.
Availability: NOW
Puss Moth D vinula pupae
Pupae have not been available for several seasons. There are some available right now. A real favourite with experienced breeders and beginners alike.
Availability: NOW
Entirely new construction and design. Rugged. Packs small. Perfect size. Frame and bag. Choose your preference of interchangeable handles.
Availability: NOW
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
The most lightweight and compact trap in the world. Run on AA batteries which last all night. Perfect for travel and remote habitats. Temporarily £50 off!!
Availability: NOW
Butterfly Scarf pure silk. Hand printed.
Beautiful hand printed design on highest quality pure silk. Presented in clear-top box. Only a few available. Key to names of butterflies included.
Availability: NOW
BREEDING OUTFIT Cage, Pupae Nest and 5 cocoons for breeding
Standard Cage with PUPAE NEST together with 5 cocoons of the Giant Atlas or Chinese Oak Silkmoth for breeding.
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
Caterpillars of Great Britain and Ireland - New and accurate Field Guide
New and accurately illustrated Caterpillar Field Guide, Illustrated by Richard Lewington. To be published mid March.
Availability: mid March 2020
Leaf Insect Phyllium giganteum TWO nymphs
The most amazing camouflage of all insects! Easy to rear warm in all seasons. Amaze friends and family!
Availability: NOW
Spurge Hawk H euphorbiae pupae
Pupae have been scarce in recent years. There are some available right now. Absolutely amazingly coloured larvae. Very fast growing.
Availability: NOW
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Oleander larvae feed on Privet and are easily reared out of season at 25C or above. Hard to obtain - eggs available immediately.
Availability: Late March
Black Swallowtail asterias pupae
A species in great demand, and difficult to obtain. There is a limited stock available now. Store cold until spring for summer emergence.
Availability: NOW
The Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes pupae
Giant species that can be bred. Store cold until spring, for summer emergence.
Availability: NOW
Tiger Swallowtail glaucus pupae
Store pupae refrigerated until April. A large Papilio that can be bred
Availability: NOW
Spicebush Swallowtail troilus pupae
Dormant pupae. Store cold until April for May-June emergence. Supplies are scarce.
Availability: NOW
Spanish Moon Moth isabellae Pupae
There are just a few cocoons of G. isabellae isabellae, in addition to the ssp ceballosi that we have been offering this autumn. Only a few. First come First served!
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas 15 eggs
Eggs immediately available. Rear on Privet in warm, humid conditions. Extraordinary larvae, producing the largest moths in the world!
Availability: March/April See text
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons from Thailand
Thailand atlas cocoons produce large moths and can be kept cool until spring if preferred.
Availability: NOW
Oleander Hawk nerii Pupae
Strong, healthy pupae from wild Crete parents. They can be hatched now or kept cool until spring.
Availability: Summer
Bullseye Moth Automeris io  cocoons
Wonderful moths with bold, colourful markings. Breeding is easy. The larvae live in close clusters until large. Mind the stinging spines!
Availability: NOW
Duke of Burgundy Fritillary lucina 5 pupae
Now very difficult to obtain. There are some pupae immediately available. Store cold to emerge in May.
Availability: Autumn 2020
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 10 larvae
Fresh strong stock. Breeding now. Eggs available immediately. Easy to rear on Privet. Continuously brooded.
Availability: Summer
Rothschildia triloba 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Very fine South American Atlas. Very pretty caterpillar, easily reared on Privet.
Availability: Spring 2020
Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi  cocoons
Captive bred pernyi have become universally inbred. At last we have some wild Chinese cocoons on their way to us!
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
Superb and large pupae in stock now, for a short time.
Availability: Summer
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Our most popular species. Moths emerging now eggs due shortly.
Availability: March/April
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk H fuciformis pupae
An amazing mimic of bees. Born with opaque scales, which are shed on first flight, to present glass clear wings.
Availability: NOW
Festoon Zerynthia polyxena pupae
Beautiful European member of the Swallowtail family. Very unusual in all stages.
Availability: NOW
Belted Beauty Lycea zonaria Pupae
A rare species with wingless female. MOST difficult to obtain. Store pupae cold until February/March when they breed.
Availability: Autumn
American Moon Moth Actias luna Eggs SPECIAL PRICES
Very easy to rear, even late in the year. Beautiful larvae and exquisite moths!
Availability: May onwards
Actias dubernardi China 15 eggs
After a long wait, dubernardi are now breeding and eggs can be ordered now!
Availability: Summer 2020
CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae Pupae
Becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Our breeder has cocoons which will be available from October.
Availability: NOW
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines pupae
THE harbinger of spring! Pupae difficult to obtain. Some are available NOW.
Availability: NOW
Marbled White galathea 50 larvae
An opportunity to start a Marbled White colony in a meadow near you!
Availability: Autumn
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 20 eggs
Hibernating eggs that hatch in late winter. Rear sleeved on pots of violet.
Availability: Autumn 2020
£29.90 £12.95
Black Hairstreak S. pruni TWENTY eggs SPECIAL PRICE.
Keep eggs cold through winter until they hatch in spring. Very RARE SPECIES.
Availability: Autumn 2020
£60.00 £20.00
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 20 eggs
Winter eggs to hibernate cold until Blackthorn buds open in March.
Availability: Autumn 2020
Tau Emperor Aglia tau Pupae
Very fine and large pupae at exceptional prices. Store cold until late winter. Moths emerge in early spring and pair by day.
Availability: Autumn
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia eggs
This species is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Its range is decreasing. Eggs are immediately available. Easy on Privet. SPECIAL PRICES!
Availability: Summer 2020
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas Sumatran cocoons
Huge moths from tropical Sumatra. Incubate and breed from them now.
Availability: Summer
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2  SALE PRICE.
Large enough for fully grown large larvae, or for keeping more smaller ones. Keeps food always fresh for 24 hours.
Availability: NOW
£16.95 £14.50
13 British Butterflies photographed in British localities by Michael Hampson. Ideal present for enthusiasts of all ages! Buy 5 and save £1 on each!
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: Autumn 2020
£150.00 £60.00
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
Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata pupae
Prominent eye spots are flashed when disturbed. Larvae amazingly camouflaged. Breeds easily.
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: Autumn
Empty cocoon collections. Hugely varied, all identified. From a UNIQUE collection of the world's Silkmoth cocoons.
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
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
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


 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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