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.

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

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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.

The Green Dragon Moth Ophiusa tirhaca has never been offered before by WWB. It is an exciting and large moth, close to the Catocala underwings and with larvae that demonstrate the relationship. It's home is in warmer Mediterranean climate, extending through Africa and Asia to Australia. We have pupae arriving this month. They can be incubated immediately, or held for up to about a month at about 8 degrees before they hatch and breed. The larvae feed on a wide variety of plants, including evergreen species. This is an opportunity to try a species seldom bred in captivity and relatively unrecorded. It will appeal to connoisseurs, photographers and curious entomologists!

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.

Eggs of the far eastern Boisduval's Silkmoth Caligula boisduvali are available immediately. The larvae are exceptionally beautiful, changing appearance at each skin-change. The eggs produce larvae in early spring, as soon as the first buds open. Highly recommended.

Even in autumn there are some larvae available immediately. Pre-hibernation larvae and winter eggs of certain British butterflies are ready to send right now - see the large Fritillaries, Hairstreaks and Marbled White galathea. This month, Painted Lady cardui larvae in a pot of diet are available for the last time this this year. Best to order in the first half of October.

We are reaching the time of harvest of cocoons and pupae which will be entering their dormant hibernation period. This is the time to look ahead to plans for rearing next spring and summer. The dormant pupae can be kept in cold storage, even a fridge, and brought out in the spring for emergence of the adults and subsequent breeding. 

International customers can save Express courier fees in summer by buying dormant winter pupae by post, for breeding next season.

Deathshead Hawkmoth atropos eggs and larvae are doing wonderflly this year and more eggs are being laid right now. This is one of the most sought after of all species and they will be available for only a short time. Oleander Hawk nerii eggs are also due this month for a limited period.

Belted Beauty Lycea zonaria Found in only about 3 British localities on sandy nutrient-poor grassland or dunes. Very scarce in Holland, otherwise it occurs rarely in isolated parts of central Europe. The female is bulbous and wingless! Very few breeders have had experience of rearing this fascinating Geometer. Other interesting species are the Small Eggar lanestris whose nut-like cocoons are available now. Keep them refrigerated because the moment temperatures rise in spring, the moths develop inside, and suddenly emerge prematurely on a warmer day. There are also Cinnabar jacobaeae pupae, which usually sell before spring arrives.  Vapourer Moth antiqua eggs are available now. Store them cold until they hatch in spring.

Eggs and larvae of Large Fritillaries. Larvae of the Dark Green Fritillary aglaia are immediately available. Winter them sleeved on potted Violet, kept out of doors. Hibernating eggs of the rare High Brown Fritillary adippe are available now, as long as stocks last. Marbled White galathea pre-hibernation larvae are also available to hibernate outside, sleeved on potted coarse grass

Eggs of rare Hairstreaks Winter eggs of the Brown Hairstreak betulae and the very RARE Black Hairstreak pruni are available immediately. Store the eggs cold until the buds open in spring.

Woolly Bears are the larvae of the Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja. Young Woolly Bears can be ordered in advance for spring delivery, when they come out of hibernation. Once found commonly on waysides but now quite scarce. Sleeve the larvae on Willow or Sallow, letting the leaves accumulate in the sleeve to give the caterpillars a hibernation haven. They are normally ground feeders on Dock, Dandelion, Nettle and other such plants but they hibernate well sleeved.

Bee Hawkmoths. Pupae are immediately available of the Broad-bordered Bee Hawk fuciformis, and the Far Eastern Bee Hawk affinis. For the first time we also have some pupae of the magnificent bright green Hemaris croatica - a great rarity from eastern Europe into Russia. See the pictures and text for this exceptional species. 

Butterfly winter pupae available right now include Orange Tip cardamines, Map Butterfly levana Eurpean Swallowtail machaon gorganus and The Festoon polyxena. Soon there will be others, including  Swallowtail machaon gorganus and Scarce Swallowtail podalirius.

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.

Three particularly interesting moth species all available immediately: Vapourer Moth antiqua store the eggs cold until spring. The caterpillars are tufted and brilliantly coloured. Small Eggar Moth lanestris cocoons, available NOW,  are smooth and oval, looking rather like nuts. See the pictures of the moths. The female has a powder-puff tail which she uses to cover the eggs. The larvae live in a white tent, emerging at night to feed. Kentish Glory versicolora now very scarce, emerges and breeds in late winter. Pupae are ready immediately. The larvae cluster and blend with their foodplant, and become as impressive as the Hawkmoths. Male and female are different in size and colour, and quite unlike any other moth. These are highly recommended, and pupae numbers are very limited.

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,  Bee Hawk fuciformis, Lime Hawk tiliae, Poplar Hawk populi, Eyed Hawk ocellata, Elephant Hawk elpenor and Small Elephant Hawk porcellus. In the coming weeks, other species will arrive and can be ordered now for breeding next season. 

Giant Silkmoth cocoons available NOW include the Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei, Giant Atlas Moth, American Moon Moth luna, American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus, Cherry Moth promethea, and soon the European Tree of Heaven Silkmoth cynthia. 

Several different Swallowtail Butterfly pupae are currently available, including the European Swallowtail machaonScarce Swallowtail podalirius, The Festoon Zerynthia polyxena a delicate and smaller European Papilio species. There are also Swallowtails from North America. 

EXOTIC SWALLOWTAIL pupae, and World Exotic Butterfly Pupae are available immediately, with even more species available from March.

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

Scarlet Windowed Moth Cricula andrei ONE PAIR of pupae
There are a few pairs of cocoons immediately available. This species had not been available for a great many years.
Availability: NOW
Actias maenas  10 eggs
Just a few eggs of this rarity available immediately. An opportunity for the Saturniid connoisseur.
Availability: NOW
Zerynthia caucasica  5 Pupae
MOST difficult to obtain. This much sought-after Festoon species has not been available for quite a few years. Only a few available.
Availability: NOW
Bullseye Moth Automeris io  cocoons
Charming moths - male and female quite different. Difficult to obtain. Cocoons available immediately.
Availability: NOW
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia cocoons
Difficult to obtain. Cocoons - nice large ones - have been reared for us in Italy and are available immediately.
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
Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs
Store eggs refrigerated until May. Wonderful larvae and spectacular moths!
Availability: NOW
African Peacock Mantis Pseudempusa pinnapavonis FOUR young mantids
Highly colourful defence eye markings on this African Mantis. New to WWB!
Availability: NOW
Vapourer Moth antiqua eggs.
Eggs immediately available. Store cold until spring. Beautiful tufted larvae, Curious wingless female. Vigorous and active males.
Availability: NOW
Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 5 cocoons
Some cocoons still available
Availability: NOW
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
Ligurian Emperor Saturnia pavoniella Cocoons SPECIAL PRICES
This European cousin of the Emperor has the most amazingly varied larvae. Easily bred. Many people have yet to breed pavoniella.
Availability: NOW
Emperor Moth pavonia  cocoons
The ever popular Emperor, Britain's only Silkmoth. Cocoons often sell out before spring.
Availability: NOW
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons  SPECIAL PRICES
The largest European moth, with larvae as fine as any exotic Moon Moth. Not difficult to breed.
Availability: NOW
Marbled White galathea 10 larvae
Hibernate these larvae sleeved on a pot of coarse grass, stood outside.
Availability: NOW
Black Hairstreak S. pruni TEN eggs
Britain's rarest Hairstreak. VERY SCARCE! Winter eggs to rear in spring.
Availability: NOW
£30.00 £20.00
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 20 eggs
Winter eggs of this butterfly that few people see in the wild. Rear on Blackthorn in springtime.
Availability: NOW
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 20 eggs
One of our finest Fritillaries, and RARE. Raise your own on Violet plants from 20 winter eggs.
Availability: NOW
£29.90 £12.95
European Swallowtail machaon gorganus winter pupae
One of the grandest of all European butterflies. Breeds in captivity, producing most striking larvae.
Availability: NOW
Scarce Swallowtail podalirius pupae
As exotic as tropical Swallowtails. Pupae available immediately
Availability: NOW
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: NOW
Map Butterfly levana  Pupae
In short supply but a stock of fine pupae has just arrived.
Availability: NOW
Pine Arches Moth Panthea coenobita 5 pupae
Very hard to obtain. A small number of cocoons available now.
Availability: NOW
Privet Hawk S ligustri 10 Pupae SPECIAL OFFER!
Our largest Hawkmoth with spectacular larvae. This special offer will revert to the normal price when the reserved stock has sold.
Availability: NOW
£37.95 £29.50
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini 15 eggs
Ricini larvae do well on Privet. They are continuously brooded and will breed again this winter.
Availability: December/January
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka 15 eggs
Fascinating larvae with extraordinarily varied colours and patterns. Thrives on Privet and grows well in warmth.
Availability: Summer 2019
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: NOW
£13.95 £12.95
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines pupae
Difficult to obtain. Extraordinary pupae that look like thorns on a stem! Dormant pupae to hatch in the spring.
Availability: NOW
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability
Eggs available again in November. The larvae thrive on Privet and grow fast in the warm.
Availability: Dec/January
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus  cocoons
Amazing moths with huge hindwing eye-spots. Considerable colour variation. Eggs are laid in large numbers. Very attractive larvae with silver spangles!
Availability: NOW
Cherry Moth promethea cocoons
Male and female amazingly different! Very spectacular and curious larvae. Highly recommended.
Availability: NOW
Spicebush Swallowtail troilus pupae
In short supply this season, but pupae are arriving in November.
Availability: NOW
The Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes 2 pupae
North America's largest Swallowtail. Very impressive. Dormant pupae to hatch in the spring.
Availability: NOW
Empty cocoon collections. Hugely varied, all identified. From a UNIQUE collection of the world's Silkmoth cocoons.
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Breeding has gone well and more orders can be taken for September delivery.
Availability: December/January
Belted Beauty Lycea zonaria Pupae
A scarce and most interesting species, with wingless females. Seldom offered. Don't miss these!
Availability: NOW
Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae pupae
Scarce in Europe and suddenly less common in Britain. Store pupae cold until spring.
Availability: NOW
Hemaris croatica pupa
Extremely difficult to obtain.This is the first time ever. The most desirable of all Bee Hawkmoths!
Availability: NOW
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
This is the season for Woolly Bears, once found in hedgerows, and could be again if we look after them!
Availability: March 2019
£62.50 £42.95
Far Eastern Bee Hawk Hemaris affinis pupae
A Bee Hawk from Russia with a lot in common with our species. Interesting for Sphingid connoisseurs to breed.
Availability: NOW
Ceranchia apollina Madagascar pupae
Fine and large cocoons in ready immediately. A species for the connoisseur, with very unusual moths.
Availability: NOW
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons SALE PRICES
Often difficult to obtain. New stock of cocoons just arrived. Pairing easy.
Availability: NOW
Mercury Vapour spare bulb
No longer made. We have a SMALL stock immediately available
Availability: NOW
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons SPECIAL PRICES!
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: NOW
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk H fuciformis pupae
SPECIAL PRICES for this special Hawmoth that is seldom available. The moths are born with scales, which are immediately lost in flight!
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: March 2019
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae
Brilliantly coloured moths. Larvae are reared on Bedstraw, and are like Elephant larvae in miniature.
Availability: NOW
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: March 2019
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 £22.95
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: March 2019


 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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