Worldwide Butterflies has been supplying butterflies and moths for 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.





Customers sometimes expect their orders to arrive next day. Please take into account the anticipated season shown for each item and the fact that several items may be sent from different sources, often from another country. Post is often slower in holiday periods, especially overseas.





Please check availability on this website and, on YOUR ACCOUNT to see if there is a note against your booked item. If you do enquire, please quote not only the order NUMBER and your NAME but also the SPECIES.


Availability: NOW means can be dispatched immediately or within a few days. If a month or season is stated, and we are in that period, it does not mean that the item is available immediately. We have to wait for the species to become available. The availability period shown is when that item normally becomes available. Eg  If it is June and a species is listed as June, it does not mean it is ready to send yet: it might be late June. When that species is actually ready to send, the availability will change to NOW and booked items are dispatched in date order.


Please remember also that in summer eggs and larvae cannot be posted internationally, without severe risk in transit, particularly to southern Europe, but even to countries such as  NL, D, B and F.

Search for XXP to see cost of sending by Express courier in only 1-2 days from dispatch. Click here.



Historic specimens and Aberrations are now on the WWB website Click here to see set specimens of Coppers

The cost of postage and packing was not only reduced last season but is not increased with the new, higher postal rates.  New packaging is being used, that reduces weight and size, so the charge for posting livestock in the UK and overseas was reduced by about 25% and continues to be held down this year.  



PEACOCK BUTTERFLY Inachis io pupae are available now. This species, together with the Small Tortoiseshell urticae suffered huge losses last winter when the hibernating adults woke early and died of starvation. Could you help to boost the Peacock population in your area?

There are two Underwing species Catocala that we have never had before. These are overwintering eggs, received from Russia and from Croatia. See these amongst the featured species. We also have available Red and Blue Underwing nupta and fraxini, Crimson and Rosy Underwings sponsa and electa.

GIANT ATLAS MOTH cocoons have just arrived. These are from north Thailand and they can be incubated to emerge this autumn, or kept cool to breed from in the spring. The larvae do well on Privet and can be reared at any time of the year. Supply is seldom enough to meet demand, so please order early.

Just received very large and superb quality Privet Hawk ligustri pupae. These are ideal for breeding next season, and we highly recommend them. There are also pupae of Small Elephant Hawk porcellus - a really delightful species and one of the brightest colours of all the Hawks. There is a limited stock of the Willowherb Hawk proserpina. A very attractive moth patterned in greens, with contrasting hellow hindwings. The larvae thrive on Rosebay Willowherb.

Emperor Moth pavonia cocoons are ready now. Also its cousins the Giant Peacock Moth pyri and pavoniella. All three species emerge and breed in the spring.

PUPAE of the nominate subspecies Papilio machaon machaon are immediately available. This race is not P. m. gorganus which is found across Europe.  In fact there are greater similarities with the English Swallowtail Papilio machaon britannicus. Click on to this species in the featured section, to learn more and see pictures.

AUTUMN PUPAE are beginning to arrive from breeders. It is a good idea to look at the species you would like to breed next year and order breeding stock pupae early, while still available. 

From Africa we have cocoons of the Zambian Emperor zambezina and the Chestnut Emperor menippe. There are more cocoons of the African Moon Moth mimosae - a most popular species and miniature of the Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei

Madagascan species are on their way to us right now.  Well, we were told they are, but we are finding out whether or not there is a hitch. Madagascan suppliers don't always do as they say they will!  Eggs and cocoons of mittrei, cocoons of the Madagascan Emperor suraka, Huge pupae of Papilio antenor, and pupae of Tagoropsis leporina.

Supplies from North America have arrived. Lots more to come There will be cocoons of the American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus, American Moon Moth luna,  and pupae of three most popular species of Swallowtail, asterias, troilus and glaucus will be with us in November. There will also be a couple of species we have never listed before.

Immediately available are winter eggs of two choice Hairstreaks, the Brown betula and Black Hairstreak pruni. Store cool and in natural winter conditions until they hatch in spring. Also eggs of the scarce High Brown Fritillary adippe and larvae of the Dark Green Fritillary. The larvae of both Fritillaries feed on Violet leaves. Now is the time to buy larvae of the Marbled White galathea which can be kept sleeved on potted coarse grass.

Overwintering pupae of the Chequered Blue orion are available immediately. Store cool until spring, when they breed on Sedum. Orion is not always available and few breeders have experience of the species. Why not try some yourself?

HICKORY HORNED DEVIL regalis can be ordered in advance for supply next summer. The pupae come from several blood lines, so the stock is strong. The last time we listed this grand North American species, it was so popular, that later orders could not be supplied. So please order early. 


There are some GOOD REDUCTIONS on certain livestock and other items. See the MARKET STALL for details.

SLEEVES for rearing larvae are on temporary SPECIAL OFFER at the moment.

Please click here to see the reductions.

The WWB website offers classic species such as the English and European Swallowtails, Atlas Moth, Deathshead atropos and Oleander Hawkmoths nerii, Purple Emperor iris, Spanish Moon Moth isabellae and many more. Availability of some of these has already started. They are popular, so the earlier you book, the higher on the list your order will be.

RIGHT INTO AUTUMN conditions for moth trapping are good.  Colder nights are now reducing catches, but they have been good this year. The MOONLANDER with Goodden GEMLIGHT works in the field, in places where there is no electricity. It is the most compact and lightweight trap in the world. The GemLight runs all night on 8 AA batteries. This compares with a typical battery the size and weight of a brick! Take a trap on holiday it occupies little space in a suitcase and is only the weight of a camera. There is always space in a car, caravan or boat, because it is so compact.  

More MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH mittrei EGGS have all sold now. More are being sent this October. These eggs are HUGE, bigger than any other Lepidoptera eggs.  See the photo for egg size comparison! The larvae take readily to Eucalyptus and Liquidambar, and are easy to keep in a warm room. They change appearance as they grow, and are most active. Highly recommended. 

Have you ever used a sleeve with a zip side opening? This is a new WWB innovation, as is the use of velcro ties for sleeve ends. Have a look at the sleeve section. Once you use a Zip Sleeve you won't want to go back to the traditional sleeve with no side access. A small extra cost for a huge benefit!

THERE ARE SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICES on the Lepidoptera Rearing Outfit, Mini Silk Farm.  See the MARKET STALL for details. There can also be found some good reductions on pupae and cocoons. Don't delay: many of the reductions are for a short time or for a limited amount of stock.

MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH mittrei COCOONS can be ordered again for delivery this autumn.

PYJAMA CAGES are designed for the practical breeder who needs to be able to clean and renovate cages thoroughly and rapidly. They are proof against most parasites and the most escape-proof, for active larvae, of any design we have used. Eggs laid on the sides of the cage are dealt collected or sleeved with the minimum of time and effort. Pyjama cages are easily stored flat for the winter and quickly re-assembled in spring.

A new size of plastic rearing container has been introduced. The Size 8 comes in packs of 6. It is deeper than the flat Size 7, which allows more space for larvae and foodplant, without being so large that larvae stray off the food. This is very important when establishing young larvae. Buy a pack, and we think you will want to have some more!

The POP-UP CAGE is back!  See the CAGE Section.

SEE the MARKET STALL section for special offers and some big savings (Click on the menu top left of the screen). Watch this section for further offers. Other reductions include cages, the Lepidopterist's Rearing Outfit and the Mini Silk Farm, ALL AT SPECIAL PRICES!

LEPIDOPTERIST'S REARING OUTFIT - See Outfits and Gift Suggestions.

Moonlander Moth Trap and Goodden GemLight. For some time there has been a limit on availability of the Moonlander and GemLight. We have now prepared good stocks for the season.

Click to see

and the Goodden GemLight. A completely new kind of moth light. Click here



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.

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.



We will email you: just go to My Account and click to receive these.


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.






Worldwide Butterflies - over 50 years of supplying butterflies, moths, livestock, and entomological equipment

Peacock Butterfly Inachis io  Pupae
In the wild, Peacock numbers are low due to losses last winter. Here is a chance to help local populations to recover.
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons
Freshly arrived cocoons to incubate now or store for breeding in the spring.
Availability: NOW
Catocala dilecta 12 eggs
A Underwing new to WWB. An Oak Feeder like sponsa, but a different south European species from Croatia.
Availability: NOW
Catocala pacta  Russia 10 eggs
Another new species for WWB. This Underwing is fro Russia and is reared on Willows and Sallows. Only a few of the new species available.
Availability: NOW
Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs
The largest of the Underwings, and the only blue species. Store eggs cold until spring. Easy reared sleeved on Poplar.
Availability: NOW
Antherina suraka Madagascar 15 eggs
Amazing larvae that become numerous colour forms. Easy on Privet at 20°. Very colourful moth. Not commonly bred.
Availability: NOW
Antheraea yamamai 15 overwintering Eggs
Winter eggs stored cold, hatch in spring. Larvae feed on Oak and other common trees. Bright green cocoons. Moths emerge in autumn.
Availability: NOW
Hickory Horned Devil regalis 10 eggs
One of the grandest species you can rear. Fearsome caterpillars, and strikingly exotic moths. Recently unavailable, but we now have a good breeding stock.
Availability: Summer 2017
Convolvulous Hawk convolvuli pupae
It is rare to have convolvuli pupae. Amazing creatures, with a proboscis like a jug handle!
Availability: October
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons
Larvae feed on Eucalyptus and reportedly Birch. Fresh cocoons available immediately.
Availability: NOW
Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden pupae
VERY SPECIAL! Swedish nominate subspecies, not at all the same as machaon across the rest of Europe, and nearer to britannicus.
Availability: NOW
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus Breeding stock of 5 pupae
Bright magenta moths, that breed well in a large cage, on growing foodplant. Not easily obtained.
Availability: NOW
Willowherb Hawkmoth Proserpinus proserpina Pupae
An amazingly beautiful green patterned Hawkmoth that is reared on Willowherb. Interesting larvae, that eat a lot!
Availability: NOW
Gonimbrasia zambezina  Pupae
A magnificent African Silkmoth that can be reared on Oak. Can you add to knowledge of alternative foodplants? Wonderful larvae!
Availability: NOW
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae Cocoons
Fresh supplies of cocoons of this magnificent African Moon Moth, which is like a Madagascan Moon in miniature and delicately coloured.
Availability: NOW
Chestnut Emperor menippe 4 Pupae
An unusual species of African Silkmoth. Little is known about breeding in captivity. A chance to find out more and tell others!
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk atropos pupae
We have a few Deathshead pupae immediately available. Very rare to have at all! Listen to the moths squeak, and so do the pupae when ready to emerge!
Availability: Summer 2017
Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion 4 pupae
Dormant pupae of this mountain Blue. Breed in summer on Sedum. Difficult to obtain.
Availability: NOW
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Woolly Bears are available again! Real old favourites that are disappearing from our countryside today.
Availability: April
£62.50 £39.95
SLEEVE Size 3  50 x 100 cm   Medium Size
There are big reductions on Sleeves for rearing larvae at the moment.
Availability: NOW
Tagoropsis leporina, Madagascar pupae
Very seldom offered. An attractive species for the Silkmoth connoisseur.
Availability: Oct/Nov
Ceranchia apollina Madagascar pupae
A Madagascan Silkmoth with unusual soft cream colouring. Males and females quite distinct. Seldom offered.
Availability: Oct/Nov
Marbled White galathea 20 larvae
Larvae can be overwintered on a potted tussock of coarse grass, enclosed in a sleeve, and kept out of doors in the open. Late summer is the only time these are available.
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Our most popular species. Booked orders have been supplied. We can supply more eggs immediately.
Availability: Early Summer
Oleander Hawk nerii 15 eggs
Perhaps. the most exotic of all the Hawkmoths on the British list. The extrordinary larvae grow fast on Privet. Some eggs available now for a short time.
Availability: Summer 2017
Lepidopterist's Rearing Outfit
Introductory outfit for starting to rear butterflies and moths. SPECIAL PRICE!
Availability: NOW
£59.50 £43.95
Papilio antenor Madagascar 2 pupae
One of the largest Swallowtails in the world. Pupae like miniature Birdwing chrysalis.
Availability: October/November
TRAVEL CAGE 26cm diameter 20cm high.
A new cage design for when you are on the move and need every facility in almost no space!
Availability: NOW
The Goodden GemLight
The world's most compact moth light. Powerful and lasts all night.
Availability: NOW
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: NOW
Plastic Box Size 6 Extra Large. Pack of 2
Large clear plastic rearing container. Recommended for larger larvae or large numbers of smaller ones.
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
£49.50 £39.95
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
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 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: February
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: February


 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.  Overseas orders are sent only at the buyer's risk.

Please note that all prices are subject to 20% VAT (except books and orders from non-EU countries), and carriage charges, 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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