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.

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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.

COURIER DELIVERIES to EUROPE International orders for livestock that would take too long in the post, are delivered in Europe by express courier, usually arriving next day after dispatch. Courier delivery almost eliminates the risk in transit and is the only shipping option for most non-dormant livestock. 

Outside Europe only dormant pupae and eggs can be posted. Courier delivery outside Europe is only by individual arrangement and is not generally available.







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.  




SUDDENLY SPRING HAS ARRIVED! There is an unprecidented range of interesting species, some available now and there are more to come.

DUOs are bargain offers of eggs of two species for nearer the price of one. There are two DUO offers immediately available (Underwings and Emperor Moths), and more are listed as the season progresses. These are a lot of fun and super value! Search DUO at the top of this website.

The WWB website offers classic species such as 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. 

MADAGASCAN SILKMOTHS arriving this week. The Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei is not just one of the largest of all moths, but it has many unique characteristics, and is only found on the island of Madagascar. It is amazing that it is available for us to observe in captivity and to breed in temperate countries. The egg and cocoon are both the largest in the world, by quite a margin! Both cocoons and eggs will be available in the first week of May.  Cocoons of the Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka  will also be available. The moths breed very easily and the resulting larvae are the most varied in colour and pattern that we have ever seen. See the pictures on this website! Eggs can be ordered now for delivery May/June.

CAMBERWELL BEAUTY (Mourning Cloak) antiopa larvae and pupae WILL be available this year. One of our most popular species and very difficult to obtain! Larvae will be available in May/June and pupae in June/July. This is one of the most popular species, so it is wise to place your order EARLY. Both larvae and pupae will be available. 

LARGE COPPER Lycaena dispar batavus hibernated larvae are immediately available. Limited numbers.There are very few captive colonies today and we are lucky to have some this year to supply to breeders. We don't know how many more years they will be available. Click here to order and see recommendations for feeding and keeping the larvae.



There are SALE PRICES  on selected livestock right now. This is also a chance to stock up on NETTING, SLEEVES, and Plastic Rearing containers, CLICK ON THE MARKET STALL TO SEE ALL SPECIAL OFFERS.

Some reductions are temporary. There will be changes and additions so please check regularly. Don't miss the opportunities!



EGGS/LARVAE FOR SPRING REARING:  Larvae of EARLY Small Tortoiseshell urticae are ready immediately, also Painted Lady cardui and Glanville Fritillary cinxia.  Very soon there will be EARLY Peacock Inachis io. The first larvae of Comma Butterfly c-album have already been sent out, and more will follow in May.


See Featured Species for some rarities for the connoisseur. One of the most extraordinary of all Hawkmoth species, Langia zenzeroides, which rests in an extraordinary pose and has wing scales you can see without a lens. The eggs change from lime green to deep burgundy before hatching. There will soon be eggs of one of the scarcest Emperor moths in the world, Saturnia walterorum,  from North America.  Other extreme rarities include the Alder Kitten bicuspis, the White Prominent bicoloria, which in Britain is virtually extinct. The melanic forms of the Tau Emperor are very extreme and most difficult to obtain. Eggs of tau ferenigra and melania are very exstreme, and both are illustrated on this website. The Scarce Fritillary maturna, and the Heath Fritillary athalia are both rarities and available as larvae right now. Maturna is interesting because the larvae are arboreal, feeding on Ash and Aspen. 



A Silkmoth  completely new to WWB! Coloradia doris  is a medium to small species, patterned in soft greys and pink. It occurs in the south and west of North America, in a restricted area. The larvae cluster in small groups on Pines. Later they spread out and live more on their own. They look more like the larvae of a Nymphalid than a Saturniid. See the pictures. Eggs can be ordered in advance for delivery in season in the coming season. Very few breeders have tried this species. A chance of new experiences for the connoisseur and lots of photographic opportunities!


Agapema homogena is another lesser-known Saturniid which did very well for WWB last summer. We have a breeding stock again and eggs can be ordered now for supply in summer. The moths emerge in the afternoon, pair in late evening. At night eggs are laid in groups on the cage netting. The larvae are gregarious at first. The winter cocoons are spun amongst vegetation on the ground.

HICKORY HORNED DEVIL Citheronia regalis eggs will again be available in the coming season, after absence for some years. They are very popular indeed, so please book early. This is a very grand silk moth, with larvae that are so fearsome that, once reared, they will never be forgotten. The moths are magnificent, and quite unlike most other Saturniid species. 


Emperor Moth pavonia cocoons have now all sold.  Its European larger cousins the Giant Peacock Moth pyri and pavoniella are recommended. All three species emerge and breed in the spring and produce wonderful larvae.

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 SEASON FOR MOTH TRAPPING starts in May. Despite the advanced spring, and frequent sightings of butterflies, moths have been slower to react to spring. 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.  The batteries can be charged from a vehicle or on mains. 

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!

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!

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!

Moonlander Moth Trap and Goodden GemLight. 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.



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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

EARLY Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
Young larvae do best on growing tips of nettle. Ideal for schools. This species needs help in the wild. You can help by raising and releasing the butterflies.
Availability: NOW
EARLY Peacock Butterfly Inachis io 10 larvae
Eggs are hatching now. Larvae available shortly. Prepare potted nettle in advance.
Availability: NOW
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei  giant cocoons
Among the world's largest and most remarkable moths. Unique to Madagascar. We are lucky to have the opportunity to hatch and breed these, and you can too!
Availability: Imminent
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka Madagascar cocoons
Very beautiful moth, uniquely from Madagascar. One of the easiest of all silkmoths to breed. Amazingly varied larvae. See pictures!
Availability: Imminent
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 10 larvae
Larvae ready immediately. Feed on Blackthorn. An uncommon species and a great rearing experience.
Availability: NOW
Black Hairstreak S. pruni 10 larvae
Very rare indeed. We are lucky to be able to offer Black Hairstreak larvae - limited numbers.
Availability: NOW
£50.00 £28.00
Moonlander Moth Trap with Supports and Goodden GemLight
Uniquely compact and lightweight. The only light that runs all night on 8 AA torch batteries! Perfect for use in isolated habitats.
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
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Largest of all moth eggs. Larvae grow fast in warmth. Can be sleeved in summer.
Availability: Imminent
DUO Giant Peacock Moth pyri and Emperor Moth pavonia 10 eggs of each
Two spectacular larvae that can be reared together. Both for near the price for one!
Availability: NOW
DUO Clifden Nonpareil fraxini with Red Underwing nupta 15 eggs of each SPECIAL PRICE
Egg due to hatch in May. Very spectacular moths. Larvae live camouflaged on foodplant. Both species feed on Poplar.
Availability: NOW
Black-veined White crataegi 5 pupae
Wonderfully coloured and patterned pupae. The butterflies have papery wings, males very white, females translucent. Now extinct in Britain.
Availability: NOW
Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 pupae
Pupae intricately patterned. This is one of the loveliest of the small Fritillaries and easy to breed.
Availability: NOW
£38.00 £23.50
Saturnia walterorum 10 eggs
An extremely rare North American Saturniid, about the size of the Emperor Moth, and VERY special!
Availability: April/May
Heath Fritillary athalia 10 Larvae
Our rarest Fritillary. Larvae ready now, feeding on narrow-leaved Plantain.
Availability: NOW
Langia zenzeroides 15 eggs/10 larvae
A most extraordinary Hawkmoth. Amazingly camouflaged, weird resting position, and with huge scales. Both eggs and larvae are also curious!
Availability: NOW
Spanish Moon Moth G isabellae eggs
Eggs are laid in May. The larvae feed on Pine. Very rare and difficult to obtain.
Availability: May/June
Pale Tussock pudibunda 15 eggs/10 larvae
Beautiful tufted caterpillars in pastel colours with contrasting markings. Easy to rear.
Availability: May
Garden Tiger caja Woolly Bears 50 larvae
Wooly Bears are available again! Real old favourites that are disappearing from our countryside today. You could help them in the wild.
Availability: May
£62.50 £42.95
Camberwell Beauty antiopa 10 larvae
Although hard to get, both larvae and pupae are expected this year. Best to book EARLY!
Availability: June
EXTRA EARLY PUPAE Small Tortoiseshell urticae 10 pupae
The earliest pupae ever! A good time to buy for breeding, and for release to counter the decline in Tortoiseshells in recent years.
Availability: NOW
Scarce Fritillary Hypodryas maturna 10 larvae
From central Europe an interesting and very brightly coloured Fritillary, found in rather few localities.
Availability: NOW
Large Copper dispar batavus 10 larvae
Post hibernation larvae immediately available, feeding on Dock. Exceedingly hard to obtain. Don't delay!
Availability: NOW
White Prominent Leucodonta bicoloria 15 eggs
Possibly the rarest moth in the British Isles. Re-discovered after 70 years thought to be extinct.This stock is from Europe.
Availability: May
Alder Kitten Harpayia bicuspis 15 eggs/10 larvae
The rarest of the Kittens. Never before listed by WWB.
Availability: Spring 2017
Great American Poplar Hawk modesta 15 eggs or 10 larvae
A very fine and large North American relative of the Poplar Hawk. Large and very striking caterpillars.
Availability: June/July
Glanville Fritillary cinxia 10 larvae
Larvae out of hibernation and feeding on narrow-leaved plantain.
Availability: NOW
Attacus caesar Philippines 4 male cocoons
Exceedingly difficult to obtain. Further cocoons have just arrived! Huge moths, variable in markings and colouring. Larvae that differ from atlas. Don't miss these!
Availability: NOW
Chinese Oak Silkmoth A pernyi A Breeding stock of 5 cocoons
Fresh cocoons from China. Very large moths that breed easily. The larvae change colour and become HUGE! Ideal for beginners.
Availability: NOW
Sea Buckthorn Hawk hippophaes 4 Pupae
A scarce Hawkmoth from central Europe, related to the Spurge Hawk.Seldom obtainable. Breeds on Hippophae but also on Willowherb.
Availability: NOW
Pseudantheraea discrepans Pupae SALE PRICE
Strange green pupae just arrived from Central Africa, hanging in small groups in netted hammocks! Moths very varied. We've not had them for years.
Availability: NOW
Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons SALE PRICE
Also known as the Ligurian Emperor, can be hybridised with pavonia. Large cocoons. Larvae unusually varied in pattern and colour. See pictures!
Availability: NOW
£18.75 £12.95
Japanese Owl Moth Brahmaea japonica 15 eggs or 10 larvae
Extraordinary larvae with very pronounced curly horns at both ends. Easily reared on Privet. See the attractive pictures of the moth.
Availability: Spring 2017
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons Breeding Stock of 5 cocoons
Europe's largest Moth. A huge relative of our Emperor Moth, with very spectacular larvae. Productive egg-layers!
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: May
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
Emperor Moth pavonia 15 eggs
For early spring rearing. Larvae start black, finishing up looking as good as many exotic species. Easy to rear on several foodplants.
Availability: NOW
Painted Lady cardui  5 larvae in Pot on Diet
Ready imminently, 5 caterpillars in a pot of diet. No work involved! Ideal for families and beginners. Rear larvae through to butterflies.
Availability: NOW
Cherry Moth promethea 5 cocoons for breeding  SALE PRICE
An amazing species, with male and female quite dissimilar. Flies and breeds by day. Curious and beautiful larvae, white with decorations of yellow or red.
Availability: NOW
£29.50 £21.95
Breeding Butterflies & Moths - Ekkehard Friedrich
A most comprehensive bible on breeding many species in captivity. The only one of its kind.
Availability: NOW
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus 2 pupae SALE PRICE
A large and remarkable Hawkmoth from central and southern Europe. Larvae feed on Oaks, including evergreen. Moth has the most remarkable camouflage.
Availability: NOW
£14.00 £10.95
Festoon Zerynthia polyxena 5 pupae
Related to the Swallowtails with some characteristics of Parnassius. The larvae feed on Aristolochia.
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Eggs being laid now. Larvae grow well on Privet. Keep humid and at 25-30ºC.
Availability: May
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
Tiger Swallowtail glaucus pupae
One of the finest Swallowtails in North America. Large and boldly marked. Some females emerge as an interesting melanic form.
Availability: NOW
Black Swallowtail asterias 2 pupae
Closely related to our Swallowtail, breeds like it and can be hybridised. Difficult to obtain. Some pupae immediately available.
Availability: NOW
Colorado Pine Silkmoth Coloradia doris 15 eggs
FIrst time offered. Very unusual Silkmoth from N. America. Larvae feed on Pines. Eggs ready in early summer.
Availability: Summer 2017
Scarce Swallowtail podalirius  TWO pupae
Very fine and healthy pupae to hatch in the spring. One of Europe's most exotic butterflies.
Availability: NOW
OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings
Fast-growing, alternative foodplant for surprising range of species, even Silkmoths and Hawkmoths. Click to read more.
Availability: NOW
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae SALE PRICE
Bright magenta moths, that breed well in a large cage, on growing foodplant. Not easily obtained.
Availability: NOW
Catocala dilecta 12 eggs SALE PRICE
A Underwing new to WWB. An Oak Feeder like sponsa, but a different south European species from Croatia.
Availability: NOW
£19.95 £11.95
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 3 Pupae
It is rare to have convolvuli pupae. Amazing creatures, with a proboscis like a jug handle!
Availability: NOW
Emperor Gum Moth eucalypti cocoons SALE PRICES
Larvae feed on Eucalyptus and reportedly Birch. Fresh cocoons available immediately.
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
Tagoropsis leporina, Madagascar 2 pupae
Very seldom offered. An attractive species for the Silkmoth connoisseur.
Availability: NOW
Ceranchia apollina Madagascar pupae
A Madagascan Silkmoth with unusual soft cream colouring. Males and females quite distinct. Seldom offered.
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 SALE PRICE
Large clear plastic rearing container. Recommended for larger larvae or large numbers of smaller ones.
Availability: NOW
£16.00 £13.95
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 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 5 pupae
With papery wings leuconoe difts through the jungle!
Availability: July
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: July


 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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