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.  




There are SALE PRICES  on selected livestock right now. This is also a chance to stock up on NETTING, SLEEVES, CAGES, Osier Cuttings and Plastic Rearing containers, 


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


SILKMOTHS UNAVAILABLE FOR SOME YEARS are now back again! There is a good stock of cocoons of Attacus caesar from the Philippines (though they may sell quickly!). Also Attacus atlas from the Philippines. These are quite distinct from other Asian Atlas - see the pictures. Pseudantheraea discrepans, a Saturniid from Central Africa. has extraordinary bright green pupae, that are neither in cocoons, nor found underground. The larvae spin loose hammoks of open-weave and rather strong silk, pupating in the bushes, in small groups. We have not seen them for years. Pupae arriving in February/March. Very few records of breeding them in Europe. This is a chance to learn more about the species and contribute to current knowledge. Another species absent from our lists for some years is The Scarlet Windowed Moth Cricula andrei from mountainous Asia. Cocoons are again available. See the pictures of the remarkable and colourful leaf-mimic moths.


GIANT ATLAS MOTH COCOONS are immediately available. These are from Northern Thailand where they are dormant in winter. NOW is the time to buy them to store cool until spring. These are of good size and highly recommended.


EGGS/LARVAE FOR WINTER REARING: Automeris excreta is a Bullseye Moth that is seldom on our lists. Eggs are available now. The larvae are decorated with pale green branched spines like Christmas trees. Don't handle them - the spines can give a sharp stinging sensation!  Feed on Privet. Eggs of the Chinese Oak Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi are available immediately. The larvae are very easy to rear on Evergreen Oak and they become huge! Eri Silkmoth ricini eggs are also ready now. Feed the larvae on Privet. Oleander Hawk nerii eggs and larvae are also ready immediately, and Deathshead Hawk atropos will be soon. Both are reared on Privet. There are also eggs of the Orizaba Atlas Moth Rothschildia orizaba and these are Privet feeders also.

RELAXING FLUID CRYSTALS are currently reduced in the sale. Normally £3.50 in the sale you get TWO for £5. This is a time to catch up on setting or improving on setting of specimens for the collection.

PUPAE of the nominate subspecies Papillo machaon machaon. Pupae 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. This is a very special geographical race and our breeder will retire this year, so these are likely to be the last pupae for years to come.


THE SEA BUCKTHORN HAWK Hyles hippophaes is seldom available. Hawkmoth specialists will appreciate this species. It feeds on Sea Buckthorn Hippophae rhamnoides and may well take Willowherb and Eleagnus. Pupae immediately available.


Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae, once very common indeed, has become so scarce over the last ten years that it was approaching extinction. The summer of 2016 brought about a complete reversal and numbers were almost back to the old levels. Pupae are never available in sufficient numbers to offer for sale but we bred a number and have enough to sell some. They are immediately available. 

Moth breeders can also try their hand at the Small Eggar lanestris whose nut-like cocoons produce moths in early spring. A very interesting species in all stages. Cocoons are immediately available and the price is lower than before! Just a few are left.

THE SQUEAKING SILKMOTH Rhodinia fugax from the Far East is one of the most fascinating you can rear. Store the eggs cold for the winter, to hatch in spring. The larvae have a curious two tone colouring. When larger they squeak audibly when disturbed. An even greater treat is in store when they spin their extraordinary cocoons! Supplies are limited.

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.

Rothschildia orizaba eggs/larvae from South America are being offered NOW.  This species is seldom available. The moth resembles a miniature Atlas Moth. The larvae feed on Privet and become fat and green with purple and white between the segments. They will produce moths in the same year if kept humid and warm.

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. 

Tagoropsis leporina pupae from Madagascar, like other African Saturniids, has underground pupae but is a Silkmoth. This is another first for WWB. We have supplied pre-booked orders and have a few spare for sale. If you have not experienced this species, and not many breeders have, why not get some pupae and try them?

Ceranchia apollina, also from Madagascar, is unusually coloured white, with attractive eyespots and patterning. The cocoons are magnificent: straw coloured and surprisingly reminiscent of miniature mittrei cocoons!

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 The Clifton Nonpareil  fraxiniCrimson and Rosy Underwings sponsa and electa.

Supplies from North America are now available.  There are cocoons of the American Oak Silkmoth polyphemus, American Moon Moth luna,  and there are pupae of three most popular species of Swallowtail, asterias, troilus and glaucus.  

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. There is a good stock of fine Eyed Hawk ocellata pupae.

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

Immediately available are winter eggs of two choice Hairstreaks, the Brown betulae 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 aglaia. 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?

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 were good.  Colder nights are now reducing catches, but they have been good in the past year, and now some of the warmer winter nights have been quite productive. 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.  

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 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.

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.



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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

Marsh Fritillary aurinia 10 larvae
Larvae out of hibernation. Honeysuckle buds are bursting in time to provide their food. Larvae available for a week or two from late February.
Availability: February into March
Breeding Butterflies & Moths - Ekkehard Friedrich
A most comprehensive bible on breeding many species in captivity. The only one of its kind.
Availability: NOW
Attacus caesar Philippines cocoons
Exceedingly difficult to obtain. We have cocoons available immediately. Huge moths, variable in markings and colouring. Larvae that differ from atlas. Don't miss these!
Availability: NOW
Philippine Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons
Cocoons of the Philippine Atlas Moth. These can be bred from immediately, or kept cool until spring.
Availability: February
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons SALE PRICE
Cocoons of one of the world's largest moths. They can be incubated now or in summer. SALE PRICE!
Availability: NOW
Scarlet Windowed Moth Cricula andrei pupae
We've not had andrei cocoons for years. A wonderful species and easy to rear. See the pictures of the remarkable leaf-like and colourful moths.
Availability: NOW
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus 2 pupae
A large and remarkable Hawkmoth from central and southern Europe. Larvae feed on Oaks, including evergreen. Moth has the most remarkable camouflage.
Availability: NOW
Eri Silkmoth Philosamia cynthia ricini eggs or larvae according to availability
Eggs available now. They thrive on Privet and are continuously brooded.
Availability: NOW
Oleander Hawk nerii 10 larvae
Very fast-growing larvae, that change colour and pattern with each skin-change, easily reared on Privet. Available immediately
Availability: NOW
Orizaba Atlas Rothschildia orizaba 10 larvae
Very attractive larvae that produce large moths with very striking markings. Easy to rear on Privet and available immediately.
Availability: NOW
Oak Silkmoth polyphemus  cocoons SALE PRICE
Very striking moths with many colour forms. Larvae have metallic spangles like mercury. Easy to rear.
Availability: NOW
Carolina Sphinx Moth Manduca sexta
First time offered. Large N. American Hawk. Larvae feed on Solanaceae. Very striking larvae. Quick growing.
Availability: Imminent
Pseudantheraea discrepans Pupae
Strange green pupae that come from Central Africa, hanging in small groups in netted hammoks! Moths very varied. We've not had them for years.
Availability: February 2017
Automeris excreta 15 eggs/10 larvae
A Bullseye Moth that is seldom available. Eggs ready now. Larvae do well on Privet
Availability: NOW
Festoon Zerynthia polyxena 5 pupae
Related to the Swallowtails with some characteristics of Parnassius. The larvae feed on Aristolochia.
Availability: NOW
Map Butterfly levana 5 Pupae
A delightful Nymphalid, not found in Britain, feeds on Nettle. Eggs are laid in vertical strings. Spring and summer forms like totally different species.
Availability: NOW
Deathshead Hawk Atropos 15 Eggs,
Eggs being laid now. Larvae grow well on Privet. Keep humid and at 25-30ºC.
Availability: Imminent
Forbes Atlas Rothschildia forbesi (lebeau) 4 cocoons
A South American Atlas Moth that does well on Privet. Attractive larvae, that spin a cocoon shaped like a baby's cradle!
Availability: NOW
£18.95 £13.95
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 SALE PRICE
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 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
FIrst time offered. Very unusual Silkmoth from N. America. Larvae feed on Pines. Eggs ready in early summer.
Availability: Summer 2017
European Cynthia Moth Philosamia cynthia A breeding stock of 5 cocoons
Wild-collected wild and large cocoons of this relative of the Atlas Moth that is established in a few restricted parts of Europe. Easy to breed.
Availability: NOW
Scarce Swallowtail podalirius  pupae
Very fine and healthy pupae to hatch in the spring. One of Europe's most exotic butterflies.
Availability: NOW
CEBALLOSI subspecies of Graellsia isabellae Pupae
A localised and scarce form of the Spanish Moon Moth, arguably the most beautiful Moth in Europe.
Availability: NOW
Winter is a good time to attend to Lepidoptera collections. Relaxing Fluid is needed to deal with specimens caught and stored, or for re-setting. SPECIAL PRICE FOR TWO!
Availability: NOW
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 20 eggs
Store eggs cool until they hatch to feed on the opening Blackthorn buds. A species seldom encountered, and suffering from countryside neat hedge trimming.
Availability: NOW
OSIER A wonderful foodplant. Ten cuttings SALE PRICE
Fast-growing, alternative foodplant for surprising range of species, even Silkmoths and Hawkmoths. Click to read more.
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
Vapourer Moth antiqua 50 eggs
Egg mass of at least 50. Store cold until spring. Very beautiful larvae, extremely easy to rear. Curious wingless female seldom moves off the cocoon and there it lays its eggs.
Availability: NOW
Dark Green Fritillary aglaia 20 larvae
Hibernating larvae to raise in spring, on potted wild violet.
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 £14.95
Catocala pacta  Russia 10 eggs SALE PRICE
Another new species for WWB. This Underwing is from Russia and is reared on Willows and Sallows. Only a few of the new species available.
Availability: NOW
£16.95 £13.50
Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs SALE PRICE
The largest of the Underwings, and the only blue species. Store eggs cold until spring. Easy reared sleeved on Poplar.
Availability: NOW
£12.95 £10.95
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
Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion 4 pupae
Dormant pupae of this mountain Blue. Breed in summer on Sedum. Difficult to obtain.
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
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
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 SALE PRICE
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 £18.95
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: April
Morpho peleides pupae
Magnificent, iridescent blue, and very large! You can have these emerge at home!
Availability: April


 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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