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.


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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.

 

 

 

TIME IN THE POST

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 to Europe usually takes one to two weeks and often more in holiday periods.

PACKETS ARE SENT BY MAIL AND ARRIVE WITH YOUR LETTERS.

THERE IS NO TRACKING.

 

BEFORE ENQUIRING ABOUT BOOKED ORDERS . . . . 

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. This almost eliminates the risk in transit and is the only shipping option for most non-dormant livestock. Some species are recommended to be shipped by courier: in such cases, if XXP is not selected the packet will be posted, but the risk is considerably increased.

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.  

 

CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS

 

The WWB website offers classic species such as Swallowtails, Atlas Moth, Deathshead atropos and Oleander Hawkmoths nerii, Spanish Moon Moth isabellae and many more. They are popular, so the earlier you book, the higher on the list your order will be.  

WANTED: Some cocoons of PUSS MOTH vinula. Do you have even a few you could offer to sell to us? Please email robert@wwb.co.uk Thank you.

 

GIANT ATLAS MOTH COCOONS Attacus atlas from Thailand have been awaited for months and are available immediately. They can be incubated to breed this autumn, or stored cool until spring. This is one of the most spectacular of all species, and about the largest species in the world. Most spectacular! 

PHILIPPINE ATLAS MOTH COCOONS have been impossible to obtain and now we have a stock for immediate delivery. 

CHINESE MOON MOTH Actias sinensis.  Many eggs and larvae have been supplied. The next eggs will be in November/December. Don't miss this species. You have never seen such beautiful green cocoons! The larvae are easy to rear on Liquidambar or Eucalyptus gunnii. The female moth is a lovely shade of pale turquoise, while the male is a rich yellow with markings in dark orange.

EPIPHORA MYTHIMNIA from Africa: The larva has very interesting similarities with Atlas moth larvae, but more colourful. Hardly ever available. Don't miss these if you are a Saturniid connoisseur! Eggs are being laid now.

Woolly Bear larvae of the Garden Tiger Moth caja are now in hibernation but can be booked now for spring delivery.  Or you an release some in a hedgerow in your area, and help the local populations which were once much more widespread. We are offering stocks of 50 to help spread them across the country. Would you try this? Did you know you can hibernate Woolly Bears in a sleeve on Willow or Sallow? The larvae will hibernate in the ball of fallen leaes in the bottom of the sleeve, and resume eating when the bugs open in Spring.

TROPICAL GIANTS!  Successful breeding of Actias isis from Sulawesi, has resulted in supplying masses of eggs.  It's a great achievement to have this species breeding so well. The next eggs are expected in December/January.

TROPICAL GIANTS of the Butterfly world are available as larvae. Very seldom can we offer larvae of Morpho peleides and the huge Owl Butterfly Caligo and both are available right now. Click on these to see the foodplants.

BROAD-BORDERED BEE HAWK fuciformis pupae are available again this year. Very seldom can we offer them, but there are good numbers. If you want to breed them this year, there can be a partial second brood when kept in long day-light and warm. Otherwise store cool to breed next June. Don't miss these amazing Hawkmoths! 

Cocoons of the African Moon Moth mimosae are immediately available. The moth is like a miniature Madagascan Moon Moth, with more green than yellow. They can be bred in winter, feeding on Eucalyptus gunnii. 

Valerian Kentranthus ruber is one of the most valuable nectar plants for butterflies, because it flowers profusely from May to November. Butterflies and bees just love it! A limited number of young plants are available right now, a good time for planting, and for potting to go in cages.

Our old favourite Osier Willow Salix viminalis can also be bought now as packets of 10 cuttings. Whether in the ground or in pots, roots appear very rapidly. Next summer it is possible for a single cutting in suitable conditions to become a 2 metre high bush! We have discoverd that quite a variety of Hawkmoths, Silkmoths and others thrive on Osier. Put some in and be surprised.

For the time of year, there is a very wide variety of species available. Please search through Current Eggs and Larvae, and Current Pupae to see just how much there is now and coming shortly. Notice the eggs and larvae of large Fritillaries, Marbled White and rare Hairstreaks. 

Cocoons from North America are arriving now and through the autumn, and most of the European species likewise. Some may be in smaller quantities, so it is wise to plan ahead and secure breeding stocks for next season while they are available.

 

 

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.

 

THE SEASON FOR MOTH TRAPPING started 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!

Moonlander Moth Trap and Goodden GemLight. Click to see

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

CAGES  See PYJAMA CAGES 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.

 

LIVESTOCK

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.

AWAY DATES

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.

 

NEWS and UPDATES

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

Featured
Philippine Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons EXTRA SPECIAL PRICES!
Atlas cocoons from the Philippines have not been available for some time. New stock available at further reduced prices!
Availability: NOW
Giant Atlas Moth Attacus atlas cocoons SPECIAL PRICES!
Giant cocoons from Thailand. Can be incubated now or held for breeding in Spring.
Availability: NOW
White-letter Hairstreak Strymonidia w-album 10 eggs
Winter eggs, most difficult to obtain, available immediately.
Availability: NOW
£29.95
Neoris huttoni 15 eggs
Only once before offered by WWB. Very healthy stock. Store eggs cold until buds open in spring.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Epiphora mythimnia 15 eggs
Very seldom available. The larvae bear some resemblance to Atlas. Seldom reared in captivity. An opportunity to learn and perhaps find new foodplants.
Availability: Summer 2018
£12.50
Scarce Fritillary Hypodryas maturna 10 larvae
A rare opportunity. These hibernating larvae pass the winter sleeved in a ball of dry leaves on Aspen or Ash.
Availability: NOW
£16.00
Scarce Swallowtail podalirius pupae
This magnificent European Swallowtail is available again as pupae.
Availability: NOW
Pine Hawk H pinastri ONE PAIR of pupae
A small number of pairs available. Store cold for breeding in June.
Availability: NOW
£10.50
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe 20 eggs
Winter eggs of this large and rare Fritillary. Rear sleeved on potted Violet.
Availability: NOW
£29.90 £12.95
Festoon Zerynthia polyxena 5 pupae
This beautiful and delicate butterfly is one of the Swallotail family.
Availability: NOW
£15.00
Eyed Hawk Smerinthus ocellata pupae
Very fine and healthy pupae for breeding in spring. Streamlined larvae beautifully camouflaged on the foodplant.
Availability: NOW
Privet Hawk S ligustri Pupae
One of the most impressive and largest of European moths and caterpillars.
Availability: NOW
Byasa (Atrophoneura alcinous) Far Eastern Russia 2 pupae
An exotic Swallowtail that flies beautifully in a tropical greenhouse. These pupae are dormant to keep cool until emergence in spring.
Availability: NOW
£11.95
Black Hairstreak S. pruni TEN eggs
A British rarity. Dormant eggs to store cool until they hatch in spring.
Availability: NOW
£30.00 £20.00
Brown Hairstreak T. betulae 20 eggs
Winter eggs of this scarce species to hatch and rear in spring.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Hog sphinx Darapsa myron North America 15 eggs
Absent for many years we can now offer eggs of this interesting Hawkmoth for supply in the coming summer.
Availability: May/June 2018
£14.95
Sphingonaepiopsis gorgoniades Eastern Europe/Asia a PAIR of pupae
Little-known Hawk with some appearance akin to proserpina, and a larva like Hummingbird Hawk. Never offered before! Most unusual.
Availability: NOW
£29.50
Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 10 eggs
Deep crimson hindwings. A woodland moth, living on Oak leaves. A considerable rarity.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing) Catocala fraxini 15 Eggs SALE PRICE
One of our largest moths. Amazing blue hindwings. This moth is apparently extending its range. Store eggs cold until they hatch in May.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Oak Hawk Marumba quercus PAIR of pupae
Relatively unknown in Britain, but one of the most interesting Hawkmoths. The moth is amazingly camouflaged. The larvae thrive on Oaks, especially Evergreen species.
Availability: NOW
£14.00
Madagascan Moon Moth mittrei 10 eggs
Larvae do well on evergreen Eucalyptus gunnii, even out of season. Eggs due late 2017.
Availability: December
£18.95
Automeris excreta 10 larvae
A good species for out-of-season rearing on Privet. Larvae covered with Christmas tree-like spines.
Availability: Summer 2018
£12.95
Levant Hawkmoth Theretra alecto Breeding Stock of FIVE pupae
A very streamlined and beautiful Hawkmoth. Seldom offered. Dormant pupae to breed in spring.
Availability: NOW
£26.95
Kentish Glory E versicolora  pupae
The first species to emerge and breed, from February onwards. See the pictures and text.
Availability: NOW
Tau Emperor Aglia tau Breeding Stock of 5 Pupae
Another early spring species, normally emerging from March. Beautiful larvae adorned with branched spines like exotic species.
Availability: NOW
£14.95
Emperor Moth pavonia  breeding stock of 5 cocoons
Store cocoons cold until March, when the first moths emerge and breed.
Availability: NOW
£15.50
Queen of Spain Fritillary lathonia 10 Larvae
Good supplies of larvae to rear on Violet or Pansy leaves. Pupae and butterflies produced this year. Rarely available at this time of year.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Map Butterfly levana  Pupae
Store pupae cold until spring. Becoming more difficult to obtain. Try breeding some. Totally different spring and summer forms.
Availability: NOW
Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons
Closely related to the Emperor Moth. Larger and with remarkable caterpillars. Click to see the wonderful larvae.
Availability: NOW
£18.75
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
£12.95
Morpho peleides 10 larvae
Very exceptional to have larvae available. A great opportunity.
Availability: January/February 2018
£20.00
Owl Butterfly Caligo species 10 larvae
Larvae feed on Banana leaves and Calathea
Availability: NOW
£12.95
African Moon Moth Argema mimosae Cocoons
Fine cocoons, just received from Kenya. Larvae thrive on evergreen Eucalyptus gunnii.
Availability: NOW
Chinese Moon Moth Actias sinensis 15 eggs
Wonderful species! The two sexes are like two different species. Easily reared. Amazing lime green cocoons.
Availability: Summer 2018
£12.95
Theretra japonica Pupae
Another new species for WWB. Seldom available for breeding and a chance to explore habits and behaviour of a relatively unknown species.
Availability: NOW
Giant Peacock Moth pyri Cocoons  SPECIAL PRICES
Europe's largest moth. Magnificent moths and beautiful larvae. Early cocoons available at lower than usual prices!
Availability: NOW
Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia cocoons
One of the most beautiful of the Giant Silkmoths. Easy to breed.
Availability: NOW
Convolvulous Hawk convolvuli pupae Pupae
Superb pupae to produce adults this year. Amazing jug-handle proboscis! Seldom available.
Availability: NOW
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk H fuciformis pupae
Bee Hawk pupae are normally most difficult to obtain. Store the pupae cold to emerge and breed in the spring.
Availability: NOW
Morpho peleides pupae
Successful emergence needs a tropical greenhouse. Hang the pupae in the shade.
Availability: March
Ampelophaga rubiginosa from Far Eastern Russia A breeding stock of 5 pupae
An interesting new Sphingid from Russia. Easily bred, Fascinating and varied larvae.
Availability: NOW
£25.00
Madagascan Emperor Antherina suraka Madagascar  cocoons
Fresh cocoons from Madagascar. The moths are quite beautiful. They breed more easily than any other. Very varied and interesting larvae!
Availability: Summer 2018
Cinnabar Moth Hipocrita jacobaeae pupae
Pupae will be ready in September. Store cool for the winter. They produce the most wonderful scarlet and black day-flying moth.
Availability: NOW
Marbled White galathea 10 larvae
Pot some coarse grass and enclose pot and grass with larvae in a netting sleeve. Keep outside even in winter.
Availability: NOW
£12.95
Small Elephant Hawk porcellus pupae SALE PRICE
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
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
£266.00
The Goodden GemLight
An amazing concept using compact electronics to attract insects, on tiny power. Designed for the Moonlander Moth Trap
Availability: NOW
£149.95
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: Spring 2018
£12.95
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
£9.50
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
Breeding Butterflies & Moths - Ekkehard Friedrich
A most comprehensive bible on breeding many species in captivity. The only one of its kind.
Availability: NOW
£34.00
Plastic Box Size 8 Medium. Pack of Six
An excellent new size for rearing larvae. Pack of six.
Availability: NOW
£15.50
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
£19.50
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 £41.95
New Design LARVAE FORCEPS
New to the WWB website. High quality forceps for use in larvae rearing - at a very low price
Availability: NOW
£1.99
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
£10.00
Complete MINI SILK FARM
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
£16.95

IMPORTANT NOTES

 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 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.

 

WWB email: sales@wwb.co.uk