Join our community for free
This is an international community for people interested in exchanging arthropod livestock. It was originally founded by Lepidoptera breeders but others are welcome too.
If you are new to this site you probably found your way here because you were looking for livestock dealers. And if you're not after just one particular species, I'd say you've come to the right place.
Get live insects for free
This is where anyone interested in breeding butterflies or other insects may get free samples of live ova. It is a free service and hopefully it will remain the only of its kind on the Internet as competition will only make it less useful.
All species come in small packs by mail to your home. All you have to do is to confirm their arrival and then it is up to you to make the best you can of what you've got.
Please, note that you will only receive insect eggs (ova) in these packages. To get fully grown insects you will need patience and some skill to care for them while they grow.
Share your broods with others
As a member you may also contribute to the community by giving away some of what you have in stock. It is fun and easy and if you have got something from someone, you might want to give something in return.
Sharing with the community will make all other sharers particularly aware of you the next time they are about to share something. Non sharers are accepted as members, though they will be labeled "leeches" after a while.
Even though all trades on this site will forever be free of charge, there are trading resources coming into use for more advanced members. Still, no money needs to be involved. But, as members receive packs from others, they have a way of returning credit to the sender that may in turn be used to apply for other packs.
These resources never cost anything but your action. You can't avoid them. Even without sending anything you will eventually end up with some resources on your account. The more resources you have, the greater are your chances of getting what you want.
Captive breeding of buuterflies and moths
We have registered members in the following countries:
United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Spain, France, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, Slovakia, Australia, Romania, Russian Federation, Philippines, Slovenia, Lithuania, Austria, India, Indonesia, Malta, Israel, Mexico, Taiwan, Chile, Greece, Malaysia, Argentina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Afghanistan, Bolivia, China, Colombia, Croatia, Hong Kong, Latvia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Thailand, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Congo Zaire, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Japan, Jordan, Liberia, Macedonia, Namibia, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Svalbard and Jan Mayen and United Arab Emirates
Most recent logins
During the last 24 hours we've had members visiting from the following countries:
United States (7 members), Netherlands (3), Spain (2), Sweden (1), Portugal (1), Lithuania (1), United Kingdom (1) and Belgium (1)
17 distinct users in 24 hours.
To show you the growth rate of this community I provide some statistics here. I only have reliable data starting from january 2011. That's when our community turned into its current form. Ovograms have been shared every year since 2000 with the only possible exception of 2010. Unfortunately I have no reliable records from the earlier years.
Table 1: Confirmed ovograms each year since 2011
One way of knowing who would like to get what is to advertise ones expected ovograms. Experienced members can then apply for these ovograms. The following is a list of what species are declared to be ovogrammed within the next few months. However, these are not all the species we expect to get ovogrammed this season as far from all ovograms are preannounced.
Currently available species
Ovograms are (almost) only sent when there are ova. For many species ova are only available a week or two. Therefore the list of available species will change frequently. Currently available ova are...
Phyllocrania paradoxa reported yesterday
Recently shared species
The following lists most shared species within the last year. Even though every species is only listed once, many of them have been shared more than once.
Last shared in May 2019Amorpha juglandis (Sphingidae)
Last shared in June 2019Paonias excaecata (Sphingidae)
Sphinx ligustri (Sphingidae)
Rothschildia lebeau inca (Saturniidae)
Deilephila elpenor (Sphingidae)
Syssphinx bicolor (Saturniidae)
Samia cynthia (Saturniidae)
Macrothylacia rubi (Lasiocampidae)
Ameles spallanzania (Mantidae)
Sesia apiformis (Sesiidae)
Last shared in July 2019Callosamia promethea (Saturniidae)
Bombyx mori Zebra (Bombycidae)
Actias luna (Saturniidae)
Caligo memnon (Nymphalidae - Satyrinae)
Morpho peleides (Nymphalidae - Satyrinae)
Attacus atlas (Saturniidae)
Last shared in August 2019Lymantria dispar (Erebidae - Lymantriinae)
Papilio polyxenes (Papilionidae)
Eurois occulta (Noctuidae)
Smerinthus ocellata (Sphingidae)
Last shared in September 2019Bacillus rossius (Bacillidae)
Gastropacha quercifolia (Lasiocampidae)
Actias ningpoana (Saturniidae)
Hyles euphorbiae (Sphingidae)
Last shared in November 2019Streblote bakeri (Lasiocampidae)
Last shared in December 2019Bombyx mori *unspecified* (Bombycidae)
Samia ricini (Saturniidae)
Last shared in January 2020Papilio troilus (Papilionidae)
Last shared in February 2020Carausius morosus (Phasmatidae)
Last shared in April 2020Saturnia pavonia (Saturniidae)
Antherina suraka (Saturniidae)
Diapherodes gigantea (Phasmatidae)
Porcellio laevis "dairy cow" (Porcellionidae)
Last shared in May 2020Antheraea polyphemus (Saturniidae)
Sipyloidea sipylus (Diapheromeridae)
Tribolium confusum (Tenebrionidae)
Bombyx mori (Bombycidae)
Hyalophora cecropia (Saturniidae)