Breeding guides

Getting started with this hobby is not as easy as it looks. Lepidoptera are highly specialised insects with complicated and variable life cycles.

About cocoons and pupae  – This section contains instructions on how to care for pupae and cocoons and how to optimise the emergence of adult butterflies and moths, and overwintering them in their pupal stages.

About caterpillars, eggs and adults  – This section contains information about taking care of caterpillars, eggs and adult butterflies/moths, including some tips on rearing setups.

Caresheets – information and breeding guides about a wide selection of butterflies and moths in captivity. Altneratively, use the the full species list: take a look at the full list of caresheets this website has to offer, arranged by aphabetical order.

Pairing (silk)moths – How to pair moths and butterflies in captivity? While rearing larvae to adulthood is one thing, making sure the adults reproduce is another. This page contains information about pairing (copulation) of Lepidoptera in captivity, with tips and tricks.

Releasing butterflies and moths – This is about releasing captive bred butterflies and moths in the wild.

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The aim of this website is to provide information about many species of moths and butterflies around the world, with a slight focus on rearing them in captivity.

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