This site is funded and maintained entirely on a voluntary basis and contains over 10,000 photographs of 1458 species of Lepidoptera taken by enthusiasts studying their life histories. The aim is to illustrate the beauty and variety amongst the eggs, larvae, pupae and adult stages of Butterflies and Moths and to help with the identification of species found in the U.K. and Northern Europe. To view the pictures available so far click on one of the indexes below:-
Lepidoptera Life Cycles - Includes examples of the eggs of butterflies and moths and a guide to help identify the most frequently seen caterpillars in the U.K. Also some examples of cocoons and pupae and the advantages of sexing pupae when breeding Lepidoptera in captivity.
For a list of contributors to the website, and information explaining how you can help with this enormous project please click here
If you are interested in finding out more
about studying and rearing butterflies and moths you may find it helpful to join:-
The Breeding U.K. Lepidoptera Forum
You can obtain help and advice from many experienced lepidopterists on this forum via the groups e-mail facilities. The files area of the forum can be used to post pictures of insects for help with identification and some pictures are available here to help with the identification of species with similar characteristics. Hints and tips for finding and breeding a range of species are provided as pdf files in the files area. To enhance the files area members are asked to record or photograph anything that will extend and improve the information available there.