Types of releases include:
(1) Using a butterfly net cage:
We provide small and large net cages. The butterflies should be gently transferred from the shipping envelopes into the cage by opening the envelope and urging the butterfly to the sides of the cage. The cage should be able to accommodate the number of butterflies you have ordered.
Once inside the display cage, the butterflies will need to be fed and watered. Please see our instructions for feeding your butterflies or visit our FAQ or blog for detailed instructions. Place the butterflies in a warm, sunny area to energize. Never place them in direct sunlight.
(2) Using a box for mass release:
The envelopes can be opened and the butterflies placed inside a large box of your choosing for release. Be sure to put some paper toweling on the bottom of the box so the butterflies have something to hang onto. Hang one corner of the paper towel over the side of the box. Place a folded paper towel with nectar on it in the bottom of the box. Place another folded paper towel damp with water next to the nectar.
Try to keep the lid of the box adjusted so the butterflies cannot take flight from your hand while you are opening the envelope. This can best be accomplished in a dark, cool room and covering the box opening while you are transferring the butterflies from the shipping envelopes to the box. If the butterflies do take flight, they will head for the sun or brightest light. Gently cup your hand over the butterfly and place it in the box.
When all butterflies have been placed inside the box, close the lid. The butterflies will rest for many hours in this box. Prior to the release, place the box in an area of warmth for at least 30 minutes. However, pay close attention not to overheat the butterflies, as there may be no ventilation in your release box. Never place the box in direct sunlight.
(3) Using individual release envelopes:
If you are releasing your butterflies from the triangular shipping envelopes, place the envelopes in a basket and distribute them to your friends and family from the basket.
The envelopes are easily opened and if the butterflies are warm enough, they will take flight. If they have not been warmed sufficiently, the butterflies may take a while to actually begin their flights.