Frequently Asked Questions on Butterflies for Release

Here are the answers to the commonly asked questions we’ve received over the years. Most of your questions will be below with a brief answer. However, for a more in depth understanding of these topics, please visit our blog. If a question is missing, or there is something you’d like to add, please let us know at info@monarchbutterflies.ca and we’ll be sure to add it. 

We have broken down the FAQs into specific categories based on our online store, products, and other services.

The season begins, weather permitting, at the end of May and lasts until September each year.

Although we like as much advance notice as possible for orders, we can often accommodate short notice orders, though there is no guarantee we will have butterflies ready to ship at all times. It is our joy to share this experience with you, but there are many factors that may prevent short notice orders, such as environment, climate, shipping delays and duration. Please place an order on our website and a team member will contact you via email to go over shipping and options. One of the options includes to cancel and refund if none of the options provided work for you.

All butterfly orders are shipped with Canada Post using XpressPost shipping. We use insulated containers with ice packs to keep the butterflies dormant (in a sleep-like state) as butterflies hibernate when they are cold and it is dark. It is the most natural, humane and safest method to ship butterflies. Please visit our blog to see more on care, release, storing your butterflies and more.

Please visit our blog and see our multiple posts on cold weather release, warm weather release, mass release, feeding, caring, storing and so much more.

All butterfly orders are shipped with Canada Post using XpressPost shipping. We use insulated containers with ice packs to keep the butterflies dormant (in a sleep-like state) as butterflies hibernate when they are cold and it is dark. It is the most natural, humane and safest method to ship butterflies. Please visit our blog to see more on care, release, storing your butterflies and more.

Please visit our blog to see multiple posts on how to do a mass release of butterflies for your experience.

All butterflies come individually packaged for safe shipping and transport. They are ready to be released individually based on how they are packaged. To learn and read more about this process please visit our blog for further information.

There are many factors and situations that may not be suitable to release the butterflies in. In some cases you are still able to release them. We go over this information in depth on our online blog going over release and rescheduling the release.

The butterflies feed on an all water diet. You may feed them with sugar water, gatorade/vitamin water, honey water or sugar water (1 part honey/sugar, 9 parts water), fresh cut fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe or squashed grapes. We recommend using a brush against the fine mesh cage so that the butterflies can absorb the nectar or placing cotton balls/pads soaked in any of the above liquids. You may also place organic flowers that are free from any chemicals to free from chemicals and predators in the net cage.

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