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Monarch Butterflies For Release

$ 19.98 Per Butterfly

Enhance your occasions with the captivating Monarch Butterflies for Release. Showcasing a stunning black, orange, and white pattern that symbolizes new beginnings, each package comes with release instructions and a Native Poem. Elevate the experience by adding a charming mesh cage for an extra touch of enchantment. To learn more about the ordering procedure, click here! 🦋

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Expedited, XpressPost and Priority Shipping

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Tracking Included with Canada Post

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Postal Insurance with Canada Post

Preferred Delivery Date

After placing your order to secure your butterflies, a team member will reach out to you via email once we have any updates. If the proposed timelines are inconvenient for you, we will provide alternatives such as canceling and refunding your order, rescheduling, issuing a credit, or substituting your order with other insects.

 

ATTENTION: Please note that a net cage is required to hatch and release of your butterflies. If you already have net cage and do not require it, please leave the quantity amount blank to not add a net cage.

The small butterfly habitat/hatching net cage is designed for raising butterflies with a vinyl window panel to view butterfly eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises through their metamorphosis. Re-usable and a must-have experience for all butterfly and insect lovers!
Dimensions 12” x 12” x 12”

The small butterfly habitat/hatching net cage is designed for raising butterflies with a vinyl window panel to view butterfly eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises through their metamorphosis. Re-usable and a must-have experience for all butterfly and insect lovers!
Dimensions 13.5” x 13.5” x 24”

The quantity mentioned above refers to the number of of butterflies. To complete an order, a minimum of 12 butterflies are required. Additional butterflies can be added in increments of 1.

Description

Transform your special moments with the enchanting beauty of our Monarch Butterflies for Release.  Ethically raised, these butterflies symbolize new beginnings and add a meaningful touch to weddings, memorials, and more. Elevate your events with the magic of nature, making every celebration truly unforgettable.

 

The Monarch Butterflies For Release includes:

    • A minimum of 12 Monarch Butterflies (with an option to add as many more as you’d like) Their wingspan is 9–10.2 cm (3+1⁄2–4 in) or if monarchs are not available we will satisfy your order with double the butterflies using Painted Lady Butterflies for the same value. Prior to shipping your order we will notify you via email with the insect that we have available to complete your order.
    • Instructions for Releasing Butterflies – Refer to the Useful Links sections below for specific guidelines.
    • A Poem intended for reading during the butterfly release, should you wish to do so.

 

Optional: Small or Large Mesh Cage  (For Viewing the butterflies in the net cage which can also be used for Mass Release)

Although we like as much advance notice as possible for orders, we can often accommodate short notice orders, although 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.

 

Helpful Links:

    1. How to order Butterflies for Release
    2. How to check total costs including shipping and taxes for your order
    3. Planning ahead for your desired type of Butterfly Release 
    4. How to Transfer of Butterflies for a Mass Release
    5. How to Feed your Butterflies: A Simple Guide
    6. Warm & Cold Weather Butterfly Release Instructions

 

Ordering: The typical growth cycle for Monarch Butterfly is a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks with months of preparation to prepare butterflies for release for each order.

Our team requires a minimum 6 to 8 weeks to raise butterflies, plus pre-planning, production of food and sustenance for the insects, appropriate staffing, and other variables. We also conduct thorough testing to ensure all butterflies are disease free and healthy. In all circumstances, we are working with a limited supply. For orders placed within less than 6 weeks to the delivery day, it is sometimes difficult for our team to fulfil, however, we prepare extra butterflies and most often can satisfy the order.

If at the time of ordering less than 6 to 8 weeks weeks to the delivery date or the weather does not permit a specific butterfly release, or we don’t believe we are able to fulfil the order, we will attempt to source insects from another farmer to ensure there are butterflies for your event. However, other butterfly farmers face the same availability issues as we do, so it is not always guaranteed they will be able to assist us.

We will use all available resources to fulfil your order and provide butterflies for your event, however, for orders placed within less than 6 to 8 weeks to the delivery date, there is no guarantee the order will be fulfilled. In the case of monarch butterfly orders, if we do not have sufficient quantities, we will substitute with painted lady butterflies of the same value.

If the event we cannot satisfy your order, we proceed with the following solutions:

  • Reschedule your order for a future delivery date;

  • Supplying you with painted caterpillars for nurturing into butterflies, ready for release, at no additional cost equivalent to your order value.

  • Provide the Painted Lady Butterflies for Release for the same value.

If we believe that shipping your butterflies will not be safe and there may be risks with the delivery (pandemic shipping delays, forest fires in your area, local or global shipping delays, etc.) we reserve the right to cancel your order: the safety of the insects comes first.

All orders placed within less than 6 to 8 weeks to the delivery date will be satisfied in the priority they were placed and paid. Your spot on the priority list is secured when you place and pay for your order.

When placing a last minute order, we understand you may have a lot of questions, however, due to the time constraints to fill your order, we may not be able to provide fulsome answers to your questions, or be able to answer your questions at all before your order is complete. Our FAQ and blog answer most of the questions we receive.

We always encourage you to place your order more than 6 to 8 weeks in advance, however, we understand that is not always possible. In fairness, it is not always possible for our team of butterfly enthusiasts to fulfil orders placed within less than 6 to 8 weeks to the delivery date. We are unable to guarantee exact arrival dates if the order is not placed well in advance based on various factors. We will do our best to accommodate your release date, in the event that you wish to cancel your order as we may not be able to meet your accommodation, please let us know at least 72 hours in advance and a team member will email your all options that are currently available.

Nothing brings us more joy than to share these majestic creatures with you, and we work tirelessly to ensure that happens. We want to thank you for considering us and are mindful of how important your butterfly release is and the feelings attached to it. However, we want to be fully transparent regarding the rare occasions we are unable to fulfil your butterfly order.

If you have questions or concerns, we would be delighted to address them. Further information can be found on our FAQ Page and Online Blog, and we encourage you to read more information on the butterfly metamorphosis process and their importance to the ecological system.

In light of recent regulatory modifications, there is a possibility that we may be unable to provide monarchs in the year 2024 due to changes in the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 41 (ontario.ca). We are actively engaged in the permit application process, and should we receive approval, we will fulfill your order with monarchs as requested. However, in the event that we are unable to procure monarchs, we are committed to offering an alternative option. In such cases, we will provide the painted lady butterfly for release, ensuring that the substitution holds the same value as the originally requested monarchs. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The typical growth cycle for monarch butterflies is 4-6 weeks with months of preparation growing milkweed to feed the butterflies.
  • All our plant development is done organically, often creating challenges without the use of traditional pesticides and chemicals.
  • Each order is carefully packaged, requiring a substantial amount of effort and time.
  • To learn more about the process of raising, caring, and releasing butterflies, please visit our FAQ and blog for detailed information.

If there is something you’d like to add, please let us know at info@monarchbutterflies.ca and we’ll be sure to add it.

SHIPPING TIME

The season for shipping butterflies runs from May-September, weather and season permitting. We are only able to ship butterflies in this window of time, as they are naturally found in the wild in the same time period. All butterflies are individually packaged for safe shipping. These butterflies are shipped in dark cool containers that naturally mimic the conditions for butterflies to be in a hibernation-like state. For pictures and videos of how we safely package your butterflies for release, please visit our blog and FAQ.

All shipments are made through Canada Post and shipped to the address provided, however, they may choose, at their discretion, to leave your package at your front door, a side door, with a concierge, at a safe drop location, in a community mailbox, or tag it for pickup at your local post office. Although we wish they can hand-deliver every package, it is out of our control. Please ensure you provide the most accurate postal address and any special instructions if needed.

In the past, we’ve used other courier and delivery services, and our experience has been that Canada Post takes the most care when handling our packages. After years of service, we developed a relationship with Canada Post as they are aware of the contents of our packages and use special handling with every delivery.

All of our packages are shipped Expedited XpressPost and with Priority shipping including a tracking number and standard $100 postal insurance. Postal insurance is included on all orders and any claims for damage or lost packages should be made to Canada Post. For full details on Canada Posts delivery terms and conditions, please visit www.canadapost-postescanada.ca

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How do I release by butterflies on a warm or cold day?

Please see our blog post for more details: Warm Weather & Cold Weather Release

How do I feed my butterflies?

Please see our blog post for that goes over this information in detail: How to Feed your Butterflies: A Simple Guide

How do you do a Mass Butterfly Release?

Please find a direct link to our Blog Post for full the full instructions: Transfer of Butterflies for Mass Release

Do you offer any other insects other than monarchs and painted ladies?

No, we do not offer any other insects besides monarchs and painted ladies. Our focus is on providing experiences centered around these two beautiful butterfly species. We take pride in offering monarch and painted lady butterfly kits, as well butterflies for release including various related products and services to enhance your butterfly-raising and releasing experiences.

Monarchs and painted ladies are popular choices due to their accessibility, adaptability, and significance in butterfly conservation efforts. Both species are known for their fascinating life cycles, captivating colors, and their ability to bring joy and wonder to people of all ages.

Do you offer orders for pick up?

We currently operate as an online store and do not offer orders for pick up. All orders must be placed through our secure online platform on our website.

Our seamless online ordering process allows you to browse through our diverse range of butterfly-related products, including live butterflies for release, butterfly rearing kits, butterfly frames and more. Once you have selected the items you desire, simply add them to your cart and proceed to checkout.

During checkout, you will provide your shipping address, and we will take care of the rest. We entrust the reliable services of Canada Post to ship your order directly to your designated location, ensuring safe and timely delivery.

We understand that some customers may prefer to pick up their orders in person for various reasons. However, at this time, we are unable to make an exception to our shipping policy, as it enables us to efficiently serve customers across different regions.

What do you feed the caterpillars that hatch into butterflies?

Feeding adult butterflies is an essential aspect of butterfly care, especially if you are raising them in a butterfly net cage or habitat. Adult butterflies primarily feed on nectar, which provides them with the necessary energy and nutrients for their activities and survival.

Here are some options for feeding adult butterflies:

  1. Sugar Water: Prepare a solution of 1 part sugar (or honey) to 9 parts water. Soak a cotton ball or sponge in the sugar water and place it inside the butterfly net cage for the butterflies to feed on.
  2. Gatorade/Vitamin Water: You can also use Gatorade or vitamin water as an alternative to sugar water. These beverages can provide additional electrolytes and nutrients for the butterflies.
  3. Fresh Fruits: Offer fresh cut fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, or squashed grapes to the butterflies. Place the fruit pieces on a dish or plate inside the cage.
  4. Organic Flowers: If available, you can place organic flowers inside the butterfly net cage. Ensure that the flowers are free from any chemicals or pesticides, as these can be harmful to the butterflies.
  5. Brush Method: Use a soft brush against the fine mesh of the cage, allowing the butterflies to access the nectar on the brush bristles.

It’s essential to regularly provide fresh and clean food sources for the butterflies to maintain their health and well-being. Ensure that any food or flowers you offer are free from chemicals and predators to prevent harm to the butterflies.

It is raining, or it is cold, how do I release the butterflies?

Releasing butterflies in unfavorable weather conditions, such as rain or cold temperatures, can be concerning for their well-being. It’s essential to consider the safety of the butterflies before releasing them. Here are some guidelines for releasing butterflies during adverse weather:

1. Rainy Weather:

  • If it is currently raining or about to rain, it’s best to postpone the butterfly release. Butterflies are delicate creatures, and rain can damage their fragile wings and make it challenging for them to fly properly.
  • Wait for the rain to stop and the weather to clear up before releasing the butterflies. If the rain is expected to continue for an extended period, consider waiting until the next suitable day for the release.

2. Cold Temperatures:

  • Butterflies are cold-blooded creatures, and their ability to fly and function depends on their body temperature. In cold temperatures, butterflies may become sluggish and unable to fly.
  • If the weather is cold and the butterflies appear lethargic, it’s best to wait for warmer conditions to release them. Placing the butterflies in a sunny and sheltered spot can help them warm up before flight.
  • Avoid releasing butterflies on very chilly or frosty days, as it may endanger their survival.

3. Butterfly Habitat or Enclosure:

  • If you have a butterfly habitat or enclosure, such as a butterfly net cage, you can consider releasing the butterflies inside it. This provides them with a controlled environment where they can safely acclimate before flying away.
How do you do a single butterfly release?

Releasing butterflies individually is a wonderful and memorable experience. Our butterflies come individually packaged for safe shipping and transport, making it easy to release them one at a time.

What is the process for a single butterfly release?

Here are the steps to do a single butterfly release:

  1. Prepare the Butterflies: Ensure that the butterflies are at the appropriate temperature for release. If they were shipped to you, let them acclimate to the surrounding temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour before releasing.
  2. Choose the Release Area: Select a suitable outdoor location for the release. The area should be open and free from obstacles to allow the butterflies to fly freely.
  3. Handle the Butterflies Gently: Carefully open the individual butterfly packages. Gently lift a butterfly out of its container, taking care not to touch its wings, as they are fragile.
  4. Let the Butterfly Rest: Allow the butterfly to rest on your hand or a flat surface. Give it a moment to warm up and become more active.
  5. Release the Butterfly: When the butterfly is ready, gently lift your hand or allow it to take flight from the flat surface. The butterfly will usually fly away on its own once it feels ready.
  6. Observe the Release: Watch as the butterfly soars into the sky. It’s a beautiful moment to appreciate the wonder of nature and the lifecycle of these amazing creatures.
  7. Repeat the Process: If you have more butterflies to release, repeat the process for each one, giving them ample time to acclimate and fly away.
How do you do a mass butterfly release?

We have extensive information available on our blog to guide you through various aspects of butterfly releases, including cold weather release, warm weather release, mass release, feeding, caring, storing, and more.

For detailed instructions and helpful tips on organizing a successful mass butterfly release, we encourage you to visit our blog. You will find step-by-step guides, best practices, and important considerations to ensure a memorable and responsible event.

Our blog is a valuable resource for butterfly enthusiasts and event organizers, providing comprehensive information to make your butterfly release a remarkable experience. Whether you are planning a special celebration, an educational event, or a conservation initiative, our blog posts are designed to assist you in every aspect of the butterfly release process.

How do you ship live butterflies?

All butterfly orders are shipped with Canada Post using Expedited, XpressPost or Priority shipping based on your selection. 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.

How do the butterflies arrive?

We take utmost care in ensuring the safe and humane shipping of butterflies for your order. Here’s how the butterflies arrive:

  1. Shipping Method: We use Canada Post for shipping all butterfly orders. Depending on your location and preference, we offer both Expedited and XpressPost shipping options.
  2. Insulated Containers: To ensure the butterflies’ well-being during transit, we use insulated containers. These containers help regulate temperature and protect the butterflies from extreme conditions.
  3. Ice Packs: Inside the insulated containers, we place ice packs to keep the butterflies in a dormant state. This sleep-like state is similar to hibernation, which is a natural condition for butterflies when they are cold and in the dark.
  4. Humane and Safe: Shipping butterflies in a dormant state is the most natural, humane, and safest method. It minimizes stress on the butterflies and allows them to stay comfortably dormant until they reach their destination.
  5. Unpacking and Care: Once you receive the shipment, carefully unpack the butterflies and follow our provided instructions for care and release. Properly acclimate the butterflies to their new environment before releasing them.

For more detailed information on caring for your butterflies, tips for a successful release, and guidance on storing butterflies, please visit our blog. We strive to provide comprehensive resources to ensure you have a positive and rewarding experience with these beautiful creatures.

How do you care for and release the butterflies?

We understand that caring for and releasing butterflies is a special and meaningful experience. To provide you with comprehensive guidance on this topic, we have a variety of blog posts available on our website.

Please visit our blog section, where you will find detailed information on how to care for butterflies and conduct a successful release. Our blog covers various aspects of butterfly care, including:

  1. Butterfly Care: Learn how to handle and care for butterflies upon their arrival. Discover best practices to ensure their well-being and health during their stay.
  2. Feeding Butterflies: Find tips on how to provide nourishment to the butterflies, including options for sugar water, fruit, and nectar.
  3. Release Preparations: Prepare for a beautiful butterfly release with guidelines on timing, weather considerations, and suitable locations.
  4. Mass Butterfly Release: If you’re planning a mass release event, our blog offers detailed instructions and suggestions for organizing a remarkable experience.
  5. Post-Release Tips: Learn what to do after the release to promote butterfly conservation and continue supporting these wonderful creatures.
  6. Various Articles: Discover a wealth of knowledge by exploring our diverse range of articles on our blog. Delve deeper into the world of butterflies, their care, and the art of releasing these magnificent creatures. Our blog is a treasure trove of valuable information, offering insights on butterfly care, feeding, release preparations, and much more. Whether you’re a butterfly enthusiast, organizing a special event, or simply curious about these fascinating insects, our blog has something to offer for everyone. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of butterflies and gain a deeper understanding of how to nurture and cherish these delicate beings. Uncover the secrets to conducting a successful and memorable butterfly release. Our blog is a valuable resource, designed to enhance your butterfly experience and promote conservation efforts. Embark on an enriching journey by visiting our blog today!
When are butterflies for release available?

Butterflies for release are available during our seasonal period, which typically starts in May and continues until September each year, weather permitting.

During this period, we carefully cultivate and raise butterflies, ensuring they are healthy and ready for release. The availability of butterflies is dependent on various factors, including weather conditions and the specific species being raised. Please see the ordering page for full details.

As the season begins, we encourage you to explore our offerings and place your orders in advance to secure your preferred date for the butterfly release.

Do you have last minute butterflies available?

We understand that sometimes plans come together at the last minute, and we do our best to accommodate short notice orders. However, please be aware that having butterflies available for immediate shipping is subject to several factors, and we cannot guarantee their availability at all times.

Our team is committed to making your butterfly experience enjoyable and memorable, but certain circumstances such as environmental conditions, climate, and shipping delays may impact the readiness of butterflies for immediate release.

To check availability and explore options, we encourage you to place an order on our website. Once we receive your order, a team member will promptly contact you via email to discuss shipping options and availability.

If we are unable to fulfill your request due to unforeseen circumstances, we will offer alternative solutions or the option to cancel and receive a refund. Our goal is to work closely with you to find the best possible solution for your butterfly release needs.

For the best chance of securing butterflies for your desired date, we recommend placing orders in advance whenever possible. This allows us ample time to prepare and ensure a successful butterfly release for your special occasion. To learn more please visit the ordering page for full details and our process.

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