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Painted Lady Butterflies For Release

$ 9.49

The painted lady butterfly also known as a thistle butterfly will light up you any event upon their release. The top of their wings are brown with orange, with a white spot on their black forewing, with some brown and gray colors. Please click here to read more about the ordering procedure.

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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”

Delivery Date

Once your order is placed to reserve your butterflies, a team member will contact you via email to discuss the options available. If the options as presented will not meet your needs, we will provide a refund. If you have different release dates, please place a separate order.

Description

The 15 Painted Lady Butterflies (Thistle Butterfly) includes:

    • A minimum of 15 Painted Lady Butterflies (with an option to add as many more as you’d like) Their wingspan is 5 cm to 7.3 cm
    • Instructions with a QR code for detailed breed-specific instructions along with our blog that has continually increasing information
    • A Indigenous poem to be read at the time of the butterfly release
    • A special note from the MonarchButterflies.com team

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

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

Our team requires a minimum 6 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 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 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;

  • Provide you with caterpillars to raise as butterflies to then release them for the same value as your order

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 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 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 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 and blog, and we encourage you to read more information on the butterfly metamorphosis process and their importance to the ecological system.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

Once your order is placed to reserve your butterflies, a team member will contact you via email to discuss the options available. If the options as presented will not meet your needs, we will provide a refund. Each order is carefully packaged, requiring a substantial amount of effort and time. We do our best to have ample butterflies available, but it is first come first serve for what we have on hand ready to ship.  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 and with XpressPost 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 Post delivery terms and conditions, please visit www.canadapost-postescanada.ca.

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    What do you feed the caterpillars that hatch into butterflies?

    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.

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

    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.

    How do you do a single butterfly release?

    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.

    How do you do a mass release?

    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.

    How do the butterflies arrive?

    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.

    How do you care for and release the butterflies?

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

    How do you ship live butterflies?

    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.

    Do you have last minute butterflies available?

    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.

    When are butterflies for release available?

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

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