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.