What Makes the Electronic Insects Move Their Wings?
Robotic moving insects are made possible because
of a new "wire muscle" technology that
makes their wings move silently with very few moving
parts. This "wire muscle" technology has
also been used in other forms of robotics, prosthetics
and on the recent NASA Mars Rover. This single
strand of wire is made of a special nickel-titanium alloy that contracts,
like a muscle, when heated by an electric current and relaxes again when the
Do the Electronic Butterflies Use a Lot
No, they use very little electricity... only 5 Watts! They are one of the few
products available that uses such a low amount of power to produce such a dramatic
effect. Even if an electronic butterfly is left on 24 hours a day everyday, it
shouldn't cost more than pennies per month to operate.
What is a Complete Kit?
This is the initial electronic moving insect that you will need to get started.
A Complete Kit comes with everything in the package that you will need to make
it work, such as an AC adapter, the moving insect circuit, a pair of wings,
and over ten feet of thin wire. The complete moving insect kit is very east to
hook up because it comes with two tiny wire legs that you can use to wrap
around around almost any object, then you just plug it in and see how cool it
is to have a realistic moving butterfly, moth, or dragonfly in your house!
What is an Add-on Kit?
The Add-on Kit comes packaged just like a Complete Kit except that instead of
having an AC adapter it has a "Y" plug
splitter that you can use to connect with up to two additional Add-on Kits and
one Complete Kit so that you will only have to use one electrical outlet.
Add-on Kits need a 110V source to work, since they don't already come with
one you must purchase either an accessory AC adapter or a Complete Kit that comes
with one. Add-on kits are great for when you want to setup
displays with multiple butterflies, dragonflies or moths and you don't want to
have to use up a lot of plugs.
How Many Different Types of Electronic
Insects are There?
We currently we have 24 electronic insects species ranging across the
butterfly, dragonfly, moth, and firefly species. If
you are not sure which to choose, we recommend that you start with the American
butterflies, sorted by popularity:
Monarch Butterfly, Blue Morpho
Butterfly, Old World Swallowtail Butterfly, Clodius
Butterfly, Dog Face Butterfly, American
Painted Lady Butterfly, and Florida's
state Zebra Longwing Butterfly. Many of our customers
also prefer the very beautiful and realistic tropical butterflies: Violet
Morpho Butterfly, Ulysses
Butterfly, Green Birdwing Butterfly, Postman
Butterfly, or you may opt for some of the world's most colorful moths such
as the Sunset
Moth and the Emperor Moth. To produce an additional
effect you may wish to acquire electronic dragonflies (two per package
for one low price): Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly, Little
Blue Dragonlet Dragonfly,
Halloween Pennant Dragonfly, Roseate
Skimmer Dragonfly, Widow Skimmer Dragonfly,
and the Golden Winged Skimmer Dragonfly. For those
into glow products we have some very cool glow in the dark butterflies: the Glowing
Tropical Butterfly and the Glowing
Giant Firefly. Its fun for kids,
collectors and everyone who loves to collect and enjoy butterflies!
Can Electronic Butterflies be Plugged
in All the Time?
Yes! The moving electronic butterflies,
dragonflies, and moths use a minuscule amount
of electricity and can be safely plugged in almost
all the time. This is also the case when you
have additional Add-on Kit strung together and
powered by one AC adapter. Electronic moving
insects also do not generate any heat even
after hours or days of use, they don't create
any type of fire hazard.
What Type of Current is Needed to Operate
the Moving Insects?
Each electronic moving butterfly, moth, and dragonfly uses a 110
USA standard electrical outlet. If you are from another country that uses a different
power source, no problem, we have a selection of alternative
power sources available. Please call our office, or email
us, and let us know your requirements
so that we can send you the correct power source for your
Can the Electronic Butterflies be Battery
There are times when you may need to
operate the electronic butterflies with a battery
pack, such as at a wedding, for centerpieces
on tables, and even if you want to have a moving
butterfly on your t-shirt with the help of a
safety-pin! For moments like these we offer
an accessory battery
pack that will allow your
butterfly to work for hours. The only problem
is that as the batteries
start losing power the wings fluttering frequency
will slow down. You
must purchase battery
and they work for both Complete Kits and
How Long is the Wire from the Transformer
to the Moving Insect?
Moving butterfly, moth, and dragonfly wiring is over 10 feet long from the AC
Adaptor to the winged bug body. This splits into two parts: the winged bug body
to the cocoon shaped circuit (female end), and the AC
adaptor to the plug (male end), both are 5 feet long and connect together to
give you 10 feet overall. The same specifications also apply to the moving
dragonflies and moths.
How Many Butterflies can be Placed on
It is recommended that you only have up to four electronic butterflies, moths,
or dragonflies powered by one AC adapter. This would be the same as one Complete
Kit and three Add-on Kits. This is the limit because when you
string more moving winged insects than this there is not enough current to go
around. Many of our customers use power strips to plug in as many AC
adaptors as they want. Power strips help a lot when you are setting up large
displays of electronic butterflies, moths, and dragonflies.
Are Electronic Butterflies Hard to Hook Up?
No! They are very easy to hook up and you can actually have a lot of fun in the
process. You simply take the winged insect out of the package and make sure the
wings are in the "up" position.
Then take the tiny wire legs coming from the lightweight bug body and wrap the
wires around an object. You can also use clear tape or a safety-pin
to keep the butterfly legs in place. The butterflies, dragonflies and moths are
all lightweight and will usual stay in place once you securely attach them to
something. For the best visual effect, meticulously hide the wiring leading from
the bug body, then plug the adaptor to an outlet or power strip. You can be as
creative as you want when setting up multiple displays of beautiful butterflies,
dragonflies, and moths. If you have any trouble hooking up your butterflies please
feel free to contact us for further assistance.
Where Should I Put my Moving
Butterflies, Dragonflies, and Moths?
You can place electronic moving
insects on just about any object you wish!
These amazing lightweight moving creatures have
a very realistic and natural wing movement just
like the real insects the emulate! They have
tiny wire legs which you can use to rap around
an object or put a small piece of tape across
the legs to make them stick to a flat surface.
People decorate with our moving insects on their
TV's, computers, floral displays, lamps, picture
frames, and to fool people put them anywhere
a real butterfly might be expected to land. There
are also beautiful bubbling wall mirrors
that look great with a moving butterflies attached
Can the Electronic Butterflies be Placed
If you have an outdoor event like a wedding, party or special occasion and the
butterflies will not be exposed to wet weather it is alright to use them, but
we don't suggest that you leave them outdoors permanently. Electronic insects
may be affected by weather conditions causing them not to work and they
can be accidentally ruined more easily outdoors. However, the wings of our electronic
insects are made of UV resistant pigments and they will not fade even if exposed
to direct sunlight for prolonged periods. So you can place your electronic moving
moths, dragonflies, and butterflies behind a window without having to think twice
about their wings losing color! Every mechanical insect is so realistic
that wherever you place them people will think
a real live butterfly has landed. Please feel free to contact us if you are planning
to use them for a special purpose and you have specific requirements that you'd
like to run past us to make sure everything will work.
Do Electronic Butterflies Make any Noise
None at all! They are completely silent when they are operational, just like
a real live butterfly. This makes them perfect for placing in a bedroom,
baby nursery, or any location where complete silence is necessary. Our electronic
winged insects are one of the very few products that you can purchase which will
not become annoying over time, but will add continual enjoyment
What Size are the Electronic
Butterflies, Dragonflies and Moths?
Each electronic moving insect is about
the same size of the real winged insect that
they emulate. Which is why it is so easy to fool
people into thinking that a real butterfly has
landed, you can usually only fool a person
one time! In different geographic locations
some species may be smaller
or larger depending on the exact species
and environmental conditions. In total, the electronic
moving winged insects have wings that average
4 1/2 inches across, from the wing tip to wing
tip. We have taken care to duplicate even the
edges the insect wings so that they are as realistic
as that of the real insect. Even our electronic
dragonflies have stunningly realistic translucent
wings, just like the real ones, with the same
colorations, size and movements that the real
insects make when they have landed.
How Many Times do the Electronic Insects
Move Their Wings?
All of the moving insects flap their
wings gracefully about 6-7 times a minute. The
wing motions of each electronic insect was designed
to specifically emulate the real insect as
they air their wings out while clinging to
a plant. Their calming movements is what
makes them so soothing to watch.
When you have multiple moving insects connected
to together their wings will flutter independently
one after another. Use electronic butterflies,
dragonflies, and moths to make a
perpetual butterfly garden effect in your home.
What Should I do if the Wings Aren't
Sometimes during shipping or unpacking, a wing may get pushed downward. To fix
it gently pull the wings up with two fingers, one under each wing, and push down
with your thumb in the middle - at which point you should hear the wings snap
back in place. Sometimes the wind, a person, or an animal may brush up against
your butterfly display and bend one, or both, wings back down again. If you
notice that a wing is bent down and not flapping anymore, don't worry, just pop
it back in place, it is very easy to do once you try it a couple of times. Also,
wings are very easy to switch out, if you are looking to spice up your
existing display just get a few extra wings and put them on whenever
you want to change the look of your butterfly display. This is fun because someone
comes over to your house they will see the new butterfly and think that another
butterfly has landed in the same place as the last one!
What Type of a Warranty Comes with the
Every moving-wing insect is designed
to last for years. If it should fail because
of manufacturers defect during the first year
we will be happy to provide you with a free replacement
of your defective product. To get your free replacement
please return the defective electronic moving
insect and all of its components to the address
provided on the back of the package, or you use
the company address of this web site. We cannot
pay for your shipping costs to return the item,
but we will pay the shipping on your new one.
Where are the Electronic Moving Insects
All of the electronic moving dragonfly, moth, and butterfly
products are made in Southern California, USA.
Do you Offer Wholesale Prices for Resellers?
We welcome any reseller to apply
for wholesale access!
Once you try our unique line of electronic moving insects you'll soon realize
that they not only enhance the look of your store or business by using a few
of them as moving decorations, but you can also increase your monthly sales.
Moving butterflies, dragonflies, and moths are so popular they practically sell
themselves! There are still many locations around the country, and especially
around the world, that have not been exposed to our life-like moving winged insects.
Stores such as, gift shops, home and garden centers, nature stores, novelty shops,
and anywhere people expect colorfulness could do well by putting them on their
shelves. Once your application has been approved wholesale buyers will receive
a username and password by email or phone granting them online access to our
wide range of unique wholesale products. We invite dealers, bulk buyers, and
distributors to call us directly about our moving butterflies, dragonflies, and
moths using our toll free number 888-244-4059.
Are Electronic Butterflies Available
in Other Countries?
There are only a few countries that regularly sell our electronic butterflies,
Canada and Australia. If you are from a
country that uses a different power source than the USA standard, no problem,
we have a selection of alterative power sources.
Please call 818-883-4059, or email, our office if you are having trouble locating
the right plug for your country's electrical standard and we'll see if we can
send you the power source that will work for you.