is a Butterfly Release?
Live butterflies make a unique alternative to releasing doves and throwing rice
as has been the tradition at weddings and special events of the past. Beautiful
butterflies will shine a new light on any special occasion resulting
in colorful memories that will last a lifetime! We provide live
Monarch butterflies and live Painted Lady butterflies,
plus various sizes of baskets and each butterfly comes
with a customizable
envelope (included free). Butterfly releases are more than appropriate for:
weddings, anniversaries, memorials, hospice, Easter Sunday, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs,
Mothers Day, sweet 16 parties, ceremonies, Corporate events, funerals, and much
How Soon Should I Order Live Butterflies for
We allow our customers to order up
to a year in advance. Otherwise, 30 days
advanced notice is customary
for Painted Lady butterflies and 14 days for
What if I Have a Last Minute Rush
Even if you event is only couple of days off
call us and we may still be able to provide you
with live butterflies on time.
Are There any Exceptions to Ordering
Often there are unplanned events, like funerals,
where advanced notice isn't possible. We are
particularly sensitive to this type of circumstance
and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
How Many Butterflies Will I Need?
It is typical to have one live butterfly for
every two guests in attendance. However, some
people prefer to use more live butterflies and
Will the Butterflies be Shipped Carefully?
Every live butterfly is placed in an individual
triangular envelope with their wings folded
back in a relaxed position. Then they are placed
in a foam insulated cooler box with a cooling
pack and surrounded with padding. The darkness
and cool environment keeps helps their survival
Is There a Guarantee of Quality or Timeliness?
We guarantee that your order will
to be delivered the day before your event date.
That's why we only use overnight air delivery.
As to the quality, it is rare that a butterfly
doesn't survive the journey, but just in case
this happens a few extras are included with every
order. The wings of our butterflies arrive in
excellent condition, its when the butterfly wings
get touched by human hands that they start to
Will any of the Butterflies be Harmed by Shipping
Occasionally a butterfly does not survive the
journey. That's why we always include
a few extra live butterflies, free of charge,
with each order. However, the majority of the
time 100% of the live butterflies will successfully
complete their journey.
Where Will the Live Butterflies Come
If you are ordering live butterflies from East
of the Rocky Mountains they will come from
Florida, if you are West of the Rocky Mountains
then they will be sent from California. Be
assured that our butterflies are raised only
by IBBA member breeders (butterflies which are
raised in their natural environment and not in
a warehouse). This ensures that they will be
healthiest and most vibrant butterflies for release
at your special event.
What Should I do in the Case of Bad Weather,
If you give us three days notice before the date
of your event do to rain or weather too cold
for butterflies to be safely released we can
cancel your order and
give you a full refund, minus the 10% cancellation
fee. It is very important to us that live
butterflies be released in proper weather.
Exactly How Long Will Live Butterflies
Survive in an Envelope?
As long as the live butterflies are kept cool
and in a dark place they can survive for several
days, but if you leave
them in the heat for even fifteen minutes many
of them may not survive.
What are the Best Conditions for a Live
Releases should be scheduled during the daytime
when the sun is out, or during overcast weather,
but not when it is raining. Live butterflies
should be released, at the latest, an hour
or two before the sun sets to allow them time
to acquire nectar and find a place to roost
for the evening. The best temperature for the
release of live Monarch butterflies is 62°F or higher,
and for Painted Lady
butterflies 72° F
is required for them to take flight.
Why is Night a Bad Time to Release Live
Butterflies sleep at night and their wings are
partially solar powered. So if you release them
at night they will not be able to fly to a proper
What's the Easiest Way to Photograph
a Live Butterfly Release?
Their are two main ways to get
good butterfly release photography. The first,
and most common, is for the photographer to be
ready before the butterflies are released and
often you can get an even better effect if all
of your guests that release the butterflies are
standing close together. The second method for
getting great live butterfly photos is to save
a few live butterfly envelopes just for the photographer
to hand to your guests one at a time to release
directly in front of the camera.
(Keep in mind that the warmer a butterfly is
the more likely they are going to fly. So if
you want a butterfly to stay in place for a photograph
make sure you take the butterfly envelopes straight
out of the cooler box.)
What if I Have a Question That Isn't
Already on Your F.A.Q.?
Please feel free to email
us or call our toll
free number 888-244-4059 if you have additional
questions not covered here. If more than one
person asks us the same question it will most
likely be added to this list to keep our
customers better informed.