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Monarch Eggs and/or Caterpillars
Usually available June thru September, our Monarch Eggs and/or Caterpillars (larvae) are great for home or school rearing projects. Butterfly rearing is educational and rewarding for youth and adults alike and Monarch butterflies are easy to raise. In just 25 to 32 days, Monarch metamorphosis [life stages: from egg to caterpillar to pupa to adult butterfly] is completed. And no matter what your age, you will be fascinated by the process!

Sporadically, throughout the summer, we might also offer Black Swallowtail, Giant Swallowtail, Painted Lady, American Lady, or Red Admiral caterpillars. The USDA governs which states we are permitted to ship each butterfly species to, so unless you live in one of the states we are permitted to ship that particular caterpillar to, do not place an order. We will not ship your order and will charge you a $1.00 service charge to cancel your order and refund your payment. 

   We do not sell butterfly eggs and caterpillars (larvae) which were taken from the wild. Our eggs and caterpillars are gathered from our butterfly rearing facility located inside our greenhouse. Inside our rearing facility, we closely monitor the butterflies to assure that their environmental and nutritional needs are being met.

We do not accept phone orders or purchase orders. 
All orders must be accompanied by payment.  No payment = no shipment.

We now have Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars, and Monarch pupae, available for shipping.
Before you place an order though, please read every sentence on this page. 

Important Note: Do not consider ordering Monarch caterpillars (larvae) unless you have access to at least six fully grown Milkweed (Asclepias) plants. Your caterpillars will require much more milkweed than we will ship with your order. Indeed, the caterpillars might need fresh milkweed leaves immediately upon delivery to you. Aside from Milkweed plants, you will also need a suitable rearing  chamber (a 10 gallon aquarium with screened lid or a Popup, like those offered on our 'Popup Cages' page).

Before you place an order for Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars in July, 2019:

Do Not place an order if you do not have milkweed plants to utilize as food for the Monarch caterpillars. For every 10 Monarch caterpillars you order, you should have the equivalent of at least ten mature common milkweed plants.

Do Not place an order unless you are willing to accept Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars of any size. Most (maybe all) July orders will be filled with caterpillars, not eggs, and the caterpillars might be tiny or they might be large. 

Do Not place an order unless you will be able to receive the Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars on any day Monday thru Saturday in the next 3 weeks. Orders are filled in the sequence in which they are received and supply and demand determine how soon your order will ship. Your package might ship within 24 hours but it might not ship for two weeks or more.

Orders are shipped via USPS First Class Mail or USPS Priority Mail. Please be sure the address that comes thru to us via PayPal is the address used by the U.S. Postal Service.

Do Not place an order and then ask us to change the shipping address. Be sure the shipping address is correct before you finalize the order.

As stated below, your Monarch caterpillars might be shipped on a potted milkweed plant OR they might be shipped on cut milkweed foliage. You do not get to choose whether you get a potted plant or cut milkweed. 

Because we were blessed with finding some extremely rare "white" Monarchs here last September and maintained a colony of "whites" from then until now, one (or more) of your caterpillars might pupate and then transform to become a white Monarch. While I don't know why anyone would object to this, you must be accepting of "white"  Monarchs in your order (if any white ones appear). 

Do Not place an order unless you live in one of the states we are permitted to ship Monarchs to (those states are listed below).

If you place an order and then request that it  be canceled for any reason, there will be a $2.00 service charge to cancel the order and refund payment.

If you are a teacher and you do not want your order shipped until school begins in fall, please print our online order form, fill it out, write on the order form "Please ship my order the week of      (a Monday date)    or the week of    (a Monday date)    and mail the order form to us with payment (check or money order).      If you are a teacher and you want to use our online shopping cart to place your order (so you can use your credit card for payment), please: (1) place your order and then (2) immediately send an email to MilkweedLady@aol.com requesting that we hold your order until school begins in fall. In this email you should provide two things: (1) the name of the person the order is being shipped to, and (2) a first and second choice of the weeks you would like your order shipped. The email should say this:  "My name is __________. Please ship my order the week of      (a Monday date)    or the week of    (a Monday date)   ." In the subject line of your email, type "Hold Monarch Order". We will then email you to let you know we received the email asking us to hold your order. If you do not receive an email from us within 24 hours stating that we received your request to hold your order, please email us again. If we do not receive this email requesting that your order be held and we do ship your order before school begins, your money will not be refunded.
Your package is shipping to whatever address comes thru to us on the order form. We are much too busy to be editing addresses on hectic shipping days, and this year, simply will not do that. If you want the package shipped to the school instead of to your home, please be sure to edit the shipping address so it will be shipped to the school.

If you do not have a supply of Milkweed plants but you still want to rear Monarch caterpillars later this summer, please order Tropical Milkweed plants from the 'Milkweed Plants' page of our web site. The Tropical Milkweed plants should be received at least a month before you place an order for Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars so that the plants will have time to grow larger before the caterpillars arrive. Eight of our Tropical Milkweed plants should be enough to feed 10 caterpillars, so long as you receive the plants a month before you order the Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars.   
If you are going to use our Tropical Milkweed plants as caterpillar food, I suggest you keep the plants in pots (not plant them in the garden), repotting them into larger pots as their root systems require. You could keep the plants potted individually or plant two or three of the small plants into 6" - 10" pots. Keep the potted plants in full sun and water as necessary (which might be every day).  Then when your caterpillars need Milkweed, put a potted plant into the Popup (or whatever you are using as a rearing chamber). You might want to pull a plastic bag up over the pot and wrap a twist tie around the bag near the stem/soil line of the plant. This way you can lay the plant down if necessary and not have to worry about soil spilling from the pot and on to the floor of the rearing container. Because the leaves of Tropical Milkweed will wilt fast if cut off the plant, it is best to keep the leaves on the plant, putting a whole potted plant into the Popup.

Monarch eggs, caterpillars, larvae

10 Monarch eggs and/or Caterpillars (larvae) -  $18.00 

If you have a suitable rearing chamber (example: a small aquarium with screened lid) and access to lush, green milkweed plants (Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, or Tropical Milkweed), you might want to order our  10 Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars (sorry, no choice between eggs or caterpillars). Your eggs and/or caterpillars will be shipped on a potted Milkweed plant OR on fresh cut Milkweed leaves (our choice, not yours). Rearing instructions included with order but please also refer to the 'Monarch Life Cycle' and 'Raising Monarchs' pages of the web site for more information.

We
are permitted to ship Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars on potted Milkweed plants to the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. If you live in one of these states your eggs and/or caterpillars will be shipped on either a potted Milkweed plant or cut Milkweed. Our choice, not yours.
We are permitted to ship Monarch caterpillars (not eggs) on cut Milkweed (not potted Milkweed) to the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
Do not place an order unless you live in one of the states we are permitted to ship Monarchs to.
Your order will not be shipped and we will charge you  a $1.00 service charge to cancel your order and refund payment.

We ship USPS First Class or USPS Priority Mail. Once you place an order, please watch your email closely for updates on the status of your order.

 

 

Monarch pupae, chrysalis Monarch  Chrysalises (Pupae)    5 for $25.00

You don't have access to Milkweed plants but you would like to see a newly emerged Monarch butterfly (maybe even see the butterfly emerge from its chrysalis)? Then this is for you! You will receive Monarch chrysalises (pupae)--- from which should emerge five majestic Monarch butterflies in just a few days. When the butterflies are able to fly, just release them outdoors.
Upon delivery, you should put the chrysalises in a container (a plastic or cardboard box that is at least 5" high) lined with paper towels and covered with window screen or tulle (available in fabric stores).  You could also lay them along the bottom edges of a small Popup Cage (shown below) or similar mesh, screen, or netted container.

We
are permitted to ship Monarch chrysalises to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. 
We are not permitted by the USDA to ship to other destinations. Sorry, no exceptions.
Do not order Monarch chrysalises from us if your state is not listed above. We will not ship  your order and will charge you a $1.00 service charge to cancel your order and refund your payment.

Who Wants To Raise White Monarchs?

   Once in a many, many million Monarchs, one will emerge from its pupa (chrysalis) having peachy, silver-gray coloring where the bright orange color normally is, this being caused by an extremely rare recessive gene. We were blessed to have some of these "white" Monarchs emerge at our butterfly rearing facility last September. Some of our customers also had white Monarchs emerge from pupae which originated from eggs and/or caterpillars purchased here. 
   We decided to devote the winter to the challenge of maintaining a colony of white Monarchs so that more of our customers might be able to raise and photograph "the white Monarch" which few people would otherwise ever see in their entire lifetime. It was a long, exhausting winter but we managed to keep our colony of white Monarchs alive and healthy! 
   We found that most male white Monarchs will not mate. If they do mate and the female lays eggs, many of the eggs don't hatch. When they do hatch though, the caterpillars almost always develop to become beautiful adults, sometimes smaller than the average sized orange monarch, but none-the-less beautiful---and peachy, silver-gray instead of orange..
   With eight months and seven generations of white Monarchs behind us, we are proud to offer white Monarch caterpillars to our customers. These caterpillars aren't cheap----but if you want the opportunity to photograph a white Monarch, this is your chance. Maybe the only chance you will ever have.
   As is the case with ordering regular Monarchs, please do not order these caterpillars unless you have a suitable rearing container and at least twelve large milkweed plants to utilize as food for the growing caterpillars. We ship a small amount of milkweed with each order but the caterpillars will likely need fresh milkweed leaves immediately upon delivery.
   We will be shipping 5 Monarch caterpillars per order (not four) so that if one doesn't survive the trip, you will still have four---but hopefully, all will survive the trip. So long as the caterpillars are properly cared for and they do not come in contact with predators or disease, three to five adult Monarchs should be produced for photographing. Once you've taken your photos, just release the butterflies outdoors.
We are permitted to ship Monarch caterpillars to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Your caterpillars will ship on either a potted Milkweed plant or cut Milkweed (our choice, not yours).

We ship USPS First Class or USPS Priority Mail. Once you place an order, please watch your email closely for updates on the status of your order. Your order might ship the same day it is placed but it might not ship for two weeks (supply vs. demand). We ship orders in the sequence in which they were received.

4 Monarch caterpillars which originated from eggs laid by white Monarchs - $25.00

 Temporarily Sold Out. Should be more around early August.

Monarch  Chrysalises (Pupae) which should produce "white" monarchs  5 for $35.00

You don't have access to Milkweed plants but you would like to see a newly emerged Monarch butterfly (maybe even see the butterfly emerge from its chrysalis)? Then this is for you! You will receive Monarch chrysalises (pupae)--- from which should emerge five majestic "white" Monarch butterflies in just a few days. When the butterflies are able to fly, just release them outdoors.
Upon delivery, you should put the chrysalises in a container (a plastic or cardboard box that is at least 5" high) lined with paper towels and covered with window screen or tulle (available in fabric stores).  You could also lay them along the bottom edges of a small Popup Cage (shown below) or similar mesh, screen, or netted container.

We
are permitted to ship Monarch chrysalises to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. 
We are not permitted by the USDA to ship to other destinations. Sorry, no exceptions.
Do not order Monarch chrysalises from us if your state is not listed above. We will not ship  your order and will charge you a $1.00 service charge to cancel your order and refund your payment.


We ship USPS First Class or USPS Priority Mail. Once you place an order, please watch your email closely for updates on order status.

Temporarily Sold Out. Might be more available around late July. When available, a shopping cart button will appear here. Only when the shopping cart button is here can Monarch chrysalises be ordered.

If you have never raised Monarch butterflies, please visit the 'Monarch Life Cycle' page and also the 'Raising Monarchs' page before you place an order. I highly suggest that you also download the PDF (a slide show) entitled Raising OE-Free Monarchs from the 'Raising Monarchs' page. Within the slides of this PDF, whether you're a beginner or a pro at raising Monarchs, you will likely find some tips that will improve your rearing operation and increase your success.

 Sporadically throughout the summer, we might have these larvae (caterpillars) available for shipping:
When available, shopping cart buttons will appear to allow ordering. No shopping cart button = cannot be ordered.

5 Black Swallowtail Caterpillars - $15.00

The caterpillars will be shipped on either a potted parsley plant, on cut parsley, on a potted rue plant, or on a cut rue. Sorry, no choice of how your caterpillars are shipped. You will need lots of extra parsley, dill, fennel, or rue to feed to the caterpillars. If you have no host plants, please do not order the caterpillars.  

We are permitted to ship Black Swallowtail caterpillars to Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,  North Carolina, Ohio,  Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont,  Virginia West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If you do not live in one of these states, do not place an order for the caterpillars. We will not ship  your order and will charge you a $1.00 service charge to cancel your order and refund payment.

Orders will be filled in a first come, first served basis. Depending upon supply and demand, your order might be shipped in a few days or it might not be shipped for two weeks. Once you place an order, please watch your email closely as you will be notified when you order is shipped and when you should expect delivery.
 We will not be offering Black Swallowtail caterpillars in 2019..

caterpillar host plants; rue; Ruta graveolens Rue  (Ruta graveolens)

Rue is a beautiful garden plant, with lacy blue-green leaves and many small but showy bright yellow flowers from June through August. Known as herb o' grace, because its branches were once used by Catholic priests to sprinkle holy water. Rue grows 30"-36" high. Deer resistant.
Note: Some people are allergic to Rue, causing small water blisters or rash to break out on skin.

It is utilized as a host plant by Black Swallowtail and Giant Swallowtail butterflies.

We CAN ship plants to the following states within the USA:  Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
State and Federal regulations prohibit us from shipping to other destinations. If you do not live in one of the states we are permitted to ship to, please do not order. We will not ship your order and will charge you a $1.00 service charge to cancel your order and refund your payment.


Perennial, zones 4-9.       $6.00 each  (3" pot)   

 

Parsley   (Petroselinum crispum)

Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, the same one grown for culinary use, is also a host plant for the Black Swallowtail. It grows 10"-18" high. 

Parsley is utilized as a host plant by Black Swallowtail (pictured right) butterflies.

Perennial, zones 4-9.          $4.00 each  (shipped in 3" pot)  

                                                                        
   $4.00 each

 

 

Sorry, Sold Out for 2019.

Black Swallowtail

Dill   (Anethum graveolens)     

Dill is a reseeding annual with delicate, fern-like foliage. It grows 18"-24" high. As an herb, it is used in breads, sauces, dips, spreads, and more. Herb gardeners harvest both the leaves (dill weed) and the seeds (dill seed).

Dill is utilized as a host plant by Black Swallowtail (pictured right) butterflies.

Perennial, zones 4-9.           $4.00 each  (shipped in 3" pot)  Might be available around mid July.

 

 

Sorry, Sold Out for 2019.

Black Swallowtail

5 Painted Lady caterpillars - $12.50       Might be available sporadically from summer thru fall.

If you already have a suitable rearing chamber (example: a small aquarium with a screened lid or something similar to the Caterpillar Castles shown near the bottom of this page), and a few nice sized  Hollyhock near by to use as caterpillar food, you have all you need to rear these caterpillars. We will provide the caterpillars  and the instruction sheet.
Important note: If you do not have Hollyhock to use for caterpillar food, please order three or four of these plants below (so long as you live in one of the states we are permitted to ship plants to). The host plant (either potted plant or cut foliage) shipped with your caterpillars will not be large enough to feed them to maturity.

We are permitted to ship Painted Lady caterpillars to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia,  West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If you do not live in one of these states, do not order the caterpillars.  We will not ship the order and will charge you a $1.00 service charge to cancel the order and refund payment. 

Might or might not be available in 2019. Check back sporadically during the summer to check on availability.

5 American Lady caterpillars - $12.50   

If you already have a suitable rearing chamber (example: a small aquarium with a screened lid or something similar to the Caterpillar Castles shown near the bottom of this page), and a large potted Artemisia 'Silver Brocade' plant, you have all you need to rear these caterpillars.
Important note: If you do not have Artemisia 'Silver Brocade' to use for caterpillar food, please order at least two Artemesia 'Silver Brocade' plants below (so long as you live in one of the states we are permitted to ship plants to). The caterpillars will be shipped on either a potted Artemisia 'Silver Brocade' or on fresh cut foliage). To raise the 5 caterpillars to pupation, you will need more Artemisia than is shipped with your order of caterpillars.

The black arrow in the photo points to the white spot that distinguishes the American Lady from the Painted Lady.


We are permitted to ship American Lady caterpillars to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
If you do not live in one of these states, do not order the caterpillars. We will not ship the order and will charge you a $1.00 service charge to cancel the order and refund.

Might or might not be available in 2019. Check back sporadically during the summer to check on availability.

 'Silver Brocade' Artemisia  (host plant for American Lady caterpillars)
(Artemisia stellariana 'Silver Brocade')


Looks very similar to annual dusty miller! Grows 10"-15" high and about 24" wide in one season. Utilized as a host plant by American Ladies. Deer resistant and drought tolerant. Must have excellent drainage to survive the winter.

To raise 5 American Lady caterpillars, you should order 2 or 3 of these plants.

We CAN ship plants to the following states within the USA:  Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. State and Federal regulations prohibit us from shipping to other destinations. If you do not live in one of the states we are permitted to ship to, please do not order. We will not ship your order and will charge you a $1.00 service charge to cancel your order and refund your payment.

Perennial
, zones 6-8.       $6.00 each    (shipped in 3" pot)   

 

Some American Indians believed that for a wish to come true, you had to capture a butterfly, whisper your wish to it, and then set the butterfly free. The butterfly would carry your wish to Heaven, where the Creator could decipher the message and grant the wish.

Two ways to order: (1) Utilize our on-line shopping cart or  (2) print our online order form, fill it out, and then mail it to us, along with your check or money orderWe do not accept phone orders. Some of the features of our online shopping cart fail to work correctly with some Internet Service Providers. If you have problems using our shopping cart, please print our order form, fill it out, and then mail it to us. Sorry for the inconvenience. 
 Quantities are limited. Orders will be reserved to fill orders in the sequence in which orders are received.
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