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Monarch Eggs and/or Caterpillars
Available late June thru September, our Monarch Eggs and/or Caterpillars (larvae) are usually available 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, and 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.

Important Note: Do not consider ordering Monarch caterpillars (larvae) unless you have access to a dozen or so large 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).

We are now sold out of Monarch eggs, caterpillars, and pupae for the 2018 season
We will have no more until June or July, 2019. 

Monarch eggs, caterpillars, larvae

10 Monarch eggs and/or Caterpillars (larvae) -  $17.00 

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 may be shipped on a potted Milkweed plant or on fresh cut Milkweed leaves (our choice, not yours). Rearing instructions included. 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: Alabama, Arkansas, 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 you may receive either a potted Milkweed plant or cut Milkweed. Sorry, no choice.
We are permitted to ship Monarch caterpillars (not eggs) on cut Milkweed (not potted Milkweed) to the following states:
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 order status.

Sold Out for the 2018 Season. We will have no more until June or July, 2019. 

Monarch eggs, caterpillars, larvae

20 Monarch eggs and/or Caterpillars (larvae)-  $27.00  

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 may be shipped on a potted Milkweed plant or on fresh cut Milkweed leaves (our choice, not yours). Rearing instructions included.

We
are permitted to ship Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars on potted Milkweed plants to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, 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 you may receive either a potted Milkweed plant or cut Milkweed. Sorry, no choice.
We are permitted to ship Monarch caterpillars (not eggs) on cut Milkweed (not potted Milkweed) to the following states:
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 order status.

Sold Out for the 2018 Season. We will have no more until June or July, 2019. 

If you do not have a supply of Milkweed plants but you still want to rear Monarch caterpillars, please order Tropical Milkweed plants from the 'Milkweed Plants' page of our web site. The Tropical Milkweed plants should be ordered at least a month before you order your Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars so that the plants will have time to grow larger before the caterpillars arrive. Eight of these plants should be enough to feed 10 caterpillars, so long as you order 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). Keep the potted plants in full sun and water as necessary (which will likely be every day).  Then when your caterpillars need Milkweed, put a potted plant into the aquarium (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 into the aquarium. 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 aquarium.

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 also highly suggest that you download the PDF entitled Raising OE-Free Monarchs from the 'Raising Monarchs' page. Whether you're a beginner or a pro at raising Monarchs, you will likely find some tips that will improve your rearing operation and/or procedures.

Monarch pupae, chrysalis Monarch  Chrysalises (Pupae)    5 for $20.00

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.

 Sold Out for the 2018 season..

 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.
 Sold Out of Black Swallowtail caterpillars for the 2018 season.

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)  

 

 

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. 

Will not likely be available in 2018.

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.

Will not likely be available in 2018.

 '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         

 

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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