Monarch Eggs, Larvae (Caterpillars), and Pupae
|Monarch Eggs and/or Caterpillars
Usually available from 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. When, and if, these caterpillars are available, you will be able to order them from this page (just scroll down the page until you see them listed). 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 $2.00 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. They are also protected from the predators and diseases which lurk in the outdoors.
We do have Monarch pupae
(chrysalises) available for shipping! Please scroll down to order.
|Important Note: Do not consider ordering Monarch caterpillars (larvae) unless you have access to at least twelve 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).|
|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.
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 to 10 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 (repotting each plant into a 6" pot) or you could plant two or three of the small plants into 10" - 12" pots. Keep the potted plants in full sun and water as necessary (which might be every day once the plants grow larger). 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 and/or Caterpillars
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. Depending upon supply and demand, your order
might ship within hours of receipt, but it might not ship for 7 - 10 days.
Sold Out of Monarch eggs and/or
caterpillars for the 2021 season. We will not have any more available
until May, 2022.
Monarch Chrysalises (Pupae)
5 for $25.00
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.
throughout the summer, we might have these larvae (caterpillars) available
|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.|
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 order. We
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.
Monarch eggs, caterpillars, larvae, pupae, chrysalises, rearing kits, butterfly farming
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