Bridal Club Magazine
Ordering: Order your butterflies early; it
takes butterfly farmers approximately four to five weeks to raise
your butterflies for your butterfly release. This will ensure
that you are able to purchase the type and quantity of butterflies
that you would like. It is advisable to start looking at
least three months or more in advance. Reserve your
butterflies early, preferably five to eight weeks in advance.
Most farmers ask for a deposit of one-half the total be paid to
reserve the butterflies and the remainder is due approximately two
weeks before the event.
Monarch Butterflies: Monarchs are the most
popular and recognized butterfly for releases. Monarchs are
lovely butterflies with vivid orange and black wings that span
3-3/8 to 4-7/8 inches. When Monarch butterflies are released, they
soar and glide through the air, dipping and landing to drink nectar
and investigate bouquets and colourful dresses.
When to Release: Release your butterflies on a
warm sunny day. Butterflies are not able to fly in cold
temperatures, at night, or when it is raining. You must
release butterflies when the temperatures are at least 20 degrees
or warmer. Butterflies naturally fly in the day. Be
sure that any events where you release butterflies that the
butterfly releases are held at least one hour before dark.
Butterflies should not be released when it is raining.
Shipment & Delivery: Butterflies are
shipped in individual envelopes that are packed into insulated
boxes with an ice pack. This is done to protect the butterfly
nature's way, simply placing them in a cool spring night
situation. It puts them into a hibernation-type state and
protects their wings from damage. You need to make sure that
you or someone is home when your butterflies arrive for your
release. Butterfly farmers do not have control of what happens to
the butterflies once they put them into shipment until they arrive
into your hands other than the care they use when packing your
release butterflies for shipment. When you receive your box, open
up the box and check to make sure that everything is okay. Your
butterfly farmer will be able to instruct you on the proper care of
your butterflies until the time of your release.
Butterfly Myths and Truths
- Myth - You can color coordinate the butterflies to
- Truth - Butterflies only come in a few different
colors. The colors range between black, browns, and oranges
and yellow mixes.
- Myth - They will not fly and people will step on
- Truth -If you do a release properly, you will have a
lovely release experience. Talk to your butterfly
- Myth - Butterfly releases are cruel to the
- Truth - The butterflies are raised and handled with
the best of care. The butterflies are only sent to
environments that they already exist in. After a release, the
butterflies will live the rest of their natural lives in the
- Myth - The butterflies will have nothing to eat and
- Truth - Again, talk to your butterfly farmer about the
proper times to release butterflies. If butterflies are
released in the summertime, there are plenty of nectar flowers
around for them to survive on. Some butterflies even nectar
on fruit and tree sap. You do not want to try to release them
in the middle of the winter. Use common sense.
- Myths - Most of the butterflies will arrive dead or
not make it to the release .
- Truth - Thousands and thousands of butterflies are
shipped across the United States and Canada and arrive live and
healthy. Only a very few of those thousands of butterflies may
not make it. Your butterflies are handled and packed in such a way
to protect them and make sure that they will survive the
journey. Extra butterflies are usually included just in case
a couple would not survive.
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