|Butterflies for release at special event celebrations and weddings.
IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to SUBSTITUTE A CERTIFICATE IN PLACE OF THE LIVE MATERIAL for ASAP orders when the weather is intemperate. Intemperate summer or winter weather may require overnight shipping for ASAP live material orders. Orders shipped via FedEx 2-Day Air cannot be shipped after Wednesday, nor can overnight orders be shipped after Thursday due to FedEx non-delivery on weekends. All overnight and 2-day orders placed after these cut-off days will be held for shipping until the first business day of the next week. IMPORTANT: We do not offer FEDEX expedited shipping of monarch eggs, larvae, or pupae to the following Western states: WA, OR, CA, AZ, NV, ID, MT, WY, UT. Monarch larvae are drop shipped to Western states by our Western intra- state associate breeders. We do not guarantee delivery of western monarch larvae on the dates you specify, but try to arrange delivery of your live material as close to the date specified on the butterfly certificate or website order form.
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Orders should be placed at least 10 days prior to the date of the event.
Orders placed on a short notice will be filled to the best of our ability. Funerals are the exception.
SATURDAY AND WEEKDAY EVENTS: Priority Overnight shipping charge is $39.00
Sunday or Monday Events - Saturday Delivery shipping charge is $49.00
Thermally protective shipping box provided at no extra charge
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1.) When should I place my order? Place your order at least 2 weeks in advance during April through July as these are popular months for weddings. During the rest of the year we require only 10 days notice for orders. We recommend you place your order as soon as possible to avoid any last minute disappointments. We take orders up to 1 year in advance.
2.) How many butterflies should I order? The average order is 2 dozen per 50 guests. For an individual butterfly release you can order one per guest or couple, or select certain guests to participate, such as the wedding party and family. Releasing several dozen butterflies at once from a basket by the bride and groom is also very attractive.
3.) How warm does it need to be to release Butterflies? Butterflies will only take flight when the temperature is above 62°F, but the warmer the better! Painted Lady Butterflies require at least 72°F
4.) What if I place an order, but the weather turns bad? If the forecast is unfavorable, call us at least three(3) days
before the event, and we will gladly cancel the order and refund the full purchase amount. We don't penalize you for Mother Nature's indecisions!
5.) Can I release butterflies at night? There must be at least 30 minutes of light left once you release them so they can find a place to roost for the evening. To find the exact time that the sun will set for your date and location visit http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.html.
6.) How do the butterflies survive shipping? Each butterfly is fed and carefully placed inside our triangular cardstock boxes or glassine envelopes for their safety. They are surrounded by soft padding and packaged in an insulated cooler with a "cool-pack." The cool temperature combined with minimal light keeps the butterflies calm and naturally inactive during shipping. Butterflies are sent via overnight delivery to arrive the day before your event.
7.) What should I do when my Butterflies arrive? Complete instructions on how to care for and release your butterflies will accompany your order.
8.) What happens to them after release? We ship butterflies the USDA has approved for your area of the country so that only butterflies indigenous to your area are released. If you have flowers and host plants for the butterflies nearby, they may stay a while or even take up residency for the remainder of the season.
BUTTERFLY CARE AND RELEASE INSTRUCTIONS:
1) WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES ARRIVE: Butterflies are sent via overnight delivery to arrive the day before your event. Open the top of the package for ventilation and store the butterflies in a cool, dark place away from direct light until ready to transport to the event. This will keep them calm. Your only commitment is to keep the box in a cool, dark place until you are ready to transport them to your event. When transporting the butterflies, do not leave them in a parked car for more than a few minutes, especially if it is a warm day, and remember to keep them covered and away from direct sunlight.
2) TO RELEASE BUTTERFLIES INDIVIDUALLY: Open the top of the shipping container to expose the butterfly boxes to light and allow them to warm (5 minutes if a cooler day or less if the day is warm and sunny). This stimulates the butterflies and will make them active again. Then pass out the butterfly boxes at the appropriate moment. The butterflies are released by simply unfolding the boxes to open them. As soon as the envelope is open wide enough for the butterfly to flap a wing, the butterfly should take flight. The majestic butterflies will wing their way into the air creating a brilliant show-stopping splash of color. If they find nectar flowers in the immediate area they may even hang around for a while to delight you and your guests before going off to start a new lifecycle.
3) DURING THE RELEASE: As they emerge from their boxes or release baskets, you may want to write your own dedication to provide a cue for the butterfly release. Then, enjoy the moment and celebrate the day. The butterflies certainly will.
We offer only the highest quality farm raised butterflies for release. We guarantee that you will receive your butterflies live, vibrant and healthy. Additionally, we include an extra butterfly per dozen purchased. In the unlikely occurrence that you find any problem with your order, notify us immediately and we will make every effort to immediately correct the situation or refund your money for the expired butterflies once they are returned to us. If you see that the weather is not going to cooperate, notify us three days before your event, and we will gladly cancel the order and refund the full purchase amount. We don't penalize you for Mother Nature's indecisions! If you cancel your order for any other reason there is a 10% cancellation fee. Our commitment to customer satisfaction does not end when you make your purchase, but only when you have experienced the everlasting joy of your successful butterfly release! Visit our EBAY store at stores.ebay.com/EDUCATIONAL-SCIENCE-ONLINE-STORE for special offers that will save you money.
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