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Monarch Eggs and/or Caterpillars
Available late June thru late September, our Monarch Eggs and/or Caterpillars are for home or school projects. Butterfly farming (the rearing of butterflies) is educational and fun for youth and adults. Monarch butterflies are easy to raise. In just 28 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!
   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 will have no Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars until late June, 2014.  Please check back then.

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 able to ship Monarch caterpillars (not eggs) on cut Milkweed (not potted Milkweed) to the following states:
Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.


We are not permitted by the USDA to ship to other destinations. Sorry, no exceptions.
Do not order Monarch eggs or caterpillars from us if your state is not listed above. We will not ship  your order and will charge you a $3.00 service charge to cancel your order and refund your payment.

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 several large Milkweed (Asclepias) plants. Your caterpillars will require much more milkweed than we will ship with your order. Indeed, the caterpillars may need fresh milkweed leaves immediately upon delivery to you. Aside from Milkweed plants, you will also need a suitable rearing  chamber.

Monarch butterfly caterpillars   10 Monarch eggs and/or Caterpillars -  $15.00   

If you have a suitable rearing chamber (example: a small aquarium with screened lid) and access to milkweed plants (Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, or Tropical Milkweed), you might want to order our  20 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.
Before placing an order, please read every sentence above this point as there is important information there.


We will not have Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars available until late June, 2014. When available, shopping cart buttons will appear here to allow ordering.

Monarch butterfly caterpillars   20 Monarch eggs and/or Caterpillars -  $25.00   

If you have a suitable rearing chamber (example: a small aquarium with screened lid) and access to milkweed plants (Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, or Tropical Milkweed), you might want to order our  20 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.
Before placing an order, please read every sentence above this point as there is important information there.

We will not have Monarch eggs and/or caterpillars available until late June, 2014. When available, shopping cart buttons will appear here to allow ordering.

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 20 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 reared Monarch butterflies, please read these two articles:
Grow Your Own Monarch Butterflies
Monarch Butterfly Metamorphosis

5 Monarch  Chrysalises - $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 5 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. 
Once your order is placed, watch your email closely as I will let you know when your package ships. Your chrysalises may ship the next day or not for two weeks.

Available sporadically from late June thru early October. Please check back then.

5 Black Swallowtail Caterpillars - $15.00

The caterpillars will be shipped on a potted Rue plant. If you have no Rue plants, you might want to order an extra plant just in case your caterpillars need it. 

We are permitted to ship Black Swallowtail caterpillars to Alabama, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. If you do not live in one of these states, do not place an order for them.

Should be available sporadically during the summer months. Please check back then.

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.

Perennial, zones 4-9.    $6.00 each

 

 

 

Painted Lady caterpillars, larvae 5 Painted Lady caterpillars - $12.50       Will not be available until summer, 2014.  Please check back.

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. The host plant 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, 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 this item.  We charge a $2.00 service charge to cancel the order and refund. payment.   

Hollyhock 'Chater's'    (host plant for Painted Lady caterpillars)
(Alcea rosea 'Chater's')

An all-time favorite, Hollyhock grows 60" - 72" high. 'Chater's' Hollyhock offers columns of fully double blooms. The flower color may be red, pink, yellow, or white. Flower color may be pink, purple, red, salmon, white, or yellow. Sorry, no choice of color.  Hollyhocks are self-seeding biennials.  Full sun or part shade. Deer resistant.

Host plant for Painted Lady butterflies. 

Perennial, zones 5-9.               $6.00 each      

American Lady caterpillars, larvae 5 American Lady caterpillars - $12.50      Will not be available until July and August, 2014. Please check back.

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), Pussytoes (Antennaria) or Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), you have all you need to rear these caterpillars.
Important note: If you do not have Pussytoes or Pearly Everlasting to use for caterpillar food, please order at least two Artemesia 'Silver Brocade' plants below. American Lady caterpillars love Artemisia 'Silver Brocade'. The host plant shipped with your caterpillars will not likely feed them to maturity.
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 this item. We charge a $2.00 service charge to cancel the order and refund.
The black arrow in the photo points to the white spot that distinguishes the American Lady from the Painted Lady.

butterfly host plants; Artemisia stellariana 'Silver Brocade'  '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 requires well drained soil. Utilized as a host plant by American Ladies. Deer resistant and drought tolerant.
Perennial, zones 6-8.       Should be available in June.

 

    The Caterpillar Castle
5 fine mesh sides to promote healthy air flow.
One clear vinyl full side window for easy viewing of contents.
Large protected zippered opening for easy access.
Design Meets APHIS specifications for secure enclosures 60+ threads per inch.
Collapsible design folds almost flat! Fits in your pocket.
Lightweight and durable, perfect choice for shows and travel
Washable, 10% bleach to sanitize before reuse.
Fine mesh will stop tiny ants, wasps and other nasty predators.
Fabric will wick away moisture fast to keep contents dry.
Hanging carry loop also holds enclosure closed for storage.
Three convenient sizes to meet your needs.
Small Castle
Approx. 12" X 12" X 12"
$9.50 each    
Large Castle
Approx. 14" X 14" X 24"
$18.50 each  
Jumbo Castle 
Approx. 24" X 24" X 36"
$39.50 each     

Caterpillar Castles are simple to fold! From 13 inch cube to 5 inch by 2 inch pancake in three seconds.
Jumbo size is a bit tricky to repack into a small size and requires a bit of muscle.

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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