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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 should have Monarch eggs and or caterpillars available July thru September. Orders will be filled in a first come, first served basis. Depending upon supply and demand, your order may be filled in a few days or it may not be filled for a few weeks.
Once you place an order, please watch your email closely as we will let you know when you order is shipped and when you should expect delivery.

~ Near the bottom of the page, we offer mesh Popups and Caterpillar Castles that can be used as caterpillar rearing chambers. ~

 


   Our Monarch Butterfly Rearing Kits 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 should have Monarch eggs and or caterpillars available July thru September. Orders will be filled in a first come, first served basis. Depending upon supply and demand, your order may be filled in a few days or it may not be filled for a few weeks. Once you place an order, please watch your email closely as we will let you know when you order is shipped and when you should expect delivery.
   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.
If you are a teacher and you do not want your order shipped until school begins in fall, please print our online order form, fill it out, write on the order form "Do not ship until the week of      (a Monday date)    or the week of    (a Monday date)    and mail the order form to us with payment (check or money order).      If you are a teacher and you want to use our online shopping cart to place your order (so you can use your credit card for payment), please: (1) place your order and then (2) immediately send an email to RoseFranklin@aol.com requesting that we hold your order until school begins in fall. In this email you should provide a first and second choice of the weeks you would like your order shipped. In the subject line of your email, type "Hold Monarch Order". We will then email you to let you know we received the email asking us to hold your order. If you do not receive an email from us within 24 hours stating that we received your request to hold your order, please email us again. If we do not receive this email requesting that your order be held and we do ship your order before school begins, your money will not be refunded.

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, 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, 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.

  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. Do not place an order unless you live in one of the states we are permitted to ship Monarchs to (these states are listed above).

  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. Do not place an order unless you live in one of the states we are permitted to ship Monarchs to (these states are listed above).

Special Offer for immediate shipping only:  40 Monarch caterpillars for $35.00

The caterpillars will be shipped the week of July 21 or July 28 (our choice, not yours).
Please do not place an order for the caterpillars if you don't have a lot of milkweed. And do not place an order unless you live in one of the states we are permitted to ship Monarch caterpillars to (see list above).

 

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 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 July 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.

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       Might not be available in 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 'Pastorale'      (Alcea rosea ficifolia 'Pictorale')

Of all the old-fashioned cottage garden flowers, Hollyhock tends to be the favorite. The stately flower stalks of 'Pastorale' Hollyhock often grow 5' high and provide a charming vertical accent to the garden. Hollyhocks usually bloom June thru August. While Hollyhocks  are biennial, self-sown seedlings should insure a continuing supply of plants without any effort on the gardener's part. 'Pastorale' includes a splendid mixture of pastel flower colors. Sorry, no choice of flower color. Deer resistant.

Biennial which usually reseeds         $6.00 each
 

American Lady caterpillars, larvae 5 American Lady caterpillars - $12.50      Should be available around mid July. 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.       $6.00 each

 

Popup Cages

These Popup Cages are great for butterfly rearing. They keep caterpillars and butterflies in---and predators out.
Five sides of the cage are mesh while one side has a vinyl window.

White Popup Cage, small

12" X 12" X 12" with vinyl window

$10.50 each

Black Popup Cage, small

12" X 12" X 12" with vinyl window

$ 10.50 each

White Popup Cage, medium

13.5" X 13.5" X 24" with vinyl window

$17.50 each

Black Popup Cage, medium

13.5" X 13.5" X 24" with vinyl window

$17.50 each

24" X 24" X 36" Large Popup Cage

This popup cage can be used as an enclosure for rearing caterpillars or as an enclosure for temporarily holding adult butterflies.
Like the other Popup Cages, the parasitoid-resistant mesh keeps the caterpillars in and the predators out.
This Popup Cage does not have a vinyl window.


$36.00 each


 

Black 13" X 17" Catch and Release Popup Cage

This popup cage can be used in the field for gathering insects or used as an enclosure for rearing caterpillars.
Like the other Popup Cages, the parasitoid-resistant mesh keeps the caterpillars in and the predators out.


$12.00 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.
Monarch eggs, caterpillars, larvae, pupae, chrysalises, rearing kits, butterfly farming

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