Painted Lady Butterflies for Special Events

Butterflies take time to grow. If your order is last minute we cannot guarantee availability. To ensure availabilitiy, please allow 4 weeks lead time in advance of your event when you place your order. For funerals and memorials: we always keep a small supply reserved for you.

Do not place your order online without consulting us first at 780-462-1839 for availability. Online orders that are placed without consultation may be subject to cancellation. Read the following:

  • Butterflies releases are strictly seasonal.  Release season is typically May 31-September 1, and can be shorter due to weather or smoke. No exceptions. This is due to bloom times and weather patterns in Alberta, and may be subject to restrictions if weather is worse than normal: butterflies have complex needs, and dates outside of this range do not usually fall within their natrual appearance of Painted Ladies in Alberta. If you are located in areas outside of Alberta, in an area with a significantly warmer seasonal climate, we may be able to accommodate events outside of these dates.
  • All releases are weather permitting. We reserve the right to cancel at any time due to weather or atmospheric conditions like smoke, fire, flood, storms, or snow: these events are not compatible with releases. We kindly ask that you consider the well-being of the animals as your event approaches.
  • Minimum 6 butterflies per shipped order. 


The event: A butterfly release is a unique and memorable way to celebrate a special occasion. Butterflies have long been a symbol of celebrating new beginnings, transition, and renewed hope for the future. Our Painted lady butterflies will become a treasured part of your memories, whatever they may be. They are a touching and appropriate way to honour the memory of a lost loved one; and as symbols of renewal and new beginnings; they are a wonderful way to celebrate change and hope for the future, such as at a wedding, anniversary, or graduation. 

We exclusively work with the Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui), and do not offer Monarchs from our Edmonton laboratory as they are not commonly native here. Painted ladies, on the other hand, have qidespread host and nectar plants across Canada, and are very reslient to our unpredictable northern conditions.

Shipping: All butterflies are shipped in individual release boxes for their safety and well-being: we do not offer group release boxes. These will be placed inside an insulated shipping container, with an ice pack to keep them cool, and will be sent priority overnight to your destination. These dark, quiet conditions ensure the butterflies rest, as they would on a cold dark Canadian night. When your butterflies arrive, simply remove the ice pack and re-freeze if needed, and store your bugs at temperatures between 4 and 15 degrees celsius until the time of release.

BEFORE YOU ORDER ONLINE: call us at 780-462-1839 to make an inquiry. We require a 4 week lead time on all orders over 6 butterflies. Of course, life does not allow us to plan for many events: so we make it a priority to always have a few extra butterflies on hand for these types of occasions. As such, we cannot always guarantee availability. If you are planning a wedding or a big event, please give us at least a month's notice, as otherwise we may not be able to help you. If your event is short notice, please call us directly at 780-462-1839 to inquire about availability.


Price breaks are offered as quantities increase. 

 ***Minimum of 6 butterflies per order.

Small Order: Less than 12 butterflies - $12.50 each

Medium Order: 12 or more butterflies - $10.50 each

Large Order: 24 or more butterflies - $8.50 each 

*Please ensure you are selecting the correct "size" price for the quantity you would like to purchase. Incorrectly priced orders will NOT be processed.

For orders of under 12 butterflies: select size "Small"

Orders of 12-23 butterflies: select size "Medium"

Orders of 24 or more butterflies: select size "Large"

Butterfly Wings n' Wishes reserves the right to review all orders placed. Incorrectly calculated orders will not be processed and you will receive a refund of your purchase amount.

By agreeing to do business with us you hereby agree to abide by all terms and conditions as presented by Butterfly Wings N' Wishes Ltd:

Painted Lady Butterflies for Special Events

Price: C$12.50
12 or more: C$10.50 each
24 or more: C$8.50 each
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