Painted Lady Butterflies for Release INFO ONLY

This listing is information only: we do not allow direct online purchasing of adult butterflies. You MUST contact our office directly to inquire on availability, and to reserve and place a deposit on your butterflies.

Orders must be placed a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of your release event. Butterflies take 4 weeks for us to raise. We recommend ordering earlier, because we often sell out far in advance based on first come first serve availability. 

For bereavements and other events that cannot be planned in advance, call us for availability. We do try to keep a small amount of butterflies reserved specifically for these events, though we cannot guarantee quanitity.


Release Season is May 31-September 1, no exceptions unless the weather is bad (in which case our season is shorter). Smoke, cool temperatures, floods, a bad growing year for nectar sources can all influence the length of the season.

Once your order is placed, the release is also 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 and be prepared to have a plan B in place to release your butterflies on an alternate day, should weather be bad on the day of your release

Minimum 6 butterflies per shipped order. If you order less than 6, we will re-adjust your quanitity and invoice you for the outstanding balance. 

We exclusively work with painted lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui). We do not sell Monarchs. Monarchs are not truly native to our region and releasing them would be unethical. Painted ladies, on the other hand, have widespread host and nectar plants, are resilient to northern temperatures, and as erratic migrants do not impact migratory patterns of wild populations.


Packaging: Butterflies are packaged in individual release boxes for their safety and well-being. This benefits you as well: each person receiving a butterfly will have their own special moment with it before they set it free. These boxes are shipping in an insulated box with an ice pack to keep them cool in transit.

Shipping: Butterflies are shipped  express overnight in Canada, or same-day shipping in Edmonton. We guarantee our shipping and use Purolator to ensure the safety and health of these delicate creatures. These dark, quiet conditions ensure the butterflies rest, as they would on a cold dark Canadian night.

Instructions: will be provided with your order, and again in the box.

Deposit: All adult butterfly orders require a 50% deposit to be paid at the time of booking, to guarantee your spot. Remaining balance is due no later than 2 days prior to shipping. Deposits are non-refundable but can be carried forward as credit.

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 Release INFO ONLY

Price: C$12.50
25 or more: C$10.50 each
50 or more: C$8.50 each
Availability: Out-of-Stock