Painted Lady Butterflies for Special Events


Orders must be placed a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of your release event. If your event is last minute, call 780-462-1839 for availability, do not place online. Shorter notice orders placed online are subject to cancellation.

This is because 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 should weather be bad on the planned day of your release. We have a lot of supports available to help you navigate this.

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. 

Please indicate the date of your release event in the section of the checkout called "Special Instructions."

We exclusively work with painted lady butterflies. We do not sell Monarchs. 


A butterfly release is a unique and memorable way to celebrate a special occasion. Worldwide, butterflies have long been a symbol of celebrating change, transition, and renewed hope for the future. A butterfly release can become a treasured part of your memories, whatever they may be. 

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 widespread host and nectar plants across Canada, and are very reslient to our unpredictable northern conditions.

Shipping: All butterflies are shipped in individual white 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.

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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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