If you are thinking about doing a Butterfly Release for your loved one there are some steps to consider. First you need to find someone to get your Butterflies from unless you plan on trying to catch them yourself. This site http://www.forbutterflies.org/ lists different locations you can get Butterflies from.

It is important to check in advance of the date you need to make sure that they are available. These are typically seasonal for breeders and might be difficult to get. Once you find a person to get the Butterflies from you then need to arrange how you are going to get them and how far in advance.

The Butterflies are delivered to you and they are “sleeping”. Typically they are shipped on ice. Usually you wake them 2 1/2 hours before your event and put them in a cage of some sort (you can get from breeder) and spray water on the netting so they get some energy. We also gave them some watermelon to get them going prior to the event.

If you happen to order the Butterflies and they get delivered a day or so before the event you might have to wake them up and feed them and then put them back to sleep. Again, you can check with the breeder.

The Butterflies are shipped as adults and packaged ready for release. Each butterfly is placed in it’s own special release envelope or into a mass release box (net).

Box Butterflies are shipped in

Box Butterflies are shipped in

Envelope Butterflies come in

Envelope Butterflies come in

Net to put Butterflies in

Net to put Butterflies in

Once you are at the event you can pretty much do whatever you’d like. You can have a reading of some sort so people understand the reasoning behind the Butterfly release or anything that you want.

Once that is done everyone can release their Butterflies. When you open the envelopes you can take the Butterflies by the wings and put them on your hand, a flower or whatever you want. It is a good idea to have “real” flowers at the event in order to make the Butterflies want to stay in the area. It is also important to take the spray bottle of water so you can make the flower wet. The Butterflies will need water. All in all the Butterflies we released some flew away but others stayed for about 2 hours or so.

For our Butterfly relase we used Monarc Butterflies because supposedly they are the most “relaxed” for this type of setting. Also, best bet is to get a photographer to attend the event. It is too hard to plan, coordinate, and take pictures at the same time. It is well worth the few dollars to get it done correctly.

Have a wonderful event.

Butterfly on flower

Butterfly on flower

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