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Searching for information on the Monarch Butterfly also known as "Danaus Plexippus" its scientific name? Looking to buy Monarch Butterfly Release Packages? Find all the information you need here! At Cloverlawn Butterflies Butterfly Release Company, we sell Monarch Butterflies for release and we know all about them!
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This butterfly release was done by staff at Cloverlawn Butterflies on a perfect day in Florida from one of their many butterfly release packages.
Many states across the U.S., especially Florida, buy Monarch Butterflies to release from us for special events, including butterfly release for weddings, butterflies to release at funerals and butterflies to release at memorial services. Read more after our Monarch Butterfly Release Packages below or click here to read more Monarch Butterfly information.
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Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 12 Monarch Butterflies in Individual Release Envelopes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 12 Monarch Butterflies in a Polka Dot Box with Red Lid
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 12 Monarch Butterflies in Butterfly Shaped Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 12 Monarch Butterflies in Heart Shaped Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 12 Monarch Butterflies in Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 24 Monarch butterflies in Individual Release Envelopes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 24 Monarch Butterflies in a Polka Dot Box with Red Lid
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 24 Monarch Butterflies in Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 24 Monarch Butterflies in Butterfly Shaped Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 24 Monarch Butterflies in Heart Shaped Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 12 Monarch Butterflies Divided Into 2 Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 36 Monarch butterflies in Individual Release Envelopes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 24 Monarch Butterflies Divided Into 2 Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 40 Monarch Butterflies in Butterfly Shaped Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 40 Monarch Butterflies In Decorative Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 40 Monarch Butterflies In Medium Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 60 Monarch Butterflies in Individual Release Envelopes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 60 Monarch Butterflies in Mass Release Boxes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 112 (free dozen included) Monarch Butterflies in Individual Release Envelopes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 162 (free dozen included) Monarch Butterflies in Individual Release Envelopes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 212 (free dozen included) Monarch Butterflies in Individual Release Envelopes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 262 (free dozen included) Monarch Butterflies in Individual Release Envelopes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 312 (free dozen included) Monarch Butterflies in Individual Release Envelopes
Monarch Butterfly Release Package of 512 (free dozen included) Monarch Butterflies in Individual Release Envelopes
Cloverlawn Butterflies Butterfly Release Company is a small, family operated butterfly farm located in Orlando, Florida. For many years, thousands of happy customers buy butterflies to release from us for all their special events and occasions such as weddings, funerals and memorials.
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We specialize in live butterfly release products, featuring the Painted Lady Butterfly and the Monarch Butterfly. Our live butterflies for release are hand raised and guaranteed to arrive alive and on time for your butterfly release. We offer several different butterfly release packages for you to purchase and every order is tailored to meet your special needs. We provide customizations to our available butterfly release products such as envelope inscriptions, boxes, ribbon decorations and more.
Outside ordering our butterfly release packages online, you can call us at 407-896-8389. We are all about providing exceptional customer service. View our reviews on Google, Facebook, The Knot (an authoritative Wedding Planning Website) and Amazon to see proof of our great customer service and the happiness of our customers. We are also an authority on butterflies and answer many butterfly questions on Quora.
We have been successfully providing our live butterfly release products for over 8 years and guarantee our butterflies to be alive with our 100% Butterfly Guarantee. We always ship our butterflies for release using overnight shipping within the United States following USDA guidelines and regulations.
The Monarch butterfly, or Danaus Plexippus, is easily one of the most recognizable butterflies there is. It has bright orange wings with black veins running throughout.
View this educational video about Monarch Butterflies below
The edges of the wings are black as well, and dotted with white spots. These beautiful, marvelous creatures are truly a sight to behold, and their presence at a special event can make the day one you and your guests won’t soon forget.
The Monarch butterfly, often referred to as the "king" of butterflies, has four stages of life. Every year sees about four generations. In early spring, the last generation of butterflies from the previous year come out of hibernation to find a mate. They then lay their eggs, which is done on the leaves of the milkweed plant.
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When the egg hatches, a baby caterpillar emerges. All it does in this, larval, stage, is eat and grow. When it is ready, the caterpillar finds a safe place to attach itself to, such as a leaf or branch, out of the way of predators.
View a video of a Monarch Butterfly going through its lifecycle.
It emits a silk thread and attaches itself to its chosen location, hanging upside down. Then, the caterpillar does something amazing. Its body becomes hard, turning into a chrysalis. From the outside, it looks like nothing is happening. However, inside the chrysalis, a transformation, or metamorphosis, is happening.
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The caterpillar essentially liquefies and reforms itself into its final form. When the transformation is complete, the newly formed butterfly emerges. At first, its wings are bunched up and damp. It doesn’t take long, though, for the sun and air to dry the butterfly’s wings and it can take off in search of food and a mate. Shortly after laying their eggs, this generation of butterfly dies, and the next begins.
Like all butterflies, Monarch butterflies alter their diet as they change. During the caterpillar stage, they subsist only the milkweed plant, which is how the Monarch butterfly is often dubbed the milkweed butterfly. The milkweed plant is a wildflower, from the genus Asclepias. This plant contains toxins, known as glycoside toxins, that are completely harmless to the Monarch. But, while harmless to the Monarch, it is deadly poisonous to the Monarch’s predators. During its two weeks as a caterpillar, the Monarch eats all different parts of the milkweed plant, all the while storing the toxins it consumes in its body. Even after the Monarch transforms from a caterpillar to an adult butterfly, the toxins remain in its system, making the butterfly just as poisonous to predators as the caterpillar.
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Monarch butterflies, in their final stage, are more adventurous in their dining habits. They feed on the nectar of a wide variety of flowers, including the nectar of the milkweed flowers. They also enjoy sweet fruits, like ripe banana and watermelon. Some gardening centers even have special butterfly feeders that are brightly colored like flowers and allow you to add a special sugar mix for them to enjoy.
The Monarch butterfly has an interesting way of consuming its sweet foods. Instead of a mouth, it has a proboscis, which is a straw-like pipe that stays curled up under its head. When they reach a flower (or nice, sweet fruit) they unfurl their proboscis and suck up the nectar.
The total average lifespan for a Monarch butterfly, from egg to butterfly (a single generation), ranges anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. Once the egg is laid, it takes approximately 4 days before it hatches. The larval stage, or caterpillar, lasts about 2 weeks, during which the caterpillar is doing little more than eating and growing. When it forms its chrysalis, the butterfly takes about 10 days to develop. The fully-grown Monarch butterfly then lives for another 2 to 6 weeks, during which time it flies around, feeding on flowers and enjoying its life.
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Monarch butterflies can be found all over the United States, even in Hawaii, having found their way there due to release, or having simply lost their way lost their way from California. They can also be found in southern Canada, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean islands. Most Monarchs live east of the Rocky Mountains. The Monarch butterfly habitat depends significantly upon the seasons.
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In the spring through early fall, they can be found where ever there are milkweeds. Milkweeds are wildflowers, and are found in fields, meadows and park areas. Many avid gardeners will even plant milkweeds in their gardens to entice the monarchs into their yards. The monarch cannot survive the freezing temperatures of the north, and therefore seek shelter in the south, including the southern coast of California and high altitudes of central Mexico.
Monarch butterflies cannot survive the cold winters of the north. For this reason, when fall arrives, they migrate south. Migration often starts in October, but it can start sooner, if the weather starts getting cold before then. Instead of reproducing, the last generation of Monarchs take off for warmer regions. Monarchs in the eastern parts of the United States head for Mexico, traveling great distances to hibernate in oyamel fir trees. Those in the western United States head for southern California, around the Pacific Grove region, and take up residence on eucalyptus trees.
View a video sharing information of a Monarch Butterfly Migration.
There are two reasons for Monarch migration. The first, which has been touched upon already, is that they cannot survive the freezing winter temperatures of the north. The second reason that they migrate is that because the necessary larval food, milkweeds, do not grow in in the regions where they overwinter. For this reason, they must make the long journey back up north when spring arrives again.
The Monarch butterfly is a fascinating creature. Here are just a few facts about them:
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Whether you are celebrating the joining of two lives at a wedding, or remembering the life of a departed loved one in a funeral or memorial service, releasing butterflies is a beautiful, and unique, touch. After all, butterflies, for as small as they are, carry a significant amount of symbolism. They are representative of love, life, celebration, joy, change, transition, hope, growth and rebirth. They have been used throughout history, and across many cultures, as symbols of the soul.
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The use of the butterfly to represent the soul dates back to ancient Greek mythology. The butterfly was used to represent Psyche, which literally translates to the soul. She shared a passionate bond with Eros, the god of love, connecting the soul and love by an unbreakable bond. In other cultures, the butterfly is seen as a creature that transports the spirits. In fact, the Monarchs that migrate to Mexico for the winter arrive at their destination right around the time that the country celebrates its Day of the Dead festival. At this time, all of Mexico is celebrating the lives of their departed loved ones, and the arrival of the Monarchs symbolizes the arrival of the spirits coming back to visit with the living. The butterflies are so revered in Mexico that is actually forbidden for anyone to disturb, or take, a Monarch from its nesting place, living or dead. Even overseas, in Ireland, the butterflies are believed to be carrying the souls of the departed as they wait to pass through purgatory. White butterflies, in particular, are considered to be special. These butterflies are believed to carry the souls of children.
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What is it about the Monarch butterfly that makes it so perfect for a release? The Monarch is the perfect butterfly for release for several reasons. The first is simply due to its size. Monarch butterflies are among some of the largest species of butterfly, measuring between 3 ½ to 4 inches in diameter (between 9 to 10 ½ centimeters). In conjunction with their bright color, their size makes them very easy to see, even if your event is exceptionally large. This means that even people toward the back of a group will be able to experience the beauty that is a butterfly release.
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Monarch butterflies also have a much different flight pattern than your typical butterfly. Whereas most species of butterfly flit rapidly and erratically from one place to the next (seemingly without a specific destination in mind), Monarch butterflies fly slower, almost as if they were gliding. With this type of movement, you will be able to follow the serene movements and truly savor every moment of the Monarch’s presence.
Along with being rather slow fliers, Monarchs are also exceptionally friendly and sociable butterflies. Where most other species tend to fly off as soon as a human gets near, Monarchs will actually go out of their way to linger after their release, landing on nearby tables and chairs. Some lucky guests may even have butterflies land on their hands, dresses or jackets, which can add a magical moment to the ceremony. Not to mention that these moments make for some rather beautiful photographs. When the day starts to draw to a close, then the Monarchs will typically take off in search of food and shelter for the evening.
The Monarch butterfly is a truly amazing little creature, and perfect for releasing at all kinds of special events – weddings, funerals, memorial services, milestone anniversaries. To place your order for live Monarch butterflies for release, buy butterflies to release online or
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There are many events for which a Monarch butterfly release is an appropriate and beautiful gesture. They can be used for weddings, when the butterfly would represent love and change, as two people joined together to start their new life together. You can also choose to have a butterfly release during a funeral or memorial service, when the significant creatures would represent the soul, life and rebirth, showing guests that the departed has been on an incredible journey and made many changes throughout his or her life, and is now on to a new adventure. Other types of events you may want to use a butterfly release for may include a milestone birthday or anniversary.
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Weddings are times of happiness. They are about the joining together of two souls who love each other to start their new journey as one. What better way to physically represent the love of two souls than with Monarch butterflies?
Butterfly Release Wedding at Kaloy & Roxy’s Wedding Ceremony.
Whether you have a butterfly theme, or just want a unique touch, Monarch butterfly releases can do just that. Not only do they create some excellent photo opportunities, they give you and your partner a special moment to share as you are surrounded by these delicate creatures. And they allow your guests to see and share in your love.
Picture Caption: A Butterfly Release Wedding In Action Using Butterflies Purchased From Cloverlawn Butterflies
Funerals are typically a sad time, and understandably so. After all, you have just lost someone important to you.
View a Monarch Butterfly Release For a Funeral in the video below.
But at the same time, funerals are also a time to remember and celebrate the life that your loved one lived. Monarch Butterfly releases for funerals can help to lend some comfort to you and your guests.
Picture Caption: A Butterfly Release During a Funeral Using Butterflies Purchased From Cloverlawn Butterflies
The lifecycle of the butterfly is often used to represent the lifecycle that humans experience – the caterpillar stage being life, the chrysalis being death, and the butterfly being rebirth or resurrection. Monarch Butterflies show your guests that the soul of the departed is still present, even if the body is gone, and let everyone know that it is on to its next adventure.
Though similar to a funeral, a memorial service is a different way to honor the life of a departed loved one.
View a Butterfly Release Memorial in the video below.
The main difference is that the body is not present at a memorial service. The service can also be held at any time, be it a week after death or a year. No matter when you hold it, having a Monarch butterfly release for your memorial service, again, is a wonderful way to celebrate the life that has passed.
Picture Caption: A Butterfly Release During a Memorial Service Using Butterflies Purchased From Cloverlawn Butterflies
You may be wondering what a butterfly release is. A butterfly release is a unique addition to many special events. They are particularly moving for weddings, funerals and memorial services. For weddings, they are an excellent touch for a butterfly theme. Regardless of your theme, releasing butterflies is the perfect way to surround you and your guests with the symbol of love and joining together of two souls on their new life together. For funerals and memorial services, they offer a comforting reminder that your loved one is on the next step of their life, heading to the afterlife or getting ready to be reborn into their next great adventure. Not to mention that having a delicate butterfly land nearby or on your shoulder can be a comforting reminder that your loved one is still there with you, even though the physical body you knew is not. In any of these events, you select the moment for the butterflies to be set free, creating an emotional moment that no one will soon forget.
View a how to guide on Releasing Butterflies for your events in the video below.
There are two types of butterfly releases that you can choose from: mass and individual. A mass release is done by you and usually one other person. All of your butterflies lie in wait in a single, decorative box. When you are ready you lift the lid to let your butterflies fly free, creating a surprising and magical sight for your guests. And after the event, your decorative box can be used to store a few precious mementos from the day, creating a beautiful catalogue of a wonderful moment. An individual release allows your guests to get involved in the release with you. You choose the number of butterflies you need, depending upon your guest list, and your butterflies are sent in their own individual, personalized origami envelopes. With an agreed upon signal, your guests simply have to open their envelopes to set their butterfly free. They can even whisper a wish to it first, and let it carry that wish away with them so that it may be granted.
Picture Caption: Monarch Butterflies have restrictions on their shipping West of the Continental Divide
Picture Caption: Monarch Butterflies shipped inside individual envelopes to a customer from Cloverlawn Butterflies Butterfly Release Company
On the day of your event, you will need to give your butterflies at least 30 minutes to an hour to wake up. All you need to do is remove the ice pack. If you are doing a mass release, use the time that they are still dormant to transfer the butterflies to their box. Don’t wait until they are awake, or you may wind up losing one or two of them in your home. When the moment arrives for you to release them, all you need to do is simply give the box a very light shake to motivate the butterflies, and lift the lid. The exact moment you choose to release them is up to you and anyone else doing the release with you. After all, it’s your special event, and your release should be unique to you.
If you are doing an individual release, your Monarch butterflies will arrive already in their personalized envelopes. Before the beginning of your event, hand the envelopes to your guests as they arrive. Be sure to warn them that there is a live creature inside and they should handle the envelope delicately. When you are ready, give your guests a signal (again, the exact moment depends upon your individual event) and let them open their envelopes and set their butterfly free.
Even though Monarch butterflies are an adaptable butterfly, and can thrive in just about any environment, there are still a few things you should keep in mind before setting your butterflies loose. First, always set them free outside. If they are released indoors, they may never make it out. And when you do set them free, make sure that there are still plenty of daylight hours. This will ensure that you get to spend plenty of time with your butterflies before they head off at dusk in search of food and a safe place to sleep. The weather must also be temperate. Monarch butterflies may be hardy, but if it is too cold, or even too hot, it is not good for them. Ideally, they should be released on a day when the temperature is going to be no cooler than 65 degrees, but no warmer than 80. It should also not be raining or overly windy, as these conditions are detrimental to these delicate creatures. By following these guidelines, you will be sure to have an enjoyable, memorable butterfly release that people will be talking about for many years to come.
Butterfly releases are a beautiful and unique addition to any special event. The Monarch butterfly is the perfect choice to do just that. At Cloverlawn Butterflies Butterfly Release Company, located in Orlando, Florida, we specialize in raising healthy, quality Monarch butterflies, and have been doing so for many years. We ship our butterflies all throughout the continental United States. Your event is important to you, and we understand that. As such, we want to do everything to help you make it that much more special. We take pride in our work and believe that our Monarch butterflies can do just that. If you are ready to place your order for a butterfly release, purchase online or contact us today, we here at Cloverlawn Butterflies Butterfly Release Company look forward to serving you!
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