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Terms of Use

This site may contain other proprietary notices and copyright information, the terms of which must be observed and followed. Information on this site may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information, including product pricing and availability, may be changed or updated without notice. Monarch Butterflies and its subsidiaries reserve the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, and/or cancel orders in its discretion, including, without limitation, if Monarch Butterflies believes that customer conduct violates applicable law or is harmful to the interests of Monarch Butterflies and its subsidiaries.

Privacy Policy

This site may contain other proprietary notices and copyright information, the terms of which must be observed and followed. Information on this site may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information, including product pricing and availability, may be changed or updated without notice. Monarch Butterflies and its subsidiaries reserve the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, and/or cancel orders in its discretion, including, without limitation, if Monarch Butterflies believes that customer conduct violates applicable law or is harmful to the interests of Monarch Butterflies and its subsidiaries.

Shipping and Delivery

At this time, Monarch Butterflies ships livestock to locations within Canada and the USA from farms located in the States and all other items globally. The risk of loss and title for all merchandise ordered on this website is passed to you when the merchandise is delivered to the shipping carrier. All our orders are sent with insurance, which means in case of loss of the package by the courier company or physical damage to the package you will be refunded, or we will send out a replacement order if the courier company processes the claim. No courier company takes on the liability on perishable items unless the package is physically damaged. We do not cover any shipping costs for orders. Our livestock has a 24 hour guarantee and is only for adult butterflies and excludes any other stages. We do not recommend shipping insects, although our shipping success rates are high. Weather, distance traveled and many other factors can prove to be fatal to these fragile insects. We simply cannot control or guarantee that all insects will reach the butterfly stage. Before ordering you must agree to these terms and conditions. If your insects did not survive you must email us all photos of the insects that did not survive within 30 minutes of your package arrival. If the package is left at the front door and is not attended to, this warranty is void. If the package is left in a community mailbox your guarantee is void. If the package has  a shipping delay due to the courier company the guarantee is void. If photos are not provided as required your guarantee is void. Before making any livestock order, ensure that you click and agree to our terms and conditions that you just read.

Butterfly shipping delays

We guarantee that your butterflies will ship to arrive on the date as specified. However, if there are any delays by the courier company, Monarch Butterflies will not be liable.

No refund on uncontrollable delays. If the courier company delays your package you accept all liability and our guarantee of livestock is void. Controllable delays if shipping was sent late by our team, we will refund or replace your order. Our team spends weeks raising these insects, and the courier company is a third party so any delays or damages is passed on to you. If there are any delays, damages or losses, Monarch Butterflies will not be liable. By ordering from us you accept our terms found on our website. If you do not accept these terms please do not place an order with us.

Guarantee of Livestock

We guarantee that your insects were living, healthy specimens and carefully packaged for safe arrival. However, as they are living organisms, some circumstances are simply unpredictable and beyond our control.. It has been our experience that when you follow the instructions included with your order you will have a positive experience.

We do not replace insects unless they DO NOT arrive as living specimens on the intended arrival date. In the unlikely event that there is a problem, we must be contacted within 30 minutes of receipt and inspection of your order.  Replacements will not be provided unless we are contacted immediately and provided with a time stamped photos. Our guarantee of livestock is voided if there are any shipping delays by the courier company. You accept full liability in case of any shipping delays. Many factors influence the complete metamorphosis of a butterfly and for those reasons we cannot guarantee the successful emergence of each chrysalis. Should you experience problems after the arrival of your shipment, please contact us so we can troubleshoot and try to determine the cause of the problem. Photos are necessary for this process, to ensure we fully understand the issue you are facing. If there are no photos send on the intended arrival date in regards to your claim it will be dismissed. 

Before handling your shipment and each time you work with your livestock, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly. If you have pets and use a topical flea/tick treatment it is recommended that you wear gloves. When you receive your shipment, please open it carefully and inspect the contents. If you notice any problems, please contact us immediately and take a photo so we can see what your concern is.

Prior to receiving your order make sure to prepare your rearing container and obtain plenty of fresh, pesticide-free food.  Even organic plants can be treated with BT which is deadly to caterpillars. Be sure to ask if the plants have been treated with a systemic or topical application. DO NOT use a plant treated with a systemic product. If a topical solution has been used you MUST wait at least 6-8 weeks before using the plant as a food source.

If you are using milkweed cuttings, make sure you are using a pesticide-free source. Inspect the milkweed thoroughly for spiders, ants and other predators. The rearing container should be clean; if it has been used previously soak it in a 10% bleach solution for ten minutes, then rinse thoroughly.  If possible, place outside in the sun to dry for six hours; otherwise, allow it to thoroughly dry.

Your food quality is very important.  Plants should be watered lightly to keep roots healthy and leaves properly supple; however, over watering can cause mold to form on the soil that will cause bacteria and lead to disease. If you are using cuttings, smash the stem of the milkweed to allow more water intake to keep the Caterpillars should never be handled.  Please be advised that while some science curricula require experimental activities to take place with caterpillars, you do so at YOUR OWN RISK to the health and well-being of the larvae. Caterpillars and pupae should be left in closed rearing containers as you risk introducing predators to the rearing environment. Temperature and humidity are important to the successful rearing of your caterpillars.  Ideal temperatures are between 70-80 degrees with 40-50% humidity. If caterpillars are left in the classroom over the weekend with thermostats lowered, you risk the health and well-being of your larvae.

Cleaning sprays and solutions should NEVER be used near your rearing containers.  Some sprays can get into the ventilation system and cause stress or it is important to keep the rearing container clean of frass.  Clean daily to ensure Should you see a problem with your eggs, caterpillars, or pupae take a photo then remove the suspect and place in a separate rearing container to isolate it from the other healthy specimens.  Always remove any sick or dead larvae. Once your caterpillars have pupated, remove the plant food and frass from the rearing container. Spritz your pupae daily with a water bottle to keep hydrated. All rearing containers should be kept out of direct sunlight and away from vents.

All orders come with a standard $100.00 insurance. This insurance can be claimed if the package arrives or physically damaged or is lost. Please note you must send us photos of what you are describing to us. You must contact us within 30 minutes of receiving your package if your insects did not survive. If the order is delayed by the courier company you accept full liability and our guarantee of livestock is voided. Mail us a time stamped photo and email it to

If you plan on using your own milkweed you do so at your own risk. We cannot guarantee that your milkweed is free from pesticides or chemicals.

Our goal is to educate you and your community on the life cycle of butterflies. They must be carefully raised under the proper condition for a high success rate. If you follow our instructions you will have a positive experience.


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Return/Refund Policy

You may purchase merchandise from this Website by using any one of the payment options listed in the Payment section. Monarch Butterflies reserves the right to change its payment procedures at any time without prior notice to you. Livestock items cannot be returned due to their fragility. This is a breed to order industry and we breed butterflies just for your order. The order cannot be canceled returned or refunded. For butterfly release orders for cancellation, you must cancel within 72 hours for a refund. If preparation after 72 hours for your order has not begun we will fully refund your order. For all other items, we accept return within 14 days which excludes custom orders. If the items are returned damaged or in a condition it was not sent, a fee will be charged based on the damage. Please note that orders must be canceled a minimum of 30 days in advance for butterfly kits for refunds. All refunds subject to a 5% fee for our administration or this is a fee that is charged to us per order and if orders are not canceled within 60 days this fee is not refunded. If this fee is not refunded to us we will hold the customer liable for this fee. There is a 5% administrative fee per cancellation. If orders are canceled on a short notice a refund will not be available as the butterflies and caterpillars we raised and breed for your order. Please note that all orders cannot be refunded after 72 hours after ordering them. In some cases we are able to refund 50% of the order based on certain exceptions. We may also provide you an in store credit (excluding shipping and handling). Please note that shipping and handling cost will not be covered by Monarch Butterflies for any replacement orders although our courier companies come with a standard $100.00 coverage. If you like to get coverage on your package notify us. Once your order is processed it may not be refunded although we will do our best to accommodate you and have your satisfaction.


VOID WHERE PROHIBITED:Although the information on this Web site is accessible worldwide, not all products or services discussed in this Web site are available to all persons or in all geographic locations or jurisdictions. Monarch Butterflies and the advertisers each reserve the right to limit the provision of their products or services to any person, geographic area, or jurisdiction they so desire and to limit the quantities of any products or services that they provide. Any offer for any product or service made in the materials on this Web site is void where prohibited.
GOVERNING LAW: In the event of litigation both parties agree that the Law of the Province of business registration of Monarch Butterflies shall apply and both parties shall consent to the jurisdiction of said Province's courts, or in the event of diversity of citizenship, the Canada District Court for the (District). Both parties expressly waive a trial by jury.
MISCELLANEOUS: The Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and Monarch Butterflies with respect to this Web site. The Terms and Conditions supercede all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written between you and Monarch Butterflies with respect to this Web site. No modification of the Terms and Conditions shall be effective unless it is authorized by Monarch Butterflies. If any provision of the Terms and Conditions is found to be contrary to law, then such provision(s) shall be constructed in a manner to closely reflect, as much as possible, the intentions of the parties, with the other provisions remaining in full force and effect.


All butterfly kits, caterpillars or pupas are sent weather. We will provide an estimated shipping date on each invoice once it is sent out. However, if the weather does not permit the order will be delayed until the weather permits us sending out orders. To follow up in the status of your order please email us. We cannot provide exact shipping dates due to many factors that can cause delays. Please be patient with us as we do our best to ship out the orders as soon as possible.