(Closed) What company should I order butterflys from for a butterfly release?

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Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

chiming in to say, the one time this was done at a wedding I attended, most of the butterflies were dead. It’s not worth the risk, IMO. 

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wouldn’t do it – not because so many of them will die, but because I HATE butterflies. Seriously, if I was a guets at your wedding and this was done, I would be freaking out and trying to get away from them. Traumatic childhood experience involving lots of dead butterflies on me has made me that way.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Monarch butterfly habitats are being destroyed, which is a threat to the entire species. Please don’t use them as props.

I don’t understand wanting to use live creatures as props in weddings. Killing a bee that may sting you or a mosquito that may carry disease is far different than packaging innocent creatures as if they were one more box of decor. Not cool.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Here is an article you might find informative:

What’s Wrong With Butterfly Releases? Fatal Flaws

There are at least 35 companies in North America that sell butterflies for releases at special events such as weddings, fairs, and memorials; some experts put the number closer to 60. It is a profitable business, with an average cost of about $10 per butterfly. They are stuffed into envelopes or paper bags, where they remain during shipping, right through to release. The butterfly releases are often sad events with many of the animals struggling to take flight and many already dead inside the packages.

Aside from the cruelty issue, many entomologists, biologists, and environmental experts have reported concern about butterfly releases. Shipping butterflies to areas where they are not native threatens biodiversity and also raises concerns about the spread of disease among strains of butterflies, as well as among the plants that they pollinate. It makes conservation nearly impossible, since an understanding of natural habitats and migratory patterns is essential to saving a species. Finally, the environment where butterflies are released is often not suitable for them, and many end up dying shortly after release.

Robert Michael Pyle, founder of the Xerces Society (a society dedicated to the conservation of invertebrates), as well as the author of 15 books, including a field guide to butterflies, says, “Quite apart from questions of disease transmission, mixing genes, and disrupting studies of butterfly distribution (my own particular concern), this activity is seldom any good for the butterflies in question: They end up being released [in] unsuitable times, places, and weather conditions, resulting in death, disorientation, or pointless flight in the absence of nectar, mates, or the right habitat. I feel treating butterflies as if they were mere living balloons is both cruel and degrading. I would far rather have a butterfly be dispatched as a scientific specimen with basic data, for what it can teach us, than to be shipped across the country only to be ‘freed’ into a storm or an otherwise unsuitable setting, all for narcissistic human gratification.”

Increasingly, professional wedding planners are discouraging the practice since it is not uncommon to end up “releasing” a box of dead butterflies.

One example is the butterfly release at the 2000 Terry Fox Run. When the small bags containing the butterflies were opened, many of them simply fell out and either lay immobile or were trampled by the runners. Thankfully, in response to our letters, the John Wayne Cancer Institute and the Terry Fox Foundation have announced that they will no longer include butterfly releases as a part of the running event.

Many states have restricted or banned commercial butterfly release, including Oregon, Alaska, and Washington.

Tell friends and family members planning weddings or other special events that butterfly releases are inhumane. Remind them that butterflies are sensitive creatures, and shipping problems or small variations in the weather will result in envelopes of dead or dying butterflies, which will certainly ruin a special moment. Suggest environmentally friendly, compassionate alternatives, such as throwing flower petals.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Actually – in New Husband, it is illegal to release the following butterfly species:

 

Gulf Fritillary

Monarch(1)

Zebra Longwing(3)

Giant Swallowtail

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@Miss Apricot:  I actually don’t kill mosquitos, household spiders, etc. I will acknowledge that I have a somewhat buddist perspective to live in that I don’t belief it is my job to take the life of any living thing…insect or otherwise.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@mandypop:  That’s AWESOME!  Do you have a link?  Thanks so much for sharing.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@futuremrsfitz18:  

Here are two:

This is the official position piece of the North American Butterfly Association

http://www.naba.org/weddings.html

and this is where I got the article, its a blog about an island in the Phillipines – where apparently the butterfly export business is popular:

http://marinduquegov.blogspot.com/2011/08/butterfly-releases-and-cruelty-issues.html

 

Animals aren’t here to be our wedding decorations. End of story.

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