Ordering and Shipping Policies

Social Butterflies ships butterflies overnight via FedEx or UPS. We are not responsible for lost or late shipments due to the overnight carriers. If you receive an expired butterfly, you can apply for a refund. Please mail the butterfly, along with an explanation of what happened to Social Butterflies and we will evaluate your request. We usually include an extra butterfly in your order just in case one expires naturally. We do not refund money if the customer misinterprets or neglects the instructions for care of the butterflies. All butterflies that are shipped are healthy and newly emerged from their chrysalises.

Social Butterflies is not responsible for the weather. If it rains, please wait until it stops to release your butterflies. They will fly in a light mist but not in a heavy downpour. If it looks like it will rain for several days, you may purchase a mesh cage and butterfly nectar from Social Butterflies to keep them in until the weather improves.  We do not issue refunds for unfavorable weather.  Please remember that the temperature needs to be consistently above 60 degrees to release butterflies. They must also be released at least an hour prior to sunset.

Please reserve your butterflies as soon as you know how many and which species you want to release. The months of May and June are very busy and sometimes the demand exceeds the supply. We are able to fill last minute orders many times, providing the butterflies are available.

Occasionally it may be necessary for Social Butterflies to order your butterflies from another reputable butterfly breeder to ship to you. You can be assured that you will receive the same excellent quality butterflies. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Discounts on orders over 3 dozen
  • Minimum order is one dozen.
  • Payment is due when placing order.
  • Overnight shipping charges apply to orders outside the Charlottesville, Virginia area.
  • Shipping and packing charges are $45.00 for overnight shipping out of Virginia, $40.00 overnight shipping in Virginia.
  • Personal checks, money orders, Paypal and credit cards (Visa, MC) accepted, checks made payable to “Social Butterflies”.
  • Please call if using a credit card for safe and secure ordering. We will also send you a Paypal request if you wish.
  • You will receive instructions on care and release methods.
  • Please provide a physical address, NOT a PO Box number and a phone number where you can be reached!

placing a monarch w glassine in coolerButterflies are packed securely in glassine envelopes where they are able to breathe. They are then placed in a small styrofoam cooler with a frozen cold pack underneath them to keep them inactive and resting during shipment.

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