Hi and welcome to Shady Oak Butterfly Farm! We are dedicated to helping others experience the joy of raising and caring for butterflies.
Releasing butterflies is an amazing way to celebrate special occasions and milestones in life. The spectacular sight of butterflies as they take flight is a memorable part of many weddings, birthdays, graduations, memorials, and other events. The symbolism of starting a new journey or season in life just as the butterflies start their journey is a beautiful metaphor. Funerals and memorials can gain a tender touch with a butterfly memorial release.
All of our butterflies are native species, and will flourish in the wild after the release. Please check the USDA guidelines to be certain you only choose species that are permitted to be shipped to your state. Butterflies can be shipped in an accordion mass butterfly release box (all butterflies fly out at the same time, one person releasing them) or individual butterfly glassine envelopes (many individuals releasing one butterfly each).
For experienced Lepidoptera (the order of insects that include butterflies and moths) enthusiasts, we offer hard-to-find butterfly and moth species, and carry many butterfly and moth rearing accessories at reasonable prices.
For the gardener who wishes to attract more butterflies to their yard, and to boost the local butterfly populations, we have butterfly host plants available. Many of these butterfly host plants are considered weeds and cannot be found at a traditional plant nursery. We also give away free butterfly plant seeds, look in our plant section to choose your free packets.
For teachers and families sharing the butterfly life cycle with children, we have butterfly kits and teaching tools available. Our butterfly kits come in a variety of sizes, from a small tabletop butterfly kit for the coffee table to a large butterfly metamorphosis kit that can be used in classrooms. If you don’t see the butterfly kit you are looking for, try our Create Your Own Kit, and if that still doesn't quite cover what you need, just give us a call! We wish to help each customer have the best butterfly kit to fit their needs.
As a gift, our butterfly kits are unique and fun. Children’s interest will be kept for weeks as they watch the metamorphosis of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. Butterfly kits are not just for children, however, they are also a great gift for nature enthusiasts. It is easy to miss stages of a butterfly’s metamorphosis in the garden, but a butterfly kit keeps every stage visible and easily seen.
We sell butterflies in all stages of their life cycle: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), and adult butterfly. In addition, we also sell moths in egg, larva (caterpillar), and pupa (cocoon) stages. Don’t forget to browse our wide selection of butterfly and moth rearing accessories!
If you have any questions, just give us a call or send an email, we will be happy to help in any way we can. Thanks again for coming by, enjoy your visit!