New York Butterfly Release

New York state has issued a new policy concerning live butterfly releases:

Please be aware that under New York State Environmental Conservation Law Section 11-
0507, liberation of any wildlife (including invertebrates) requires a permit from the New York State 
Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). 
 All Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) originating east of the Mississippi River excluding 
Florida are the only species of butterfly or moth that will be authorized for release that originate beyond 
the geographical boundary of the State of New York. All other lepidopteron for release must originate 
from New York sources. 
 All applications requesting approval for the release of butterflies for any purpose 
into the environment must be sent to the NYSDEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, New 
York 12233. Applications for such release can be obtained from that office also.  
 NYSDEC has conducted a preliminary review and evaluation of the impact of such releases 
on the environment, and currently the State of New York will only authorize the release of Monarch 
butterflies (Danaus plexippus) originating east of the Mississippi River excluding Florida. No non-native 
or accidentally occurring lepidopteron are authorized for release in New York State. 
 

When releasing butterflies in New York, the state requires each individual to obtain a release permit. It is the responsibility of our customer to obtain this permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The permit can be obtained on this webpage: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/45832.html . You may also email or call the department at speciallicenses@dec.ny.gov, 518.402.8987, or 518.402.8985. Shady Oak Butterfly Farm holds the necessary USDA permits to ship into New York, but New York State also requires the individual release permit as well. Please let us know when you have obtained the necessary permit and we will then continue to process your order.

 


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