If you would like live monarchs for a butterfly release in 2020, they should ideally be ordered by March 1, 2020 

email us at bearmb@ptd.net

Graceful, Colorful Fliers For Release at Your Special Occasions

Large, Healthy, Hand-Raised Painted Lady and Monarch Butterflies

Butterflies may be picked up at the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary or delivered by overnight express one day before your event. With each order, we will include a beautiful copy of the Native American legend which describes a butterfly as a wish messenger to the heavens. Read the legend aloud and whisper a wish to your butterfly before letting it go.

monarch butterfly on pink flower

Winged Wishes with Monarchs

Bring a smile to someone with a gift of live butterflies: birthday, thank you, love gesture, get well, etc….please check with us ahead to make sure we have available stock.

Decorated Sinamay boxes with card stock bottoms, nectar pads, a lovely copy of the Native American legend, and of course, live monarch butterflies

  • Small Box: 6 ½” x 4 ½”
    • with 1 adult monarch butterfly = $14
    • with 2 adult monarch butterflies = $21
  • Medium Box: 7 ½” x 5″
    • with 3 adult monarch butterflies = $30.00
    • with 4 adult monarch butterflies = $38.00

Butterflies by the Dozen

Best ordered at least 40 days in advance but you can always check availability by contacting us through email



$95 per dozen butterflies (plus shipping and handling when necessary)



May through mid. September

$48.00 per dozen  (plus shipping and handling when necessary)

Individual Releases

Each butterfly will come in its own release envelope (included free with order).

A personalized message can be printed on clear labels to add to your release envelopes ($4 per dozen).

Mass Releases

Release Boxes:

We like these. They are Sinamay, soft gold in color, very see-through, and safe for the butterflies. We make card stock round bottoms with feeding pads for them at no extra charge. Use for release, discard liner, wipe with damp cloth and a drop of bleach and dry in the sun. Use many times. We can hot glue a daisy on the top at no extra charge or you can decorate.

Available in two sizes:

  • Large Box: 8 ½” x 5 ½” deep
    • Holds up to 1 dozen butterflies
    • $8.50 plus cost of butterflies
  • Extra Large Box: 9 ½” x 6 ½” deep
    • Holds up to 1½-2 dozen butterflies
    • $12.00 plus cost of butterflies
monarch butterflies in box

A letter we received after a memorial release of some of our Monarchs:

“What a beautiful experience! After leaving you on Friday, my mother and I drove to Allentown to meet up with my sister. We drove through torrential rain for the whole trip and had to sit at the side of the road due to poor visibility and hail. My mother and I tried to have a positive outlook, but as the heavy rains continued, we talked of other plans if the rain continued until our time to meet with the rest of the family at 6:30.While sitting with my sister and nephews at their home, I found the butterfly release poem that brought us all to tears as we thought of celebrating my Dad’s memory. The rain slowed down by 6:00 and as we drove to Cedar Beach Park, the sun came out with a soft wind and a temperature of 76. As we gathered at the park, the conditions were perfect for our tribute to my Father.Half of the butterflies flew from the box as the lid was lifted and made a formation as they flew upward while the others stayed nearby to celebrate with us.Thank you!! It was truly an experience that we will never forget! ”

Butterflies can bring hope and healing, joy and wonder.