painted lady butterfly egg

Free Butterfly Eggs!

Simply pick up at our butterfly farm in Brooker, Florida or pay shipping to your location. Scroll to the bottom of this page for ordering information.

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Egg Care

Ready to Pupate?

Ready to Emerge?

Why do we offer FREE Painted Lady Butterfly Eggs? Two reasons!
One: To encourage butterfly awareness and butterfly conservation and to encourage establishing butterfly habitats in yards and neighbourhoods.
Two: To draw your attention to live butterflies and other butterfly products we offer at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm
Shady Oak Butterfly Farm 12876 SW CR 231, Brooker, FL 32622

You may purchase or buy additional butterfly eggs at Butterfly Eggs

  To purchase or buy butterfly caterpillar kits please visit Caterpillar Kits

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This offer is not available for commercial butterfly farmers or persons/companies who sell butterflies. Limit 12 eggs per person or address. You may purchase or buy additional butterfly eggs eggs online at Butterfly Eggs

Shipping Information

We ship only via UPS. Please read all Shipping/Guarantee information when placing your order. Eggs must be shipped methods that take 1-2 days in transit. Offer valid only in the continental United States. Shipping and Guarantee

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The USDA allows shipment of Painted Ladies to all states except Hawaii, Alaska, and New Mexico.

Painted Lady caterpillars are able to eat several host plants; plantain, thistle, okra, and more. If you do not have host plant to feed your Painted Lady caterpillars, you can purchase instant diet for them on this webpage Instant diet for Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars.

If your host plant has been treated with an insecticide within the last eight weeks, it is very likely that your caterpillars will die. Be sure to use plants which are safe for your caterpillars to eat. If your plant was grown organically, it does not mean it is safe for your caterpillars. Organically grown plants may be treated with Bt, an organic bacteria, to kill caterpillars. Caterpillars are considered 'worms' that eat crops like parsley and fennel.

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How to care for your butterfly eggs:

Your butterfly eggs may be shipped on cut leaves which dry quickly. This will not harm the eggs during shipment. Enough leaf material is shipped to cover time of transportation only. They will need to be placed with fresh leaves as soon as they arrive.

Do not keep them in a sealed container; the moisture level in the container may become too high and bacteria and/or a fungus could rot the eggs. Use a container with a limited amount of airflow.

If you prefer to raise your caterpillars on instant diet, please follow the directions included with the diet when it is shipped.

If you prefer to raise your caterpillars on a living plant, one should be in your possession before we ship your eggs. If you prefer to a href="" target=_blank>buy a host plant from us, it can be shipped with your eggs. Please read the host plant page to determine how many plants you will need for your caterpillars. You will need a rearing container. You can make your own, or you can purchase one for us to ship with your order of free eggs.

If you do not place your eggs/caterpillars on a living plant, be sure to add FRESH host plant leaves daily. Upon arrival of the eggs, add host plant leaves immediately. Add a piece of leaf every day before the eggs hatch. This will provide enough moisture in your container to prevent your eggs from dehydrating. If the leaves become crispy dry during the day, add more leaves. If your container has a high volume of airflow, place a paper towel over the opening to slow dehydration of the leaves.

Young caterpillars need fresh young leaves. Do not add older, tougher leaves to the container. Add fresh tip growth every day.

Remember, these eggs are living insects. Insect spray used in the same building as your butterfly eggs could kill the eggs.

When your caterpillars hatch: Add fresh leaves once or twice a day. Caterpillars will eat at night as well as during the day. If the leaves dry out in less than 8 hours, use a wet paper towel to wrap the stems and cover the paper towel with aluminium foil. This creates a 'vase' which supplies moisture to the stems yet does not add a lot of water or moisture to the bottom of the container. Other means to keep cut leaves fresh are water picks and floral foam. A vase or container with water will provide a place for your caterpillars to drown.

NEVER move a caterpillar if it will not move its back legs (prolegs) when you 'tickle' the rear of the caterpillar. Caterpillars molt, or shed their skin, four times. To molt, the caterpillar will spin a little silk mat and attach its back legs (prolegs) into this mat. After about 24 hours it will simply split its skin and crawl out. Because a caterpillar's skin never grows, it is essential for it to molt to live. If it is moved while molting it may not be able to crawl out of its skin and may die. If your caterpillars sit still and do not eat for 24 hours, don't worry! They are probably molting.

Be sure to allow about three inches for Painted Lady caterpillars to pupate and for the adult butterflies to emerge. If it emerges from its chrysalis and the chrysalis is too close to the bottom of the container, your butterfly's wings may be crippled.

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How Can I Tell When My Caterpillar Is About To Pupate or Turn Into a Chrysalis?

Your caterpillar will stop eating and start to wander in its little world. It will choose a spot and lay a mat of silk. It will then lock its back legs (prolegs) into this silk and soon let go and hang in a 'J'. After about 24 hours you will notice that the 'J' has become almost an 'I'. It will begin to look ragged and it will look almost like a drab, dead, caterpillar. It will start moving up and down like an accordion. Its skin will split behind its thorax (just behind its head) and your caterpillar will simply wiggle out of its skin.

DO NOT touch it for 24 hours after it pupates. Its skin will be so soft it could die from being touched after it pupates. After 24 hours you can touch it gently or move it.

You can wet the silk holding your chrysalis with water and gently remove it if it has pupated in an awkward spot. Simply use a straight pin and pin it through this silk to another object for it to emerge or use a cool-temp glue gun and glue it to a paper towel which you can hang. Be sure to glue the chrysalis at the same end as it was originally attached.  

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How Can I Tell When My Butterfly Is About To Emerge From Its Chrysalis?

The day before your butterfly will emerge you can usually see the butterfly's wings through the chrysalis skin. At first the outer skin is like a pane of glass or plastic wrap, clear as can be. An hour or so before it is going to emerge (eclose); the outer skin becomes cloudy like wax paper. Watch for this cloudiness.

Your butterfly will simply push the chrysalis open and wiggle out. It will hang from its feet and slowly expand its wings.

Do not move your freshly emerged butterfly for several hours; wait at least until its wings are totally dry. Do not touch the butterfly or its cage while it is hanging and allowing its wings to dry. It can be damaged if it falls and cannot climb back up to expand its wings fully.

Your adult butterfly will not eat the day it emerges. Food or nectar is not necessary until the following day.


If you would like to raise any other species, you can order eggs or larvae from our farm . Additional eggs, larvae, or other items can be shipped with your free eggs. Example: if you wish to order 12 eggs of the same or another species with your free Painted Lady eggs order, there will be only one shipping charge - they will be shipped together.

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