butterflies???

loneroc1January 13, 2014

Hi all,

I'm looking to "raise" butterflies in my new greenhouse. I'm thinking Heliconius (Zebra Longwings, etc) would be the most appropriate. Where do you get ahold of stock? I can't find any on-line sources that will ship. It seems that tropical butterflies are going to escape into the Wisconsin winters and then take over the world.

Maybe there are local lepidopterists that could be of help, but I'm not sure of how I would locate such a person. In Europe it seems that anyone can buy over-the-counter tropical butterflies---no prescription needed.

Thanks! Any direction would be most appreciated.

Steve Herje, Lone Rock, SW WI, USDA Zone 3, but not lately.

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curlygirl(5-6 Massachusetts)

Local butterfly conservatories are great where I am but if you have none nearby, try Flutterby Gardens:

http://www.flutterbygardens.com/catalog.php

I read about them in a memoir about a woman who built a greenhouse to help her heal after a serious scare with cancer, called, "Paradise Under Glass: An amateur creates a conservatory garden" by Ruth Kassinger, page167.

Please post about your experiences! I'd love to do it myself someday!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 8:13PM
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myrmayde(5b Western Montana)

I'm reading Paradise Under Glass right now. It's an interesting, enjoyable, and well-written book.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 8:19PM
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