Butterflies for greenhouse?

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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runmede(7a Virginia)

There are no permits to ship long wings to WI. You'd have to look into applying for a containment permit from the USDA. You 'd still have to show that no long wings could escape.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 10:16PM
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Most seasonal butterfly exhibits here are in structures with two sets of entry doors for escape prevention--something a greenhouse wouldn't normally have.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 10:49PM
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