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Learn the how, when, why, where and what if’s of butterfly releases for weddings & special events.

Learn the how, when, why, where and what if’s of butterfly releases for weddings & special events.

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    • Butterfly Release Course y for Event Planners Day Three (c) Association for Butterflies; Research, Conservation, Farming, and Gardening 2007 www.forbutterflies.org
    • T bl f Contents Table of C t t 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 7 Day of Release Transferring Butterflies Release Ideas Butterfly Myths & Truths Thank Y ! Th k You! (c) Association for Butterflies; Research, Conservation, Farming, and Gardening 2007 www.forbutterflies.org 2
    • D f Release Day of R l On the day of the release, the butterflies will be fine in the box in which they were shipped. If you are going to hold an individual release, keep the butterflies cool until an hour or so before the event. (You will need to take into consideration the outside temperature and how fast they ill h f t th will warm up i th in those t temps.) K ) Keep i mind th t you will want th t warm in i d that ill t them to up, ideally, to about 70 degrees. It is always advisable to designate a responsible person who does not already have a job to do on the day of the event, to be in charge of butterfly care and handling. Sometimes, a “butterfly attendant” is designated for this p p g y g purpose. If you are holding an individual release, the attendant can distribute the envelopes to the chosen releasers. The envelopes are opened and the butterflies fly out. They don’t need to be thrown….they will fly when they are ready. The guests can admire them and enjoy y y y y g j y them as long as they can this way. (c) Association for Butterflies; Research, Conservation, Farming, and Gardening 2007 www.forbutterflies.org
    • T f i Butterflies Transferring B tt fli If you are holding a mass release, you will need to transfer the butterflies into the release container while they are still cool. If you will be using a container that is not transparent, where the sunlight would show through, then just transfer them into it about an hour or so before the l b f th release. Be sure to keep the box in a shady undisturbed area. Do not place it i B t k th b i h d di t b d D t l in direct sunlight, or they will overheat. You can also place a dark cloth over the container to keep the butterflies inactive. Do not disturb the box until the time for the release. The release container should not be moved often. If you have a release box that is an open weave type, y p yp you will want to mist the butterflies at least twice an hour to keep them from dehydrating. Flowers can be placed in a see-through container at the bottom, as long as they have not been sprayed with insecticides. Watermelon slices can also be hidden in the flowers and this will give the butterflies something to nectar on while confined. confined (c) Association for Butterflies; Research, Conservation, Farming, and Gardening 2007 www.forbutterflies.org
    • R l Release Id Ideas Your imagination is the limit. Some families (for outdoor weddings) hold their wedding release before the wedding. The wedding ceremony takes place while the butterflies are flying around. To achieve this, a good number of nectar plants are recommended for placement i th area. At another wedding, a l l t in the th ddi large net was arranged so th b tt fli t d the butterflies were all released at once at the end of the ceremony. At most weddings, they are released when the couple is exiting the church or building where they were married. Butterflies aren’t just for Weddings Butterflies can be released at any event! Birthday parties, g y yp , grand openings, bar and bat p g, mitzvahs, a baby’s birth, memorials, graduations, anniversaries are all good times for butterfly releases. Butterflies bring magic and excitement to every special event! (c) Association for Butterflies; Research, Conservation, Farming, and Gardening 2007 www.forbutterflies.org
    • Butterfly Myths & Truths y y Myth – Most of the butterflies will arrive dead or not make it to the release Truth – Only a few butterflies may not make it Myth – You can color coordinate the butterflies to your bridesmaids’ dresses Truth – Butterflies only come in a few different colors. There are no white butterflies that can be shipped across state lines. The colors available range between black, browns, oranges and yellow mixes Myth – Only half the butterflies will survive up to the time of the release Truth – Your butterflies are handled and packed in such a way to protect them and to make sure that t ey will su e the ut ou butte es a e a d ed a d pac ed suc ay p otect t e a d a e su e t at they survive t e journey. Extra butterflies are usually included just in case a few do not survive. Myth – They will not fly and people will step on them Truth – Talk to your butterfly farmer. If the release is done properly, you will have a lovely release experience Myth Butterfly l M th – B tt fl releases are cruell t th b tt fl to the butterfly Truth – The butterflies are raised and handled with the best of care. They are only sent to environments where they occur naturally. After a release, they will live the rest of their natural lives in the wild Myth – The butterflies will get confused when released Truth – Studies have been done to show that there are not ill effects to butterflies shipped across states. Monarch Watch does a tagging program nationwide and has found commercially-raised butterflies that have successfully migrated to the overwintering sites in Central Mexico. Myth – The butterflies will have nothing to eat and will die Truth – Speak to your butterfly farmer about the proper times to release butterflies. If they are released in the warmer months, they will have plenty of nectar flowers, wild and cultivated for them to survive. You do not want to release them in the winter! Use common sense! (c) Association for Butterflies; Research, Conservation, Farming, and Gardening 2007 www.forbutterflies.org
    • Butterflies are Nature’s Gift to the Environment Butterflies B tt fli are important pollinators i t t lli t (c) Association for Butterflies 2007 www.forbutterflies.org
    • Butterflies are Part of the Food Chain (c) Association for Butterflies 2007 www.forbutterflies.org (c) Association for Butterflies; Research, Conservation, Farming, and Gardening 2007 www.forbutterflies.org
    • By releasing butterflies one is butterflies, helping to repopulate the p g p p species without polluting, harming defacing h i or d f i nature (c) Association for Butterflies 2007 www.forbutterflies.org (c) Association for Butterflies; Research, Conservation, Farming, and Gardening 2007 www.forbutterflies.org
    • Butterflies are uplifting and aesthetically pleasing yp g Releasing b tt fli is R l i butterflies i an ecologically l i ll sound way to celebrate any occasion y y (c) Association for Butterflies 2007 www.forbutterflies.org (c) Association for Butterflies; Research, Conservation, Farming, and Gardening 2007 www.forbutterflies.org
    • Thank you for attending the Association For Butterflies’ y g Butterfly Release Course for Event Planners! We hope you enjoyed the class and that you learned everything you need to know about butterfly releases. We welcome your comments and questions questions. Happy Releasing!