Two Tailed Tiger Swallowtail chrysalis LIVE BUTTERFLY -- Oregon ONLY
Two-Tailed Swallowtail -- Papilio multicaudata
****SHIPPING ONLY TO ADDRESSES IN OREGON USA****
The second largest butterfly in North America, and the largest in the Pacific Northwest. These are quite a sight!
Common in the dry desert regions in Eastern Washington and Oregon south into Mexico, the larvae feed on Chokecherry and also ornamental Ash trees.
There is one main late spring/early summer flight in Oregon, with a second smaller flight in mid-August.
- You will receive one Two Tailed Swallowtail chrysalis, inspected for quality and weight before shipping.
- Chrysalis is diapausing (sleeping through the winter for eclosion in SPRING 2020) There is a very small chance of an eclosion this year.
- We guarantee shipping a live chrysalis. Because this is a live animal, there are no other guarantees after shipment.
- We recommend ordering two (2) or more chrysalids, as occasionally one won't make it through winter/fridge as is similar in nature.
General Directions: (If you have questions beyond this, please access online resources.)
- Keep inside in a pop-up tent/rearing cage (also available on our site).
- Mist daily, as inside air is quite dry. (Keeping outside is also okay, making sure it is always in cool shade, well ventilated, and protected from rodents looking for a protein snack. Mist occasionally as local precipitation would normally.)
- At the end of November place chrysalis in a SEALED container lined with paper towel and into the refrigerator at 38F.
- Check chrysalis monthly for mold. Remove any moisture buildup in the container if present, then seal right back up and put the container back in the fridge.
- Chrysalis needs a minimum of 90 days in the refrigerator before removing to eclose (hatch). Longer is fine, and it's recommend to remove about 2-3 weeks before these butterflies naturally fly in spring.
- Upon removing from the refrigerator, place in a pop-up tent on paper towel and MIST DAILY. Pupae should eclose in 2-8 weeks, with most usually around 3 weeks.
- There are many resources and online groups to handle questions about live butterflies and pupae care. Please use them if you need additional assistance.
- Although we would like to help, due to the large amount of time required to answer minute detail questions from excited new butterfly/moth parents, We are typically unable to answer questions quickly. Please use online resources, and the amazing Facebook groups out there...but do reach out if you get stuck :)