Two Tailed Tiger Swallowtail chrysalis LIVE BUTTERFLY -- Oregon ONLY

Two Tailed Tiger Swallowtail chrysalis LIVE BUTTERFLY -- Oregon ONLY

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Two-Tailed Swallowtail -- Papilio multicaudata


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.

Item Details:

  • 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 :)