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FOR SALE, Monarch Butterfly Eggs

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Danaus plexippus --  Monarch Butterfly eggs for sale.

$8.00 per each set of 25 eggs.  Add $5.00 2-3 day USPS First Class shipping.

Please use "Friends and Family" option to pay by PayPal. 

U.S.A. orders only please. 

Parents of eggs are from unrelated reared stock (F0), equivalent to “wild.” 

 The parents of the eggs have been carefully screened microscopically for the “OE” protozoan (Ophryocystis elektroscirrha) that is so devastating to Monarch Butterflies and they are free of the spores.  If you are rearing large numbers of this insect please learn about this deadly protozoan and do not release affected adults into the wild.  This protozoan does not grow on the adult but if it was infected as a larva, it is covered with spores that were produced in the pupal stage, where most of the damage is done.  Larvae cannot infect other larvae and adults cannot infect other adults.  However, infected adults deposit spores on the eggshell and leaves and the larvae become infected by eating these.  If heavily infected, the adults fail to emerge or are to crippled or weak to function.  If less infected, the adults are able to fly and spread the spores to the next generation.  You will do harm to the species by releasing infected adults so it is important to obtain eggs that are free of spores.

Foodplants: Any milkweed species (Asclepias).

Note:  Butterfly eggs hatch quickly, so USPS First Class shipping is required.  Eggs are sensitive to excessive heat: please do not supply an address that delivers to a mailbox in the sun.   Please allow me a full week to ship because the eggs you have purchased have probably not been laid yet, other orders may be ahead of yours, and butterflies do not lay many eggs on cloudy days.  The eggs have to be less than 16 hours old when I ship them or they are likely to hatch in transit.  If the package is delayed by USPS, I will either re-ship or refund the order and shipping charges, because all problems associated with shipping are the responsibility of the seller.

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