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FOR SALE, Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly eggs

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Papilio glaucus glaucus --  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly eggs for sale.

$8 for first dozen + $6 each for additional dozens + $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 Iowa stock (F0), equivalent to “wild.”  In this area, most of the females will be the black form; less than 5% of them will have the colors of the males (yellow).

Foodplants: I prefer to use wild cherry (Prunus serotina) in the spring but have also reared them on willow, ash and hoptree.  I prefer to use hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata) in the fall becuase its leaves stay in good condition late in the season.  Other likely foodplants I have not tried with this population:  tuliptree (Liriodendron), apple, other Prunus (plum, cherry), alder (Alnus), catalpa and lilac.

The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly has two broods each year here.   Since this is the first brood, most of the pupae you raise from these eggs will eclose within two weeks.  However, about 15% of them will go into diapause and not eclose until next spring.

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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