***Available for pre-order. Shipping in late May and later in 2021 depending on the brood and wild collecting. ****SHIPPING to WA, OR, and ID ****PRIORITY Shipping needed with this species. Eggs hatch quickly. ****PLEASE place all egg orders separately. If there are two species ordered, that should be two SEPARATE orders. This is because different species fly at different times, and eggs will ship separately. Thank you :)
Our state insect. The first brood will typically make it to chrysalis and eclose as an adult butterfly the same year.
This species is a bit more challenging, and should be kept in very clean and airy conditions. It is native to eastern Oregon, so a bit drier. We highly recommend outdoor rearing, either on potted plants in pop-up tents or sleeved on tarragon.
You will receive ten (10) Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly eggs per order
Eggs will hatch about 1 week after they are laid by the female.
We guarantee live eggs, and check for egg fertility before shipping (fertile eggs get a slight brown ring about 24 hours after laying)
Make sure that your mail arrives in a cool location, or that someone is there to meet them on arrival. (Eggs can cook in the sun, and we only refund if our reserve eggs don't hatch)
Caterpillars will need plenty of leaves to munch on after hatching. They will feed on anything in the parsley/carrot family of plants, and also Tarragon. Wild Tarragon, Culinary French Tarragon, and Russian Tarragon are all accepted by the larvae. In nature they feed on Wild Tarragon.
If you are purchasing parsley or tarragon from the store, make sure to WASH it repeatedly in clean water before offering to the caterpillars. Organic or conventionally grown does not matter. The pesticide used is the same (Bt). It can be removed from leaves with washing.
If you have additional questions, please email. We will do our best to reply to questions as time permits. Please be patient, as we're busy rearing large quantities of hungry caterpillars all season, and sometimes will be out collecting for days at a time too.