TheButterflyStore

Wings & Things

66 Sales

TheButterflyStore

Wings & Things

66 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   WINGS & THINGS
is the ONLY VENDOR WORLDWIDE

that preserves gorgeous butterflies with
their natural look for use in:

HAIR CLIPS,
BOUQUETS,
EARRINGS,
BOUTENIERRES,
SCULPTURES,
SHOES,
CAKES,
MAGNETS,
REAR VIEW MIRROR VISORS,
BOOKMARKS,
& MUCH MORE!

WHETHER YOU WANT:

a stunning bridal bouquet,
a dazzling hair clip,
a customized display with a single butterfly,
a gorgeous flight of morphos,
a 3-D sculpture, or
your own custom creation,

WE GIVE YOU THE WINGS TO FLY!

An answer to our most frequently asked question: Do we kill the butterflies?

No. Here is how we get our butterflies: Wings & Things only purchases butterflies and moths from reputed dealers who import insects from butterfly and insect farms from all over the world. Purchasing butterflies from our store can actually be your small contribution to preserving valuable butterfly habitats!

All of the butterflies and moths that we sell were bred on farms expressly for lifetime preservation and have lived a longer lifespan than most insects found in the wild. Further, only about two or three of three hundred butterfly eggs will survive to breed as adult butterflies in the wild (butterfly life spans average from 7-60 days in the wild depending on the species). On butterfly farms, up to ninety percent survive to adulthood. Even when only seventy percent survive on a butterfly farm, up to 2,450 butterflies can be bred by an average Ornithoptera butterfly within just three generations! Because Ornithoptera are a threatened species, these farms keep poachers from even having the opportunity of significantly depleting this spectacular family of butterflies - some of the largest and magnificent in the world.

Butterfly farms offer some indigenous peoples an alternative income source other than harvesting and clearing virgin tropical forests for lumber. There are butterfly farms in Australia, Asia, Central America, North and South America, as well as other countries around the globe. Because of strict laws arising from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Department, the United States of America has actually helped put out of business several foreign stores that were depleting butterfly populations by capturing wild butterflies from their local regions without making efforts to replenish the butterflies that they were selling. Governments in developing countries are also encouraging their citizens to raise insects for economic advancement rather than alternative industries that deplete rain forests that are essential to most butterfly species. In some areas, raising insects for display is the only incentive indigenous people have to preserve their tropical forests. These farms have become self-sustainable and most of the insects raised on these farms live full life spans.

After dying naturally, the specimens are carefully gathered and exported to wholesale distributors around the world. Thus, butterfly farms have become an environmentally friendly business alternative for developing countries.

Besides offering butterflies longer and healthier lives, these butterfly farms are a better artistic alternative as well. Butterflies captured in the wild are subject to more predators and encounters with other insects that leave their bodies damaged – and therefore of no use in an artistic display. Accordingly, captured butterflies may become further damaged when captured – sometimes making them entirely unmarketable. This has protected the depletion of some species in the past but the further protection of butterfly farms has made capturing butterflies in the wild unprofitable.

Announcement

WINGS & THINGS
is the ONLY VENDOR WORLDWIDE

that preserves gorgeous butterflies with
their natural look for use in:

HAIR CLIPS,
BOUQUETS,
EARRINGS,
BOUTENIERRES,
SCULPTURES,
SHOES,
CAKES,
MAGNETS,
REAR VIEW MIRROR VISORS,
BOOKMARKS,
& MUCH MORE!

WHETHER YOU WANT:

a stunning bridal bouquet,
a dazzling hair clip,
a customized display with a single butterfly,
a gorgeous flight of morphos,
a 3-D sculpture, or
your own custom creation,

WE GIVE YOU THE WINGS TO FLY!

An answer to our most frequently asked question: Do we kill the butterflies?

No. Here is how we get our butterflies: Wings & Things only purchases butterflies and moths from reputed dealers who import insects from butterfly and insect farms from all over the world. Purchasing butterflies from our store can actually be your small contribution to preserving valuable butterfly habitats!

All of the butterflies and moths that we sell were bred on farms expressly for lifetime preservation and have lived a longer lifespan than most insects found in the wild. Further, only about two or three of three hundred butterfly eggs will survive to breed as adult butterflies in the wild (butterfly life spans average from 7-60 days in the wild depending on the species). On butterfly farms, up to ninety percent survive to adulthood. Even when only seventy percent survive on a butterfly farm, up to 2,450 butterflies can be bred by an average Ornithoptera butterfly within just three generations! Because Ornithoptera are a threatened species, these farms keep poachers from even having the opportunity of significantly depleting this spectacular family of butterflies - some of the largest and magnificent in the world.

Butterfly farms offer some indigenous peoples an alternative income source other than harvesting and clearing virgin tropical forests for lumber. There are butterfly farms in Australia, Asia, Central America, North and South America, as well as other countries around the globe. Because of strict laws arising from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Department, the United States of America has actually helped put out of business several foreign stores that were depleting butterfly populations by capturing wild butterflies from their local regions without making efforts to replenish the butterflies that they were selling. Governments in developing countries are also encouraging their citizens to raise insects for economic advancement rather than alternative industries that deplete rain forests that are essential to most butterfly species. In some areas, raising insects for display is the only incentive indigenous people have to preserve their tropical forests. These farms have become self-sustainable and most of the insects raised on these farms live full life spans.

After dying naturally, the specimens are carefully gathered and exported to wholesale distributors around the world. Thus, butterfly farms have become an environmentally friendly business alternative for developing countries.

Besides offering butterflies longer and healthier lives, these butterfly farms are a better artistic alternative as well. Butterflies captured in the wild are subject to more predators and encounters with other insects that leave their bodies damaged – and therefore of no use in an artistic display. Accordingly, captured butterflies may become further damaged when captured – sometimes making them entirely unmarketable. This has protected the depletion of some species in the past but the further protection of butterfly farms has made capturing butterflies in the wild unprofitable.

Auralee Thompson

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Auralee Thompson

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Heather Rhoades

Heather Rhoades on Dec 22, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Better than pictured. A truly stunning item. Well packaged for shipping and the butterflies are pristine!

rainpouring

rainpouring on Oct 20, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

It's great. It looks a little weathered-- when I told people it was real, they almost didn't want to believe me, but I can pass that off as their 'humanity'. Personally, I love it. Someone gave me butterflies, and this was my way to commemorate them. Highly satisfied, I am.

Anonymous on May 28, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

This is so BEAUTIFUL!!! =)

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Shop policies

Last updated on March 25, 2013
WINGS & THINGS
is the ONLY VENDOR WORLDWIDE

that preserves gorgeous butterflies with
their natural look for use in:

HAIR CLIPS,
BOUQUETS,
EARRINGS,
BOUTENIERRES,
SCULPTURES,
SHOES,
CAKES,
MAGNETS,
REAR VIEW MIRROR VISORS,
BOOKMARKS,
CABINETRY,
& MUCH MORE!

WHETHER YOU WANT:

a stunning bridal bouquet,
a dazzling hair clip,
a customized display with a single butterfly,
a gorgeous flight of morphos,
a 3-D sculpture, or
your own custom creation,

WE GIVE YOU THE WINGS TO FLY!

Wings & Things only purchases butterflies and moths from reputed dealers who import insects from butterfly and insect farms from all over the world. Purchasing butterflies from our store can actually be your small contribution to preserving valuable butterfly habitats!

All of the butterflies and moths that we sell were bred on farms expressly for lifetime preservation and have lived a longer lifespan than most insects found in the wild. Further, only about two or three of three hundred butterfly eggs will survive to breed as adult butterflies in the wild (butterfly life spans average from 7-60 days in the wild depending on the species). On butterfly farms, up to ninety percent survive to adulthood. Even when only seventy percent survive on a butterfly farm, up to 2,450 butterflies can be bred by an average Ornithoptera butterfly within just three generations! Because Ornithoptera are a threatened species, these farms keep poachers from even having the opportunity of significantly depleting this spectacular family of butterflies - some of the largest and magnificent in the world.

Butterfly farms offer some indigenous peoples an alternative income source other than harvesting and clearing virgin tropical forests for lumber. There are butterfly farms in Australia, Asia, Central America, North and South America, as well as other countries around the globe. Because of strict laws arising from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Department, the United States of America has actually helped put out of business several foreign stores that were depleting butterfly populations by capturing wild butterflies from their local regions without making efforts to replenish the butterflies that they were selling. Governments in developing countries are also encouraging their citizens to raise insects for economic advancement rather than alternative industries that deplete rain forests that are essential to most butterfly species. In some areas, raising insects for display is the only incentive indigenous people have to preserve their tropical forests. These farms have become self-sustainable and most of the insects raised on these farms live full life spans.

After dying naturally, the specimens are carefully gathered and exported to wholesale distributors around the world. Thus, butterfly farms have become an environmentally friendly business alternative for developing countries.

Besides offering butterflies longer and healthier lives, these butterfly farms are a better artistic alternative as well. Butterflies captured in the wild are subject to more predators and encounters with other insects that leave their bodies damaged – and therefore of no use in an artistic display. Accordingly, captured butterflies may become further damaged when captured – sometimes making them entirely unmarketable. This has protected the depletion of some species in the past but the further protection of butterfly farms has made capturing butterflies in the wild unprofitable.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Shipping
When will I receive my order?

Most orders are processed within 2 weeks. Some orders may take longer so please allow Wings & Things 3-4 weeks to ship all orders - Custom Mounts or Collector's Mounts will take longer if we do not have a perfect specimen of the species that you are looking for. If your order will take longer than 4 weeks for any reason whatsoever, Wings & Things will notify you at our earliest convenience. Please note that no orders will be processed until funds clear so if you order by check, you should expect an additional delay.

If you need your order processed and in your home by a certain deadline, let us know and we will make your order a priority so that you will have the display on time for your special occasion. Depending on your deadline and the size of your order, we may charge a processing fee for expediting your order.

Do you ship outside the U.S.?
The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife charges a fee of $80 or more for shipping butterflies outside of the U.S. If you are interested in a bulk purchase, this fee may be worth your purchase; otherwise, we do not normally ship outside of the U.S.

Sorry! We would love to have international shipping more easily accessible but our inconvenience may help preserve endangered species to continue to survive.
Refunds and Exchanges
What is your return policy for clips, stems, or other treated products?

First of all, we are committed to making sure that you have a wonderful experience in purchasing from our store.

Wings & Things always recommends getting insurance for your purchase - if you want insurance, make a note of this in your order request and we will make sure that your order is adequately insured.

CLIPS & STEMS are sold "as is." However, if you are unsatisfied with a glossy coating and if there is no picture of the butterfly with a glossy coating, we will replace the butterfly with a butterfly of equal or lesser value or with a natural clip of the same species - you pay S&H on your end and we will pay it on our end.
Damage caused by shipping & handling will be covered only if you purchase insurance for the mailed item.
If you wish to return a clip or stem for reasons described above, you need to notify Wings & Things within ten days after you receive the item and mail the item back to us in unused condition within twelve days after you received the item and we will replace the item or return your money (subject to the terms described above).
If you want to cancel an order before you receive it and before we have processed the butterflies, you will be responsible for a 15% restocking fee but we will refund any other monies paid. If some of your butterflies have been processed but others have not been processed, Wings & Things will refund monies for the butterflies that were not processed.

What is your return policy for displays?
We are committed to making sure that you have a wonderful experience in purchasing from our store - however, sometimes the shipping companies are not as careful as we would like them to be so we always purchase insurance for your displays. If anything goes wrong, we should have you covered.

Our return policy is different for different purchases.

Our COLLECTOR'S MOUNTS are guaranteed to have all antennae intact and to be the very best specimens that we can get for you - it is essentially a "no strings attached" guarantee.

Our PREMIER MOUNTS are high quality and come with a money back guarantee IF the specimen or display itself is imperfect in some way - minor scratches, cracks, or nicks excepted. All of our displays are PREMIER MOUNTS unless otherwise noted.

RIKER MOUNTS / ECONOMY MOUNTS are sold "as is" - there will be no returns accepted by Wings & Things. Damage caused by shipping & handling will be covered only if you purchase insurance for the mailed item.

If you wish to return any item, you need to notify Wings & Things within ten days after you receive the item and mail the item back to us in unused condition within twelve days after you received the item and we will replace the item or return your money (subject to the terms described above).

Please note that a restocking and shipping and handling fee of 15% of your total price of the returned item will be retained unless you are returning the item for replacement in which case, you will only be responsible for the cost of shipping the item back to Wings & Things. If Wings & Things determines that the imperfect display or imperfect specimen was not the result of shipping and handling or your handling of the product, Wings & Things will offer an in store credit in an amount equal to the cost of shipping and handling. If you wish to cancel an order before you receive the product, Wings & Things will refund your purchase minus the 15% restocking fee if, and only if, the product has not been substantially processed.


What if My Product is Damaged?
First of all, we are here to help you so don't be too stressed!

DISPLAYS
We insure every display that we mail. If your display was damaged during the shipping process, take pictures of the damage right away and then contact us - we will walk you through the rest of the process.
Typically, after we see pictures of the damage, we will replace your product as quickly as possible. In rare circumstances, we will refund your money instead.

OTHER PRODUCTS
Non-display items are usually not insured. If your product arrives damaged as a result of the shipping process, take pictures of the damage right away and then contact us - we will discuss your options at that time depending on the damage and the circumstances (some damage to clips is very easily repaired by you; other damages may require a replacement, future discounts, in store credits, etc).
Additional policies and FAQs
FAQS:
Do you kill the butterflies?

NO.

Wings & Things only purchases butterflies and moths from reputed dealers who import insects from butterfly and insect farms from all over the world. Purchasing butterflies from our store can actually be your small contribution to preserving valuable butterfly habitats!

All of the butterflies and moths that we sell were bred on farms expressly for lifetime preservation and have lived a longer lifespan than most insects found in the wild. Further, only about two or three of three hundred butterfly eggs will survive to breed as adult butterflies in the wild (butterfly life spans average from 7-60 days in the wild depending on the species). On butterfly farms, up to ninety percent survive to adulthood. Even when only seventy percent survive on a butterfly farm, up to 2,450 butterflies can be bred by an average Ornithoptera butterfly within just three generations! Because Ornithoptera are a threatened species, these farms keep poachers from even having the opportunity of significantly depleting this spectacular family of butterflies - some of the largest and magnificent in the world.

Butterfly farms offer some indigenous peoples an alternative income source other than harvesting and clearing virgin tropical forests for lumber. There are butterfly farms in Australia, Asia, Central America, North and South America, as well as other countries around the globe. Because of strict laws arising from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Department, the United States of America has actually helped put out of business several foreign stores that were depleting butterfly populations by capturing wild butterflies from their local regions without making efforts to replenish the butterflies that they were selling. Governments in developing countries are also encouraging their citizens to raise insects for economic advancement rather than alternative industries that deplete rain forests that are essential to most butterfly species. In some areas, raising insects for display is the only incentive indigenous people have to preserve their tropical forests. These farms have become self-sustainable and most of the insects raised on these farms live full life spans.

After dying naturally, the specimens are carefully gathered and exported to wholesale distributors around the world. Thus, butterfly farms have become an environmentally friendly business alternative for developing countries.

Besides offering butterflies longer and healthier lives, these butterfly farms are a better artistic alternative as well. Butterflies captured in the wild are subject to more predators and encounters with other insects that leave their bodies damaged – and therefore of no use in an artistic display. Accordingly, captured butterflies may become further damaged when captured – sometimes making them entirely unmarketable. This has protected the depletion of some species in the past but the further protection of butterfly farms has made capturing butterflies in the wild unprofitable.

Some beetles are plentiful in the wild of other countries. If Wings & Things decides to carry any beetles that were not bred on farms, we will specifically make a note of that in the product description of that particular species. As of June 1, 2011, we carry no such species.



How does your business help the environment?
Wings & Things only purchases butterflies and moths from reputed dealers who import insects from butterfly and insect farms from all over the world. Purchasing butterflies from our store can actually be your small contribution to preserving valuable butterfly habitats!

All of the insects we sell were bred on farms expressly for lifetime preservation and have lived a longer lifespan than most insects found in the wild. Further, only about two or three of three hundred butterfly eggs will survive to breed as adult butterflies in the wild (butterfly life spans average from 7-60 days in the wild depending on the species). On butterfly farms, up to ninety percent survive to adulthood. Even when only seventy percent survive on a butterfly farm, up to 2,450 butterflies can be bred by an average Ornithoptera butterfly within just three generations! Because Ornithoptera are a threatened species, these farms keep poachers from even having the opportunity of significantly depleting this spectacular family of butterflies - some of the largest and magnificent in the world.

Butterfly farms offer some indigenous peoples an alternative income source other than harvesting and clearing virgin tropical forests for lumber. There are butterfly farms in Australia, Asia, Central America, North and South America, as well as other countries around the globe. Because of strict laws arising from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Department, the United States of America has actually helped put out of business several foreign stores that were depleting butterfly populations by capturing wild butterflies from their local regions without making efforts to replenish the butterflies that they were selling. Governments in developing countries are also encouraging their citizens to raise insects for economic advancement rather than alternative industries that deplete rain forests that are essential to most butterfly species. In some areas, raising insects for display is the only incentive indigenous people have to preserve their tropical forests. These farms have become self-sustainable and most of the insects raised on these farms live full life spans. After dying naturally, the specimens are carefully gathered and exported to wholesale distributors around the world. Thus, butterfly farms have become an environmentally friendly business alternative for developing countries.

Besides offering butterflies longer and healthier lives, these butterfly farms are a better artistic alternative as well. Butterflies captured in the wild are subject to more predators and encounters with other insects that leave their bodies damaged – and therefore of no use in an artistic display. Accordingly, captured butterflies may become further damaged when captured – sometimes making them entirely unmarketable. This has protected the depletion of some species in the past but the further protection of butterfly farms has made capturing butterflies in the wild unprofitable.

Do you carry restricted species?
NO.
Please note that all of our specimens were legally obtained through reputable sources. We do not carry any species that are extinct or restricted by any U.S. laws.

However, laws vary from state to state and country to country so if your state or country has a law restricting the sale of certain mounted insect specimens, Wings & Things cannot accept responsibility for any item that you may not be able to legally possess in your state or country. Wings & Things has no knowledge of any such restrictions to the products that we sell but since laws are continually changing, Wings & Things cannot be held liable for any surprises that may arise.


What is the Difference Between a Moth and a Butterfly?

Generally speaking, butterflies fly during the daytime, are colorful, rest with their wings folded together, have rounded clubs on their antenna, have thin and smooth bodies, and are formed in a chrysalis.

Generally speaking, moths fly at night, are drab colored, rest with their wings flat (in airplane position), have thin or fuzzy pectinnae (antennae), have thick and fuzzy bodies (to keep them warm), and are formed in a cocoon.

What do I do if my clip, stem, or other treated product curls?
First of all, don't stress!
The treatment of the butterflies commonly causes the edges to curl. We press many of our butterflies before shipping them to you to get them more flat like they would be while alive. Because we are based out of a desert, your more humid environment may cause the wings to curl again.

It is not difficult to press the butterflies - we regularly press them - however, you do need to be careful as you press the butterfly so that you avoid smudging the wings. You will need a couple books of relatively equal size and some wax paper - that's it!

First, open the books so that the open pages roughly equally the same height above the table or surface that they are resting on. You want the books to be close enough together to maximize the wing surface that will be pressed. However, you want the books to be far enough away that you do not press the body of the butterfly, the clip, or the stem. If your book is not thick enough to allow the stem to comfortably fit below the body of the butterfly, simply stack a couple of books underneath the books that you will be using to press the butterfly.

Next, place wax paper on top of the pages that are open (you only really need enough to keep the wings from touching the pages.

Next, place the wings (NOT the body) on top of the wax paper, carefully making sure that the body does not get pressed between the pages of either book.

Next, place wax paper on top of the wings. Then, slowly close the pages of one of the books to rest on top of the wing. Do the same thing with the other book. Once the books are carefully closed, you can stack more books on top of the books containing the butterfly to speed up the pressing process.

Press them overnight. If possible, press them for longer - it does not hurt them to be pressed for long periods of time unless you leave them in the sun, in which case the wax paper may melt.

When removing the butterfly, just reverse the above process. Often, the wax paper will stick to the butterfly's treated side. This is not a problem - just carefully remove the paper. Occasionally, the wax paper will stick to the butterfly's non-treated side. If this happens, just carefully remove the wax paper, making sure not to move the wax paper in any direction parallel with the wing as it could cause rubbing and scale loss. The best way to avoid this problem is to peel off the paper from the side closest to the body to the side furthest away from the body.

If you still have questions, call our experts!


How do I take care of my clip, stem, or other treated product?
ANY OCCASION HAIR CLIPS & STEMS (a.k.a. Glossy)
Our unique process makes the butterflies flexible enough to be handled (with reasonable care) and waterproof (they have been tested in the rain but we recommend that you avoid wearing them in windy or inclement weather). They are thoroughly gorgeous and absolutely exquisite! These butterflies are intended for regular (non-athletic use in good weather). Please note that if you are ordering an any occasion butterfly, the natural coloring of the butterfly wings does darken somewhat during the plasticization process.

SPECIAL OCCASION HAIR CLIPS & STEMS (a.k.a. Natural)
These butterflies have only been through half of our preservation process. This means that they will have no unnatural glossy sheen on the top portion of their wings so the wings will look precisely like they did when they were alive! This also means that they are more delicate - they are liable to scratches and rubs and are more likely to break than our any occasion butterflies - although they are bendable, we do not recommend bending them much because touching the wings can rub off scales and because it will make the butterfly look aged - it is okay to place each wing between books to flatten them back into their natural position if exposed to the rain or too much water or sunshine.
These are for special occasions - perhaps even one use only depending on your activity and how careful you are with the product - balls, fine dining, weddings, etc. They may be suitable for more extensive activities but they are not guaranteed for unintended usage.

Butterflies are delicate by nature - don't forget that when taking care of your butterfly! However, if you happen to unintentionally damage a wing, contact us for assistance - we may be able to repair it for a small fee or we may even be able to walk you through the repair process!

How do I care for my display?

CARE OF YOUR BUTTERFLY
Although Wings & Things has taken great care to mount your butterfly so that it will last a lifetime, remember that your display houses a very delicate creature – knocking it off of the wall when dusting could easily break one or more wings and repairs can be quite difficult. Butterflies become more brittle with age so be especially careful when transporting your display in years to come.
Wings & Things does not recommend displaying your butterfly in high humidity environments (e.g., bathrooms) where your display’s integrity may be compromised to mold or mildew growth.
Lightly dust your display using a feather duster or a slightly moist microfiber cloth. The acrylic protective covering can be scratched if improperly cleaned so exercise caution. Scratches can be repaired with products designed to fix “swirls” on car paint – these products also act as a protective coating. If you experience any difficulty with this, please feel free to give us a call for advice.


LIGHTING
Whenever possible, avoid exposing your display to prolonged exposure to direct sunlight as the colors of the butterfly wings will slowly fade – indirect light will often produce the best environment for admiring your display anyway – especially if you purchased an iridescent butterfly, which may look better under small track lighting sold at jewelry stores or home improvement stores. If you purchased a morpho or metallic butterfly, you may want to place black felt behind your acrylic display so that you can see its colors better as well.