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DECORBUTTERFLY brings you a wide variety of mounted butterfly designs made from some of the rarest and most stunning butterflies found in South America! Our amazing butterfly frame are never mass produced. Each piece is painstakingly handcrafted by gifted designers and artisans using techniques that have been handed down for generations. So, when it’s time to appreciate these beautiful butterfly displays you’ll see our art showing something of the wild nature from South America.Also, we work handmade jewelry madewith butterfly's wing; you’ll appreciate a great variety of pendants, earrings, bracelets, between other kinds of products.

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What is a butterfly?
Butterflies belong to INSECTS, which is the largest, most varied group of animals.
The main features of these animals have in common are:

  • 6 legs
  • one pair of antennae
  • a segmented  body in which three body parts, a head, a thorax and an abdomen can be distinguished.

Insects are further divided into 30 orders, the main basis of classification being their wing structure.
Butterflies belong to, alongside with moths to an order called Lepidoptera.

What do Lepidoptera and Papilionoidea mean?
Butterflies and moths together are called Lepidoptera – in the classification of insects, Lepidoptera is the order or “niche” for them both. Their wings are covered with tiny scales and that is where the name “Lepidoptera” comes from.
Butterflies alone are called Papilionoidea – which is the superfamily of butterflies.
In some older classifications another superfamily, Hesperioidea (the Skippers) were regarded as butterflies, but these days they are excluded because of their closer resemblance to Moths.

What are Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae and Lycaenidae?
They are the names of the four butterfly families that together make up Papilionoidea, the superfamily of butterflies. You may see other classifications where Nymphalidae (Brushfoots) are concerned; they are often divided into Satyridae, Danainae, Nymphalidae and Libytheidae. This website however chooses to regard them as one family as they have one dominant characteristic in common: they have only 4 functional legs; their first pair of legs is redundant when it comes to being in motion. Papilionidae (Swallowtails) present great variety of colour, shape and size. They are often recognised of their tails, although in many species they are missing. Pieridae (Whites, Sulphurs and Yellows) do not have tails. They are a widespread group often found at ecological and geographical extremes of animal life. Some species migrate. Lycaenidae (Hairstreaks, Coppers and Blues) are a large family of small butterflies. They are generally gregarious and live locally.

How many butterfly species are there worldwide?
It depends how the count is made exactly and how the different species and subspecies are treated in the count. In a careful estimate, there are about 14 750 known butterfly species worldwide.

What does give a butterfly its colour and sheen?
The hollow, pigmented scales that cover the wings of the butterfly (a bit like roof tiles) give a butterfly its colours. The sheen comes from the structure and the arrangement of the scales on the wings. A special reflection of the light is created, giving the wings a metallic glow.

 
What is the purpose of the butterfly's life?
The purpose of the butterfly’s life is to reproduce, to maintain life.

How long do butterflies live for?
By marking butterflies then recapturing or sighting them later scientists gain information on how long butterflies can live. An average butterfly species has an adult life span of 2 weeks or less.

Where do our butterflies come from?
Most of our butterflies are common species in the jungle of Peru, as the commoner ones are bred more easily in large numbers by the butterfly farms in this country. All of the species we have are captive bred, originating from South America.

What are the differences between a butterfly and a moth?
Butterflies and moths are very similar. There are some basic differences but as ever, there are exceptions to just about every rule.

  • Butterflies generally rest with their wings folded, above the body, perpendicular to the ground. Moths usually rest with their wings folded along their body.
  • Most butterflies have antennae which are clubbed at the end, whereas the moth's antennae are pointed or feathered.
  • Butterflies fly in the daytime and so do some moths, but the majority of moths fly at night.
  • Butterfly caterpillars are extremely fussy about which plant they feed on - moth caterpillars will generally eat a variety of plants.

Can you send me a paper catalog?
We chose the internet as our catalog because of the dynamic nature of butterfly stock. We can have plenty of a specific butterfly one day, sell them all the next and not be able to restock for as long as a year! Also, we add so many new items regularly that paper can't keep up! Please email us with any special requests.


Where do you get the butterflies? I'm not sure I like the idea of collecting a wild butterfly. Doesn't that harm the environment?
Butterfly collecting is a fantastic thing to do to preserve rainforest and support indigenous people. It actually saves the wild butterfly population, too.

How long will it take to ship my order?
For the majority of real butterfly orders, between 2 to 4 weeks. We create them depending of the butterflies availables at this season. Preparing the butterflies for display is very time intensive. We will notify you by email if we feel there will be an unusual delay. Occasionally, a particular butterfly becomes suddenly unavailable. If you order both at the same time, they ship together when the display is ready.

How long will my butterflies last?
Years, if you care for them carefully. Instructions for care will come with your order.

Do you create custom pieces?
Email us using the "Contact Us" page, or directly: sales@decorbutterfly.com.

Why are the antennae and bodies removed on the butterflies in frame?
We have learned, by trial and error that it is possible that they will break off inside the box ruining your display. All of the morpho's must have their bodies removed because they contain a toxin that will destroy the wings over time.

Can you sell unmounted specimens?
Go to the "Contact Us" page tell us what you want or email: sales@decorbutterfly.com. We'll let you know either way.

What is your return policy?
For detailed information, please select the merchant policy link at the bottom of every page on this site. All genuine butterfly items are final sale. They are too fragile to send back and forth. Since they are pieces of original art, some of them are created as they are ordered, that means you won't always receive the same butterfly as the picture shows. They are very good representations of what you will receive. Mother Nature creates our butterflies, allow for her slight differences, please! Our collections are refundable with insured return and prior authorization, email us first: sales@decorbutterfly.com. Any unauthorized return will be refused.

Is it safe to use my credit card online at Decorbutterfly.com ?

Using your credit card to shop at Decorbutterfly is extremely safe. (http://www.paypal.com), employs the latest encryption technologies to ensure that your credit card information remains private.

Paypal.com transactions are protected by the highest levels of security available and ensure complete and total privacy for Decorbutterfly´s online customers. Not even Decorbutterfly employees have access to your credit card information. Using your credit card affords you the added advantage of knowing that, in the event that there is a problem with your purchase, the credit card company will remove the purchase from your bill and Decorbutterfly will not be paid.

How long will it take for me to receive my order?

We deliver your order in about 2-4 weeks. The amount of time that it takes for your order to reach its destination depends on two factors. One is the type of product you have ordered and another is our products are handmade and are not stored in warehouses in mass quantities. There are some occasions when orders must be specially made, and this can present delays in the shipment of an order. In the event that your order must be specially made, you will be contacted by e-mail and informed of the nature of the delay and the expected time frame for shipment of your order.

How Decorbutterfly ship my order?

We ship our products by international Certificate mail, a function of the Peruvian postal service operated in cooperation with postal services throughout the world. 

How do I track my orders?

If you already have your tracking number and want to find out the status of your package, you have to call your local Mail Service and tell your tracking number. They will give you information about your order or you can contact us to info@Decorbutterfly.com and we will give you the status of your order.

Can I pay by check or bank transfer?


You can pay by check or by bank transfers in the case that you make a especial request of one product or if you are a wholesale customer. 
 

Can I make a special request for a product?

Yes, we can provide you with a special product. For more information contact us to info@Decorbutterfly.com and in your request, please include much information as is possible about the product that you would like to purchase at Decorbutterfly.


What is your policy on returns and exchanges?


In the unlikely event that we process your order incorrectly or ship you a defective item, we will take back that item and replace with the original product, with no additional charge or if you want a full refund within 7 days of purchase. Returns will be gladly accepted for up to 5 days after the date of receipt.

What if I do not receive my order?

Be sure to indicate the correct mailing address when you are filling out your order form. Decorbutterfly is not responsible for items that have not been received due to an incorrect address or change of address. If you have not received your order and would like to check the status, please contact our Customer Service Department at info@Decorbutterfly.com (be sure to note your order number and e-mail address, and verify the correct mailing address). A customer service representative will check our records to determine when your order was processed and mailed.

Will Decorbutterfly ever give out my personal information to third parties?


Decorbutterfly respects your privacy and thus will never release any personal information (including your home address, e-mail address, and phone number) to any third party. Decorbutterfly is 100% Privacy Guarantee. 

How can tell the actual size of a product?

As you know, pictures can be deceiving. For that reason, it is very important that you look at the size of a product before making a decision about whether to purchase it.  You should be very careful when picking out products. We want to offer you the best possible perspective of a product's appearance and detail, and sometimes this comes at the expense of providing a true representation of the product's actual size. All products do come with size and weight specifications, however, so be certain to make that one of the things you check when viewing a product. 

Products are individually handmade

As all of our products are individually handmade, all sizes given must be considered as approximations, and minor imperfections and slight variations in color or design from items depicted should be expected.

Delivery Policy

We are not responsible if you do not receive your order if you provide us a wrong address. We sent all our package by certificate mail that mean the someone have to sign at the moment to receive the package. If you think that you or other will not be at the address that you provide us to receive the package please contact us to send the package by other service if you do not do that we are not responsible if you do not receive your order. If you will move to other address and you don't tell us, we are not responsible if you do not receive your order. The mail will try to deliver the package until 3 times in the address that you provide us but if not find any person at the address, we are not responsible if you do not receive your order. If you have any questions, please contact us at service department by email at info@Decorbutterfly.com.

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