USDA requires permits for the importation and interstate movement of live butterflies and moths under the authority of 7 CFR 330.
Frequently Asked Questions
View a list of the commonly asked questions and concerns associated with the application process for butterflies and moths.
Butterflies for Release
USDA will only consider permits for specific species for release into the environment depending on where the butterflies are coming from and where they are being sent. For the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus the USDA does not issue permits for interstate movement across the continental divide for release into the environment.