Regulated Organism and Soil Permits
Butterflies and Moths
USDA requires permits for the importation and interstate movement of live butterflies and moths under the authority of 7 CFR 330.
- Apply for a Permit - Use PPQ Form 526, Application for permit to move live plant pests or noxious weeds
Information about Shipping Requirements and Red and White Labels
Information about Inspections
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. USDA does not issue permits for interstate movement across the continental divide for release into the environment.
USDA Butterfly Environmental Release Decision Chart
Widely Prevalent Invertebrate Plant Pests and Pathogens