Barbara Dorf (right) and Tracy Villareal (left) are both born and bred Native Texans. Married for more than twenty years (OMG, has it been that long already?), we are both trained as Biological Oceanographers. We both still work in the real world to support our newest obsession, Big Tree Butterflies, in Rockport, Texas, USA.
We specialize in producing the biggest, best, healthiest Texas-sized monarch butterflies we can, for release at weddings, parties, and whatever anyone is celebrating for whatever reason. We also strive to assist in biological research and education using monarch butterflies by providing all life stages to investigators, educators, and exhibitors.
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My objective was to create a butterfly room for my daughter in our screened in patio on the back porch. Not really having any idea how to do this, I emailed and phoned Barbara multiple times.
She was always kind, informative, and made sure I was comfortable with caring for the (20) chrysalis' I bought.
It was a fantastic experience from beginning to end. I highly recommend Big Tree Butterflies.
Oh, almost forgot to mention..... the butterflies were gorgeous. It was a magical experience for our family. Next year - caterpillars!
I highly recommend Big Tree Butterflies. Barbara was extremely professional, answering all of my questions on the phone and providing excellent written instructions. The monarchs arrived exactly when she said they would, were lovely and big and flew beautifully! They made the event extra special. Thank you!
The ceremony was beautiful and the butterflies were spectacular. It was a perfect and very moving way to end. Everything went well, all the animals survived the trip and flew out on cue. Thanks for your attention to detail and easy to follow instructions.
We released Monarchs at our upstate NY wedding. We had a late September wedding and even though it was a bit cool that day, they still emerged from the box and landed all over us and the wedding party. Our wedding was a small family gathering and the party consisted of several children and they LOVED it! We got awesome photos and they brought loads of smiles from everyone. Barbara was great to work with, the customer service was top notch and the product quality was superb. Thank you!
I wanted to let you know that our release went beautifully and all the butterflies did great. They were very content in the botanical garden and began eating right away! Thanks for the great customer service and we look forward to doing more releases in the future.
Barbara is fantastic! She was great to work with last summer when I ordered Monarch caterpillars. She was extremely pleasant and made the transaction very easy. Somehow my shipment was labeled by the carrier as "hold for pickup" instead of delivering to my home. Barbara had tracked the package (little did I know) and saw what happened. She called me immediately and insisted on refunding me the shipping cost because the order was not delivered to my door as it should have been. My fiance and I got engaged over the summer and are planning a 2014 summer wedding. We will definitely plan to order butterflies from Big Tree Butterflies for our ceremony! Thank you, you are wonderful!
I just wanted to thank you for the Monarchs, they were so beautiful & people were overwhelmed with joy at the whole experience. Thank you so much for all your help!