One of my highlights from last Summer was witnessing the Monarch butterfly release at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada, just east of Vancouver. I have seen and appreciate butterflies in the wild but this event was certainly different. While the range of the Monarchs includes Southern Canada, I have never seen one outside of an enclosed sanctuary. For photo enthusiasts, such as myself, who enjoy flowers and butterflies, the butterfly release was a perfect opportunity on what was a beautiful Summer’s day in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.
During the event, participants make donations to a sponsored local charity and then release a Monarch butterfly into the garden of Krause Berry Farms. These butterflies don’t necessarily fly away but linger amongst the flowers…
Two of my favourites… a butterfly and a Tiger Lily.
I believe this was a phlox. Whatever the flower, this Monarch butterfly sure enjoyed it.
This Monarch sure got up close to the Goldenrod.
Loving the Osteospermum…
and the Hibiscus too.
What’s more beautiful than one butterfly on a coneflower?
How about two Monarchs on a coneflower?
or three in the same shot?
The butterflies really enjoyed the Liatris or blazing star.
Back to the Tiger Lily…
and a lot of brightness here with the Goldenrod.
The striking colours of the Monarch are also a warning to predators. The Monarch caterpillar eats mostly milkweed that is toxic and will result in possibly death, or, at least a discomfort to those who dare to eat this lovely creature. By the way, this is not milkweed.
In some regions of the World, the Monarch is called the common tiger.
Black swallowtails also enjoyed the garden. Let’s take a closer look…
Everyone had their own reasons to release a butterfly. For some, it was deeply personal. Maybe one is going through their own transition in life. Perhaps, the release was a tribute to a loved one who had recently departed.
Back to the blazing star…
The Monarch butterfly is considered by many as the most beautiful of butterflies. While that may be arguable, they are often considered the “king” of butterflies, hence the name “Monarch.”
The Monarch butterfly’s life cycle varies and depends when it emerged during the year. The first three generations of butterflies, typically born between April and August, only live two to six weeks. However, the forth generation, born in September and October will live six to eight months. These are famous for their migration to warmer climates for the Winter.
Love these tiny mauve flowers. This butterfly did too.
Also in the garden was this beautiful painted lady butterfly with very inquisitive eyes.
Of course, there were more than one painted lady in the garden.
Did you know that it’s supposed to be good luck to have a butterfly land on you. I sincerely hope so!
The 2016 Monarch butterfly release is scheduled to take place on July 9th with proceeds to the Langley Hospice. Please check out the Krause Berry Farms website for more information. If you’re in the Vancouver area, I would recommend going. Don’t forget your camera too. Thanks to Krause Berry Farms and the sponsors for this amazing event. I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by 🙂
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