Monarch Butterfly Release, Krause Berry Farms, Canada

June 7, 2016 — 2 Comments
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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.

tiger lily monarch butterfly

 

 

I believe this was a phlox. Whatever the flower, this Monarch butterfly sure enjoyed it.

monarch butterfly pink flowers Krause canada

 

 

This Monarch sure got up close to the Goldenrod.

goldenrod monarch butterfly Krause Farms

 

 

Loving the Osteospermum…

beautiful monarch butterfly Osteospermum

 

 

and the Hibiscus too.

Hibiscus monarch butterfly Krause Berry Farms

 

 




 

 

What’s more beautiful than one butterfly on a coneflower?

Krause Berry Farms Coneflower monarch butterfly

 

 

How about two Monarchs on a coneflower?

Krause langley Coneflower monarch butterfly release

 

 

or three in the same shot?

monarch butterflies Coneflower flowers

 

 

The butterflies really enjoyed the Liatris or blazing star.

Liatris monarch butterflies Krause Berry Farms

 

 

blazing star monarch butterfly Krause Farms

 

 

Back to the Tiger Lily…

Krause Langley tiger lily monarch butterfly

 

 

tiger lily monarch butterfly Krause Farms

 

 

and a lot of brightness here with the Goldenrod.

monarch butterfly golden rod Krause Berry Farms

 

 




 

 

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.

monarch butterfly release Krause Berry Farms

 

 

In some regions of the World, the Monarch is called the common tiger.

Krause Berry Farms monarch butterfly release

 

 

Black swallowtails also enjoyed the garden. Let’s take a closer look…

black swallowtail butterfly Krause Farms Coneflower

 

 

swallowtail butterfly coneflower

 

 

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…

Krause monarch butterfly release Liatris

 

 

Krause Berry Farms 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.”

monarch butterfly release langley Krause Berry

 

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.

Krause monarch butterfly Langley Osteospermum

 

 

pretty monarch butterfly Osteospermum

 

 

monarch butterfly release Krause Coneflower

 

 

Love these tiny mauve flowers. This butterfly did too.

Krause Berry langley monarch butterfly

 

 

Also in the garden was this beautiful painted lady butterfly with very inquisitive eyes.

Krause Coneflower painted lady butterfly

 

 

Of course, there were more than one painted lady in the garden.

Krause monarch butterfly release Coneflower

 

 

Did you know that it’s supposed to be good luck to have a butterfly land on you. I sincerely hope so!

Randall St Germain monarch butterfly Krause Farms

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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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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2 responses to Monarch Butterfly Release, Krause Berry Farms, Canada

  1. Superb captures Randall, I love butterflies. 💗

  2. Thanks, Marie. I hope you can see the release one year. You’d love it! 🙂

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