It all began with a passion...
Meet the Owner & Butterfly Dad, Henry
Aloha! Thank you for taking the time to check out our website and learn more about our story.
Like many as a result of the pandemic beginning in March 2020, I was furloughed from my job. One day, I came across an article by chance that changed my life. In that article, I learned that less than 5% of the wild monarch caterpillars make it to become butterflies. The wild monarch butterfly population is in fact on a fast decline and is on the verge of becoming an endangered species. With this information in mind, I decided to get involved by educating myself to help this declining species in any way possible.
I attempted to raise monarch butterflies in my home garden, and quickly fell in love with the process and the species. It was the first time I was able to experience a full life cycle and the transformation of a Monarch Butterfly. After several releases and a ton of research and experience under my belt, I decided I wanted to share this magical adventure with all my friends, family, and the community. Bringing to life the Live Chrysalis Boxes that everyone can personally experience up close! In a nutshell, this random twist of fate was how Paradise Monarchs was born in September 2020!
My hope is that with the chrysalis boxes, I can add a smile to someone’s face and brighten their day. More importantly, I hope it will inspire people to join our adventure in raising caterpillars to help promote the wild population of monarch butterflies in Hawaii.
A big MAHALO for amazing support from the local community so far and I look forward to meeting more new butterfly mommies and daddies in O'ahu!
Due to lack of food source, wild predators and diseases in nature, wild monarch caterpillars have less than 5% chance of becoming a butterfly. As a result, the wild monarch butterfly population is on a fast decline and is on the verge of becoming an endangered species. With our conservation work, the live insects have a 70 - 80% fighting chance of survival. We raise all our caterpillars in a clean and safe enclosure, fed with the healthiest home-grown milkweed. Our mission is to help increase the chances of survival, from caterpillar to chrysalis, and then raise them to be the healthy monarch butterfly, to then be released back into nature to help promote the future generations of wild monarchs in Hawaii.
With our live chrysalis boxes, people get the rare opportunity to watch their very own monarch chrysalis transform into a beautiful monarch butterfly. The chrysalis will change from bright green to completely translucent towards the end of its journey before eclosing. If lucky, you may get the rare opportunity to catch the butterfly eclose and watch it expand its wings. Few hours following the emergence, you get to the release these majestic insects back into nature. With every release, it will help welcome a new generation of monarchs in Hawaii.
In each chrysalis box, we include information of the chrysalis transformation to guide you along the journey. We hope to bring awareness of these dying insects through sharing our chrysalis boxes. It is our goal to inspire the community to get involve to help save these precious and beautiful insects. Whether from planting milkweed to providing home and food source or raising caterpillars in your home garden, we will provide helpful information and resources to get you started.
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