Thristina Woodhams: 08/14/2022
Our family was gifted an experience by a friend last Christmas. It was a Monarch Butterfly that we were to watch hatch and then release. Paradise Monarch is a small local family-owned business that raises caterpillars in a safe enclosure and prepares them for release. They feed their monarchs their own brand of home-grown milkweed, they keep them safe from predictors and protect them from diseases. This all improves their life expectancy from five percent to a much less alarming 90 to 95 percent.
Paradise allows the public to purchase monarchs to be released, as a way to help replenish the island of Oahu with this beautiful creature. Honestly, I thought I would be the only one to really enjoy it. WOW, was I wrong! My son and husband were just as intrigued. To my surprise, it created a platform for education, passion, responsibility, and love in my home. It was humbling to watch my manly husband be so soft and careful while helping my son release this creature. As we watched her emerge from her chrysalis state into a stunning butterfly, I made sure to explain the differences between the male and female monarchs to my little one. (info on the Paradise Monarch’s page, the link is below for you to explore).
The whole process was so enjoyable from its symbolic nature, and educational value, to the careful preparations the creators of paradise, have made to make it super simple. They provide you with a detailed instruction booklet that includes photos and a spot to preserve the date. The whole process only takes a few days and you don’t have to feed or really do much. Basically, you are observing until the Monarch emerges and takes flight.
Even if you are not planning to purchase, please take a look a the link below. It has a Monarch emerging from its chrysalis video on the home page, super cool.
I had the opportunity to take these photos as my love helped my little love lift her to a limb on our birds of paradise in the back yard. She stayed there for some time allowing me to take the shots. Our family would highly recommend this experience for anyone or as a gift to anyone.
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