A real, ethically sourced, butterfly wing in XXS size medical grade pyrex glass bottle with cork closure.
PLEASE NOTE: Isms works with over 700 species of butterflies, moths, and other insects. You will receive whatever specimen jar(s) are currently available, as this changes frequently. Feel free to make requests, and I'll do our best to accommodate you, or find a similar substitute. All wings used are beautiful.
Information about your specimen, care, and Isms work is included with every purchase.
Most specimens are purchased from conservation groups, educators, and pollinator organizations around the world, which funds efforts in butterfly repopulation and land conservation efforts. This not only helps the butterfly populations, it also allows us to use gorgeous exotic species!
The longer I do this work, the more I also receive donated specimens. I also honor these through art work seen here. If you're interested in donating specimens, or having your own specimens preserved into art, please send to: Isms P.O. Box 194 Nisswa, MN 56468
Without change, there would be no butterflies. Butterflies are powerful symbols for change, evolution, and transformation. There are many cultural, spiritual, and group associations with butterflies. I hear many stories of butterflies as messengers from other planes and the great beyond. I hope you'll find your wing is a talisman of courage for all of life’s changes, and grace for all of life’s choices.
.::: ABOUT ISMS
All of Isms art is handmade by Holly Ulm at our studio in Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, MN. Isms is dedicated to preserving nature through sustainable art; preserving butterfly populations; preserving butterfly habitats; and preserving real life relationships of integrity. There is great care taken in every choice within a choice. From ethical sourcing, to employing disabled veterans and recovering addicts, to optimizing material sourcing through other artisan companies, while keeping things as local as possible.
Invertebrates on our planet have declined approximately 40% in the last 40 years. Monarch butterflies have plummeted in numbers so drastically that they are currently being petitioned for protected status under the endangered species act. There are 9 endangered species of butterfly in North America currently. Butterflies are long distance pollinators. We need bees to pollinate in about a 5 mile radius, AND we need butterflies to carry genetic diversity (up to 55 miles in a day) with their pollination. I'd like to see us all do our small part to ensure insects have a place on our planet. I don't know about you, but I'd like to keep eating. The old fashioned way.
.:::HOW TO HELP
Learn about chemicals that are harmful to insects and pollinators. Many chemical fertilizers, and pest control chemicals (including mosquito and tick sprays) are not only harmful to helper insects, they can cause damage to humans, too. Learn about alternatives to chemical use. Plant indigenous host plants, and re-wild wherever possible. Butterflies and bees need many small patches of host plants. One large area won't help much. The more small efforts everyone makes, the greater impact those small efforts have, as bugs traverse our planet. Many people enjoy fostering butterflies for release. If you choose to foster caterpillars into winged creatures for release, please do your research. They are susceptible to diseases that proper habitat cleaning and separation can mitigate. When fostering, keep your habitat outside. It's tough love for sure. However, insects brought indoors become weak from lack of exposure to realistic elements in nature. This has been recently proven to weaken the entire gene pool within a species population, as many have begun bringing monarchs indoors to foster for release in hopes of increasing their numbers. While this does increase numbers temporarily, more butterflies will die down the line from weakened genetics. Fostering outdoors in a habitat that protects them from predators, while mimicking their natural environment is best for species survival.
Thank-you for your support of our efforts. Together we can do even more than we can alone!