Choose your favorite wing, and we'll send you a sweet real butterfly wing on braided sinew. Hang it in a window, from your rearview mirror, tie back the drapes, tie up the linen napkins, tie it on your dreamcatcher… We've heard a lot of uses for these versatile natural beauties. Look for prisms in the wing under full-spectrum lighting.
Feel free to request specific lengths. The average length is approximately 18". All have a loop at the end for hanging or pulling the wing through around an object.
Information about our work and the butterfly you've chosen is included with every order.
PLEASE NOTE: You will not receive the exact butterfly shown. Our work is very consistent, but there will be variances in size and color due to the unique nature of every butterfly. We welcome special requests, and requests for custom work.
1. Blood Red Glider (Cymothoe sangris) hind wing. Republic of Central Africa.
2. Herminia Glider (Cymothoe herminia) hind wing. Republic of Central Africa.
3. Leaf-wing Butterfly (Charaxes eupale) hind wing. Republic of Central Africa.
*See below for more information on these butterfly species!
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Specimens are ethically sourced, helping to fund efforts in butterfly repopulation and land conservation. See our FAQ page to learn more about our process, where we get our wings, why we care about pollinator conservation, and how you can help.
.:::WHY HELP POLLINATORS?
Invertebrates on our planet have declined by 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/strength (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.
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 wings are a talisman of courage for all of life’s changes, and grace for all of life’s choices.
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Blood Red Glider, hind wing. Cymothoe sangaris – Republic of Central Africa. Deep red with brown tones on the body side of the wing, and dark veins. This species is distributed in the Afrotropical zone throughout forests. The adults spend most of their time on the canopy, but also seek out sunlit spots on the forest floor to feed on decaying vegetation. Some believe this species should be split into separate species based on morphological characteristics (mainly in females) and DNA research, with the new species specialized to one food plant. This new species are slightly more orange, and the larva feed exclusively on Rinorea plant species.
Herminia Glider, hind wing. Cymothoe herminia – Republic of Central Africa. Amber tones with brown. An exceptionally prismatic wing. Expect variations in patterning, and shading, as these are very individualistic butterflies. It is found through vast regions of Africa in lowland and submontane forests. The adults are particularly fond of feeding on fermented fruit.
Leaf-wing Butterfly, hind wing. Charaxes eupale – Republic of Central Africa. Green with tiny black spots near the scalloped wing edge. Known for their rapid and powerful flight, and stout bodies. The green coloration of their wings, antennae, and proboscis are from pigments, unlike most other green butterflies whose colors are produced structurally by light refracting from microscopic ridges on the surface of the scales, or from a lattice within them. They are found most often singularly in lowlands of Afrotropical rainforest regions ranging from Sengal to Tanzania. Although they may be seen in groups of up to 30 feasting on monkey dung, as their main food sources are minerals from mud, carrion and feces. Both sexes spend most of their life in the forest canopy, but males are regularly encountered at ground level. The butterflies have a serrated leading edge to the fore wing, which are used to jostle and “elbow” other butterflies while feeding at carrion or dung. The serration also acts to strengthen the wing, which in combination with their powerful thoracic muscle allow this butterfly to fly with great speed and agility.
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All specimens used have completed their life cycle and died of natural causes. 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! Donated and found specimens are also used in creating Isms art.
All wing preservation is done by Holly Ulm. One of approximately 20 starting processes is used, depending on the reactions of the scales covering the wing. Regardless of process, each wing undergoes 12-25 steps from start to finish, and are treated as the individuals they are throughout. All wings undergo scale setting; color preservation (unaltered); initial hardening; at least 4 coats of jeweler's grade bio-epoxy; sanding/sculpting; and finishing. This takes approximately 2 weeks, and renders the wing waterproof, prismatic (in full sun or under a full-spectrum light bulb), non-toxic, and lightweight. The wings are hardened, yet the edges are hand tapered to a perfect finish with similar durability and care as eyeglass lenses, opal, or amb
Yes! Donated found insects are graciously accepted, and honored into art. 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
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Although most items for sale are made in the most commonly requested lengths of 16-18", we welcome all body sizes the opportunity to wear our wings in a size that makes you feel gorgeous. Shorter and longer chain lengths may see price variances due to the amount of material used.
All body chemistry is different. Isms strives to procure only the finest grade of metals, and all is lead-free. Surgical steel, sterling silver, sterling plated brass, brass, bronze, copper, and 14/20 yellow and rose gold are kept in stock. Solid golds, titanium, niobium, and other metals can be used on request, though it will take a tad longer. We can also custom-make jewelry that is metal-free for those with more severe allergies. Leather, silk, cotton, wool, hemp, sinew, and stone make nice alternatives.
-Learn about chemicals that are harmful to insects and pollinators.
-Plant indigenous host plants, and re-wild wherever possible.
-Many people enjoy fostering butterflies, moths, and other insects for release. If you choose to foster for release, please do your research!
-Get involved locally by helping to manage greenways.
-Get involved with Wild Ones, Monarch Watch, Xerxes Society, NAMBA, or other wildlife supporting groups.
-Participate in a butterfly count or another similar volunteer effort.
Thank you for your support of our efforts! Enough small ripples can make big waves of change! 10% of all profits are additionally donated to butterfly conservation