Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm

Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm Monarch Butterfly Recovery and Habitat Conservation Member of the International Butterfly Breeders Association We are not open for public access at this time--see below for details.

Located in Clarence, NY, we are devoted to restoring the depleting Monarch Butterfly population and its native habitat to the WNY region, and to the Eastern United States at-large. As WNY's leading authority on this iconic Lepidoptera for over 20 years, we also educate the community on gardening with native plants to attract all native and beneficial pollinators. Come and see us at the CLARENCE HO

Located in Clarence, NY, we are devoted to restoring the depleting Monarch Butterfly population and its native habitat to the WNY region, and to the Eastern United States at-large. As WNY's leading authority on this iconic Lepidoptera for over 20 years, we also educate the community on gardening with native plants to attract all native and beneficial pollinators. Come and see us at the CLARENCE HO

Operating as usual

Join us this Saturday at Lavocats Nursery and Greenhouse, County rd  Clarence NY for another great pop-up vendor event. ...
12/03/2021

Join us this Saturday at Lavocats Nursery and Greenhouse, County rd Clarence NY for another great pop-up vendor event. We will be there from 11AM to 4pm. Come on in and And pick up some great stocking stuffers for the environmentally friendly gardener on your list and support Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm and our Monarch Butterfly/Pollinator Habitat Restoration efforts.

11/29/2021
Watched this little guy crawling around today, Isabella tiger moth, commonly referred to as the wooly bear.
11/18/2021

Watched this little guy crawling around today, Isabella tiger moth, commonly referred to as the wooly bear.

Photos from NYS  Department of Environmental Conservation's post
11/05/2021

Photos from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's post

New video coming out Nov 1st,  tomorrow, from the Department of Environmental Conservation on invasive species .
10/31/2021
Uninvited Full Trailer

New video coming out Nov 1st, tomorrow, from the Department of Environmental Conservation on invasive species .

Trailer for : New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announces the Monday, Nov. 1 release of the DEC-sponsor...

While we were all in lockdown last year, two new winter colonies were discovered
10/29/2021
While we were all in lockdown last year, two new winter colonies were discovered

While we were all in lockdown last year, two new winter colonies were discovered

Hello readers, I have some very exciting news to share, as you can see from this blog title. And really, it is not even "new" news. Last year, a scientific paper was published on monarchs which did not make any headlines, or create any buzz in the monarch circles, and, I had not even seen it myself....

October 11th....still a few freshly emerged Monarchs passing through our farmOne male one female., probably the last w...
10/11/2021

October 11th....still a few freshly emerged Monarchs passing through our farm
One male one female., probably the last week for sightings

Join us Sunday 10/10 at Masterson's nursery in East Aurora NY, we will be tagging and releasing the last of the  Native ...
10/10/2021

Join us Sunday 10/10 at Masterson's nursery in East Aurora NY, we will be tagging and releasing the last of the Native Eastern Monarch Butterflies for this season...presentation about Native plants and pollinators @1:00 PM

10/08/2021

Join us Saturday 10/9 at Lavocats Family Greenhouse....we will be doing a Monarch Butterfly tagging demonstration with the last of our wild late bloomers around 1 PM, come on down and learn about gardening with native plants and protecting our disappearing pollinators ....we'll be there from 11AM to 4pm.#eastrnmonarchbutterflyfarm

Still plenty of time to do autumn planting...We will be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday October 2 from 8A...
10/01/2021

Still plenty of time to do autumn planting...
We will be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday October 2 from 8AM to 1pm .
Stop by and pick up some great native plants and info. on our Monarch Butterfly and pollinator recovery efforts.

All our seeds/plants are straight native wild collected here in WNY unless otherwise noted.Today was another collection ...
09/19/2021

All our seeds/plants are straight native wild collected here in WNY unless otherwise noted.
Today was another collection day , turtle heads weren't quite ready so moved on to the giant NY Ironweed, asters and grasses.
We still have Monarch larvae and chrysalis amongst our hundreds of Milkweed plants.
While collecting, I have found 7 Monarch chrysalis and 3 larvae in J formation all on nearby native plants other then Milkweed.
The larvae pictured here is on Ironweed, thus showing the importance of not being overzealous in fall clean up.

We will be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm and also at Clarence Center Fall Festival from...
09/17/2021

We will be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm and also at Clarence Center Fall Festival from 4pm to 9pm.

Another productive day at the Buffalo outerharbor as professor Henshue with his students tagged many of the hundreds of ...
09/14/2021

Another productive day at the Buffalo outerharbor as professor Henshue with his students tagged many of the hundreds of Monarchs migrating through...Jay Burney from the PCA gave a talk about the importance of this site and Eastern Monarch BF supplied some extra tags, donated from Lauren W. Thanks to all for your continued commitment to the environment, ecology and sustainably

The Eastern Monarch butterfly migration has begun and you will see this iconic Lepidoptera stopping along its way to bul...
09/12/2021

The Eastern Monarch butterfly migration has begun and you will see this iconic Lepidoptera stopping along its way to bulk up on nectar in pollinator gardens and open fields throughout WNY.
Many of you have butterfly bushes in hopes of attracting this beautiful butterfly to your garden, but here's the caveat.
Buddleja genus originated in central China and migrated across Asia and to the Americas, evolving into over 140 species as it spread. B. davidii, the most commonly cultivated species in our region, is a native of China.
Yes it's good at attracting butterflies, so many in fact it can become a favorite hiding place for many praying mantis which will lie in wait for the unsuspecting monarch butterfly.
These butterfly wings were brought to us by a concerned citizen here in WNY.
After witnessing this disturbing event from just one bush, it was cut down.
So as not to judge or tell folks what they should or should not plant, may I suggest cutting the flower heads off before migration begins or frequently checking for mantis populations on this plant.
A better alternative would be native mistflower which I have ours pictured here, and will have available in the spring.
For further advice on native plants or planting for Lepidopteras contact us at easternmonarchbutterflyfarm.com.
Or email [email protected]

Thank you professor Henshue for inviting EMBF to address your Environment and Sustainably class at the University at Buf...
09/11/2021

Thank you professor Henshue for inviting EMBF to address your Environment and Sustainably class at the University at Buffalo.
Like always, it's inspirational to be amongst such a great group of students and staff dedicated to improving our environment for future generations.

Thank you professor Henshue for inviting EMBF to address your Environment and Sustainably class at the University at Buffalo.
Like always, it's inspirational to be amongst such a great group of students and staff dedicated to improving our environment for future generations.

We will be at the  Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm .It's a great time to plant our native milkwe...
09/10/2021

We will be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm .
It's a great time to plant our native milkweed, and asters. We will have straight native smooth blue and sky-blue asters as well as milkweed.

Release of the Butterflies in Clarence Hollow | FINWR Inc
09/09/2021
Release of the Butterflies in Clarence Hollow | FINWR Inc

Release of the Butterflies in Clarence Hollow | FINWR Inc

The Butterfly Release event at Clarence Hollow Farmers Market draws all ages of nature lovers and focuses on the importance of pollinators in our ecosystem. As many of you know, pollinators are disappearing at an alarming rate for a variety of reasons: loss of habitat, climate change, and use of pes...

We'll be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm....great time to plant native milkweed we also w...
09/03/2021

We'll be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm....great time to plant native milkweed we also will have native smooth blue aster native to WNY.

09/01/2021
Juvenile stink bug

Another Monarch caterpillar lost to this juvenile stink bug...I caption this...The last supper...互

The brown marmorated stink bug is an insect in the family Pentatomidae, native to China, Japan, Korea and other Asian regions.

Thanks to all those who came down to the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday to support our Environmental Conservati...
08/30/2021

Thanks to all those who came down to the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday to support our Environmental Conservation Day /Butterfly Release. Nancy Smith with the WNY Land Conservancy, WNY PRISM , Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and Jesse Napierala with Earth Eden LLC.
And a special thanks to the Kreher family as we remembered the late Lois and Henry Kreher who were not only friends and neighbors for over 60 years, but are great supporters of our Clarence Hollow Farmers Market and dedicated to preserving farmlands and the environment, as well as , their community involvement with our aging local residents.

Thanks to all those who came down to the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday to support our Environmental Conservation Day /Butterfly Release. Nancy Smith with the WNY Land Conservancy, WNY PRISM , Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and Jesse Napierala with Earth Eden LLC.
And a special thanks to the Kreher family as we remembered the late Lois and Henry Kreher who were not only friends and neighbors for over 60 years, but are great supporters of our Clarence Hollow Farmers Market and dedicated to preserving farmlands and the environment, as well as , their community involvement with our aging local residents.

08/28/2021
Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Release. Today 11AM.
Come on down, Clarence Hollow farmers market

08/27/2021

MONARCH BUTTERFLY RELEASE CELEBRATION & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION DAY: SATURDAY, AUG. 28, 2021
Sponsored by Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm and the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market

Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm is again co-sponsoring Environmental Conservation Day at the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 28. On this day at 11 a.m., more than 150 Monarch butterflies will be released!

Through events like this, Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm, along with other environmental organizations, will be present at the Clarence Hollow Farmers' Market to answer questions and provide information on the best practices to improve our natural habitat and coexist with the natural world. It is of utmost importance that we as stewards of our environment understand the importance of protecting planet Earth!

Join us this Saturday at 11 a.m. to experience the grandeur of flight, as we set these iconic Lepidoptera free, back into wild, to visit gardens across our community, with the hope that everyone will leave with a better understanding of the importance of protecting our environment, planet Earth.

For more than 20 years, Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm has worked to improve the biodiversity, natural native habitat, and the ecosystem in Western New York. The Farm works with many organizations and residents in our community to bring awareness to the failing health of our environment.

In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only were taught. - Baba Dioum

Autumn is in the air...great time for fall planting. Visit us Saturday at the Clarence Hollow farmers market 8AM to 1pm ...
08/20/2021

Autumn is in the air...great time for fall planting. Visit us Saturday at the Clarence Hollow farmers market 8AM to 1pm ....we"ll have milkweed , native sky-blue asters, smooth blue aster and a few other WNY native plants.

Autumn is in the air...great time for fall planting. Visit us Saturday at the Clarence Hollow farmers market 8AM to 1pm ....we"ll have milkweed , native sky-blue asters, smooth blue aster and a few other WNY native plants.

We will have bare roots available Saturday of swamp milkweed and common milkweed at the Clarence Hollow farmers market. ...
08/13/2021

We will have bare roots available Saturday of swamp milkweed and common milkweed at the Clarence Hollow farmers market. Now is a great time to plant these large mature plants for next year.

We are beginning our project to install habitat for the Karner Blue Butterfly at Tillman Wildlife Management Area.      ...
08/11/2021

We are beginning our project to install habitat for the Karner Blue Butterfly at Tillman Wildlife Management Area.
Thanks to some great volunteers, Jesse Napierala from Earth Eden LLC , Nathan CZopp troop 27 BSA , Bruce Kloc, Clarence Hollow farmers and George Nicholas, so far we have installed over 70.... 1 gallon native Lupine and Spotted bee balm throughout the the wildlife area.
And a special thanks to Terry Belke, WGRZ 2 The Outdoors and Annie Wilcox-Swanson, NY DEC for taking an intrest in this project.

gofundme.com/f/embf-butterfly-habitat-restoration-project

We are beginning our project to install habitat for the Karner Blue Butterfly at Tillman Wildlife Management Area.
Thanks to some great volunteers, Jesse Napierala from Earth Eden LLC , Nathan CZopp troop 27 BSA , Bruce Kloc, Clarence Hollow farmers and George Nicholas, so far we have installed over 70.... 1 gallon native Lupine and Spotted bee balm throughout the the wildlife area.
And a special thanks to Terry Belke, WGRZ 2 The Outdoors and Annie Wilcox-Swanson, NY DEC for taking an intrest in this project.

gofundme.com/f/embf-butterfly-habitat-restoration-project

We will be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm. This is a great time to start planting milkwe...
08/06/2021
EMBF butterfly habitat restoration for Karner Blue, organized by David ODonnell

We will be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm. This is a great time to start planting milkweed for next Monarch season.
Thank You for your donation to our project at Tillman, we will be continuing planting again next week

Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm is a self-funding organi David ODonnell needs your support for EMBF butterfly habitat restoration for Karner Blue

I would add the abundance of predators both non native as well as native.    Any one growing milkweed has  no doubtedly ...
08/05/2021
Why is the eastern monarch butterfly disappearing?

I would add the abundance of predators both non native as well as native.
Any one growing milkweed has no doubtedly experienced the tremendous loss in every stage of this Lepidopteras lifecycle and this is why we promote rescuing eggs and larvae from the wild.
Responsibly rearing wild Monarchs and releasing healthy butterflies back to nature, we believe, encourages environmental conservation and gives people a sense of empowerment and accomplishment knowing they can take an active role in improving their own environment.

A Spartan-led research team has uncovered an answer at least for the most recent population decline with a huge assist from volunteers

We will be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm
07/31/2021

We will be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm

We will be at the Clarence Hollow farmers market Saturday from 8AM to 1pm

Come on down to family butterfly day at 3pm today at the Clarence Library...And Thank You! From Eastern Monarch Butterfl...
07/28/2021
EMBF butterfly habitat restoration for Karner Blue, organized by David ODonnell

Come on down to family butterfly day at 3pm today at the Clarence Library...
And Thank You! From Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm for the contribution towards our project at Tillman Wildlife management area in Clarence

Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm is a self-funding organi David ODonnell needs your support for EMBF butterfly habitat restoration for Karner Blue

07/25/2021
Monarchs a many...

Those of you who planted native milkweed from us and other native plants over the last 20 years are reaping the benefits
Many people are seeing an abundance of Monarchs this year...THANK YOU!!

07/23/2021

Small butterflies matter also, like the pearl cresents, gray hair streaks and Karner Blues that are just as important as our more flamboyant Lepidoptera.

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Clarence, NY
14031

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(716) 759-8500

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We are a self-funded conservation organization.In order to raise funds for our efforts to continue, we offer a variety of products and services. We sell a varietie of Milkweed and other native plants indigenous to the WNY region, straight native plants and seeds, open pollinated from the WNY area.
We also assist those who wish to raise a few Monarch Butterflies with screening, cages, and larvae when available.
We do local educational butterfly releases and presentations for different organizations throughout the region.

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Thank you for joining us for another Family Fun Friday! If you missed the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm tonight, check out their page and learn more about their mission to increase the Monarch population!
Our November special guest lineup is set! https://fb.me/e/16B7Ga5vx November 5th - Wolcottsville wildlife November 12th - Magician Todd Nelson November 19th - Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm November 26th - BLACK FRIDAY - NO FAMILY FUN FRIDAY Plus, enjoy other fun family activities that include: 橘 Unlimited Arcade Game Tokens! 橘 Video Games! 橘 Scavenger Hunt to Earn $5 Family Fun Bucks! 橘 Double Free Gifts! We hope to see you here!
Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend in honor of our insect friends! The event was part of a nationwide effort by the The High Line Network to call attention to the decline of insects worldwide--and to highlight the critical impact these incredible creatures have on our planet. 玨 Another thanks to all of the partners: Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm, Just Buffalo Literary Center, WNY PRISM, Buffalo Museum of Science, Artists Christopher Kameck, MJ Myers, and Jan Dylewski, and Melissa Betrus, author of Life Among the Milkweed. https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/buffalo/community/2021/09/26/insectageddon-buffalo-raising-awareness-of-decline-in-insect-populations#
Im wondering if you can identify this? I was following your article about the praying mantis. This was near my garden.
MONARCH BUTTERFLY RELEASE CELEBRATION & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION DAY: SATURDAY, AUG. 28, 2021 Sponsored by Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm and the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm is again co-sponsoring Environmental Conservation Day at the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 28. On this day at 11 a.m., more than 150 Monarch butterflies will be released! Through events like this, Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm, along with other environmental organizations, will be present at the Clarence Hollow Farmers' Market to answer questions and provide information on the best practices to improve our natural habitat and coexist with the natural world. It is of utmost importance that we as stewards of our environment understand the importance of protecting planet Earth! Join us this Saturday at 11 a.m. to experience the grandeur of flight, as we set these iconic Lepidoptera free, back into wild, to visit gardens across our community, with the hope that everyone will leave with a better understanding of the importance of protecting our environment, planet Earth. For more than 20 years, Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm has worked to improve the biodiversity, natural native habitat, and the ecosystem in Western New York. The Farm works with many organizations and residents in our community to bring awareness to the failing health of our environment. In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only were taught. - Baba Dioum
I recently got this as a gift from your business. I heard it gets purple flowers and no seed pods. I was wondering if it stays as one plant or makes lots of little ones? I will attach a few photos of wild grown ones that are on my property. They never get flowers , but do get seed pods. Also reproduce like crazy!! By the way should I throw away the seed pods?? I will try to add the other photos. The first pic is one of my wild milkweed plants with seed pods.
Thank you Mr. Dave for sharing your love and knowledge of butterflies with us! Through your guidance we now successfully have 9 monarch chrysalides and chance gave us 5 more baby monarch caterpillars from the milkweed we brought in to feed the initial bunch, so the cycle continues! Thank you for helping us give back while learning and having fun! We appreciate you!
1st one to come visit this year.
1st of the Year. 弘弘弘弘弘
Nature Videos -Beautiful Butterfly's- Meadow Fairies. Most of butterflies were captured in different locations of my Native village.
Nature Videos -Beautiful Butterfly's- Meadow Fairies. Most of butterflies were captured in different locations of my Native village. I will appreciate if someone could provide name. To see video click link below and press subscribe when prompted. https://hoter.co/LP?$=45648