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Athenianaire's Shop Announcement

Greeting 2014!
Please make sure you look at item creation lead times and contact me if you need the order by a specific date so I can ensure it is met.
Thank you!

3 dozen Luna Moths and Cercropia Moths we raised from eggs in the spring are overwintering for Spring 2013 release. We Hope to fund at least 2 more Monarch Waystation Gardens in 2013 and to Tag at least 75 Monarchs for the 2013 Fall Migration!
Come take the journey with us on our FB and Twitter Pages!

July 17th 2012 Athenianaire has become an official registered Monarch Waystation (#5832) we will begin to tag & release Monarchs in Autumn 2012. Many items in the Athenianaire shop have 100% of the sale going to this Monarch Waystation and to helping other areas in the community develop Monarch Waystations.

In the Fall of 2011 Athenianaire began the task of rearing local North American Moths for release. Currently 4 moth species have been raised and released into the New England area, including Luna and Cercropia Moths and in the spring of 2012 our first caterpillars were born. NONE of the Moths or butterflies Raised by athenianaire are used in her work, ALL are released into the wild. Local Children are also helping raise and release the Moths and butterflies to help young minds develop an appreciation for insects and nature through involvement. Milk weed and Lupine plants are also being grown and planted by Athenianaire to help several plant specific species such as the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly and Monarch Butterfly. Learn more about this project on Athenianaire's FB Page: www.facebook.com/athenianaire

About Athenianaire (Philosophy/Experience/About the Butterflies
Philosophy:
My Philosophy is simple; everyone should have access to inspiration. Butterflies are a source of inspiration, a symbol of hope, change, or a memory for so many people. Be it a simple single framed specimen to inspire you or comfort you (or a loved one) on a wall or a jewelry piece that allows the wearer to carry that inspiration or strength with them, everyone should have access to inspiration. Many times sales come with a personal message about the reason why the piece is being purchased, a memory, a remembrance, a moment… Those messages sent to me are motivation and inspiration to me and for that I have to thank YOU.
Experience and about me:
I relax mount and spread ALL the specimens myself.
I studied Entomology and Botany at Michigan State University (after obtaining a degree in horticulture from State University of New York), where I created insect displays for education and museum displays. I worked at the Bug House, a university outreach center to teach children and young minds about insects. I lived and worked in Costa Rica for 2 years studying the insects, biodiversity, and ecology.
I have been working with insects for over 12 years and care deeply about nature and the insect world, which is why I donate to conservation. I have a toddler who is my heart, world, and inspiration. I work full time with Greenhouse soil media as a consultant.
I use my artist eye to create displays, jewelry and one of a kind Winged Art (from abstracts to dresses made from wings), Custom Orders are always welcome, and often they act as fuel for my creative engine. Can I work with other insects? YES! Butterflies just seem to speak to people the most but I have the ability to work with many other species, contact me if you have a vision!
About the Butterflies:
The Butterflies used to create these pieces are bred on farms all over the world; I legally purchase them creating revenue for the farms and protecting the ecology by only using clean specimens. The specimens are exported in a preserved manner to generate some of the financial resources required to maintain and protect conserved land. I receive them un-spread and un-mounted, I do that work myself. Relaxing, spreading, and mounting the insects takes days.
Not all of the butterflies bred on these farms are sold as specimens many are released into the wild to mate and maintain healthy species populations



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