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Asana Natural Arts is a mother/daughter team who produces fine art using naturally preserved items including a large variety of butterflies and flowers. From jewelry to stickers or our elegant shadowboxes and framed items, each art piece is unique to its own and individually handcrafted. We hope our art pieces touch your life as much as they have ours.

Our butterflies come from butterfly farms from all over the world which are an excellent source of income for the natives and prevents them from destroying the rainforest. Eggs laid on leaves in the wild rainforests are collected and hatched in the farms. Only a very small percentage (about 5%) of butterfly eggs survive to adulthood in the wild, whereas in butterfly farms the insects survival rate jumps to an 80% average. Based on this survival rate, butterfly farms can produce 2450 specimens from an average female Birdwing…

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  • Born on August 2
  • Joined April 21, 2011

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Butterflies, flowers, barnwood, butterfly wing, lamination, shadwobox, acrylic box, nature, glass, earrings, necklace, lamp, jewelry

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About

Asana Natural Arts is a mother/daughter team who produces fine art using naturally preserved items including a large variety of butterflies and flowers. From jewelry to stickers or our elegant shadowboxes and framed items, each art piece is unique to its own and individually handcrafted. We hope our art pieces touch your life as much as they have ours.

Our butterflies come from butterfly farms from all over the world which are an excellent source of income for the natives and prevents them from destroying the rainforest. Eggs laid on leaves in the wild rainforests are collected and hatched in the farms. Only a very small percentage (about 5%) of butterfly eggs survive to adulthood in the wild, whereas in butterfly farms the insects survival rate jumps to an 80% average. Based on this survival rate, butterfly farms can produce 2450 specimens from an average female Birdwing butterfly in just three generations! These figures give you an idea of just how reproductive the insect world is.

Butterfly caterpillars will only eat certain plants from their habitat, so these plants are also collected. Most female butterflies tend to be less colorful and are released into the wild to lay more eggs in a rainforest that would have been destroyed years ago if not for the protection of the farms. So collecting butterflies actually saves butterflies & the rainforest! For example, butterfly exporting is a valuable commodity to Madagascar which hosts many magnificent species including the huge Comet moth and popular Sunset Moth. Without that income, butterfly habitats could possibly be forever destroyed to make room for cattle raising, buildings etc. Consequently, hundreds of butterfly species will become extinct overnight. So the more Madagascar native butterflies purchased, the more valuable their habitat becomes. None of our butterflies are endangered or illegal to own. Butterflies can be “rare” to collectors but not endangered. Some tropical butterflies only come from one small area and can only be obtained from a single butterfly farm, while others are available from numerous farms.

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