Alisha Xue

Butterfly release

Fundraiser for Langley Lodge and Langley Hospice releases 300 butterflies

More than 300 Monarch butterflies fluttered into the air at Krause Berry Farms Saturday afternoon.

It was a fundraiser for Langley Hospice and Langley Lodge.

Participants paid $20 each for a butterfly, bred locally by Langley resident Kim Sutton.

Sutton was worried the heat wave could hurt the butterflies, if they were left to wait in their small carrying cases while they were being held for simultaneous release.

“You think it’s perfect weather, but in some ways, it’s worrying when it’s too hot.”

To ensure a safe release, people were allowed to set their butterflies free immediately upon receipt, sending the bright yellow wings free in a flower garden at the entrance to the farm.

Sutton began breeding Monarch butterflies in her basement as a hobby eight years ago.

It’s blossomed into a business that provides the pretty fliers to “weddings, funerals and everything in between” Sutton said.