About Us

The Balaam Family

Chase 'N Butterflies is located in Mission Viejo, California. Since 2007, I have been raising as many species of butterflies as I possibly can find. My garden is filled with caterpillar host plants and butterfly host and nectar plants. While successfully attracting many species of butterflies to my yard, I have concentrated my efforts on raising healthy Painted Ladies, Gulf Fritillaries, and Western Monarchs, and am hoping to one day offer more species to my customers.

The inspiration for my business started with my niece Sarah when she announced that she would be getting married in June of 2010, and I promised her I would carry out a butterfly release at her wedding.  Well, Sarah and Jason did get married on June 6, 2010, at Firestone Winery just outside of Solvang, CA. I was able to give them the butterfly release I had promised, and it was a beautiful release!

I am a member of AFB (Association For Butterflies) and the Orange County chapter of NABA (North American Butterfly Association), and participate in as many butterfly breeder meetings, symposiums, events, and hikes as time will allow. I would like to thank the following people who have supported me and Chase 'N Butterflies both personally and professionally ...my family; Vickie Cole (Obsession With Butterflies) for helping me with my website and the use of her beautiful photographs; Edith Smith (Shady Oaks Butterfly Farm) for her dedication to the field of butterflies, her knowledge of everything "butterfly", and the use of her beautiful photographs; Ken and Helen Wood for their plants and photographs; Sarah and Jason Colgrove for their inspiration; and my dearest angel Chase.