Ryan Malone

2024 President and Board Member

Phone: (316) 226-9473

E-mail: Contact Me

Business: The Hatchery Butterfly Farm

Website: TheHatcheryButterflyFarm.com

About Me

Ryan Malone, a veteran butterfly breeder, is the owner and manager of The Hatchery Butterfly Farm located in Wichita, KS. His is focus is on breeding and rearing butterflies native to Kansas and surrounding regions. Primarily, Ryan works behind-the-scenes as a wholesale supplier of entomological livestock for a multitude of educational exhibits including Next to Nature Farm in Leavenworth County, Kansas and the Cox Butterfly House at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. When not breeding butterflies for exhibits, Ryan produces and sells butterfly life cycle kits, native larval host plants, cut flower bouquets, framed butterfly specimens, and butterfly releases for weddings and funerals. On weekends from late spring to early fall, Ryan and his butterflies can be seen at various markets and special events including the Old Town Farm & Art Market, Orie’s Garlic Festival, and Wichita’s Flower Fest.

Ryan’s love for butterflies stems from his love for plants. Prior to his current profession, Ryan worked as the Head Caretaker for Aly’s Blooms Flower Farm and as a full-time gardener for Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. As the Head Caretaker at Aly’s Blooms, Ryan experimented with ways in which very hungry caterpillars — commonly seen as agricultural pests — could co-exist with the commercial flower farming industry. At the Wichita botanical gardens, which attracts an estimated 220,000 guests annually, he worked to maintain the Cox Butterfly House and the Milburn Aquatic Collection, the largest collection of hardy & tropical water lilies in the state of Kansas.

Over the years Ryan has had the joy and privilege to help others heal by reconnecting them to a sense of play, exploration, and celebration. He been known to give enthusiastic caterpillar tours through the local botanical garden to middle and high school classrooms.  When not specifically breeding butterflies, Ryan is teaching about pollinators, establishing native habitats, and promoting ecologically friendly gardening practices. He hopes that by providing accessible and educational experiences for people of all ages that he may garner support for our struggling pollinators.

Should you have any questions/inquiries, you can contact Ryan via email or follow him on social media at https://linktr.ee/thehatcherybutterflyfarm.