2013 Butterfly Professional Conference

Join us for the

Butterfly Professional Conference
“A Celebration of 15 Years”

Our annual conference will be held in

San Antonio, TX, November 7-10, 2013

The Butterfly Professional Conference can be a very valuable part of your business.  It is a great time learn from others in the business, attend presentations on subjects relevant to your business, learn a new way of doing things, find a new business contact or recharge your business relationships by meeting the people you already do business with.  If you are not a farmer, come share with us what you do relative to butterflies and expand your business contacts.  Get tips on saving time and money, learn how to better promote your business, learn other ways to earn money during your off-season.

Conference Registration
This year’s conference is held at the Drury Inn & Suites Near La Cantera Parkway.

Conference Registration is now open.

Registration prices are listed in the Conference Registration section.

Click here for the Conference Registration Form

Hotel Bookings
 Our hotel is the Drury Inn & Suites Near La Cantera Parkway. Rooms are available for our party at a special group rate.

The deadline to receive our Group Rate has been extended to Friday, October 25, 2013. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.

To make your reservation, please follow the contact instructions below. Tell them that you are with the “Butterfly Professionals Conference” to receive our reduced group rate. 

Our Sponsors

Premier Sponsor:

Premier Sponsor: Butterfly Wing Bling



Platinum Sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor: Butterfly Farming Supplies

Platinum Sponsor: ButterfliZ of Iowa

Platinum Sponsor: Brenda's Butterfly Habitat

Gold Sponsor: Michigan Native Butterfly Farm



Gold Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor: Folk's Butterfly Farm

 Gold Sponsor: Rainbow's End Butterfly Farm

Gold Sponsor: Raising Butterflies

Gold Sponsor: Flutterfly Gardens of Manatee
(Flutterby Gardens is sponsoring the Saturday Night Margaritas)

Sky River Butterflies
(SkyRiver Butterflies is sponsoring the Thursday Night Wine Reception)


Bronze Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsor: Beech Creek Butterfly House

Bronze Sponsor: Rose Franklin's Perennials

Bronze Sponsor: Hole in Hand Butterfly Farm


We offer a grateful “Thank You!” to our conference sponsors.
Please see the Sponsorship section to see how you too can become a
Butterfly Professionals Conference Sponsor!


Some of the topics include:

  • Raising Painted Ladies by Gloria Brons
  • Raising Monarchs by Connie Hodsdon
    *These topics are for all experience levels and include disease prevention and Oe of Monarchs
  • Parasitoids by Edith Smith
  • Hybridponics by Rick Mikula and Cornelius DuPlessis
  • Exhibits for Fairs by David Folk
  • Media/Marketing by Monika Maeckle
  • Art by Lori Harris
  • Butterfly Gardening by Brenda Dziedzic
  • Update from the USDA by Wayne Wehling
  • The Secret World of a Monarch’s Metamorphosis by Sue Schuldt
  • Pests: Stop the Invasion

Note: please also see draft Conference Timetable below. ]

There are a few more special presentations that will be announced. You can also improve your hunting skills by finding different life stages and host plants in nature with the Butterfly Hunt/Field Trip. Lots of fun will be included with a chance to go to the River Walk, a silent auction, and also a big 15th birthday celebration.

Please join us! There are other ways you can get involved. We need sponsors, auction items, goody bag items, and you can sign up for a vendor table.


Conference Timetable/Agenda

The following is the timetable for the “Butterfly Professionals Conference.”

THURSDAY November 7
    2:00 p.m.     Butterfly Hunt/Field Trip – (meet in hotel lobby)
    4:30-6:30 p.m.     Raising Painted Ladies
    6:30 p.m.         Dinner
    7:30 p.m.     Reception and Meet the Authors
FRIDAY November 8
Time: Presentation:
    8:00-9:00 a.m.     Gardening
    9:00-10:00 a.m.     Art
    10:00-10:15 a.m.         Break
    10:15-11:15 a.m.     Secret World of Monarch Metamorphosis
    11:15 a.m.         Lunch 12:00-12:30 AFB Board Meeting
    12:30 p.m.     IBBA Member Meeting
    1:30-4:30 p.m.     Raising Monarchs
    5:30 p.m.         Dinner
    6:15 p.m.     Riverwalk – (meet in hotel lobby)
SATURDAY November 9
Time: Presentation:
    8:00-9:00 a.m.     Parasitoids
    9:00-9:15 a.m.         Break
    9:15-9:45 a.m.     Pests
    10:15-11:15 a.m.     Media/Marketing
    11:15-11:30 a.m.         Break
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     State of the Industry
    12:30-1:45 p.m.     Lunch and USDA Update with Wayne Wehling
    1:45-2:45 p.m.     Hybridponics and Aeroponics (this is a two-part presentation)
    2:45-3:45 p.m.     Working with Exhibits
    3:45-4:00 p.m.         Break
    4:00-5:00 p.m.     Exhibits for Fairs
    6:30 p.m.     Reception
    7:00 p.m.     Dinner – Silent Auction ends
    7:30 p.m.     Keynote – Chip Taylor – Monarch Conservation
SUNDAY November 10
        Breakfast at hotel
        Early wrap-up and good byes



Hotel Information




Drury Inn & Suites Near La Cantera Pkwy

15806 IH-10 West   San Antonio, TX 78249

Telephone:  (210) 696-0800

 Rooms have been held for your group and to make reservations, use the link below or call the number above and remember to mention the BUTTERFLY PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE.


 As you might have heard, The Extra’s Aren’t Extra at Drury Hotels!  In addition to the great rate, here are some of the amenities our group will enjoy:

FREE HOT QUIKSTART ® Breakfast – At Drury, “hot” means Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage and more.

FREE 5:30 KICKBACK® – From 5:30-7:00 pm each evening, kick back, relax and enjoy a rotating menu of free hot food and cold beverages.

FREE Free Long Distance – One hour every room every night.

FREE Wireless Internet Access – High speed Internet in all rooms and the lobby.

FREE Soda and Popcorn – From 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm every night in the lobby.

                   Plus much more!!

Please make your reservations by Wednesday, October 16, 2013 to receive your group rate.  Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.  

Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to the group name – BUTTERFLY PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE.


Conference Registration

AFB Members – $75.00
Conference plus all meals from Thursday night dinner to Sunday breakfast!

Non-member registration – $95.00
Conference plus all meals from Thursday night dinner to Sunday breakfast!

Meals Only – $50.00
For guests of attendees that are not attending the conference presentations.
All meals from Thursday night dinner to Sunday breakfast!



We are inviting sponsors to help cover the cost of staging the 2013 Butterfly Professionals Conference.
(Please see our sponsor’s banners above.)

Sponsorship Levels:

Platinum: $200
Sponsorship benefits will Includes a full page in the program that is handed out to all attendees, all conference material, AND banner-size logo/company name on the websites, as conference sponsor.

Gold: $100.
Includes 1/2 page in conference program, listing as conference sponsor on websites.

Silver: $75.
Includes 1/4 page in conference program, listing as conference sponsor on websites.

Bronze: $50.
Includes business card size listing in conference program, listing as conference sponsor on the websites.

Friend: $25.
Includes listing in conference program, listing as conference sponsor on the websites.

If you would like to become a conference sponsor, please see the Sponsorship section on the Conference Registration Form. If you wish to sponsor the conference but are not registering to attend, please let us know in the registration form Comments box that you are providing sponsorship only.

Thank you for your generosity.

This conference is being held in conjunction with the International Butterfly Breeder’s Association.