2020 Beginner’s Seminar on Butterfly Farming

October 24, 2020

Learn more about becoming a professional butterfly breeder at one the of the oldest and largest butterfly farms, Shady Oak Butterfly Farm in Brooker, Florida. 

Association for Butterflies is offering our annual Beginners’ Seminar to new farmers or those thinking about getting into the butterfly farming industry, This intensive, one day workshop is packed with information to help you get started and succeed. It begins with an introductory online course prior to the seminar, followed by hands on demonstrations and tour at an actual butterfly farm. Space is limited, so don’t wait!

OPTIONAL: An optional field trip will be offered on Friday, October 23, 2020, at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera. This behind the scenes tour is available for an additional fee. To read more or register go here .

Here is what you get:

Live online course
October 5 – 9 2020

Included with registrations

Getting Started 
• What are your goals? How to determine your goals
• Intro to different butterfly species and host plants
• Which species will you begin with?
• Where/how to set up your rearing area
• What do you need to get started?

Then join us for hands on learning

Beginners Seminar at

Shady Oak Butterfly Farmer in Brooker, FL 

October 24, 2020

 


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Schedule for the Seminar

9:00 Intro: Overview
• Benefits of AFB Membership
• Association for Butterflies’ Butterfly College online courses
• Association for Butterflies Private Tutoring Program
• Overview of Disease (Advanced Disease Course: Free w/Pro Membership to AFB)
• Overview of Parasitoids
Standard Operating Procedures
• Consistent temp/humidity
• Cleaning cages
• Journaling
Procuring breeding stock and host plants or artificial diet.
• Selecting breeding stock
• Growing your own plant material / Food quality
• Having enough plant material / Planning ahead and substitutions
• Overview of plant pests and problems
Farm Tour
Getting Started with Rearing: Hands on Experience
• Mating / Hand pairing
• Getting butterflies to lay eggs
• Hands on gathering eggs
• Hands on washing eggs/egg care
• Hatching caterpillars and hands on transferring caterpillars
• Feeding cats: plants vs. cuttings
• Collecting pupae and how/where to emerge them
• How to keep emerged butterflies until shipping
• Feeding butterflies
• How to extend life cycle using coolers
• Hands on for OE screening – (Overview: OE Clean Screen Program)
• Hands on packing eggs/caterpillars/pupae/butterflies
• Packing & Shipping: AFB’s Online Course
Permits and filling them out
• USDA approved
• Educational permits
Marketing your business and your butterflies
• Marketing your business
• Building your business: schools, libraries, garden clubs 
• Butterfly Farming and Earning potential
• Ways to sell butterflies: wholesale/retail/other venues

Follow up courses:

Live online course 
January 11 – 22, 2021

Included with registration

Basics on different raising methods (pros and cons)

• Where/how to set up your rearing area: Temperature and humidity; lighting; ease of cleaning and disinfecting the area; separate areas for different stages; household pets and flea/tick meds.
• Feeding at the same time everyday
• Consistent temp/humidity
• Cleaning cages
• Journaling
• Selecting breeding stock

Live online course 
February 1 – 26, 2021

NOTE: this course is only free for professional members and is not included with the registration fee.

($150 nonmembers / free for professional members)

Advanced Disease Prevention in Lepidoptera

  • Growing your own plant material / Food quality 
  • Having enough plant Material / Planning ahead and substitutions
  • Overview of plant pests and problems
  • Feeding cats: plants vs. cuttings
Live online course
March 15 – 19, 2021

Included with registration

Marketing butterflies  

• Building your business: schools, libraries, garden clubs
• Marketing your business
• Butterfly Farming and Earning potential
• Ways to sell butterflies: wholesale/retail/other venues