Butterfly Education

One of the single most important elements to successful butterfly rearing is education. Since 2004, AFB has been the industry leader in butterfly education. Whether you are interested in raising butterflies for profit or pleasure, Association for Butterflies is dedicated to providing the highest quality training to both professional breeders and butterfly enthusiasts alike.

We offer a wide variety of online courses designed to equip our members and the butterfly community on how to raise butterflies successfully. To better meet the needs of these interests, we provide both live and self-guided classes through our exclusive Butterfly College.

Our annual and ongoing courses include: Butterfly Breeding, Raising Different Species of Butterflies, Lepidoptera Disease Prevention, Releasing Butterflies at Weddings, Funerals, and Memorials, How to Apply for USDA Permits and more!

AFB is the only trade organization who offers an in depth, live, Advanced Disease Prevention in Lepidoptera course annually.  New material is added each year as we strive to stay updated with any and all new disease and disease prevention information shared by pathologists throughout the course. This course is taught by Edith Smith, the premier butterfly educator in the industry who has written and presented dozens of courses for AFB’s Butterfly College.  

Association for Butterflies offers certificates for select courses upon satisfactory completion of course material including vocabulary, quizzes, and a final exam.  Students are never required to take a quiz or exam if a certificate is not desired.

We invite you to visit Butterfly College, by clicking in the logo below. Check back frequently as we are continually adding courses!





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