Commercial butterfly breeding or captive butterfly breeding is the practice of breeding butterflies and moths in controlled environments to supply the stock to research facilities, universities, zoos, insectariums , elementary and secondary schools, butterfly exhibits, conservation organizations, nature centers, individuals, and other commercial facilities. Some butterfly and moth breeders limit their market to wholesale customers while other breeders supply smaller volumes of stock as a retail activity. Some small scale and larger scale breeders limit their businesses to the provision of butterflies or moths for schools. Captive butterfly breeding programs do not affect biodiversity. Commercial breeding of Lepidoptera has a long history.
Christina Lum, www. In the summer of , Karen Oberhauser, a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota , posted a statement on her Web site, www. But I always felt the benefits outweighed the costs. Some IBBA members — including Jacob Groth of Swallowtail Farms in California, one of the largest butterfly farms in North America — asked Oberhauser to remove the statement from her Web site, claiming that it was a misleading representation of the industry. Other breeders said that if they were to distribute diseased stock, they would lose their business after one or two seasons, a common argument among butterfly farmers, who say that the market acts as a corrective and weeds out reckless breeders. She is a researcher, he says, not a commercial breeder.
International Butterfly Breeders Association (IBBA)
What a shock for everyone. Who would have thought a few months ago that what we have all experienced around the globe with the COVID19 crisis in the past weeks would ever be possible? For once everyone seems to be sitting in the same boat, facing the same problems: the economic emergency stop has impacted all of our businesses, from the breeders and suppliers in the tropics to the exhibitors around the world. From one day to the next most were left without income. The more fortunate ones received financial help from their governement.
Papillon Breeders. Roberto Pereira specializes in pest management and trains farmers throughout the agricultural world on how to control pests in their environment. Share Thread. Roberto Pereira is the leading Entomologist at the University of Florida.