IBBA’s Commercial Butterfly Breeder Workshop
March 17 – 19, 2023
Hands on learning of the standard operating procedures to produce genetically strong, disease-free, monarch butterflies. Tips, tricks, and techniques from 21 years of experience will be shared to help get you started on the right foot. Individualized instructions on critical procedures ensure you will be competent in performing them. The workshop will cover everything you need to know to get started rearing monarchs. We will dive deep into the rearing process like never before. This is your opportunity to learn from one of the best commercial monarch breeders in the country.
Lodging and transportation are not included.
Friday, March 17th 1 pm-6:30 pm
Dinner included. Round table discussion in evening.
Sat, March 18th 9 am-6:30 pm
Lunch and dinner are included. Round table discussion in evening
Sun, March 19th 9 AM – 3 PM
1512 22nd St. W.
Bradenton FL 34205
$475.00 for first time members and $300 (with coupon code) for members who are repeating the workshop.
Zoom classes begin on line prior to workshop weekend.
2022 IBBA Costa Rica Experience
IBBA Members Only please join us November 3-10, 2022.
The much awaited Costa Rica trip is on! Dates are November 3-10, with arrival on Nov 2nd and an optional Costa Rica beach experience November 11-13 (we had originally slated the optional trip for a few days in Panama but have decided to go to Panama another time when we can spend more days there).
Fund Raising Auction for Butterflies and Their People
Help us raise fund for Butterflies and Their People by bidding in the auction.
Rick Mikula shares his love of butterflies with a variety of audiences, including kids, and has found a unique way to connect with all of them. In order to make what he’s teaching more concrete, he has developed a costume that illustrates how butterflies use their senses.
Info Share-Let’s Talk About Butterflies!
Open discussions in real time about raising/breeding/farming topics and also updates from the board. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 8pm EST. It’s a open conference call with IBBA members. For access to the call, please contact Connie Hodsdon.
Topics will be guided by members on the call. Watch the IBBA Mailing List for further details.
Info Share Archives
Monarch SOPs and Testing for Oe
We are discussing standard operating procedures for raising monarchs – testing for Oe – identifying Oe – optimal conditions for rearing caterpillars and more. Videos of testing for Oe as well as what you see through the lens of the microscope are included. Led by Jachus Sundby and Connie Hodsdon
Message From the IBBA President
Welcome to the IBBA. To belong to an organization where people are sincerely dedicated to helping one another for the betterment of our community lifts you up.
The IBBA members give willingly of their time, volunteering hours of service and years of experience, all in order to improve how to raise and care for butterflies.
This passion for what we do displays itself in many ways, from education info shares, to adventures around the world, to working with regulatory agencies, to the fundamentals of breeding butterflies.
If you stop and think about it, the butterfly world is not big and it is dependent on dedication. Dedication by our members to the growth of life, not only for the stunning butterflies we raise but also for themselves and for each other. The result is helping one another to be more successful. This is the basis of our community and I am proud to be part of it.
And the best thing – it is just darn fun.
I can not but thank all the people who have help me personally over the years, you have made my world a better world and I look forward to a terrific year.
Raising Monarch | How to Do it Right Video Series
A step by step video tutorial on the basics of rearing monarch butterflies. In this 6 video series, you will learn how to properly pair monarch butterflies, collect their eggs, wash their eggs, mount pupae, check for OE, and more!
Help Save Oyamel Fir Trees and Their Monarchs
Illegal logging activities in Mexican butterfly sanctuaries are destroying the Oyamel Fir trees that migrating monarchs need to survive. Habitat loss along the entire monarch butterfly migratory route has decreased size of Mexico’s monarch overwintering sites by at least 84% over the last 20 years.
IBBA Continuing Education Program
The IBBA will be providing breeder-specific courses for raising healthy butterflies. Upon completion of a continuing education course, you will be entitled to display the IBBA Continuing Education Seal. Courses are FREE unless stated otherwise.