November 12 & 13, 2020

Join us for a virtual tour of a working butterfly farm and informative presentations with question and answer sessions from experts. Presentations include finding butterfly breed stock, raising monarchs, identifying and combating butterfly diseases, plant management, regulations, and more. There will also be some fun, interactive sessions.  

IBBA Butterfly Professionals Convention 2020

November 12 and 13, 2020

Meetings will be held using Zoom

Sessions are shown for the Eastern Standard Time Zone


Thursday, November 12, 2020
10:45 AM EST Welcome by John Dailey and Kathy Marshburn
Session 1
11:00 AM EST Virtual Tour Butterfly Dan’s Butterfly Farm

Butterfly Dan, Dan Dunwoody

Join us for a bit of fun as we open our virtual conference! Butterfly Dan’s is one of the oldest and most fun farms in the country.  Dan Dunwoody has been breeding butterflies since grasshoppers were knee high.  The reason grasshoppers are mentioned is we are sure he will demonstrate eating insects as the new protein source of the future!

This session will cover how to run a professional butterfly farm with a focus on breeding procedures.  This will have an inside look into how Dan runs his labs from tracking stages of caterpillar development in their containment units to maintaining strict level of cleanliness.  You will gain the understanding of what goes into successfully running a professional butterfly farm.

Followed by Questions and Answers

Session 2
12:30 PM EST “Tips on Raising Butterflies through Collecting Gravid Females in the Field”

Todd Stout, Raising Butterflies LLC

One of the most largely untapped resources of obtaining butterfly breeding stock is collecting local gravid females of many diverse butterfly species and setting them up to lay eggs.

Todd Stout is an experienced lepidopterist who has been studying and raising many butterfly species throughout North America for 32 years and will share techniques on how to spend time in the field identifying and collecting gravid females in order to set them up to lay eggs to create breeding stock or livestock for educational exhibits.

This session will cover learning how to identify and collect gravid females for many local butterfly species.   This class will discuss basic core competencies:

  1. How to use the BAMONA website to generate a customized butterfly species checklist on a county level (USA) or province level (Canada.)
  2. Understand the basic habitat and timing to find a given butterfly species.
  3. Learn to differentiate male vs. female butterflies in the field by recognizing wing patterns and flight behavior in order to recognize and collect gravid females.
  4. Review different techniques to set up gravid females of a variety of species to lay eggs in the lab.  Some species are inherently more difficult than others.
  5. How to store and hatch eggs and raise caterpillars of these species to adult butterfly.

Followed by Question and Answers

Session 3
3:15 PM EST    “Raising Healthy Butterflies and Host Plants with Little Or No Disease by Minimizing Human/Insect Interaction.”

Pat and Cornelius du Plessis, Rainbow’s End Butterfly Farm

In 2007 we retired early from professional careers and owned a 79 acre farm that was ready to be transformed into what dreams are made of.  After reading an article written about an accountant, (David Bohlken) who made money with butterflies, and then reading another article about Rick Mikula and butterflies, we thought, hum, if they can do it why can’t we.    Yikes!   It ain’t easy folks, but it’s awesome.  BTW Ralph Ritchie admitted to us that he was goaded into the ranks of butterfly breeding by the same two articles.

So, after 13 years and almost as many systems that we have tried to raise healthy butterflies, we now offer our “easy” way to raise butterflies.

Rainbow’s End Butterfly Farm & Nursery has been a joy every day, from educating 3500 children in a 6 week season per year on the farm, to meeting and learning from a great, diverse group of members. It’s been a wonderful ride.

Session 4
5:00 PM EST

Dr. Chip Taylor

Chip Taylor
Chip Taylor


Chip Taylor is the Founder and Director of Monarch, and an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. Trained as an insect ecologist at the University of Connecticut, his research projects have included studies of reproductive isolating mechanisms in sulfur butterflies, reproductive and life history patterns in plants, comparative biology of European and Neotropical African honey bees and migratory behavior of monarch butterflies. In 1974, Chip Taylor established research sites and directed students studying Neotropical African honey bees (killer bees) in French Guiana, Venezuela, and Mexico. In 1992, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to monarch butterflies. Since then, Monarch Watch has enlisted the help of volunteers to tag monarchs during the fall migration. Since 1992 over 1.3 million monarchs have been tagged by volunteers. Of these, over sixteen thousand have been recovered. This program has provided many new insights about the dynamics of the fall monarch migration.

A major focus of Monarch Watch is habitat restoration through both the Monarch Waystation and Bring Back the Monarchs programs. The intent of these programs is to replace habitat lost due to development, changes in agriculture and roadside management practices. The intent is to inspire the public, schools and others to create habitats for monarch butterflies, pollinators and all wildlife that share the same habitats. 

Chip serves on the Steering Committees of Monarch Joint Venture and the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. He has also served as an advisor on many honey bee and monarch documentaries and films including “Flight of the Butterflies” and “Wings of Life.”   Chip received a Growing Green Award from the National Resource Defense Council in 2014 for his work on behalf of monarch conservation.   Of his many awards, Dr. Taylor has been recognized by the Kansas Honey Producers, the Lepidopterist Society, the J.I. Hambleton Award for Excellence in Research from the Eastern Apicultural Society, the Growing Green Pollinator Protector Award by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Berkeley Food Institute, and the Steeples Award for Service to Kansas.

He has also been the recipient of awards and grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Geographic Society, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as well as corporations and notable NGOs.

Chip earned his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Followed by Questions and Answers

Friday, November 13, 2020
Session 5
10:30 AM EST  Stretch it out with the yoga master

Joffery Papillo Petillon 

This interactive session is strongly recommended for everyone.  Led by the charming Frenchman,  Joffery Papillo Petillon,  this session will focus on stretching exercises specially designed to relieve stress in the body. 

We all know we should exercise and given the work we do we get plenty of it.  This session will take those aching muscles from lifting and carrying and stretch them out.  Combined with breathing techniques this feels unbelievably good. 

If you have never done a yoga session – join us for a great start to the day.

Session 6
12:00 EST  “USDA and  Impact of Regulations”
Wayne Wehling

Dr. Wayne Wehling, Doctor of Entomology from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) 

Dr. Wehling will be discussing the impact of regulation and permitting s on the butterfly industry.  Dr. Wehling has spent his career exploring the world of bugs and has visited butterfly sites around the world.  He is an expert on conditions controlling the butterfly industry and has many insights to share.

This impacts us all.  It is an opportunity to discuss regulations and potential regulations on our industry as well as Dr. Wehling’s thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 for 2021. Definitely do not miss.

Follower by Questions and Answers

Session 7
1:30 PM EST “Greenhouses Under Attack!”

Parker Bautner, River Bottom Butterflies and Parker Farm Greenhouse

So – have you had plants die?  Come learn about plants diseases and pest invasions from an expert on growing plants who goes down the road of plants under attack throughout his life.

Parker Baunter has lived and breathed plants for greenhouses since birth.  His family owns the third largest nursery in the state of UTAH. Parker currently runs the commercial River Bottom Butterflies Greenhouse on his 11 acre farm and has done so for the past 9 years.  

This session will cover the basics of plant diseases in greenhouses.  Parker will lead us through identification of plant diseases distinguishing some of the more common and not so common diseases.  It will also include identification of insect invasions.  Once identified parker will describe causes and solutions to these problems – a definite do not miss session!

Followed by Questions and Answers

Session 8
3:15 PM EST “Diseases of Butterflies and Their Control”

Dr. Roberto Pereira  

Dr. Roberto Pereira is the leading Entomologist at the University of Florida.  He will be sharing his expert knowledge on diseases of the butterflies including identification of diseases, characteristic of diseases and procedures for responding to diseases. 

Dr. Roberto Pereira specializes in pest management and trains farmers throughout the agricultural world on how to control pests in their environment.  This is your opportunity to engage with a leading entomologist who has a wealth of practical experience.

Followed by Questions and Answers.

Session 9
5 PM EST Cocktail Hour

Hosted by IBBA Board

Join us for the closing session as we gather for Happy Hour and meet one another.   We preface this with we have never done anything like this before!!!   So, with bated breath, this is going to be great fun or a total bomb!  Bring your favorite drink and discuss the wonders of the day with your fellow attendees.


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A thank you gift from our sponsors and the IBBA Butterfly Professionals Convention Committee will be sent within the Continental US once you register.  Supplies are limited.