The IBBA strives to help members stay current with regulations for shipping butterflies for release to the environment. The IBBA website provides a contact list of agencies that may have authority over butterfly permits, shipments and releases. It is the butterfly farmer’s responsibility to contact the appropriate agency personnel directly for answers to specific questions. The IBBA will not become involved in providing legal advice or assistance with problem resolution, issues regarding violation of national, state or federal laws, requirements or guidelines.

All IBBA Members are asked to abide by this ethical code.


  • No shipment of butterflies from the wild; hand-reared individuals only
  • Shipped where regulation permits
  • When shipping for environmental release, ship only when weather conditions allow for butterfly survival
  • Ship only healthy, vigorous butterflies
  • Ship in containers with packing that best protects the butterflies
  • Supply pertinent instructions as appropriate to insure the well being and safety of the livestock

Member Care & The IBBA Board of Directors

The IBBA proudly recognizes its members for voluntary adherence to our code of ethics. The actions of each individual reflect on our association, and on our industry.

The Board is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the Association by enforcing the Code of Ethics. As stated in Section 3.8 of the IBBA Bylaws, the IBBA Board of Directors may exercise their rights to cancel a membership at any time. For legal and other reasons, the board is often limited as to the information we are able to share about these actions.

Business disputes should be settled privately and cannot be posted on the IBBA or Butterfly Family mailing lists. Using the Better Business Bureau is one option for problem solving and free mediation services (

Confidentiality of Disciplinary Actions

Click below to read correspondence from IBBA Attorney Stephen G. Roche on the matters of our Bylaws, confidentiality, closed session and privacy issues.  This document summarizes the basis for the formation of the Monitoring Panel as created and presented to the Members by President Rick Mikula.

Memorandum from IBBA Atty. Stephen Roche

Members Only, please login first to view this document: Memorandum from IBBA Atty. Stephen Roche to IBBA President & Board.