November 7th-11th, Tampa, FL
Sponsored by the International Butterfly Breeders Association, IBBA
This years’ convention is packed full of learning opportunities for butterfly farmers and enthusiasts of all levels; beginner to expert. Featuring 3 Butterfly Farm Tours, Presentations, Hands-on Demonstrations, Behind the Scenes at McGuire Center including educational speakers/classes, and learn about our conservation efforts in the monarch butterfly sanctuaries in Mexico. This is a convention that you do not want to miss! We will top the convention off with special guest Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch.
Wednesday, Nov 7th
Half Day Butterfly Symposium
Come join us at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, November 7, for a half-day symposium providing presentations from local butterfly specialists on how to attract and raise Florida garden species such as eastern black swallowtails, polydamas swallowtails, cloudless sulphurs, orange-barred sulphurs, , malachites, zebra longwings, Julias, white peacocks, viceroys, and other butterflies.
We will also be providing a hands-on demonstration on how to propagate tropical milkweed for raising monarchs and queens as well as discuss proven techniques for raising many butterfly species by obtaining eggs from wild-collected females.
Symposium Cost is $39. Lunch will be provided and you can take home your milkweed cuttings.
Symposium is Free for convention attendees.
Evening Meet and Greet for Convention Attendees
Thursday, Nov 8th
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
Today we travel to the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. We will see live butterflies in the Butterfly Rain Forest, go through the exhibit gallery, and have a special behind-the-scenes tour of the research labs and collection space. https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/index.php/mcguire/home/
Educational and informative presentations from University of Florida Entomology Department and others.
Friday, Nov 9th
Butterfly Farm Tours and Hands-on Demonstrations*
We will visit two working butterfly farms and participate in hands-on demonstrations.
Farm tours: Metamorphosis Butterfly Farm and Butterfly Dan’s Butterfly Farm
Saturday, Nov 10th
Presentations, Farm Tour, and Banquet with Special Guest
- Presentations/Speakers and Hands-on Demonstrations*
- Butterfly Farm Tour-Flutterby Gardens
- Evening Reception
- Dinner and Auction with Presentation by Special Guest Chip Taylor, founder of Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org
*Special Feature this year! Hands-on Demonstrations.
Throughout the convention, there will be opportunities to try your hand at important techniques for raising butterflies including; hand pairing butterflies for breeding, testing for Oe, rolling eggs, 60 second egg wash, gluing pupae, propagating tropical milkweed, tagging monarchs, and dissecting a caterpillar.
Come to all or part of the conference for learning and networking. More information and registration coming soon.