Executive Director, Treasurer, Past President
Business: Flutterby Gardens of Manatee, Inc.
Connie Hodsdon has been fascinated with butterflies and moths since the age of 4 when she raised her first brood of moths. The fascination with butterflies continued throughout her life and she converted a hobby into a business in 1998 designing and installing butterfly gardens. As the business grew and evolved, the focus shifted in 2001 to commercially producing butterflies for releases. At this time about 20 different species are reared at Flutterby Gardens in addition to monarchs for the release and exhibit industry. Connie specializes in producing butterflies for some of the largest releases in the industry.
Connie is the Executive Director for the IBBA and has served on the Board of Directors for 6 years, was President for 2 years, and leads the monthly Info Share – Let’s Talk About Butterflies. Connie shares everything she has learned over the years in an effort to help others be successful in the industry. She says that when it comes to raising butterflies she doesn’t know if she is working or playing and that’s a great way to live life.