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 Saturday evening with dinner and special guest Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch.

Location: Tampa, FL

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 7th

Half Day Butterfly Symposium

12:00-5:00 pm Half Day Butterfly Symposium
Embassy Suites Tampa Airport Westshore
Lunch will be provided
Price: $39 or free for convention attendees

Click Here To Register for Our Half Day Symposium

5:30-7:30pm Evening Meet and Greet for convention attendees
Embassy Suites Tampa Airport Westshore

Thursday, November 8th

Trip to McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity

8:00am Meet in lobby to board bus
10:30am arrive; Butterfly Rainforest, Exhibit Gallery, and behind the scenes tour of the research lab and collection space
Lunch provided by Panera Bread (lunch included in convention price)
Afternoon presentations by UF faculty and others
5:00pm Board bus for return to hotel. Stop for dinner along the way (price of dinner not included in convention price)
Approximately 8:30pm return to hotel

Friday, November 9th

Butterfly Farm Tours and Hands-on Demonstrations
8:30am Meet in lobby for carpools
9:30-12:30 Metamorphosis Butterfly Farm Tour
1:00 Lunch (price of lunch is included in price of convention)
3:00-7:00pm Butterfly Dan’s Butterfly Farm Tour and dinner (dinner included in price of convention)
8:30pm Return to hotel

Saturday, November 10th

8:30-10:30am Presentations
11:00am Meet in lobby for carpools
Lunch (price of lunch is included in price of convention)
12:30-4:30pm Flutterby Gardens Butterfly Farm Tour
6:00-7:00pm Reception at Embassy Suites Tampa Airport Westshore
7:00-10:30pm Dinner, Auction, and special presentation by Chip Taylor

Sunday, November 11th

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Stay and Play Optional Activities

12:00 noon Meet in lobby for afternoon fishing out of Tampa Bay. Return to shore restaurant that will either cook your catch or you can order off the menu.
Fishing trip $100
(Space for 20 with a waiting list for additional boat if needed)
OR, Optional tour of local area. For those who are not going fishing, there will be other activities available, and then we will meet up for dinner with the fishing group at the shore restaurant.

Monday, November 12th

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Stay and Play Optional Activities
Anna Maria Island and Robinson Nature Preserve

9:00am Meet in lobby for carpool
A day of nature, beach, shops, galleries, eateries. Ride the free trolley around the island.

Join us for the 2018 Butterfly Professionals’ Convention.

Hotel: The 2018 convention is being held at the Embassy Suites Tampa Airport Westshore. You may book your rooms by clicking here.

Full Convention Registration: Full convention includes all days; Half-Day Butterfly Symposium on Wednesday, November 7th to Saturday evening dinner and activities on November 10th (see agenda for details-link).To register for all convention activities, select “Full Convention”. Member pricing is extended to members of IBBA, AFB, and IABES. Members be sure to register for Early Bird Registration which ends August 15th.

Half-Day Butterfly Symposium: Wednesday Symposium only click here to register.

Single Day Registration: Can’t make the entire convention? You have the option to register for single days. To register for a single day, select the day or days you will be attending. Please note that Saturday daytime and Saturday evening activities are separate. Select Saturday Daytime or Saturday Dinner or both.

Saturday Evening Dinner with Chip Taylor: Saturday evening activities include presentation by Chip Taylor, dinner, and auction. This is included in full registration OR if you are attending Saturday evening activities only, select to register. There is an additional opportunity to sit at Chip’s dinner table that evening. Click Here to reserve a seat.

Stay and Play After Convention Activities: Sunday, November 11th, choice of optional fishing trip or Tampa area activities. Monday, November 12th, optional trip to Robinson Nature Preserve and Anna Maria Island.

Questions? Contact Kathy Marshburn


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Full Convention (Non Member) $275.00
Full Convention (Members)
Members-Log in below to register
$220.00 N/A
Early Bird Convention Discount (Members)
Early Bird Convention Discount Expires August 15th Members-Log in below to register
$180.00 N/A
Book a Seat at Chips Table
Get a seat at Chips table during our Saturday evening event. Convention registration not required. Saturday evening dinner IS required - if NOT registering for the full Convention.
Saturday Evening Dinner wih Chip ONLY
Join us for a Saturday evening event including dinner and presentation by Chip. Convention registration not required.
November 10 Saturday Daytime Activities Only
(Does not include Saturday Dinner Activities)
Single Day November 8 Full Day $95.00
Single Day November 9 Full Day $95.00