– with Dr. Sonia Altizer and Dr. Jaap de Roode — April 9, 2015 1:00 PM EDT.


Captive rearing of animals in closed quarters and at in high density situations can set the stage for the spread of harmful parasites and diseases. Monarchs and other butterflies are popular animals for nature enthusiasts and professional growers to rear for educational and other purposes. Problems with mortality and infectious diseases have surfaced in a variety of captive rearing settings.

This workshop will focus on best practices for rearing monarchs to limit the spread of unwanted infections, with a related goal of limiting the distribution of infected butterflies into wild populations. Topics will include identifying signs of infection, mechanisms of pathogen transmission, sterile practices to limit disease problems, common causes of mortality when rearing, and how to handle outbreak situations.

Note that this workshop will mainly focus on the protozoan parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE), but will also include general tips from our experiences with non-OE mortality.

Click HERE to see a list of members who have earned the IBBA Continuing Education Seal for their participation.