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Butterfly Education Butterfly Releases
Butterfly Business Butterfly Species 
Disease Identification and Prevention in Rearing Operations Butterfly Breeding
Equipment & Safety Butterfly Plants & Food
Official/Organization Contacts A Butterfly Assortment
Cages, Exhibits, Shipping & Releasing


Butterfly Education

The following two PDF documents are provided as course material for a Q&A workshop by Lori Stralow Harris, which is being held on the WWBBF list from 24-27 May, 2015.

Live Learning - Interactive butterfly lifecycle stations (PDF*) Lori Stralow Harris

Working with Girl Scouts & Butterfly Learning (PDF*)

Lori Stralow Harris
Identification Aids


Butterfly Business

Using Wholesale Livestock to Increase Your Income Linda Rogers
Managing Your Inventory -- Planning Percentage Losses in Each Stage of the Lifecycle Linda Rogers, Jacob Groth, Melanie McCarthy & Nigel Venters
Temperature Chart to Regulate Livestock Growth Nigel Venters
Commercial Butterfly Farmers Working With Funeral Directors Linda Rogers
A Day In The Life of a Butterfly Breeder Melanie McCarthy
Unsure About Butterfly Releases? - A Position Paper Melanie McCarthy
Linda Rogers

Presentation from Utterback Farms Inc.
A Presentation in Defense of allowing the shipment of farm-reared Monarch Butterflies for the purpose of Ceremonial Releases and Butterfly Exhibits.

John Utterback


Disease Identification and Prevention in Rearing Operations

Sterilization and Disease Control (PDF*) [#] Nigel Venters
Prevention Management of Diseases Insects (PDF*) [#] Dr. Frank M. Davis
Monarch Parasites (PDF*) [#] Dr. Sonia Altizer
Disease and Parasitoid-Free Butterflies (PDF*) [#] Nigel Venters
Eggs & Egg Washing Technique Melanie McCarthy
Article on Disease Identification & Control: Detection and Management of Microsporidia and Ophryocystis elecktroscirrha (OE) in Insect Rearing Laboratories (PDF* file created from PowerPoint original.) Frank M. Davis and Amanda M. Lawrence Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University
Monarch Disease Control Jacob Groth
Sterilization and Disease Control (PDF*) Nigel Venters, Glenn Baines, Melanie McCarthy & Terry Terbush
Adaption Under Captive Breeding, and How to Avoid It(PDF* file created from PowerPoint original) Dr. Bruce Walsh


Equipment & Safety

Suggestions for Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) for Butterfly Farming Activities Linda Rogers
Making & Using a Butterfly Trap Nigel Venters
Baits and Traps for the Tropics Nigel Venters
A great galvanized folding tomato cage Linda Rogers
Building a Growing Cylinder Linda Rogers


Official/Organization Contacts

US National Plant Board

US State Plant Regulatory Official (SPRO) (US State Agriculture)
APHIS (USDA) State Plant Health Director (SPHD) (USDA lead that is stationed in the state and oversees APHIS’ interactions with the state)


Butterfly Species 

Hand-pairing Monarchs Nigel Venters
Keeping Monarchs Nigel Venters
Overwintering Monarchs in the Fridge Nigel Venters
Sexing Monarch Pupae Nigel Venters
Hanging Swallowtail Pupae Nigel Venters
Swallowtails: Raising/Breeding Tips Nigel Venters
Queens & Fritillaries Nigel Venters
The Red Admiral Nigel Venters
Raising Mourning Cloaks (Q&A) Nigel Venters & Melanie McCarthy


Butterfly Breeding

Raising Healthy Butterflies Linda Rogers & Nigel Venters
Cold Weather Regions: Breeding and Raising Melanie McCarthy
Collecting Eggs Melanie McCarthy
Eggs & Egg Washing Technique Melanie McCarthy
Off-plant Egg Laying! Nigel Venters
Pairing & Egg Production Nigel Venters
Nigel's Butterfly Nectar Recipe Nigel Venters
A warning to anyone using a 'tick killer' on their pet Melanie McCarthy
Production Systems# (8-page PDF* 14.7 MB) Jacob Groth
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Article on Disease Identification & Control: Detection and Management of Microsporidia and Ophryocystis elecktroscirrha (OE) in Insect Rearing Laboratories (PDF* file created from PowerPoint original.) Frank M. Davis and Amanda M. Lawrence Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University
Dry Water in the Greenhouse(PDF* 360 KB) D. Gary Geer
When The Diet Goes Bad...A case study of the Southwestern Corn Borer moth (PDF* 1.2 MB) F, Davis and N. Krishnan
Irritating and time consuming pests (and treatment with Perimicarb) Nigel Venters
Monarch Disease Control Jacob Groth
Raising Mourning Cloaks in a Barrel Patrick Ogletree
Sterilization and Disease Control (PDF*) Nigel Venters, Glenn Baines, Melanie McCarthy & Terry Terbush
Notes on Storing Pupae (PDF*) [#] Glenn Baines
Preparation of Pupae for Emergence (PDF*) [#] Nigel Venters / WWBBF
Egg-laying set-up for multiple species (PDF*) [#] Nigel Venters / WWBBF
How to Make a Small Butterfly Flight House (PDF*) [#] Ellen Reid
[#] Special thanks to Ellen Reid (external link)for collating these items from discussions on the WWBBF list.
Eradicate Aphids on Milkweed Using Milk (PDF*) [#] April 2016 discussion on the World Wide Butterfly Breeders Forum


Butterfly Plants & Food

Green Milkweed Linda Rogers
Buddleia (Quick Tip!) Nigel Venters
Growing the various Buddleia species Nigel Venters
Make your own Organic Liquid Fertilizer / Growth Enhancer!! Linda Rogers
Butterfly Delight Muffins & Butterfly Pie Puddles Linda Rogers

Dr. Davis' Artificial Diet (created for Corn Borers, but has been successfully used with Painted Ladies) (PDF*)

Dr. Frank Davis
Southland AD Base diet - preparation and use (PDF*) [#] Linda Rogers


Cages, Exhibits, Shipping & Releasing

Outdoor Exhibits Melanie McCarthy
An example of a decorated display cage Melanie McCarthy
Larvae and Egg Shippers Linda Rogers
Shipping Foam Nigel Venters
Shipping Monarch Pupae Melanie McCarthy
Butterfly Release Customer Instruction documents Melanie McCarthy & Jacob Groth
Shipping Butterfly Eggs on Plant Material (PDF* 1.1 MB) Linda Rogers


Butterfly Releases

YouTube Videos (promotional videos in Spanish) Grace Venters


A Butterfly Assortment

Nigel and Grace in the Amazon! Nigel Venters
Warning! Be on the lookout for Butterfly Bandits! Nigel Venters
Scientific Names - Classification and Nomenclature Paul Chesterfield
Photographing Butterflies Paul Chesterfield
Development and Operation of the ButterflyConservatory, Costa Rica
    (PDF* created from PowerPoint slides -
 17.6 MB)
Glenn Baines
Butterfly Collecting in Africa: The Beer and the Mattress Story! Nigel Venters
Aristolochia acuminata and the Richmond Birdwing
(PDF*) (included here with permission) < NEW >
Garry Sankowsky
Unusual Egg-Laying Strategies of some Lepidoptera
(PDF*) (included here with permission) < NEW >
Garry Sankowsky

< NEW > The Lepidopterists Society website can be browsed for decades of journal articles.
http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/

Eg. a search for Vanessa : (Link)
Eg. 2014: http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/
Web sites listed for resources: http://www.lepsoc.org/lepidoptera_websites_1.php


Please visit our authors' websites.

Linda Rogers Timshell Farm www.timshellfarm.com
Melanie McCarthy The Monarchy www.cavachonsfromthemonarchy.com
Jacob Groth Swallowtail Farms www.swallowtailfarms.com
Frank M. Davis and Amanda M. Lawrence Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University www.irc.entomology.msstate.edu
Glenn Baines Butterfly Conservatory, Costa Rica www.butterflyconservatory.org
D. Gary Geer awaiting website details
John Utterback Utterback Farms, Inc. www.utterbackfarms.com
  The Lepidopterists Society http://www.lepsoc.org
Ellen Reid The Bible Museum http://www.thebiblemuseum.com.au

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