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The definitive manual on breeding butterflies
Professional Butterfly Farming – With Nigel Venters
The Professional Butterfly Farming Manual comprises the 600+ pages of articles from the Professional Butterfly Farming
Over 600 pages of text instruction, photos, drawings – from beginner to advanced level learning to start or expand your butterfly raising business! Learn how to raise butterflies profitably; build and maintain a flight house; give professional butterfly education presentations and more! Nigel Venters is the author and he is a world-renowned butterfly raising expert. The Professional Butterfly Farming Manual also includes special articles from world-wide experts. The topics are listed below.
The Professional Butterfly Farming Manual is provided in downloadable articles you can print out and put into a binder. Or, you may wish to have a print shop do this for you! You will have the files on your computer, also – to access on screen.
The Professional Butterfly Farming Manual
1. The Business of Butterfly Farming – The Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Butterfly Farming?
Who Buys Butterflies? Is It Profitable?
How Do Butterflies Grow, And How Are They Raised In Captivity?
Small-Scale, At-Home Butterfly Raising Business
Medium-Scale Commercial Butterfly Farms
Large-Scale Commercial Butterfly Farms
Getting Started – Frequently Asked Questions
What Knowledge Do I Need To Successfully Raise Butterflies?
What Knowledge Do I Need To Run The Business End?
How Are Butterflies Advertised And Sold?
What About The Competition?
What Personality Traits Make For A Successful Butterfly Farmer?
What Do I Need To Start Up A Butterfly Farm?
What Are The Pitfalls And Problems Associated With New Start-Ups?
A Day In The Life Of A Butterfly Breeder
2. The Setup and Equipment – Getting Started
Equipment and Cages
The Simple Flight House and Enclosures
3. The Livestock and Production Processes
Overview Of The Lifecycle And Raising Process
Larval Host Plants And Feeding Adults
Obtaining Livestock For Start-up
Eggs, Larvae And Pupae
Raising Healthy, Disease and Parasitoid-Free Butterflies
Monarchs and O.e. Parasites – a Scientist’s View - by Dr. Sonia Altizer
Egg Collection and Egg Wash for O.e. Prevention – Melanie McCarthy
O.e. Solution and Directions – Jacob Groth
Disease and Parasitoid Prevention (Including O.e.) – Nigel Venters
Pests and How to Deal With Them
E-Z Painted Lady - Start Up Small and Try out Butterfly Farming
4.(Business) Articles Include:
Permits & Regulatory Agencies
Preparation, packaging & shipping
Shipping Orders, Containers, Instruction & Customer Care
Working with Wedding Consultants and Funeral Directors
Raising Kits for Schools & Groups
Butterfly Education Presentations with Grace Venters
Butterfly Education Presentations – With Kathleen Ziemer, Zane Greathouse and Todd Stout
Mobile Exhibits – With: Fran LeMasters, David Folk, David Bohlken, and Zane Greathouse
Butterfly Exhibits – With Nigel Venters, Dave Clermont, Ellen Reid, and Jacqui Knight
Building Your Butterfly Business: Merchandise, Advertising, Professional Association Membership
5. (Raising & Production) Articles Include:
The Advanced Flight House
Maximum Monarchs – Part I
Maximum Monarchs – Part II
Rapid Growth Systems for Milkweed and Host Plants – Aeroponics (With Judi Sunshine) and Hydro-U Hydroponic Systems
Breeding Painted Ladies, Red Admirals and the Longwings
Raising Painted Lady Butterflies on Artificial Diet
Swallowtails - Raising in Pop Ups and in Sleeves
Managing Production Levels to Fill Orders
Regulating Livestock and Temperature Controls
Successful Breeding Techniques
Holding Technique Using Refrigeration – With Jacob Groth
How to Make Compost
Temperature-Induced Aberrations and A Simple Guide to Genetic Health and Natural Aberrations
Monarchs from Nigel Venters “Max Monarchs Part II”
- Disease free, huge, and healthy!
(NOTE: The Professional Butterfly Farming Manual includes the following papers which are also available individually: Maximum Monarchs and More!; The Butterfly Flight House; and Painted Lady, Red Admiral and Long Wing Butterflies.)