Welcome to Association for Butterflies!

Association for Butterflies was established to support butterfly farmers and hobbyists through education, mentoring, and research. We are dedicated to educating both farmers and the public in the area of conservation by promoting butterfly habitats and gardening, and to provide resources that ensure quality raising practices for healthy butterflies.

Our membership reflects a wide variety of interests including professional butterfly breeders, hobbyists, educators, exhibitors, gardeners, and conservationists.  We have several different membership levels to meet the needs of butterfly professionals and enthusiasts.

Association for Butterflies (AFB) is committed to education and offers live courses available at various times throughout the year as well as self-paced online courses that can be taken at your convenience.

Upcoming Courses

    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 30 Jun 2018
    • University of New Mexico

    OE Clean Screen Program

    Association for Butterflies has contracted with the University of New Mexico to screen Monarch butterfly pupae in order to get a more accurate depiction of what the butterfly release industry looks like.

    In order to participate in this program, you need to reserve the date you'd like to ship your Monarch pupae.  You can select any date between March 1 and September 30 for shipping.  An AFB representative will contact you to confirm your shipping date and if you are a Professional level member in good standing, AFB will pay your shipping costs.

    Once you have been contacted and your shipping schedule confirmed, you will receive an AFB FedEx account number to use to ship your pupae.

    • 04 Feb 2019
    • 09 Mar 2019
    • Online
    Register

    Pre-Register for 2019!

    Learn how to recognize and prevent disease in butterflies.
    FOUR weeks of online disease education and receive your “Advanced Disease Prevention Certification” seal and certificate upon successful completion of the Course and Final Exam.

    February 4 - March 9, 2019

    This is a LIVE course taught by Edith Smith of Shady Oak Butterfly Farm. 


    Over 130 pages of instructional material including: 
    Signs and Symptoms; Methods of Disease Transmission; OE; NPV; Fungi; Bacteria; Breeding Stock; Checking for Disease; Standard Operating Procedures, Journal; Causes of Disease; Safety Precautions to prevent disease; Sanitization of eggs, pupae, food, surfaces, and containers; and more! 

    How the course works: 
    • The beginning of each week for four weeks, students receive their course material via email.
    • A short quiz is included each week. This quiz is due by Saturday midnight.
    • An email mailing list is used for class discussion. Students are not required to receive or participate in this mailing list.
    • The end of the fourth week students receive their final exam. The final exam is due the following Saturday by midnight. This gives a minimum of seven days to fill out the final exam.
    • Quizzes, vocabulary words, and final exam are optional unless the participant wishes to receive a course completion certificate.
    Course fees:  
    AFB Professional - FREE 
    All Others - $75

    Join the Association for Butterflies now as a Hobbyist or Professional and take it for free!

    Week One: Farm size and disease,  Basic information,  What is disease?,  SOP,  Journal,  Breeding stock, Eggs,  Larvae signs & symptoms

    Week Two:  Disease transmission,  Outbreak triggers,  Breeding Stock,  Cleaning the lab (or rearing room),  Disinfecting rearing containers/sleeves,  Sanitizing eggs,  Sanitizing pupae,  Larval food,  Sanitizing food,  Instant/artificial diet,  Disposal of material

    Week Three:  NPV,  Cleaning the lab,  Screening for disease,  Bacteria,  Bt,  Fungus,  Nosema,  Serratia,  Aspergillus niger,  Toxic plants,  Mechanical damage

    Week Four:  OE – a parasite,  OE - signs and symptoms,  OE - lifecycle,  OE - in pupae,  OE -Taping for OE,  OE -How Monarchs contract OE,  OE - Disinfecting eggs

    Week Five:  Final Exam - Week of March 11th.  Due March 16th.

    Edith and her husband Stephen have been butterfly farming for over 18 years.  Their farm, co-owned with their daughter Charlotte, raises 30 species per year.  In addition to raising butterflies, Edith searches the fields and woods for anything she hasn't raised and in the process, has learned a good deal about diseases and parasitoids. 

    Edith has been teaching this course every year since 2007.  Each year it is updated with new photographs added to illustrate diseases and everything that pertains to disease in butterflies and raising butterflies.

    Edith worked with Dr. Leellen Solter and Amanda Lawrence as they edited the material before it was offered as a course.  The OE material was edited by Dr. Sonia Altizer and Dr. Karen Oberhauser first as a presentation (presented by Edith) at an AFB Symposium. 



 



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