The beauty of the butterfly does not go unnoticed. Butterfly farming is one way to delight others in seeing it's elegance. Either by releasing them in weddings, parties, memorials or graduations or raising them for educational purposes, this could be an excellent opportunity for butterfly lovers to earn income.
Here is a brief overview of this opportunity.
Butterflies being raised for release can only be shipped to states where they are found naturally. So, if someone wants to order from you Red Admiral butterflies for release at a wedding, the species has to be living in the state they are going too. If you are mailing them across state lines, a free USDA permit is required.
Butterflies can be shipped in any life stage. Depending on what you plan on doing with them will determine what stage you should get. Butterflies for release are usually shipped as butterflies, but if you are wanting to start your own butterfly farming business, then obtaining them as eggs, caterpillars or chrysalises would be the best choice. This is also the way to go if you have a butterfly house for educational purposes, such as field trips and farm tours.
If you are raising them, you must know what they eat. Each species has a certain host plant it feeds from. Caterpillars do eat a lot! You will also need to know how to grow and take care of the host plants.
If this is something of interest, I recommend you go to International Butterfly Breeders Association, Inc.. Here you will find a wealth of information and the opportunity to join this association.
What a wonderful way to make some extra income and brighten someone's day!
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