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How to Give Professional Butterfly Education Presentations NEW!
Advanced Butterfly Raising
The Painted Lady & Longwing Butterfly Workshop
Let's Raise Swallowtails!
The Butterfly Flight House
Maximum Monarchs & More!

(Note: the Professional Butterfly Farming Workshop papers have been amalgamated into our new Professional Butterfly Farming Manual and are not available separately.

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How to Give Professional Butterfly Education Presentations

Part I by Grace Venters of Graceful Butterflies

Part II by Lori Stralow Harris of Saltcreek Butterfly Farm.

Learn how to plan, promote and give Professional Butterfly Education Presentations to increase your income!  Some folk have found this so rewarding that they've made it their main business.  Others add presentations onto their butterfly farming activities or add it as a part-time, income producer. 

Geared towards the exhibit professionals as they work with people touring their butterfly houses, to enchant special groups.

Includes great bonus handouts to use in your business, games, crafts, posters, diagrams…  to get you started or to add to what you are already doing!

What You Will Learn

How to plan exciting, funny, fascinating and educational presentations for schools, exhibit attendees, senior centers, special groups that will keep you popular and booked up way in advance!  Games, lifecycle props, costumes, interactive fun and hand-outs will be covered.  Let two pro's show you how, what works, keeping your audience captivated and giving a quality learning experience!  

PBEP cover Part IGrace Venters, of Graceful Butterflies, will teach Part I:

  • How to promote your Professional Butterfly Educational Presentations
  • Newsletter/ How to introduce yourself and your Butterfly Education Presentations
  • Description and Aims of the Presentations
  • How to deliver your Presentations
  • PowerPoint for your Programs
  • Dressing up for Presentations
  • Games to Play and Learn
  • Crafts - Special Fun for Participants

PBEP cover Part IILori Harris, Saltcreek Butterfly Farm, will teach Part II:

  • Vocabulary across disciplines:  Art, Nature, Science, Spirituality
  • Art and Nature intertwined
  • Creative Process:  Look, Decipher, Interpret, Evaluate
1.  The right project for the right group:
  • Flutter Tales Story Hour, 3-5 year olds
  • Independent Readers Library Program, 6-10 yr olds
  • Art in Nature Camp Sessions, 6-12 yr olds
2.  Don’t limit yourself – Collaborate with specialists
  • Special needs
  • Grief counseling
  • Senior citizens

3.  Classroom management tips

4.  Games

5.  Marketing

 

Bonus Items:

  • Our Environment - by Grace Venters [PDF]
  • Magical Wings [PDF]
  • Life-size Local Butterfly Guide (Make Laminated Butterfly Sticks!) [PDF]
  • How to make a Floral Butterfly Cage [JPG]
  • Butterfly Maze Handout [JPG]
  • Old World Swallowtail Butterfly Maze - Easy & Hard versions, with solutions [JPG]
  • School Presentations [video]
  • Plantable Butterflies [video]
  • Paper butterflies made of recycle paper, containing seeds [video]
  • Butterflies for Little Ones [PDF]
  • Seed Bombs [PDF]

 

Two downloadable ebooks (PDF totalling 48 pages) plus bonus items!

$50.00.


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Advanced Butterfly Raising

Two new ebooks designed specifically to help you to improve and maximise your production methods!

Part I CoverPart I:

  • Control Techniques and Methods to Ramp Up Production

Raising High Numbers in Limited Space -
The Three Ways to Best Raise the Species

Part I gives a very badly needed review of diseases and parasitoids, what they are, how they enter our breeding operations and how to eradicate/prevent them. 

Part I gives complete information on the THREE very best ways to raise butterflies - depending on the species you are raising.  Nigel thoroughly reviews two methods and has some "twists" on them as he continually improves ways to raise better butterflies, more efficiently and in higher numbers!  This is amazing stuff! 

The Pop Up Method, the Sleeving Method and the newly developed and tested Styrene Box Method are explained from A to Z, with photos and video's for the details.  You won't want to miss learning the new methods or not get the nuggets that are all through the article. 

Learn how to raise more butterflies with the least amount of work, space and equipment!  Eliminate disease, raise your output and reduce your labor with tested and proven methods.  Taught by world-renowned butterfly raising expert, Nigel Venters (testing and using his efficient methods to reach monthly, commercial output of up to 9500 healthy, vibrant butterflies per month)!   

Part I includes an overview of aeroponic growing systems available for rapid growth of host plants to feed your larvae, including Judi Sunshine's aeroponics system.


Downloadable ebook (PDF) : 47 pages : $75.00.


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  • Maximum Monarchs - Romping Mode Production!
  • Overwintering
  • Start-up
  • Styrene Box Method
  • Sterilizing the Life Stages
  • Storage for Long Life

Tested, new methods and techniques to raise high numbers of disease-free, O.e.-free Monarchs.

• Eight-Week old, fresh, vibrant Monarchs??!!
• Milkweed Vines for O.e.-free Monarchs??!
• Using Milton's Solution on Eggs and Larvae, too??!!
• Reduce your lifecycle raising time by as much as 50%??!!

Overwintering Monarchs, the process in detail, starting up a new season with strong genetic stock. Review of the overwintering process, with specific instruction on how to incorporate this technique into your raising, especially for clean startups each year with Monarchs.

Using specialty lights and heat units to control emergence and reduce the lifecycle development time by as much as 50%.

Special holding techniques to extend Monarch/butterfly life as long as six to eight weeks with detailed instruction for temperatures, chillers, thermostats and feeding methods.

The Styrene Box Method for raising Monarchs, incorporating the heat strips/pads for "Romping Mode Monarchs!"

Eliminate cripples with special pinning methods for Monarch and speed emergence.

Using Milton's Solution for sterlizing the lifecycle stages.

Monarchs in popup cage

 

 

Here is one day's emergence in a large Pop Up cage! How to feed this beautiful batch without removing them from the Pop Up.

 

 

 

Part II also includes a bonus paper by Melanie McCarthy and Terry Terbush, on Monarch Eggs & Egg Sterilization. This article presents techniques and recipe for washing and sterilizing Monarch eggs, to eradicate O.e. infection at the very beginning of the lifecycle and raising process. (Recipe updated for use with stronger bleach products introduced to the market place in 2013.)

 

Downloadable ebook (PDF) : 43 pages : $75.00.


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Professional Butterfly Farming

The papers from this workshop have been amalgamated into our new Professional Butterfly Farming Manual and are not available separately.

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The Painted Lady & Longwing Butterfly Workshop (Vanessa and Heliconidae)

The Painted Lady & Longwing ButterfliesOnline Workshop - Set of Four ebooks by: Nigel Venters with additional material by Melanie McCarthy, Dean Kirkwood and Linda Rogers.

  • Painted Ladies*, Vanessas
  • Red Admirals
  • Heliconida:
    • Gulf Fritillary
    • Julia Dryas
    • Zebra Longwing
    • Postman Longwing

* Painted Lady Butterflies (Vanessa species, sub-species Cynthia: cardui, virginiensis, annabella.. and even the Australian/New Zealand kershawi)


A note from Nigel Venters about the workshop:

This workshop presents instruction on all aspects of breeding Painted Ladies, Red Admirals, and the Long-Wings (Heliconidae) species. Although Painted Ladies and Long-Wings are from totally separate butterfly families, and it may appear unusual to include them together, they share a number of common solutions when being captive bred. It is only for this reason they are combined in to a single, comprehensive workshop, covering every aspect the breeder needs to know to be successful with them

This workshop starts with the most efficient egg laying set-ups, followed by their care at every stage. Although many of these species will accept a wide range of host-plants, many of these plants are actually marginal host-plants, or are not the best to use in an efficient breeding set-up.

As usual, the workshop discusses in detail the best way to breed these species, trouble free, using the minimum possible space, and with the minimum effort or work required to do so. In short, you will breed huge amount of healthy butterflies, consistently in the smallest space possible, which allows large numbers to be bred at the same time.

The Long-wings are covered in depth, and as the Gulf Fritillary, is by far the most popular Long-wing amongst breeders, there is a long section on this species,. Of course Zebra Longwings, The Postman, and many of the more tropical species are covered in depth. There will be a long section of breeding all these species in climates that would not normally allow overwintering, and will allow year round breeding if required, or just keeping a breeding stock alive though a cold winter, ready to start off again in the spring when the warmer weather returns.

The section about Painted Ladies details how to raise using natural Host-plants. However, a separate, detailed section on artificial diet for Painted Ladies is provided by experienced commercial butterfly breeders Melanie McCarthy, Dean Kirkwood and Linda Rogers. Melanie in particular is an expert on this subject, with many years experience of breeding Painted Ladies on A.D. and has ironed out all of the problems for you!

Nigel


Available for download as a set of four separate ebooks
or as one combined ebook totaling 124 pages...

  • ebook 1: An introduction to the Vanessa butterflies (27 pages)
  • ebook 2: An introduction to the Longwing (Heliconid) butterflies (27 pages)
  • ebook 3: Breeding the Painted Lady, Red Admiral (Vanessa species) and Longwing (Heliconid species) butterflies* (33 pages)
  • ebook 4: Raising Painted Lady (Vanessa) butterflies on Artificial Diet* (36 pages) -

* includes additional information taken from the actual workshop.

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The price of the set of four ebooks (PDF) is $100.00.

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Let's Raise Swallowtails!

Parts I & II

Part One

Let's Raise Swallowtails! (Part One)Online Workshop Set of Eight ebooks by Nigel Venters

The eight ebooks illustrating every subject in this on-line Workshop are now available for purchase as a complete set.

Each ebook focuses entirely on the subject heading. The ebooks are very comprehensive, and the combined document is over 90 pages. The ebooks have color photos and are supplied in .pdf format, either as one complete file or as eight separate ebooks.

The eight ebooks in Let's Raise Swallowtails Part One are:

  1. Swallowtails - their habits, and locating suitable areas to collect livestock.
  2. Simple to breed species, to start off your breeding programme.
  3. Pairing Techniques, hand-pairing versus natural pairings.
  4. Host-plants, how to choose what to use.
  5. Getting the females to lay eggs.
  6. Eggs, larvae and pupae handling.
  7. Avoiding parasites and disease.
  8. The individual species in detail, and this will includes notes on breeding the following Swallowtail species:
    1. USAAll the Swallowtail species known from the US.
    2. EuropeAll the Swallowtail species known from Europe.
    3. AustraliaAll the Swallowtail species known from Australia.
    4. The Far EastMany species from the Far East, however, this will not be so comprehensive as there are so many species there!
    5. Africa - Many species from Africa, however, this will not be so comprehensive as there are so many species there!
    6. Central &South AmericaMany species from Central & South America, however, this will not be so comprehensive as there are so many species there!

Species covered: (Fennel; Rue; "citrus" family; and Aristolochia Feeders)

  • Black Swallowtail
  • Anise Swallowtail
  • Giant Swallowtail
  • Desert Swallowtail
  • Papilio machaon
  • P. hospiton
  • Parnassius
  • Zerynthia
  • Archon
  • Pipevine
  • Polydamas
  • ...plus other Aristolochia feeding species from around the world.

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(Part Two)

Let's Raise Swallowtails! (Part Two)Online Workshop Set of Eight ebooks by Nigel Venters

The eight ebooks illustrating every subject in this on-line Workshop are now available for purchase as a complete set.

Each ebook focuses entirely on the subject heading. The ebooks are very comprehensive, and the combined document is over 90 pages. The ebooks have color photos and are supplied in .pdf format, either as one complete file or as eight separate ebooks.

  1. Some new notes on breeding the Carrot family feeding Swallowtails on Artificial Diet
  2. Success with some of the more difficult Swallowtail species to breed
  3. Temperature experiments
  4. Larvae and Pupae, overwintering, forcing and coordinated emergence
  5. Hybridization techniques
  6. Mimicry
  7. Avoiding Parasites & disease
  8. Notes on breeding the individual Swallowtail species (divided by country or region).

Species covered include: (Laurel, Deciduous Trees and other hostplant feeders)

  • Tigers
  • Parides
  • Birdwings (Ornithoptera)

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Price for Full Set of sixteen ebooks: $100.00.

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The Butterfly Flight House
ebook by Nigel Venters

The Butterfly Flight HouseDesign and construction of an efficient flight house - for all levels of interest from hobbyist to large-scale commercial butterfly breeding facilities.

This 40+ page ebook, filled with color photos and detailed descriptions, was written by Nigel as the basis for the week-long online Butterfly Flight House workshop. It covers the design and construction of an efficient butterfly flight house and is aimed to cover all levels of interest, from the hobbyists to large scale Commercial breeders. The ebook examines the requirements needed for small, medium and large scale production levels, to facilitate the design of an effective flight-house for all levels of interest.

The price of the ebook is $50.00.

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Maximum Monarchs & More!
Daily Class Article Set ebooks by Nigel Venters

If you missed the first online workshop, you can still purchase the set of class files – which are detailed technical articles authored by the workshop leader and world renowned butterfly expert, Nigel Venters.

Maximum Monarchs & More! - Bonus Set CoverOur first workshop was titled “Maximum Monarchs & More!” with an impressive amount of information given to attendees, with the daily, class article and an online group forum that allowed for question and answers.

Here is the set of workshop ebooks with a description of the topics covered. The set of articles is SIXTY SEVEN PAGES TOTAL! The ebooks have color photos and are in .pdf file format.

Set of five ebooks: $75.00.

Day One

MAXIMUM MONARCHS

MAXIMUM MONARCHS
A new, tested and proven method to successfully breed Monarchs in large numbers without disease AND take much of thehard work out of this process, regardless of your climate or location! The innovative technique will greatly decrease your number of work hours.
MAXIMUM MONARCHS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Two

OTHER EFFECTIVE BREEDING OPTIONS & NOTES

OTHER EFFECTIVE BREEDING OPTIONS & NOTES
Reviewing the use of cages, totes, netting,parasitoid prevention, Diseases / sterilization - the pros and cons of different set-ups in different regions.Nigel explains how to manage plants and plant pests; the use of systemic and non-systemic pesticides; and natural and/or chemical fertilizers.
OTHER EFFECTIVE BREEDING OPTIONS & NOTES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Three

MONARCHS – ADDITIONAL TOPICS

MONARCHS – ADDITIONAL TOPICS
bullet Migratory and non-migratory Monarchs and their different behaviors.

bullet Refrigerator or cooler: how to use these options successfully at all lifecycle stages.

bullet Methods for holding/keeping fresh adults to ship according to your schedule

bullet Force-feeding Monarchs, in detail

MONARCHS   ADDITIONAL TOPICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Four

BREEDING OTHER SPECIES

BREEDING OTHER SPECIES
bullet PART ONE: Swallowtails

bullet PART ONE BONUS: Swallowtail Host Plants

bullet PART TWO: Painted Ladies and Red Admirals

bullet PART THREE: Mourning Cloaks

BREEDING OTHER SPECIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Five

THE FLIGHT HOUSE

THE FLIGHT HOUSE
Overview of options and choosing what’s right for you, your region and operation.
THE FLIGHT HOUSE

 

 

 

 

 

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