South African Butterfly Breeding Association (SABBA) A Branch of Conservation of Butterflies in South Africa (CBISA) - Founded 1993

A Non Profit Company Company (NPC) - Registration No. 2005/035451/08, Public Benifit Organization (PBO) - Tax Exemption No 930033432 - P. O. Box 599, Ramsgate, 4285.

Collecting Butterflies

The hobby of collecting butterflies had its boom in-between the years of 1975 to 1985 when South Africa had over two thousand butterfly collectors. This number had reduced considerably to just over one hundred and fifty by the late 1990's. Today there are just a handful. The reduction of many collectors comes with the development of technology. new digital cameras and other digital equipment has led many interested lepidopteron adopt to the more favoured perfect digital photography and other suitable media to portray - what butterfly species look like in the wilds. Many new books have been released over the last few years of natural settings in the wild with butterflies and just about any insect families including moths- grasshoppers and even frogs - spiders and the like. Hence today there are only a hand full of collectors (people who collect specimens - set them and keep then in cabinets) left around - truly a dying breed. Some scientific institutions may still collect butterflies for scientific study such as most of your big city museums.

Going back into history - we find that the so called craze to collect butterflies come about every thirty or so years in South Africa. World Wide - we find that there is a huge industry for the collecting of various butterfly species with the tendency to rather purchase pupae - let then hatch - set them for the intended collection - or to buy dead but perfect specimens - relax them with a relaxing agent - set them for a collection.

CBISA has a large collection of set butterflies as a data bank and proof of the existence of the species it holds. Only two female - males are in the collection of what ever species there is - and a singe specimen of variations belonging to any species of only South African Butterflies. There is no necessity to collect hundreds of specimens of each species being males - females as this would be considered as hording - especially when it comes to rare endangered species. A practice that should not be condoned - and for collectors to adopt to the collecting of - only what is necessary for a private collection.


CBISA invites new individuals who come across this website to become members of this unique Non Profit Company (NPC). The offer is open to you - to assist wherever you feel it is within your capability to do so. There is a membership fee of R250 per month. This membership allows you to take advantage of this website presented by CBISA - which covers a very wide spectrum of all the existing and future planned projects of CBISA as well as allowing you some opportunity to become involved in them - should they be of interest to you. A monthly newsletter is automatically provided for your benefit.

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From Our Gallery

Welcome to S.A Butterflies

A place for rare butterflies to be and to be protected as they are extremely rare. Only a few have ever been caught - but through our breeding program we have been able to breed over one hundred and have released them back into the wild. Thanks to the dedication of a few who cared for their survival - a very rare butterfly - has been described.