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.

Breeding Butterflies and Breeding Butterflies for weddings

Breeding Butterflies by students for school projects - the release at weddings as confetti - or purely as a hobby is fascinating for the observer to watch and enjoy. The butterfly's life cycle has everyone spell bound as the transitions of metamorphosis takes place in front of your very eyes. These small miracles have hypnotized thousands, if not millions of people all over the world.

Breeding Butterflies in South Africa has become a lucrative business for those who have learned the proper procedures of various Breeding Methods that have proved to be successful. During 2000 - 2008 many butterfly farms were opened in South Africa and started supplying butterflies for weddings. Most of them have closed down due to inadequate breeding methods and those out to make a fast buck. Only one breeding facility remains. The South African Butterfly Breeding Association (SABBA) has provided courses for Independent Butterfly Breeding Stations - Butterfly Breeding Centers - Butterfly Sanctuaries who breed butterflies for weddings or tourist attractions under the guidance of (SABBA) and have been very successful. This is due to individual locality programs based in various areas in South Africa, where breeders are continually researching methods that have proved to be successful and in so doing have mastered the breeding programs set out by (SABBA). Great care is taken to avoid in-breeding of species by introducing fresh specimens (DNA) from different offspring to keep the gene pool varied and strong.

Courses are provided by (SABBA) for individuals to breed butterflies successfully. Usually starting with a basic course, allowing individuals to breed firstly common type locality butterflies in their respective areas. This includes the preparation for a Lepidome structure to house the plants allowing for a natural setting. Providing the student with gravid (pregnant) females that would give anything from 80 - 200 ovum (eggs). Incubation trays, chrysalis nurseries and packaging are provided to prepare the student for a lucrative business. Leads for weddings, school functions, birthday parties and other functions are provided to the breeder once they have become successful in their breeding programs.

Common Type Locality Butterflies
Here are some common type butterflies to make a choice from for breeding course programs. These common type locality butterflies are easy to breed and present no difficulty for the novice. As a new breeder, these hardy butterflies are some of the 58 butterfly species that one can choose from.

Symbiotic relationships
Breeders should not attempt to breed butterflies that have a symbiotic relationship with other insects or creatures. Only experts who have studied all aspects of those related relationships and have been trained to breed such moths or butterfly species should be allowed to breed all or any part of that relationship under the provision made by (SABBA). Other courses are provided for this in-depth study and are quite expensive.

Breeding methods?
There are many breeding methods for the breeding of butterflies or moths. Not every species has the same habitat, nor the same natural breeding process or feed on the same host plants. Virtually each butterfly or moth species have a unique breeding pattern. These individualized breeding methods for the individual breeding pattern presented by (SABBA) have proved to be 80% more successful than when the moth or butterfly species is left in the wild to fend for itself. Only 3% of all laid butterfly eggs in the wild will survive.

Members

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.

Contact Details: Office: Cell: 074 422 5587 ~ Click Here Membership Application Form

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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.