Butterfly Farming

Butterfly Farming is the maintenance, breeding, promotion and / or development of species of wildlife in an area clearly determined, for scientific, commercial, industrial or repopulation of subsistence purposes. (Accoridng to colombia Constitution: Act 611 of 2000 Clause 3)


ALAS DE COLOMBIA, mariposas nativas Ltd., has a closed-end butterfly farming type. It starts with the parental foot  obtained from the wild to lay eggs in the butterfly houses. In the laboratory, is provided the necessary conditions for development of their life cycle: egg, larva and pupa.

The company has in 2011  6 butterfly houses, laboratories, nurseries and crops of host plants, which can produce 40 different species during the year, including some endemic to Colombia.


10% of our production is periodically returned to the wild for conservation and population growth of species.


- Our butterfly farm is not oponed for display to the public
 for reasons of health and safety -


BUTTERFLY FARMING BENEFITS

Compared with other initiatives working in the countriside, buttefly farming offers the following advantages:

  • The producers appropriated the concept that the forest is a source of income without destroying it, so it clearly promotes the conservation of the environment.
  • Avoid practices that destroy nature, such as burning, logging and quemical spraying helping to preserve natural vegetation and bushes.
  • Pollination contributes to the natural environment, important activity in the food chain.
  • It does not use toxic substances, waste is organic and returns to grown by composting.
  • Promotes organic agriculture among neighbors and multiplies the benefits of clean production.
  • It is an effective tool to combat illegal traffic of wild life and curb the threat of extinction of many species that are traded illegally.
  • Presents a new face of Colombia to collectors in the world who for years had to buy only from an illegal market.
  • It involves tasks that require dedication, care, time, and proximity to home, at the same time farmers can develop other field works.
  • The work can be shared by members of a family, from grandfather to grandchildren because farming methods are easy to learn.
  • The investment is small, requires simple equipment and materials are available in the area.
  • Activities take place at home, this allows young people and women get involved and this  improves significantly their quality of life and contributes to gender equity.
  • Reduce the need to get incomes from illegal or subversive activities.
  • The time of breeding and production of final product -30 days on average, is lower than almost all other farming activities.
  • Promotes fair price for product and allows more income when dedication is greater.
  • Generates revenue inconmes with earnings similar or above the traditional wages.
  • It can be implemented in rural communities in different regions of Colombia.

The company develops social work and training, not only in farming but in business plan and  self-employment scheme for producers, providing management skills and biological research, manages marketing agreements for the production of butterflies and responds for exports, so that families can engage in farming.

We strongly believe that scientific knowledge increases in value when placed in the service of human development and nature conservation. Entomology studies and research in Lepidopterology magnify themselves when they stop being on the shelf of a library and result in improving the living conditions of families in the countryside, who with the raising of butterflies hold together at home, remain on their land and preserve their natural environment.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY OF BUTTERFLY FARMING

The natural lifecycle of a butterfly is 30 days average. In a wild environment less than 5% become adults due to natural predators. Butterfly farming gives them the necessary protection and food supply so that 80% of them can reach the adult stage. This activity contributes to the conservation and increases the population retorning to the wild a large quanity of butterflies.

 

PROCESS DESCRIPTION

The butterfly farming is undertaken with several specimens of each species, obtained from the wild, according to the Environmental License. The females lay their eggs in the respective host plant that provides food for the larvae and is particular to each species of butterfly.

Los huevos son recolectados diariamente y trasladados al laboratorio donde se continúa el desarrollo de los individuos a través de las etapas de su ciclo y se proporciona el alimento y cuidado necesarios para su desarrollo, hasta convertirse en pupa o adulto.

 

Eggs are collected daily and taken to the laboratory to continue the develop ofindividuals through the stages of its cycle and provides food and care necessary for their development into pupa or adult.

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