Raising butterflies can be done for two reasons:
It is important to be aware of the difference of the two different mind-sets. If you are just wanting to enjoy watching the butterfly life cycle as a learning experience click on the how to raise butterflies page.
This page continues on the responsibility of raising butterflies for commercial purposes:
There are conflicting views as far as the impact this will have on the environment. Not enough time has passed since this trend started. So far there is no evidence showing a negative impact of possibly posing a threat to natural wild populations. If anything, many believe it helps the ever disappearing butterfly populations.
The fear is, however, that commercial populations can get out of control and effect the local butterfly population and vegetation where damage is severe, especially by an exotic butterfly. An even bigger concern is that a new introduction of parasites and diseases could be a potential threat, again effecting butterfly populations.
An example of parasites invading butterfly populations is one that is a common concern for both the Monarch and Queen butterfly. Both are a milkweed butterfly.
It was discovered in the 1960's where butterfly populations fell prey to a protozoan parasite called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha. This parasite was found to completely debilitate both farm raised and wild butterflies.
As the butterfly larva hatch and eat their egg and their host plant milkweed, they then become infected.
Although most reading this information will not attempt to commercially raise butterflies, it's good information to know. If you ever find yourself wanting butterflies released at a special event, buy only from an authorized seller that is aware of the USDA restrictions.
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