Butterfly Farming

“In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

– Baba Dioum, 1968

When purchasing insect products, it is important to ensure that they are sourced from sustainable sources. Extensive research has been done on the many benefits of sustainably farming insects. Below are a number of articles we have compiled on the subject that you can read, print or download.

Butterflies: big, beautiful and bountiful?

The world’s largest butterflies, Birdwings, are being farmed or ‘ranched’ by villagers in Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya to provide economic incentives to landowners to conserve valuable virgin tropical forest.

Butterfly farming takes wing
in Kenya

The farming of butterflies is becoming an ever more important foreign exchange earner in Kenya, with annual earnings estimated, according to most recent figures, at more than $100 million dollars.

Butterfly farming proves worth
a flutter

There are now around 250 farmers based in four villages in the East Usamabara mountains who are raising butterflies. This year they expect to earn around $20,000, and probably more next year.

Farming butterflies puts food on the table

For 10 years, Roselyne Shikami, sold boiled eggs at the bus station just outside the densely wooded Kakamega Forest in western Kenya, near the border with Uganda. Now she is selling butterflies.

Butterfly farming to help save rain forest

Researchers at the University of Warwick’s plant research arm Warwick HRI have received a £295,000 Darwin initiative grant to develop a butterfly farming industry in Guyana that will help support 5000 people.

Butterfly farming in Papua New Guinea

Butterflies may seem unusual farm animals, but to villagers in the Papua New Guinea jungle it is cattle that are exotic. The villagers live in close contact with their local insects.

Breeding butterflies to save butterflies

Tropical nuts? Eco-tourism? Sorry. Raising or collecting insects to sell is the only incentive some indigenous peoples have to save their tropical forests. Will you support them?

Can butterflies save Mexico’s rain forest?

In one poor town deep within the jungle, a butterfly project in Mexico’s endangered rain forest typifies the small-scale projects designed to create alternatives to cattle ranching and logging.

Why Butterfly Farming?

In our quest for food, shelter and the raw materials necessary to maintain our modern economies and lifestyles, our short-term interests are supported at the expense of the long-term viability of our planet.


Discover Butterfly farming with this video

Watch this video of a visit to a commercial butterfly farm. Learn about the entire lifecycle of a butterfly from egg all the way through to wing inflation.


How we built bridges with butterflies.

The  Amani Butterfly project in Tanzania was created to encourage local people to breed butterflies for exhibition around the world, helping them to earn an income from the forest far beyond their expectations.


How Butterfly Farmers Are Safeguarding the Kenyan forest.

Near the Kenyan coast, former illegal loggers are now embracing butterfly rearing as a conservation model, earning money from their butterfly enterprises while safeguarding Kenya’s forest ecosystems.

Papillon Belle proudly supports the Antennae Foundation.


Our Jewellery

Papillon Belle is a unique range of heirloom quality jewellery made from sustainably sourced butterfly wings set in sterling silver.

The Antennae Foundation

Papillon Belle proudly supports The Antennae Foundation who are committed to the preservation and conservation of insect diversity globally.

Our Butterflies

The butterflies used in our jewellery are sourced from an organisation that manages conservation projects all over the world. The organisation currently supports families in 21 different countries.