of Iowa Iowa began as an idea in the early 1990's, sparked
by an exceptional interest in gardening, which grew into a special
affection for butterflies and butterfly gardening, then a passion
and now a vocation.
We spent several summers volunteering
in butterfly garden and prairie restoration projects around Iowa,
reading books and magazine articles and researching the Internet
about butterflies and their habitat as well as chatting with other
butterfly breeders around the world.
of Iowa became a reality on January 1, 1999. Since then we
have continued our learning and developed programs, seminars and
workshops to teach others about these wondrous creatures who inhabit
part of our world.
Our children’s seminars
have been presented throughout schools and libraries in Iowa and
the mid-west. Our adult program as well as our habitat program is
great fun for all those interested in butterflies and how to garden
for them. We are involved in the Vanessa Project and hope to launch
that workshop in the spring of 2005.
have been involved with the University of Kansas Monarch Watch tagging
program since 2000 and offer a program each autumn to promote better
understanding of the Monarch migration. Click
here to see some photos of the tagging event!
you ever wondered?
- What's the difference between a butterfly and a moth? Where
do butterflies go with it rains? Is the Monarch the only butterfly
that migrates? What happens inside a chrysalis? How big to butterflies
get? Which one gets the biggest? How long do they live? What butterfly
lives the longest?
101" Live butterflies introduce their world to your
in Your Backyard" How much do you know or remember about
Live butterflie are a
part of this program especially designed for older students and
adults. Just what does happen inside a chrysalis? Ask
to Build a Backyard Butterfly Habitat" Learn what
it takes to provide these amazing creatures with everything they
are looking for. Plant it right and they will come!
Tagging" Our autumn program - what is tagging?
Why do we do it? What are the benefits? Let the live
monarchs and us give you the answers.
seminars are educational, hand-on presentations using live butterflies,
caterpillars and chrysalis.
of Iowa is pleased to announce receipt of the Backyard
Wildlife Habitat Certificate #29256 from the National Wildlife
of Iowa offers for sale Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Mourning
Cloaks and Painted Lady butterflies throughout the United States
as permitted by the USDA. We also offer a variety of butterfly gifts
items, some of which are especially designed for ButterfliZ of Iowa.
Articles featuring ButterfliZ
with butterflies turns profitable," The Des Moines Register
"On The Wings of Monarchs," Jacksonville
Butterfly Biz brings show to Davenport, Quad
City Times, Davenport, Iowa 9-15-02
Hobby to Buziness, Des Moines Press Citizen, 5-22-02
of Iowa Notified of Tagged Monarch Recovery
On February 21, 2002, the University of Kansas
Monarch Watch announced a tagged Monarch recovery in El Rosario,
MICH, MX. The Monarch was tagged by Doug & Kathleen Ziemer
of ButterfliZ of Iowa, Des Moines.
The tagging occurred on September 1, 2001 at Fillenwarth Beach
Resort, Arnolds Park, Iowa and was recovered January 11, 2002.
The male Monarch traveled a distance of 1,663 miles. ButterfliZ
of Iowa has been involved with the Monarch Watch Tagging
Program for four years and this is the first Monarch tagged
by them to be recovered at the over-wintering sites in Mexico.
of Iowa is a member of and supports:
Butterfly Web Site Sponsor
Iowa Butterfly/Dragonfly Group
Monarch Watch Tagging Program, University of Kansas
Highland Park Garden Club, Des Moines IA
Des Moines Convention
& Visitors Bureau