Dear visitor, I, Bart Coppens, the owner of this website, would like to welcome to you to Breedingbutterflies.com. This website is focussed on breeding Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) in captivity and is based on my personal experience and observations alone. I am an amateur entomologist from the Netherlands that mainly studies the faunistics, ecology and life cycles of various Lepidoptera. I have a lot of experience with breeding them in captivity – in peak years I have bred over 40 moth species in a single season. It is my goal to document and publish as much information about them as possible during my lifetime.

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On this website you will find various links to caresheets that document the methods I have used to reproduce certain species in captivity; this enables my readers to do the same thing. It also contains some general advice and information about how to get started and what equipment to use, some of my personal opinions and notes and information about me as a person (it is my personal website), links to my other social media platforms and research and more.

My current goal is to improve the quality of my old caresheets. When I was a young man, I took many pictures of moths on my hand, which looks quite ugly, and my English was worse than it is now. I hope to improve some of the low quality caresheets and make them more ‘mature’. My oldest caresheets are also very low effort. My new ones will be high quality.

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Welcome to my website. Below you will find some help in orientation. Select below what you are looking for.

All the images, text and information on this website are mine, unless stated otherwise.

Various Saturniidae in captivity; by Bart Coppens. Some day I hope to have documented all their life stages and development on this website! 

Areas galactina; one of the most interesting and prettiest species I have ever bred in captivity, for multiple generations.

Me on YouTube: I also happen to have a YouTube associated with this hobby. See video:

Thank you for reading my article. This is the end of this page. Below you will find some useful links to help you navigate my website better or help you find more information that you need about moths and butterflies. 

Dear reader – thank you very much for visiting! Your readership is much appreciated.  Are you perhaps…. (see below)

Citations: Coppens, B. (2019); Written by Bart Coppens; based on a real life breeding experience [for citations in literature and publications] 

Was this information helpful to you? Then please consider contributing here (more information) to keep this information free and support the future of this website. This website is completely free to use, and crowdfunded. Contributions can be made via paypal, patreon, and several other ways.

All the funds I raise online will be invested in the website; in the form of new caresheets, but also rewriting and updating the old caresheets (some are scheduled to be rewritten), my educational websites, Youtube, breeding projects, the study of moths andconservation programs.

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45 thoughts on “Welcome!”

  1. Hi, do you sell them? If you dont, can you tell me where to find in the internet who does?
    Thank you


  2. Hello,
    Nice site!
    Do you have eggs from the Macroglossum stellatarum?
    Hope to hear soon from you.


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  4. Hello Bart, thanks for the pleasure you give us with your website, which is very complete and interresting. Excuse me if I don’t speak english very well, I think you understand.We don’t have french traduction t’s a shame!Continue your hard work, I encourage you.

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  5. Very informative and helpful! I would love to see some common moth and butterfly care sheets like : Macroglossum stellatarum, Dyssognia spp, phragmatobia fuliginosa and others like Whites, and birdwings.


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  7. Hey there! I have been searching all over the Internet for a place that may have some answers in terms of how to care for adult moths, hopefully you can help me. I am having some trouble getting my Hawk moths to feed. I have looked online and found a few people saying that hand feeding is the best way, but I feel like that would do so much damage to the body of such a delicate creature, not to mention destroy the scales with just the handling with your fingertips. I tried (and was as gentle as possible) but they struggled and the result was a lot of leftover dust on my fingers. For obvious reasons they don’t seem to like that at all, and from what I saw as soon as you get the proboscis into the nectar liquid, they will usually start feeding and settle down, but that wasn’t the case with mine.

    I know they are feeder type, but I just can’t seem to find any information other than people telling to hand feed. If you have any suggestions or comments it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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  9. Olá!! Acho muito interessante e tenho um projeto de estudos sobre borboletas! Achei muito bom seu site, porém acho que faltou a data de postagem das publicações e também o nome de quem escreveu as informações das espécies (no caso você ou se o conteudo foi referenciado) facilita muito a vida de quem preciaa converter um link com as normas do ABNT. Beijos e abraços!!


  10. Thanks for adding a website Bart! I think I’ve watched everyone of your videos. Been raising local butterflies and moths for 56 years on and off. Now it’s all summer thanks to your videos. And the internet! Now I’m able to raise more species and share them with other like-minded folks. Keep up the good work!

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  11. Hi Bart first of all I just want to thank you so much for posting your videos on YouTube. your videos have helped me tremendously care for my mods from caterpillar stage all the way to moth Hood.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Hello! I would like to purchase live actias dubernardi eggs to raise them as you did on your YouTube video, do you or do you know anyone who sells live eggs? Thank you so much for your quick response

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  13. Thanks Bart. Already subscribed to your channel. Thanks for the site info. I’ll be using it. Hope you’re having a fun trip!

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  14. Hello Bart,
    I wrote you some days ago that you also may use Convolvulus arvensis for feeding Euchromia. You may watch this in my following Video:

    A colorful moth. Euchromia, from egg to mating [4K → HD1080p, trilingual]

    position 2:12

    Have a nice time Rüdiger

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  15. Hello, thanks for your website. I am interested in Lasiocampidae. Do you sell eggs of this family?


  16. I can’t believe I found someone who has such an awesome youtube channel! I have always been fascinated with caterpillars and moths, especially their chemical defenses! Keep doing what you’re doing, please! So wonderful!!


  17. I have been stung by venoumous orange catipillar in Vietnam. Do you want to see photos of the rash?


  18. I have been stung by venoumous orange catipillar in Vietnam. Do you want to see photos of the rash?


  19. Hello, hey I’m very interested in your work, is there any way to contact you?


  20. I’m wondering if you can bred them at home. I’d love to help increase the population.


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    Thanks for magnificent information I was searching for this info for my mission.


  23. I have had a problem with Overwintering cocoons. All of the moths keep drying out even though there outside what should I do. ( I don’t overwinter cocoons that are from areas where they don’t overwinter


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  25. Super mooi waar koop jij je rupsen of poppen ?
    Ik ga mijn hobby terug beginnen heb al een mooie collectie dag en nachtvlinders. Vroeger kocht ik mijn poppen en rupsen bij world wide butterflies in Engeland,ben er zelf ook geweest.Maar in die tijd de jaren 80 was er niet meer dan dit.verkoop of ruil je poppen of rupsen ? Of heb je goede adressen?


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The aim of this website is to provide information about many species of moths and butterflies around the world, with a slight focus on rearing them in captivity.