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Also please take a look at my Patreon HERE (click link)
I know, I know. Some of you will visit my website, see the donate button and cringe. So why is it on here?
Lately, the readership of my website has been through the roof, and I would like to thank everybody for visiting. I have been inspired to work hard on it and improve it as much as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t pour as many hours into this website as I would like to. This is because next to this website, I also maintain a YouTube channel, many forms of social media, and breed over 40 species of butterflies and moths a year! Not only that, I also volunteer in insect collections, I do my own scientific research which I also publish in scientific journals, and write books and guides about my hobby. All of this costs me a disproportionate amount of time and effort. As you can see, insects have swallowed up my free time, and my life.
The entirety of this website is written by only one person: me Bart Coppens, including all text and photographs! In order to create and maintain this website, I do have to produce content as a ‘one man army’. Read more about this in the about this website section. The only exception to this rule are the rearing archives, that allow other users to submit their own content and pictures.
I don’t expect other people to pay for me and my hobbies. However, some of my projects, such as this website, don’t just have my entertainment in mind: they are for you. I would really like offer all of this information free – in fact I’m a strong believer in free and accessible knowledge. Your donation simply makes it easier for me to keep all this information online for free, since it compensates for all the time and money I have poured into it myself.
So is it a problem that it costs me time and money? Not really – in fact, it’s my own decision. But it can make it hard to find time and motivation – not only is time limited – so are my resources. In fact, running this website costs me money, and so does buying livestock to breed, subscribing to scientific journals to publish in, and so does researching butterflies and moths, since I am an amateur researcher. I often pay for the equipment or information needed by myself – even many sorts of books and publications are not free to use for everybody. Nothing in this world is truly free, neither is server space, neither is doing a GC-MS to look at the defensive secretions of my caterpillars, neither are the shipping costs of transporting cocoons and pupae over all the world, neither is ‘free’ time in fact. Do I expect other people to pay for this? Definitely not! I do it out of pure interest and passion for this subject.
However, donations simply make it easier for me to carry the weight. By keeping this option open, I get a small return on my time and effort. In fact, it would be pretty great if this website became self-sustaining. It is not really my ambition to make it profitable, although that would also be welcome, as I would simply re-invest it in upgrading this website. That would make it worth my time even more. Donations are only for those who are willing and able to pay. This website will always be for free. So if you are willing and able, your contribution is much appreciated. And if you are not able, or not willing, then your readership is also appreciated.
What are my donations used for?
- Paying for collection operations and legal permits to acquire are or unusual species
- Paying for eggs, cocoons and rearing equiment (cages, boxes, food plants) in general
- Compensating for website (WordPress) costs
- Compensating for the cost of additional storage space for images
- Compensating for the costs of my research
- Obtaining eggs and cocoons of interesting species to display on my website and YouTube channel
- Consuming large amounts of pizza and energy drinks (just kidding.. or am I?)
- Compensating for the costs of literature, publications and subscribtions to entomological journals
- Motivating me (yay!) to improve this website
Other ways to help!
If you wish to contribute to me and my goals one way or another, there are a few other things I’m looking for.
Spelling: First of all, English is not my native language and for that reason this website can contain spelling mistakes, improper wording or weirdly worded sentences that make no sense at all. I also tend to confuse or misspell some words. If you are one of my readers and have spotted a misspelling or language error, then please report it to me so I can correct it – this helps me improve the quality.
Submit information: I am looking for interesting stories of unusual species of butterflies and moths being raised in captivity, including pictures, as part of my community project The Rearing Archives. Have you raised obscure, rare or unusual species? Then please post them to me, and consider me hosting your story on my website!
Livestock exchange: I am always looking for cocoons and eggs of interesting species to add to my website. Especially eggs from Saturniidae, Lasiocampidae and other families featured on my website are welcome; I may even offer you an attractive price for them. Species that are not featured on my website as caresheets are species I don’t have enough pictures of, and breeding more of them would be a welcome experience. I am also looking for many species from Africa, South America and temperate to tropical Asia.
Spread the word: That’s a simple, but important one. For somebody with such a specific hobby, I do have moderate ‘success’ and even a reasonably large following on social media. My YouTube account, Instagram, Facebook – you name it, each follower helps! I also encourage readers to share my website with others.
Join the moth Whatsapp Group! https://chat.whatsapp.com/93hg6lzhRvi7eoHlWbC9m7
My Paypal: paypal.me/BartCoppens – with this link, PayPal users can send me a single and one-time payment: for those that want to show support but do not want subscription based platforms.
Buy me a coffee! My Ko-Fi: Click here to go to Ko-fi – The platform Ko-Fi is more like an online tip jar, that allows viewers to donate a small amount for the price of one coffee(about 3.50$ per tip). It is small but thoughtful, and unlike Patreon, not subscription or commitment based.
My Bitcoin wallet address: 31nNVQFakCKa9QThYgfccMumCB2kKemeuJ and my Ethereum wallet address: 0x6938B84F35980964FCFDA80bd4Da58e683181241 – Also a user of cryptocurrencies? Why not, it’s a growing trend – for those that prefer to use more modern methods.
My Redbubble: Redbubble is in fact not a donation platform. This websites sells post cards, t-shirts, posters and more – with pictures of my moths on them! When you order one, I get a small commission on the product. Ever wanted a wallet, phone case or mug with your favorite moth or caterpillar? Now you can.Click here to go to my webstore
My Subscribestar: Subscribestar is exactly like Patreon. So why use it instead of Patreon? Because Patreon has censored people for their political opinions in the past, and a small amount of people boycott the platform for that now – here is the alternative for those people: Click here to go to my subscribestar
My GofundMe projects: Click here to go to GofundmeGofundme is a website that allows users to crowdfund huge and expensive projects. This is probably something that will only work out later, once I have way more subscribers than I do now, since they are big and expensive projects. But I’m a dreamer.
Dear reader – thank you very much for visiting! Your readership is appreciated. Are you perhaps…..
- Not done browsing yet? Then click here to return to the homepage.
- Looking for a specific species? Then click here to see the full species list.
- Looking for general (breeding)guides and information? Then click here to see the general information.
- Interested in a certain family? Then click here to see all featured Lepidoptera families.
Was this information helpful to you? Then please consider contributing here (click!) 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.