International Conference of Butterfly Exhibitors and Suppliers

The International Association of Butterfly Exhibitors and Suppliers (IABES) encourages member facilities to actively participate in the yearly IABES conferences. At these conferences members can gather to exchange information, coordinate industry problem-solving, and discuss new ideas.


Caligo memnon 587 390 90IABES Conference 2017 in the Netherlands

2nd to 6th of October 2017

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The 2017 conference will be hosted by Rotterdam Zoo, Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen and Burgers Zoo in Arnhem.

Monday October 2nd:
2-5pm Arrivals and  icebreaker at  Hotel Rotterdam
5-6pm  Opening of the conference and welcome to the delegates
6-10pm Opening dinner and introduction program   

Tuesday October 3rd:  “New developments and news from members”

8.45am departure to Rotterdam Zoo by bus
9am- 1pm Meetings and presentations
1- 2pm Lunch
2- 4.15pm Meetings and presentations
4.30- 6pm Guided tour in Amazonica       
6.15- 8pm Dinner at Rotterdam Zoo and cinema evening
10pm departure to Hotel Rotterdam by bus

Wednesday October 4th:  “Butterflyhouse-ecology”

9am Departure to Arnhem, Burgers’ Zoo (arrival at 10.30u.)
10.45am- 1pm Meetings and presentations
1- 2pm Lunch
2- 5pm Guided tour in the zoo (new butterfly exposition)
6pm Dinner and auction for Save Homerus
9.45pm Departure to Rotterdam (arrival at 23.30u.)
Thursday October 5th: “ Making the difference!”
8am  Excursion to Wildlands Emmen
10am Stop at Butterflygarden Orchideen hoeve, Luttelgeest, with coffee and guided tour
11.45am Departure to Emmen (arrival at 13.00u.)
1- 2pm Lunch at Atlas Theater
2- 5.30pm Presentations, talks, visit/ guided tour Butterflytemple and 17'000m2 greenhouse Jungola
6pm Dinner and closing the conference in Jungola
8pm Departure to Rotterdam (arrival at 10.30pm)
Friday October 6th:
9am breakfast and
Departure of all delegates from Hotel Rotterdam. 


Price including conference, hotel, transports and all meals: 730€ single occupancy/ 600€ double occupancy



History of IABES Conferences

 1997   Costa Rica    Hosted by Costa Rica Entomological Supplies
 1998   USA   Hosted by D. Dunwoody, J. Thomas, M. Connelly, M. Weissman and R. Hersterberg in Winterpark, Florida
 1999   South Africa     Hosted by E. van der Westhuizen of Butterfly World
 2000    Malaysia   Hosted by D. Goh, Penang
 2001   Kenya   Cancelled due to the events of September 11th
 2002   Italy   Hosted by E. Moretto and G. Tamino at Butterfly Arc Montegrotto Terme and Bordano Butterfly Village
 2003   Luxemburg   Hosted by E. Hendriks
 2004   England   Hosted by J. Calvert
 2005   Germany   Hosted by Garten der Schmetterlinge, Sayn
 2006   Netherlands   Hosted by C. van der Meer (Vlindertuin Berkenhof), K. Veltman (Artis Zoo Amsterdam), LJ. Nederlof (Rotterdam Zoo)     
 2007   Ecuador   Hosted by Mariposas de Mindo and Heliconius Butterfly Works
 2008   Denmark   Hosted by Sommerfuglepark, Bornholm
 2009   Malaysia   Hosted by Tropical Entomological House and Butterfly House, Penang
 2010   Switzerland   Hosted by Papiliorama Foundation
 2011   Canada   Hosted by Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory
 2012   Italy   Hosted by Butterfly Arc in Montegrotto Terme
 2013   South Africa   Cancelled due to poor global economic condition
 2014   France   Hosted by Martin and Beatrice Bueche of Jardins des Papillons, Hunawihr
 2015   Philippines   Hosted by Elizabeth Heitzmann of Flora Farm
 2016   USA   Hosted by TITAG in conjunction with IECC in Arizona
 2017   Netherlands   Hosted by Rotterdam Zoo and Emmen Zoo
 2018   ?   →   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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