Rural System, Inc.
 Sustained rural lands; sustained profits




The Butterfly Band
of Nature Folks

This is the insect and arthropod company. It seeks to maximize profits from insect-related activity, primarily that which is related to moths and butterflies. Expressing interest in biodiversity, a national and international concern, the Band seeks to learn of the ecology of the insects of the area. It gives greatest attention to the more conspicuous and attractive butterflies but works with the entire realm of entomology...from pests to production of commodities and crafts.

One emphasis is increased production of crops (not just reduced losses) due to managed insect populations. This enterprise seeks to develop a comprehensive bee- and insect-related system distributed throughout the region.

It promotes interest in bees and in honey production. Other activities include cooperative honey buying/marketing, bee and butterfly "clubs," pollination service, insect damage appraisals, newsletters, sale of supplies, computer software and education, and photography. Its profound strategy is to secure a toxicant-free environment for bees (thus people and wildlife. It sells equipment for honey production, sells honey and wax, rents pollinators in season, and supplies products for venom therapy research. Hives are set up in approved areas near secure sites. Small areas are planted to produce specifically designed (computer aided) supplies. A co-op of local producers is developed or existing ones used. Supplies of quality honey are processed in various styles, color, taste, and quality to maximize profit.

The Pivotal Tracts are likely to be hit by various insects and developing appropriate damage management strategies is needed. These must be integrated with other objectives of the area.

A collection is maintained with the Laboratory, later considered for museum-like displays.

Insects are a primary food of fish, birds, and mammals. This enterprise is a "service group" in the same sense that the rangeland component of The Pasture and Rangeland Group works to provide plant forage for livestock and wildlife. Managing insect biomass is a new function in the wildland. Including the invertebrate fauna in "biodiversity" is a massive problem that few in the general public or legislatures have contemplated. Other enterprise actions include:

  1. supplying rare photographs
  2. supplying advice on insects and garden problems
  3. relating plant to insect phenology
  4. developing endangered species strategies and tactics
  5. working with 4-H entomology projects
  6. developing insect lists for the Realtor (also identifying correlated dominant groups, target taxa, or clades that reflect insects over broad areas to reduce time and costs of insect surveys (see C. Kremen, Ecol Applications 1994 4(3):407-422))
  7. developing expertise with insect-arthropod vectors and parasites (e.g., nose bots, bot flies, Lyme disease, tick-borne disease, encephalitis, West-Nile)
  8. developing new strategies and understandings of integrated pest damage management in connection with the Pest Force
  9. developing optimum mixes of honey types (color, taste, quality)
  10. cooperative marketing of honey crop by color, taste, and name developed within the enterprise
  11. producing a honey-related recipe book
  12. using insects in The Products Group
  13. doing research in alternative use of honey and wax
  14. doing research into the role of bee in forests and to mast (nut) crops of interest
  15. doing research in the uses of wax, particularly with leather products (see The Deer Group and The Goat System)
  16. protecting hives from animals, vandals, and theft (See The Pest Force and Safety and Security Group)
  17. supplying insects (and slides of insects) to biological supply houses

In addition to bees, the enterprise collects and preserves insects for educational purposes, assists in maintaining the state's insect collection, and provides identification service for pest control operators and interested people.

It conducts insect surveys (and contract agricultural insect surveys for state and federal agencies) for property owners interested in comprehensive biodiversity surveys. It engages in insect-community relations research, particularly in forest areas. It is uniquely qualified to engage in baseline wilderness surveys.

It continues studies and applications of Heikkenen's hypothesis for pine tree stand moisture stress.

It seeks contracts for threatened or endangered species recovery projects. It publishes Bug Notes a newsletter for everyone interested in any and all of the above topics and Hex Notes for those having bee interests [An organization for people interested in butterflies (and other insects) and butterfly gardens will be studied.]

Freelance writing and photography are encouraged for alternative funding and name recognition.

Bee costumes for youth and others are made. "Bee parties" for small children (full range of games, food, costumes, and decorations are supplied - a party package for children age 4-7 in units of 5 for Halloween, parades, etc. A party consultant will be available.

Customers:

Willing cooperators in households throughout the region (after being given instructions and equipment) will do many of the tasks listed. Pest control operators (Dodson, Orkin, etc.) are likely to be (irregular) customers for identification and other services.

Consulting is freely provided to the Pest Force promoting a version of integrated pest damage management. "Bug Notes" is sold to cooperators, pest control operators, Nature Folks, and farmers. It advertises the Pivotal-Rig, Inc. services.

See the potentials of a Butterfly Festival.

Estimates

Development costs are estimated as ....$45,000. Annual profits:


Perhaps you will share ideas with me
about some of the topic(s) above at

RHGiles@RuralSystem.com.

Maybe we can work together
... for the good of us all
... for a long time.

Return to the top of page.