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The greenhouse is approximately selling 150 pupae per week to a client who exports them to countries such as Germany and Dubai.
 - Rural Development Institute photo -








Published Tuesday, July 6, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


A group of entrepreneurs from the community of Guadalupe in Golfito Canton, Puntarenas Province, are developing a novel project to raise butterfly pupae under controlled conditions for export.

The pupae factory required the construction of a greenhouse and a laboratory, valued at about $9,800, which was covered by the Rural Development Institute.

According to the institute, these funds were obtained through the project called Fomento a la Producción y Seguridad Alimentaria, which means in the English language, the project for promoting food production.

The Ministry of Agriculture is also playing a role in the project by supporting the entrepreneurs with technical training in managing pupal production.



The evolution of butterflies begins when they lay their eggs, where they turn into larvae, which after several days transform into chrysalis or pupa to finally become adult butterflies.

There are more than 40 species of butterflies , including morpho maritina or common morpho, caligo and papilio among many others, according to Lidieth Fernández, greenhouse employee.

The greenhouse is approximately selling 150 pupae per week to a client who exports them to countries such as Germany and Dubai, the institute said.

People interested in receiving support for the development of alternative product projects, such as the butterfly pupal greenhouse, can obtain more information by calling the institute's line 2247-7400.

According to the Ministry of Exports, Costa Rica is among the main butterfly exporters in the world with more than 30 thousand butterfly pupae exported per week. Among the largest clients of this business are the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and South America.

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What have you heard of entrepreneurs looking for financial aid to develop butterfly nurseries in your community? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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