Bart Coppens is creating EDUCATION: Butterflies & MOTHS! (Research + webcontent)
21

patrons

$139
per month
For as little as 1$ per month, you can support my work with insects; I produce educational content, information and research. 
Help me help insects!

I am Bart Coppens and I am a content creator that wants to spread awareness about the beauty and complexity of insects. My speciality is butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera). I believe awareness is very important, in a world where public interest in insects is declining. Your donation supports my independent research, my several websites and YouTube channel, my expeditions to other countries, breeding of them in captivity, development of books, guides, and insect conservation. 
JOIN NOW and earn Rewards!

DON'T LIKE PATREON? USE SUBSCRIBESTAR: https://www.subscribestar.com/bartbutterflies

Who am I? 
I am an independent entomologist from the Netherlands that has dedicated his life to studying butterflies and moths. I am a published author of scientific research papers about several butterfly and moth species, run a YouTube channel dedicated to butterflies and moths and several websites containing information and caresheets and breed over 40 species a year as a hobby.

Why support me?
The way I use social media to shed light upon some very obscure and seriously understudied species of insects is something that I believe to be very important, especially that in a time where the biodiversity of our planet is rapidly declining. Cultivating interest in insects and creating easily accessible information (for both professionals and the 'common man') about them is something that could seriously boost future conservation efforts if done on a large scale. I am also an (amateur) researcher and biologist, and research butterflies and moths on a scientific level. While I do not recieve institutional support or funding, your donation allows me to carry these projects to a higher level. 

CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT:
- Website about insect vector diseases
STATUS: In development (release 2019-2021)
- Website about the Sphingidae of the Netherlands
STATUS: In development (release 2019)
- Website containing a photo-database of all Lepidoptera I ever photographed
STATUS: In development (release 2019-2020)
- Better Patreon rewards & reward system
STATUS: Progressively changing over time (
CLICK HERE)
- Host plants of North American Saturniidae (.pdf)
STATUS: In development (release 2019)
- Cambodian wildlife/moth expedition and trapping videos + vlogs 
STATUS: In development (release spring 2019)
- Book about breeding moths
Status: In development (release 2025-2030)

What are my donations used for?
  1. Enabling me, an independent entomologist that likes to work with insects - aka animals that are already greatly in need of conservation !
  2. Supporting my websites and online resources: compensating for website (WordPress) costs and compensating for the cost of additional storage space for images and domain names
  3. Camera and technology upgrades to constantly improve the quality of my images and videos
  4. Compensating for my research and the costs of literature: publications and subscriptions to entomological journals, and also the materials I need for my research (chemical analysis or DNA testing is very expensive) 
  5. Livestock: paying for eggs, cocoons and rearing equiment (cages, boxes, food plants) in general, for collection operations and legal permits to acquire obscure or unusual species, obtaining eggs and cocoons of interesting species to display on my website and YouTube channel
  6. Equipment: I need atleast a working photo camera and video camera to constantly post pictures and videos. The more succesful my content, the more the standards will improve, and editing software, professional breeding cages and more materials will come into play. 
  7. Investing in the future: future content may include additional websites, books, and whatever I may come up with next! Crowdfunding enables me to actually make my ideas reality. Possibly coming up: amateur documentaries, e-books, actual books, guides and more. 
  8. Consuming large amounts of pizza and energy drinks (just kidding.. or am I?)
  9. Content quality upgrades: money is invested in editing software, recording hardware, photography equipment, new websites, production and publishing costs of guides and books
PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT ALL MY MEDIA THROUGH THIS LINK: https://breedingbutterflies.com/other-media-websites/

Your donation supports: 
- My research, and by extention insect conservation
- My insect breeding
- My Website
- My Youtube
- Development of new media: guides, books, research, media (coming up and will be added here once finished)
- Education: readings at schools, media appearances to draw attention to moths
FOR PATREON REWARDS PLEASE CLICK HERE!
A LOT IS IN DEVELOPMENT! 


I am fleshing out and reworking my Patreon and in the process of creating and releasing exclusive content as a reward for Patrons. Expect to see many additions in the future: videos, photo albums, goodies and more. Join today and invest in the future releases! The more support I get, the more time and resources I will invest in developing this crowdfunded platform.

 
Tiers
Pieris brassicae
$1 or more per month

 Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. 

 Unique tier reward: All the basic rewards that come with being a Patron including: 

- Hide your personal messages in my videos - send them to me here  in a private message and I will deliver! 

- Vote on polls that influence my content and decide what the next video is about 

- Exclusive videos for Patrons, secret playlist not available to the public

 - If you are in the EU, or US, we can discuss livestock 

- Free access to e-books, and guides I've written and otherwise sell commercially (in production)

- Behind the scenes information and announcements

- Inbox me here and I will answer your questions about moths and butterflies


Anthocharis cardamines
$2.75 or more per month

 Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me! 


Polyommatus icarus
$3.50 or more per month

  Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me!  

Danaus plexippus
$6.50 or more per month

Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me! 


Unique tier reward:

- Custom made  postcard from me to your adress every new year. Every Januari, I send everyone that is a supporter on Patreon a post card with some greetings and some details about my plans for the new breeding and filming season!


Papilio machaon
$10 or more per month

Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me! 

 

Morpho peleides
$19.50 or more per month

  Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me!  Please read the unique tier reward below. And did you know that all rewards from previous tiers also apply?  


Bhutanitis lidderdalii
$35 or more per month

  Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me!  Please read the unique tier reward below. And did you know that all rewards from previous tiers also apply?  


Unique tier reward:

A personal FAQ video for you, every 6 months!

 Patrons in this support tier will be able to send me an interview that consists of a list of up to 15 questions they wish me to answer  that I will answer in a public YouTube video.  Can be used again every 6 months (so twice a year) -  I will be answering your questions to my audience and upload the video with your name in the title.  Contact me for details if you are interested. 






Teinopalpus aureus
$65 or more per month

  Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me!  Please read the unique tier reward below. And did you know that all rewards from previous tiers also apply?  


A personal gift from me: Patrons in this support tier will be elegible for a yearly  gift. What gift you say? Well, you can choose one option here. 

- (A) A pinned and framed moth, personally made and raised by me

- (B) Moth breeding equipment: a package with a few  good breeding cages and sleeves (the same kind I use). 

-  (C) A photobook I made myself with pictures of my breeding and commentary 

- (D) Insect jewelry: a necklace or rings that contain butterfly wings from my own insects 


It probably takes me a few months to make the gift.


 



Ornithoptera alexandrae
$98 or more per month

 Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me!  Please read the unique tier reward below. And did you know that all rewards from previous tiers also apply? 


Unique tier reward:

Be my boss, and tell me what to do: Tell me what videos or content to make! Tell me what species you want me to breed, tell me what articles I should write, tell me what videos you want to see! My influence is your influence, and my knowledge is your knowledge. 

I will make videos, research and webcontent according to your wishes and instructions to the best of my ability. 


Note: Of course within reasonable boundaries of my channel for those that want to see me make videos where I go  naked skydiving, hugging a lion, eat tide pods or promote your ideology on camera, we will discuss it over private messages 

WALTER ROTHSCHILD
$999 or more per month

The tier you just put out there in case an eccentric millionaire with a great passion for insects and particularly  Lepidoptera happens to like what you do 

Reward: my very soul, my body too

Just kidding. 


 Unique rewards: 

Boss me around: Tell me what  to make - anything - and I'll see if I can get it done for you. Videos, websites, books.. anything. The sky is the limit, and my mortal body 


A chance of meet and Greet: Well, that definitely warrants a meet & greet, either in the Netherlands or in your city - depending on where you live that is. I can definitely afford the journey with your pledge, but you need to live in a place where I dare travel to of course. I'm not a wussy though, so I probably will unless you live in a literal war zone or ebola quarantaine site (just kidding.. but yes, within reasonable boundaries is what I mean. )



Charles Darwin
$9,999 or more per month

You're really serious about this aren't you? That's a level of sponsorship beyond "make cool videos for me". We need to get to work. With these amount of funds, there is only one thing that would be right to do - use them for good, and wildlife conservation - to finally help the insects that I care about, so deeply.


Reward: I will buy a piece of land (property) and dedicate it to nature and wildlife. It will be a safe haven for insects, moths and animals. I will make sure that it has the correct native plants for pollinators,  plant trees and food plants for insects and supports the local environment. Conservation at it's finest. Last but not least, I'll name the area after you. 

Goals
21 of 22 patrons
Sponsored hunt DUNES: Catching, IDing (and releasing!!) butterflies for a full day in the Dutch dunes along the coast, and showing all the species I found there.
Part of a purely crowdfunded YouTube series called ON THE HUNT
13 of 37
For as little as 1$ per month, you can support my work with insects; I produce educational content, information and research. 
Help me help insects!

I am Bart Coppens and I am a content creator that wants to spread awareness about the beauty and complexity of insects. My speciality is butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera). I believe awareness is very important, in a world where public interest in insects is declining. Your donation supports my independent research, my several websites and YouTube channel, my expeditions to other countries, breeding of them in captivity, development of books, guides, and insect conservation. 
JOIN NOW and earn Rewards!

DON'T LIKE PATREON? USE SUBSCRIBESTAR: https://www.subscribestar.com/bartbutterflies

Who am I? 
I am an independent entomologist from the Netherlands that has dedicated his life to studying butterflies and moths. I am a published author of scientific research papers about several butterfly and moth species, run a YouTube channel dedicated to butterflies and moths and several websites containing information and caresheets and breed over 40 species a year as a hobby.

Why support me?
The way I use social media to shed light upon some very obscure and seriously understudied species of insects is something that I believe to be very important, especially that in a time where the biodiversity of our planet is rapidly declining. Cultivating interest in insects and creating easily accessible information (for both professionals and the 'common man') about them is something that could seriously boost future conservation efforts if done on a large scale. I am also an (amateur) researcher and biologist, and research butterflies and moths on a scientific level. While I do not recieve institutional support or funding, your donation allows me to carry these projects to a higher level. 

CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT:
- Website about insect vector diseases
STATUS: In development (release 2019-2021)
- Website about the Sphingidae of the Netherlands
STATUS: In development (release 2019)
- Website containing a photo-database of all Lepidoptera I ever photographed
STATUS: In development (release 2019-2020)
- Better Patreon rewards & reward system
STATUS: Progressively changing over time (
CLICK HERE)
- Host plants of North American Saturniidae (.pdf)
STATUS: In development (release 2019)
- Cambodian wildlife/moth expedition and trapping videos + vlogs 
STATUS: In development (release spring 2019)
- Book about breeding moths
Status: In development (release 2025-2030)

What are my donations used for?
  1. Enabling me, an independent entomologist that likes to work with insects - aka animals that are already greatly in need of conservation !
  2. Supporting my websites and online resources: compensating for website (WordPress) costs and compensating for the cost of additional storage space for images and domain names
  3. Camera and technology upgrades to constantly improve the quality of my images and videos
  4. Compensating for my research and the costs of literature: publications and subscriptions to entomological journals, and also the materials I need for my research (chemical analysis or DNA testing is very expensive) 
  5. Livestock: paying for eggs, cocoons and rearing equiment (cages, boxes, food plants) in general, for collection operations and legal permits to acquire obscure or unusual species, obtaining eggs and cocoons of interesting species to display on my website and YouTube channel
  6. Equipment: I need atleast a working photo camera and video camera to constantly post pictures and videos. The more succesful my content, the more the standards will improve, and editing software, professional breeding cages and more materials will come into play. 
  7. Investing in the future: future content may include additional websites, books, and whatever I may come up with next! Crowdfunding enables me to actually make my ideas reality. Possibly coming up: amateur documentaries, e-books, actual books, guides and more. 
  8. Consuming large amounts of pizza and energy drinks (just kidding.. or am I?)
  9. Content quality upgrades: money is invested in editing software, recording hardware, photography equipment, new websites, production and publishing costs of guides and books
PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT ALL MY MEDIA THROUGH THIS LINK: https://breedingbutterflies.com/other-media-websites/

Your donation supports: 
- My research, and by extention insect conservation
- My insect breeding
- My Website
- My Youtube
- Development of new media: guides, books, research, media (coming up and will be added here once finished)
- Education: readings at schools, media appearances to draw attention to moths
FOR PATREON REWARDS PLEASE CLICK HERE!
A LOT IS IN DEVELOPMENT! 


I am fleshing out and reworking my Patreon and in the process of creating and releasing exclusive content as a reward for Patrons. Expect to see many additions in the future: videos, photo albums, goodies and more. Join today and invest in the future releases! The more support I get, the more time and resources I will invest in developing this crowdfunded platform.

 

Recent posts by Bart Coppens

Tiers
Pieris brassicae
$1 or more per month

 Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. 

 Unique tier reward: All the basic rewards that come with being a Patron including: 

- Hide your personal messages in my videos - send them to me here  in a private message and I will deliver! 

- Vote on polls that influence my content and decide what the next video is about 

- Exclusive videos for Patrons, secret playlist not available to the public

 - If you are in the EU, or US, we can discuss livestock 

- Free access to e-books, and guides I've written and otherwise sell commercially (in production)

- Behind the scenes information and announcements

- Inbox me here and I will answer your questions about moths and butterflies


Anthocharis cardamines
$2.75 or more per month

 Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me! 


Polyommatus icarus
$3.50 or more per month

  Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me!  

Danaus plexippus
$6.50 or more per month

Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me! 


Unique tier reward:

- Custom made  postcard from me to your adress every new year. Every Januari, I send everyone that is a supporter on Patreon a post card with some greetings and some details about my plans for the new breeding and filming season!


Papilio machaon
$10 or more per month

Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me! 

 

Morpho peleides
$19.50 or more per month

  Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me!  Please read the unique tier reward below. And did you know that all rewards from previous tiers also apply?  


Bhutanitis lidderdalii
$35 or more per month

  Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me!  Please read the unique tier reward below. And did you know that all rewards from previous tiers also apply?  


Unique tier reward:

A personal FAQ video for you, every 6 months!

 Patrons in this support tier will be able to send me an interview that consists of a list of up to 15 questions they wish me to answer  that I will answer in a public YouTube video.  Can be used again every 6 months (so twice a year) -  I will be answering your questions to my audience and upload the video with your name in the title.  Contact me for details if you are interested. 






Teinopalpus aureus
$65 or more per month

  Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me!  Please read the unique tier reward below. And did you know that all rewards from previous tiers also apply?  


A personal gift from me: Patrons in this support tier will be elegible for a yearly  gift. What gift you say? Well, you can choose one option here. 

- (A) A pinned and framed moth, personally made and raised by me

- (B) Moth breeding equipment: a package with a few  good breeding cages and sleeves (the same kind I use). 

-  (C) A photobook I made myself with pictures of my breeding and commentary 

- (D) Insect jewelry: a necklace or rings that contain butterfly wings from my own insects 


It probably takes me a few months to make the gift.


 



Ornithoptera alexandrae
$98 or more per month

 Congratulations! You are now a patron of.. everything I do. And that is a lot, even if I say so myself. Thanks for being the backbone that helps support me!  Please read the unique tier reward below. And did you know that all rewards from previous tiers also apply? 


Unique tier reward:

Be my boss, and tell me what to do: Tell me what videos or content to make! Tell me what species you want me to breed, tell me what articles I should write, tell me what videos you want to see! My influence is your influence, and my knowledge is your knowledge. 

I will make videos, research and webcontent according to your wishes and instructions to the best of my ability. 


Note: Of course within reasonable boundaries of my channel for those that want to see me make videos where I go  naked skydiving, hugging a lion, eat tide pods or promote your ideology on camera, we will discuss it over private messages 

WALTER ROTHSCHILD
$999 or more per month

The tier you just put out there in case an eccentric millionaire with a great passion for insects and particularly  Lepidoptera happens to like what you do 

Reward: my very soul, my body too

Just kidding. 


 Unique rewards: 

Boss me around: Tell me what  to make - anything - and I'll see if I can get it done for you. Videos, websites, books.. anything. The sky is the limit, and my mortal body 


A chance of meet and Greet: Well, that definitely warrants a meet & greet, either in the Netherlands or in your city - depending on where you live that is. I can definitely afford the journey with your pledge, but you need to live in a place where I dare travel to of course. I'm not a wussy though, so I probably will unless you live in a literal war zone or ebola quarantaine site (just kidding.. but yes, within reasonable boundaries is what I mean. )



Charles Darwin
$9,999 or more per month

You're really serious about this aren't you? That's a level of sponsorship beyond "make cool videos for me". We need to get to work. With these amount of funds, there is only one thing that would be right to do - use them for good, and wildlife conservation - to finally help the insects that I care about, so deeply.


Reward: I will buy a piece of land (property) and dedicate it to nature and wildlife. It will be a safe haven for insects, moths and animals. I will make sure that it has the correct native plants for pollinators,  plant trees and food plants for insects and supports the local environment. Conservation at it's finest. Last but not least, I'll name the area after you.