About Us


Joseph Rudy, Owner

Hello and welcome to The Butterfly Company! I am proud to be the owner of a company with 40 years of history and a diverse and extensive family of customers and suppliers around the globe. I have been a life-long lover of butterflies, insects, and the natural world. I collect many things and have worked around the insect kingdom, buying and selling for many years.
 
That being said, I am also aware of the enormity of things to learn about the butterfly and insect world. If you’re a specialist and can offer assistance in any way, please don’t hesitate to email, write, or just give me a call! Or if you are a long-time collector looking for rarities, feel free to send us your “want” list.  My mission is to work tirelessly going forward to provide you the same high level of product diversity, fair pricing, and exceptional customer service that you have come to expect. I am looking forward to many years of bringing you the best butterflies, insects, and “things,” the world has to offer.


The Butterfly Lady - Connie HurtConstance Hurt, Founder

Hello and welcome to The Butterfly Company. My name is Connie Hurt and throughout the world, I'm known as ‘The Butterfly Lady'. Since 1977 I have been the major supplier of tropical butterflies and insects for clients including prestigious museums, scientists and educators, photographers, crafters and private collectors around the world.  

Traveling extensively, I enjoy my career in this wonderful field of entomology.  I've had the pleasure of hosting expeditions to the Amazon Jungle, visiting my suppliers around the world and serve as advisor and consultant to Butterfly Farms and breeding projects.  I also travel to appraise private collections sometimes placing them in important places like the Smithsonian Museum.

My own collection is amazing!  I've specialized in ‘Birdwing Butterflies and Gloss Swallowtails’ of Indonesia and the most desirable Morphos and Heliconius from South America.  It gives me great pleasure to share photo's of my butterfly and insect collection with you, within the pages of this website.  My personal goal is to provide you with the best service and quality insects because I want you to return to my site often and with excitement.  Please enjoy it! 


Ashleigh, Production & Office Manager

Ashleigh (Vazquez) is a production Manager and designer at the Butterfly Co. She is proud of providing exceptional customer service and assists with the company’s large inventory of dried specimens meticulously preparing spreads and special projects of customer orders on a day-to-day basis. While being a newcomer to the world of butterflies and insects, she has been passionately committed to the preservation and process that goes into maintaining the beauty of each specimen. Her favorite butterflies include the Neon Green Swallowtail, Red Spotted Purple, and The Great Mormon- all of which are part of her growing collection! Prior to immersing herself in the world of butterflies and entomology, Ashleigh is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she completed her BFA in Studio Arts.

Kitt: Design Associate Intern

Kitt is our new design associate, and is working on making our printed and digital materials just as beautiful as the butterflies we sell. Kitt is also helping run our facebook, instagram and other marketing ventures. Currently a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and on track to graduate in 2019 with a BFA with an emphasis in graphic design. New to the world of butterflies and insects but eager to learn, their favorite butterfly so far are the Birdwing butterflies, specifically the Goliath. Beyond graphic design and butterflies, Kitt is passionate about cooking, fashion, house plants, their cat and social justice.


Hazel: Intern
 
Hazel Fricke grew up in Houston, Texas, surrounded by insects, but would not discover her passion for entomology until moving to Illinois to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hazel also volunteers at the Chicago Field Museum, where she has pinned over 2,000 lycaenidaes for their entomology collection! When she’s not pinning insects or interacting with her invertebrate pets, Hazel can be found painting portraits of her cockroaches. 




Kalia: Intern

Originally from California, she is currently studying photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is here to help work on the Rare Butterfly and Insect Collection, along with photographing the rest of these magnificent butterflies and insects for our website. She loves using macro photography to capture the stunning details of nature and her surroundings. Fascinated by reptiles, amphibians and creatures alike, she is thrilled to work so personally with each butterfly and insect at The Butterfly Company.    

 

Joseph Sgro, Displays and Collections Consultant

Joe has been a collector for years and customers love to talk with him!  He bought his first tropical butterfly from a shop in NYC, then in 1981 he met Connie and his butterfly hobby was set on fire!   Now he has over 100 drawers filled with exotic beauties!   For years he was the office manager for BFT, semi-retiring in 2014.  He now works with Connie on appraisals and spreads insects for customer orders.
 
  

Lori Guilford, Office Manager, Accounting

What a relief to find Lori with years of experience in bookkeeping, banking, invoicing and payroll which keeps The Butterfly Co. running smoothly.  She has a hubby, a son who is a college grad foot ball star and world-traveling daughter working on her masters.  She loves to read and spoil Buddy our office mascot!




James Maudsley - Research and Breeder

Dr. James Maudsley is a professional butterfly breeder supplying North America species to BFT.  Over the years Connie has commissioned Jim  to travel and collect in many South and Central America countries for rarities desired by prominent museums and for research.  In this photo, Jim has a 'Morpho rhetenor' male while on an expedition to French Guiana. 


 

Our History

The Butterfly Company Unltd. (formerly Butterflies And Things) has a solid foundation serving customers since 1977. It was created to supply hobbyists and collectors, photographers, artisans, scientists, researchers, educational institutions and public butterfly houses with the most desirable insects from around the world.  Being a leader in the field is important to The Butterfly Company. From the beginning, we were and still are, committed to building quality long-term relationships with our clients. Even in today’s economy, we continue to steadily grow and are proud to be the best online source for butterflies and insects in the USA! We believe that our success is the result of the care and dedication we put into helping our customers acquire the world’s most amazing butterflies and insects for their collections and gift items that will last a lifetime.  Our goal... to stimulate your imagination and to arouse your curiosity about the fascinating world of butterflies and insects. We hope that you will start your own collection and continue to visit our website for years to come!