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Insect Lore Butterfly Pavilion

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  • Caterpillars become butterflies before their curious eyes
  • Become a butterfly farmer
  • Comes with certificate for 6-10 caterpillars, a 2 foot tall pop-up pavilion with zippered entry, feeding eyedropper and guide
  • Available only in the Continental USA and Alaska
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Mature butterflies take about 2 weeks to develop and may be released outdoors in temperatures above 55 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Please allow 2 weeks for larvae to arrive on your doorstep
  • Requires an additional $5 priority shipping fee for the caterpillar
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Insect Lore Butterfly Pavilion + From Caterpillar to Butterfly  (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1) + National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

Product Packaging: Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 13.5 x 24 inches ; 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00AFL5YXW
  • Item model number: 1070
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,901 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
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From the Manufacturer

Witness the wonder of the butterfly life cycle with this amazing educational experience. The 2-foot tall Butterfly Pavilion and#34;pops-upand#34; easily. Hang it from a string or set it on a table-top. The see-through mesh and zippered entry allow easy access for care and feeding.

Product Description

Witness metamorphosis with this hanging and/or free-standing mesh habitat with easy access zipper. Caterpillars eat, grow, hang upside down, form chrysalides, and then emerge as beautiful adult "Painted Lady" Butterflies. Kit includes a certificate for 6-10 caterpillars, special food, eyedropper, and guide plus a $5.00 charge for shipping and handling. (No shipment to Hawaii or outside the U.S.A.). Pavilion is 2 feet tall. Ages 4 yrs. +.

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Customer Reviews

It is very educational and fun for the whole family.
twigsoap
Overall it's such a great product and we plan to order more caterpillars!
SasseMom
They are able to watch the butterflies grow from caterpillars.
Crystal Shepherd

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

541 of 544 people found the following review helpful By Ben and Nate Bradley and their mom (Kris) on February 26, 2005
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My son (age 5) got this from his grandparents for Christmas and it has been terrific fun for all of us. The first set of ten caterpillars grew visibly day-by-day, then pupated and emerged as butterflies in a few weeks. There is a lot of great information about painted lady and other butterfly species online and having this project got my son very interested in how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly so soon I found myself showing him multi-colored pictures of imaginal discs (the larval structures that produce the butterfly wing, leg etc. during metamorphosis) online at websites I found--a great way to get him interested in developmental biology. The first time we talked about this he decided they were actually "magical discs", given what these groups of cells can do...the whole process has been very entertaining for the whole family.... It is also really fun to have butterflies flitting around and caterpillars growing in the pavilion in the kitchen when it is gray and wintery outside.

How to raise more than one generation of critters inside:

Since we sent our coupon for larvae out immediately after Christmas, we had butterflies dancing around the pavilion and mating in February when there were no plants outside to collect for the next generation of caterpillars to eat. Anticipating this, I ordered a mallow plant and some additional larval food from Carolina Biological Supply Company at about the time when our caterpillars turned into chrysalises: there is an online store and the stuff to get is the L918 culture medium (144040). This will feed about 80 larvae. (Unfortunately the Insect Lore company, which makes the Pavilion, only sells caterpillar food in small quantities along with additional larvae, which we certainly didn't need).
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136 of 136 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2000
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Raising butterflies with the Butterfly Pavilion was an experience that my kids and I will never forget. I'm a single parent trying to raise two young kids on my own. I'm busy and don't have much time to take them outside to experience nature. I wanted to give them something that would nurture their respect of nature. Boy did I pick the right item. We mailed our free certificate and about 10 days later, we received our caterpillars. Within about 7 days, they changed into chrysalides. We waited about a week, then suddenly, the butterflies started hatching. In fact, we got to see 4 of them come out within about 30 minutes of each other. It was the most fantastic experience. We kept the butterflies inside the netted habitat for about 5 days, then released them outside. My little 4-year-old girl cried as she had to free her "butterfries", but understood why it was important to do so. We'll never forget this experience and highly recommend the Butterfly Pavilion to everyone.
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 2000
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I bought the Butterfly Pavilion for my grandchildren so we could watch butterfly metamorphosis together. It was very easy. We mailed the free certificate and about a week later we got our caterpillars with their special food. We watched our critters every day grow and eat. After they formed their chrysalids (or cocoons) we put them into the Butterfly Pavilion and waited for them to hatch. About 8 days later, they started coming out one-by-one. My youngest grandson (5 yrs.) was the first to witness the birth. "Nana, Nana, come see our 'butterfrys'". It was the most amazing experience. We let them go later and all had a good cry. I'd recommend this fine product to anyone!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2000
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Our whole family was engrossed in the daily development of our caterpillars as they grew (quickly! wow!) and became fluttering Painted Lady butterflies. The Pavilion hung up easily from my daughter's bedroom light (we have no flat surfaces that aren't covered with stuff in our house, but don't judge me a bad housekeeper for that). It was so easy, and better yet, the habitat is reusable. We can't wait to do the whole thing again! Simple, interesting, educational, live - in short, it's amazing. Where was this when I was a kid?
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2002
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This is one of the best "toys" we've ever had. We had 10 for 10 caterpillars emerge as butterflies. Both my 4 yr. old and my 2 yr old delighted in the "hungry caterpillars" getting bigger by the day, then morphing into chrysalids, then getting transferred into the pavillion, then each one emerging as a butterfly. THEN they got to witness mating, seeing tiny butterfly eggs, and lo! one morning we had HUNDREDS of teeny-tiny hungry caterpillars! NOTE: you need to let the adult butterflies FREE before they lay eggs, otherwise you break the "circle of life" and have to deal with basically killing hundreds of caterpillars. Nevertheless, I've since bought this kit for other families to enjoy.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By H. Row on November 20, 2002
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This item is extremely durable which can be used over and over for future butterfly raising. It isn't the usual cardboard and cellophane that some "bug kits" are comprised of. A fine mesh enclosure with secure opening allows children to observe the beautiful butterflies grow to maturity. My child is enthralled with the learning experience this toy provides!
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93 of 106 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Brown on February 27, 2006
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My [kid] got this and shared it with her (...) class. They followed the instructions to the letter. Finally out came a whole bunch of the ugliest moth-looking like creatures. All of the children were so disappointed. Here they had seen the cover of the box with these orange painted lady butterflies! I called the company and they so nicely explained that these are not the colorful American Painted Lady butterflies. They are a different species that are much more gray and moth looking. We even had a bug expert come in to my daughter's class and tell us the "butterflies" sure looked like moths to her too! My question is, "Why does the company show colorful orange butterflies on the package when that is not what they are sending?" Very disappointing and not worth the money.
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