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Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

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  • Waterproof PVC Fabric Shell
  • See butterfly metamorphosis up close.Reusable, collapsible habitat.
  • Includes feeder.Complete instructions included.
  • Includes mail-in voucher for five butterfly larvae and special food. ($5.00 fee for processing)
  • Witness one of nature's most spectacular transformations up close.
  • Just mail in the included coupon for larvae and food.
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 3 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00000ISC5
  • Item model number: 01010
  • Our recommended age: 4 - 14 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 - 14 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,185 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Witness one of nature's most spectacular transformations up close with this reusable, collapsible habitat. Fine, transparent mesh lets you see butterfly metamorphosis up close. Product includes easy-to-use feeder and complete instructions for habitat. Butterfly larvae with food shipped directly to your home. The habitat collapses for storage when not in use. You can adopt and raise a handful of caterpillars, watch them transform into painted lady butterflies, then lift the garden cover to release your beautiful specimens into the wild. This exciting habitat makes a fabulous introduction to the miracles of nature. The larvae and food available round the year.

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Experience nature up close with the Live Butterfly Garden from Insect Lore. This enthralling educational kit gives kids the opportunity to observe butterflies through every stage of their lifecycle. Children ages four and up can observe five real caterpillars eat and grow to form their chrysalis and then emerge as Painted Lady butterflies. Children will love feeding the butterflies in their included observation habitat and then releasing them into the wild.

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Live Butterfly Garden
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Age: 4 years and up

Requirements: Larvae, which are available with the included mail-in coupon ($5 shipping and handling required; ships to all U.S. states except Hawaii).

Warranty: Insect Lore guarantees that at least 3 of the 5 butterfly larvae sent through the mail will metamorphose into adult butterflies.

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Live Butterfly Garden - What's in the Box

12-inch habitat, guide, dropper, and coupon. View larger.
Live Caterpillars Mailed Directly to You
The Butterfly Garden comes with a coupon to send away for five caterpillars. The caterpillars are hatched from eggs in a butterfly nursery and mailed to your home in a special clear container, complete with caterpillar food.

Live Caterpillars

Live caterpillars and food

Keeping the caterpillars out of direct sunlight, children can watch them eat, grow, and after seven to ten days, form their chrysalides and begin their transformation into butterflies. The transformation from caterpillar to butterfly normally takes two to three weeks: seven to ten days in caterpillar stage, and seven to ten days in chrysalis stage. Insect Lore guarantees that at least three of the five caterpillars you receive will grow into adult butterflies.

Observe the Metamorphosis Up Close
The Butterfly Garden comes with a pop-up butterfly observation habitat, which is a cylindrical mesh container measuring 12 inches tall. Once the caterpillars become chrysalides, they can be transferred to the habitat, where they will complete their transformation into adult Painted Lady butterflies. Children will be excited to keep a close eye on the changing chrysalides and watch this seemingly magical metamorphosis.

Your Very Own Butterflies
Once the butterflies emerge, children can have lots of fun feeding them and watching them eat. The kit comes with a dropper for squeezing sugar water into the habitat for the butterflies to drink. It is recommended that flowers be placed in the habitat for the butterflies to rest on while they enjoy their meals. Kids will delight in observing the butterflies unfurl their proboscises to suck up the sugar water.

Enjoy your butterflies for a few days and then experience the excitement of letting them go to continue their amazing life cycle. Insect Lore recommends that butterflies be released within a week of their emergence, when temperatures are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure the safety of your live specimens, delivery may be delayed if temperatures are extreme in your area.

Additional mail-in certificates are available for order, so once you've released your butterflies, you can reuse the Butterfly Garden and experience the magic of metamorphosis again and again.

What's in the Box
Mesh butterfly habitat, feeding dropper, activity guide, complete instructions, and mail-in coupon for five caterpillars, and food.



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Customer Reviews

All the caterpillars formed their cacoons and turned into beautiful butterflies.
Cathy
I recommend calling Insect Lore to order the caterpillars on the phone -- fast & easy process, you just give them the coupon # that comes in the box.
madlyn
This is such a great little garden for kids who love watching nature and the whole process of caterpiller to butterfly.
Mary Rosner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

604 of 608 people found the following review helpful By John on November 13, 2000
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I bought one of these last year for my nieces. I also got one for me, and I'm in my 30's. I waited until the spring time to send in my caterpillar certificate. They came in their own little container with just enough food. So you don't need to feed them anything. I tried to put some real food such as leaves from the plants they like to eat in the wild, but they preferred the food that came with them. I think I received 6 caterpillars and they all turned into butterflies. I let them go a day or two after they emerged. Kids are completely fascinated by the process from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. One word of caution, it may not be the best thing to get for Christmas since you may have to wait until spring to get your caterpillars. They will send them in the winter, but I didn't want the butterflies to die on me or freeze to death if I let them go.
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476 of 498 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
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I bought this kit for my 5-year-old, but my 3-year-old wound up loving it every bit as much as the older one. The caterpillars arrive in a sealed container with everything they need--all you have to do is observe them. After a week, we placed the cocoons in the habitat, and out hatched five gorgeous butterflies. What's more, they began laying eggs within a few days, and before you know it, we had DOZENS of teeny-tiny baby caterpillars! Of course, we set them free outside (I'm no bug farmer), and we enjoyed painted lady butterflies throughout the rest of the summer. This kit provided my children with a wonderful, exciting learning experience that they will never forget!
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175 of 190 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
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My son received the butterfly garden as a birthday gift. We were going out of town, so asked to have the caterpillars delivered at a later date. They came on the exact date requested! The caterpillars were very small the first day, but grew so quickly that I wondered if we could actually watch them grow before our eyes (it certainly seemed that way)! It took only one week for the chrysalides to form, and only one more week for the butterflies to hatch. There is no feeding required for the caterpillars (they arrive in a container with their entire food supply)--all the kids need to do is watch them! My son and daughter both woke up each morning and would come running to tell me how big the caterpillars were. Then they watched them form into chrysalides, and still watched them each day until they hatched. The day we released the butterflies, my son looked at me and said "I sure am going to miss my beautiful butterflies!...Mom, can we get some more?"
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306 of 341 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
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We set up a Butterfly Garden for the kids and, as you've probably already read by others' reviews, they loved it. What surprised me most was how intrigued I found *myself* by it. All 5 caterpillars grew remarkably quickly, and all five emerged as loveable butterflies - the surprise was how I caught myself calling the kids over to look and running when they called me to take a peek at them. They were the best pets I ever had for a month! No muss, no fuss - and what a great experience, even for the he-man, butterfly-poo-pooin' dad.
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130 of 148 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1999
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We have used this kit at our science museum in Dallas for several years. The company is reliable and the children have rarely been disappointed with their catterpillars. My own children still ask me to buy the catterpillars every year and never tire of watching the metamorphosis take place right before their eyes. I highly recommend this product for all ages and it makes a great children's birthday gift.
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Gmarie on October 14, 2005
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I ordered this for my bug-loving daughter who is 8 years old. She wanted a caterpillar that she could grow into a butterfly, however, me not being a nature person, I did not know where to find one. So I took the easy route and ordered them on-line. We got our first shipment of caterpillars and to our dismay there was only one live caterpillar inside the cup. I suspect the others were crushed to oblivion by a food disc that was flopping all over the cup. My daughter was ok with that so we didn't bother Insect Lore about it. However, about 4 days later our one and only died. So I e-mailed the nice folks at insectlore.com. They asked for my shipping info which I gave to them. I also gave them the number on the card that you detach and save for you records. Be sure to save that card! It saves a lot of hassle if you have a problem. And be sure to read the directions because you are not allowed to open the cup. This was something I was not aware of when we first ordered it. I assumed the caterpillars would go straight into the mesh cage. Well, with no trouble at all we received a new cup in the mail with 5 live caterpillars! They grew to full size in about a week. I was surprised by how fast they grew! Three of them successfully formed cacoons and hung from the paper disc at the top of the cup, but two fell into the food disc. We removed them very carefully and placed them on a paper towel in the bottom of the mesh cage and the paper disc was carefully pinned to the side of the mesh. This was the most boring part. They were in cacoons for about a week. Nothing much to look at then. But when they emerged as butterflies it was very exciting! My daughter couldn't bare to part with the butterflies so we went ahead and just kept them.Read more ›
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