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Insect Lore Live 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
  • Requires an additional $5 priority shipping fee for the caterpillar
  • 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

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 15.5 x 15.6 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • 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.
  • ASIN: B00004U5UF
  • Item model number: 4100192
  • Our recommended age: 4 - 11 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 - 7 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,299 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
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Insect Lore Live Butterfly Pavilion

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Experience nature up close with the Live Butterfly Pavilion 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 ten real caterpillars eat and grow to form their chrysalis, 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 Pavilion
At a Glance:

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 6 of the 10 butterfly larvae sent through the mail will metamorphose into adult butterflies.

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Live Butterfly Pavilion

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Live Butterfly Pavilion - What's in the Box

2-foot habitat, guide, dropper, and coupon. View larger.
Live Caterpillars Mailed Directly to You
The Butterfly Pavilion comes with a coupon to send away for ten 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 six of the ten caterpillars you receive will grow into adult butterflies.

Observe the Metamorphosis Up Close
The Butterfly Pavilion comes with a pop-up butterfly observation habitat, which is a cylindrical mesh container measuring 2 feet 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.

If you receive your butterflies during warmer weather, when temperatures are above 55 degrees, you can experience the excitement of releasing the butterflies into the wild. Caterpillars are available for delivery year-round, so if yours arrive in a colder month, you can keep your fully-grown butterflies in the mesh habitat for their lifespan, which is about two to four weeks.

Additional mail-in certificates are available for order, so once you've released your butterflies, you can reuse the Butterfly Pavilion 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 ten caterpillars and food


Customer Reviews

All Caterpillars hatched into beautiful butterflies.
twigsoap
When ordering the larvae from Insect Lore, please note it takes a LONG time to receive your caterpillars.
M. Heiss
Kids love watching them change and learning about the life cycle.
darlingasset

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

557 of 560 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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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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44 of 46 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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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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2000
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Our expectations were completely met by this wonderful piece of Nature. All we had to do was watch and marvel as the butterflies' metamorphosis happened right before our's and our kids' eyes. All of the tiny caterpillars grew, crawled to the top of their little containers, formed their chrysalises, and emerged about a week later as beautiful butterflies. It held our kids' wonder and interest for the entire 3 weeks of the metamorphosis. The result was 10 gorgeous butterflies. Would recommend it to anyone!!
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