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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2012
We were really disappointed with this product. It's cute and does look like it's well-made. However, my duaghters discovered a major design flaw. It does not lay flat on the ground - by design! So they could catch butterflies in the air, but then when they laid the net down to transfer them to a butterfly nursery, they would invariably escape through the gap created by the net design (a combination of the plastic round butterly at the net base and the angle of the net). It was so frustrating that we are returning. I suggest resisting the cuteness of this product and going with a more functional design.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
One of the foundations of living a Buddhist lifestyle - and really, living a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan, or other related lifestyle - is that you do not randomly harm other creatures just because they happen to be in your way. That holds true if you encounter innocent little babies, and it also tends to hold true for beautiful butterflies, or happy bumblebees, or other creatures that you might find in your home. But how do you help these innocent creatures relocate to their more appropriate outside location?

When I first purchased this Melissa & Doug Bella Butterfly Net I was laughed at by both my son and my boyfriend. They said, "Oh, that looks like a net for a five year old." OK, yes, it has lovely pink and green colors. Is that a bad thing? The net is perfect. You swoop it at a bumblebee. The bumblebee is safely within the net, not being hurt. Then you head outside and release the bumblebee. You never had to touch it with your hands, it happily flies on to its next flower, and your home is safe.

We have a challenge with our parakeet because her seed seems to spontaneously grow grain moths. The parakeet lives in my office so that means moths flitter around my head while I'm trying to work. In the past this would cause me frustration - I'd bat them away and they'd fly right back in front of my face. Now, no problem. I grab the net, swoop them into it, pop them outside, and it's done. They are off to their new destination, and I can work in peace.

My boyfriend and son aren't laughing at all any more. They go for the net when they see a bee or wasp or whatever happens to get into the home. One swoop and the problem is solved. We've used it on spiders too. I'm amazed it took us this long to get one of these things!

My boyfriend is now even like the infamous tailor who somehow killed seven flies with one blow. However we aren't slaying bugs, but merely catching them. He's managed to grab three moths at once in the bug net and then pop them outside.

Highly recommended to anyone who ends up with moths, wasps, bees, or other insects that they'd rather relocate outside!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2012
This butterfly net is the perfect size for young kids, but the plastic handle breaks after minimal use. My six-year old was able to swing it and catch a fair number of bugs until she broke the handle (within four months of receiving the net).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2010
I bought this for my three year old, she loves it. She uses it to carry just about anything. The net is large enough for her to put an 18" doll in it, which I did not expect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2010
I bought this for my daughter's 5th birthday and she loves it.

It is sturdy, large, the net appears secure, and comfortable for her to hold.

Would purchase this again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2010
Just like all the Melissa and Doug items I have purchased in the past this is well made and really cute. The net is sturdy... and my daughter likes to catch lizzards rather than butterflies, so this works great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2012
I bought my daughter a cheap net earlier and it lasted about a week or so. I wasn't too sure from the pictures and description if this one would be durable, but upon opening the package I was pleased with the solid construction and quality netting. It is well made and looks great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2011
I know this looks like a toy, but I got one for my wife to kill moths in her garden and it works perfectly and it's just the right size.
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on March 7, 2014
Our 5 year old daughter had been begging for (of all things) a butterfly net. We did some research and basically found that this net seemed to hold up substantially better than other reviewed ones.

We have a good amount of Melissa and Doug products already and have always been very happy with the quality of them anyway--so we went ahead and got this for her. The bright colors and shape of the net is really fun and makes it that much better. It is also, extremely well built. It has stood up to abuse from our 3 year old son who has decided to turn it into a sword (like he's does with everything!) whenever he gets a hold of it! The fact that the net is shaped like a butterfly was a real hit for our daughter and she was extremely excited to go out butterfly hunting (with full intention of releasing them!) this Spring.

The price was right and the quality of the product was better than expected for a butterfly net. I would highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2013
and butterflies (and lightening bugs) too. This was a special request for a birthday present and it didn't disappoint at all.
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