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Insect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit Toy - Includes Voucher Coupon for 5 Live Caterpillars to Butterflies
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- Pop-up, reusable 11.5-inch tall mesh habitat perfect for butterfly viewing!
- Witness one of nature's most spectacular transformations up close
- Includes feeding pipette and complete instructions
- Caterpillars ship separately via included voucher (Additional $7.95 for processing)
- Shipping: Live caterpillars are shipped to destinations within the Continental USA and Alaska. We cannot ship live caterpillars to Hawaii.
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Original Butterfly Garden With Voucher Includes
Pop-up, reusable 11.5-inch tall mesh habitat perfect for butterfly viewing, feeding Pipette, complete Caterpillars to Butterflies Instruction Guide, a cup of 5 live caterpillars redeemed online using the voucher included in the box. Please note that an additional $7.95 shipping fee is required when redeeming your voucher.
Watch the Miracle of Metamorphosis Up Close
The Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher gives children, students and families an unforgettable opportunity to watch caterpillars change into chrysalides and then emerge as beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies. Raise and feed your very own butterflies and then release them into the wild! The entire transformation from caterpillar to adult butterfly takes about three weeks.
Watch Caterpillars Change Into Butterflies before Your Very Eyes
Watch the Miracle of Butterfly Metamorphosis with the Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher from Insect Lore! We’ve been shipping our special caterpillars to families and classrooms for almost 50 years.
- A family and classroom favorite.
- Insect Lore has shipped over 50 million
- Watch your caterpillars grow, harden into chrysalides and then transform into beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies.
- Feed and enjoy them for a few days - then set them free.
- 3 of the 5 caterpillars are guaranteed to emerge as healthy adult butterflies.
See an Amazing Transformation
5 caterpillars will arrive in a clear plastic cup with all of the nutritious food they need to grow into beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies. Place the cup in a safe place away from direct sunlight. The caterpillars will remain in the cup and will eat, spin silk and grow to ten times their original size! After seven to ten days they will hang upside down and harden into chrysalides.
Raise Your Very Own Butterflies
The Insect Lore butterfly habitat is a reusable, cylindrical mesh container perfect for up close butterfly viewing! When not in use it folds flat for easy storage. Once the chrysalides have hardened, gently move them to the pop-up butterfly habitat. It will take about seven to ten more days for them to complete the transformation to adult butterflies. Everyone will want to keep a close eye on the habitat so they can witness the fascinating birth of their Painted Lady Butterflies.
Once your butterflies have emerged from the chrysalides, place fresh flowers in the habitat for your butterflies to rest on. Use the feeding pipette included to drip sugar water, or nectar, on the flowers. Watch your butterflies eagerly sip the nectar with their long proboscises. Butterflies also love to feed from fresh slices of watermelon and oranges.
Set Your Butterflies Free
Enjoy your butterflies for a few days, and then experience the excitement of letting them go to continue their amazing life cycle. Release your butterflies within a week of their emergence from the chrysalides when daytime temperatures are above 55 degrees. Simply take the butterfly habitat out to your yard, unzip the cover, and let your butterflies go. Butterflies will often land on little hands and faces before flying away. Watch for your butterfly friends, as they may decide to remain in your garden for a few days.
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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Most of them didn't move at all. l gave it a few days, but it was clear, out of 10, only one was moving, eating and growing. That one did end up being a chrysalis and turning into a butterfly. The other 9 were clearly dead on arrival.
Amazon made it right by sending us another kit. This time from arrival, you can tell right away that most of them were alive as they were active, except 1. So 9 caterpillars.
They all ate the food in the cup and became very fat...
They turned themselves into a cocoon. One fell down early, so 8 left.
3 more fell down, so we reattached them to qtips.
Then we waited and waited.
1 emerged, but then fell down from the qtip while it still had to unfold it's wing, so it became deformed and died.
1 got stuck trying to emerge... And after struggling for literally hours (it would appear dead, but when I checked on it, it would flutter... Then go still again) it finally succumbed and died.
Two appeared much darker then the other chrysalis and I thought they were dead too, but nope, they were still alive, and became butterflies along with 4 other... So we got a total of 6 butterflies.
Honestly... I don't know why... But... These butterflies aren't like normal butterflies... Maybe the way they were hatched, lived and grow or what... But even after the first day of emerging... You can tell they would never survive if we let them go because they don't seem to be "flying" normally. Flutter yes, but they would fall down after a few feet.... Kind of deformed I guess.
I gathered some flowers, and made the sugar water for them, and they did seem to eat....
All in all, I think it was a cool experiment. Kind of expensive, so it was a special treat. I don't think it was anything we did that made them "special" since in the 2- 2.5 weeks it took from arrival to butterflies, we were out of the house for more then half that time. The other times, it was on a dresser drawer away from the kids. She likes to look at them Occassionally, and I would hold her up to see them, but she wasn't that interested as it was just a chrysalis for the most part, but when they emerged to become butterflies, she was super excited and got to watch so that in itself was worth it.
Thanks to Amazon though, I rate it 4 stars
However, the two cages I just bought do NOT have the clear, vinyl lid still pictured, but rather -- for the first time ever -- super-crummy, lightweight, slippery, nasty, horrible, no-good MESH lids! This has been terrible for my monarchs and a real annoyance for me this season. Like many larvae, these little guys like to wander about, spreading their silk around the "roof" before settling down in earnest to place a serious silk button and screw in their wee cremasters for a good, safe hang before pupating. With the old vinyl lids, I never had a problem gingerly unzipping the flap to maintain my Late Johnnies who were still eating while their siblings continued to dangle safely and securely. No worries: the silk stayed in place. Insect Lore should know that a critical function of a semi-stiff, clear, zippable plastic lid is that you can DO such maintenance. It is essential to be able to remove frass or swap out fodder while leaving attached chrysalises secure. Unfortunately, this lousy mesh does not provide a proper surface for secure adhesion of the silk, nor anything else. The entire RAFT of silk has come unstuck on each of the new cages. A couple of chrysalises have fallen as a result. Now I must hang entire batches by pinning -- a technique I don't happen to prefer, but I guess it will do until the season is over.
The new mesh lids do not allow me to tape up a fallen chrysalis, a method I like a lot when a cremaster cannot easily be tied by thread. The mesh is so slippery that I can't even slap on the adhesive office notes I use to track dates, numbers, and instars. They just fall off. I have to PIN on the bl**dy notes now. Agh! More pins!
The original design allowed perfectly sufficient airflow, so I can't see that as an argument for the change. What on earth was Insect Lore thinking? Cost? Just charge me a dollar more, please. I'm returning these, but can't do it until the season is over because I need the real estate.
I'll close by saying that if you've read this far (gosh, I'm sorry) AND if you only plan to use this cage once to rear a cup of Painted Lady larvae you got with a coupon, then you may be much happier with this new version of the product than I am. Your larvae, if they are of similar size, are likely to pupate at about the same time, and you're probably using that insta-food in the jar they gave you (it looks like yellow goo). You might be ignoring the frass (caterpillar poop), because it's so difficult to remove from the jar. If that's so, you won't be doing any real maintenance. You won't be hanging fallen chrysalises nor slapping on a dozen Post-It notes for record-keeping, as I do. So my advice to you would be to buy this silly thing and ignore my rant -- just DON'T mess with the zipper once you see those chrysalises hanging, if you let them do it on the cage lid, outside their jar.