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Insect Lore Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher
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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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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.
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 or by mail using the voucher included in the box.Conditions apply for the voucher.
- A family and classroom favorite!
- Insect Lore has shipped over 50 million caterpillars since 1969.
- 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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This product has 3 different purchase options. In order to make sure you buy the right product, please double-check that you have clicked the appropriate option before putting it in your Amazon Cart.
The 3 options are (as of April 2017):
1) The "Live Butterfly Garden with 10 Caterpillars" which includes 2 cups of 5 caterpillars, the feeding sponge and the butterfly house ($29.99);
2) The "Live Butterfly Garden with 5 Caterpillars" which includes 1 cup of 5 caterpillars, the feeding sponge and the butterfly house ($24.70); and
3) "The Original Butterfly House" which DOES NOT INCLUDE THE CATERPILLARS, instead it has a voucher for 5 caterpillars. ($19.99) This option may be better for gifts because you need to raise the caterpillars as soon as they arrive in the mail. But the issue is that the person sending in the caterpillar voucher will need to pay $7.95 for postage/processing - so they may be annoyed to pay $7.95 for a gift.
Given those 3 options, I purchased the "Live Butterfly Garden with 10 Caterpillars" for $29.95. And I am very glad I did. I didn't want to pay extra to get the caterpillars by voucher and I wanted a few extra caterpillars in case any of them didn't make it. The butterflies are Painted Lady butterflies which are much smaller than Monarchs - but have similar coloring.
We received the 2 cups of caterpillars with no issues. One caterpillar was DOA and we accidentally moved the caterpillar cup right as it was forming the cocoons so 3 dropped and never developed (user error). But all the rest became butterflies. I would call it a "success" and look forward to buying more next year.
The butterfly cage is made of mesh. As the butterflies are emerging they will give off a red colored liquid. This is not blood. But you may want to place the cage on cardboard or paper towels to protect your table underneath. When the butterflies have been released it is very easy to clean the mesh cage. (I noted that there is another review that critiqued the mesh lid. If you are purchasing the caterpillars in the plastic containers from this company, the caterpillars will attach to the lid of the container and you will not need to worry about them attaching to the mesh lid of the cage. But if you are purchasing the cage to use with other caterpillars from another source that are going to want to attach to the mesh lid, then I can see that the mesh lid would be an issue. However, for the people buying this as a set with the caterpillars staying in their containers until after they have formed their cocoons, and then putting the lid propped in the little green box, the mesh lid is totally fine.)
In sum - it was fun to watch the caterpillars grow because they grew so quickly. The period where they are in their cocoon was a little less interesting for kids, but you could tell they were alive, because they would sway back and forth. But the butterfly stage is awesome. We were lucky to that one of them emerged from the cocoon when we were watching - and the kids loved it. We did not feel comfortable keeping them in their cage too long, so we released them a couple days later. And it was beautiful to watch the 6 butterflies emerging and slowly flying away.
Now, I bought this kit in May 2016 - and at the time their booklet had not been updated. So there was some frustration for me as to how to handle the lids and the feeding. SO THE REST OF THIS REVIEW WILL ASSIST YOU IF YOU HAPPEN TO GET AN OLDER BOOKLET. I just called the company today (April 2017) and they told me they have updated the booklet, so it now says to put the lid propped up in the little box. But if your booklet is an older booklet and it says to peel the paper off the lid and hang the lid from the mesh ceiling, then please keep reading.
LIDS: The pictures and diagrams in the older booklet show that you should lift the thin film of paper off the lid and carefully pin it to the top. However, after trying to lift off the paper and a) it wouldn't lift off and b) the paper was already slightly tattered from the caterpillars, I decided to take a large safety pin, very slightly bend the pin in the middle and pin the entire lid to the top of the cage. It worked!!! (See photos)
But here is where I am the idiot - they have now included little green, rectangular boxes, where you can assemble the box and then just put the lid into the box, thereby holding the lid at an appropriate angle. Of course I didn't notice this until AFTER I had carefully tried to take off the paper, given up and pinned the lid to the top. (See photo)
EATING: Again, the booklet is now incorrect. The booklet tells you to dampen a paper towel with the sugar water (or flower or fruit). However, the kit now includes a red circular sponge in a yellow plastic "flower". And you just put the sugar water on that!
I hope this information is helpful to you and you enjoy your butterflies as much as my 4 year olds did!
Two of them refused to leave her open hand so we kept them a few extra days before trying again. This time they did fly off. The last one to leave came back several days later and flew around while she played outside. We knew it was the same one because of the mark on its wing. Great experience and so very easy to care for.
My only complaint is that our kit only came with 9 caterpillars. But it was not really a big deal to us and I did not contact amazon or the company to see about getting another one. Our caterpillars arrived in good health and as stated they were pretty inactive the first day but quickly came out of it the next day. The kids kept a daily journal and were amazed at how quickly the caterpillars grew. By day 8, all of the caterpillars had made it to the top of the cup and into their chrysalides. When we transferred them to the netted habitat, one of the chrysalides fell off onto the cardboard lid holder (we just left it there and the butterfly still emerged just fine). 8 days later, 7 of the 9 butterfllies emerged. The next day the remaining 2 butterflies made their appearance. We have had 9 happy little butterflies for 4 days now and we are just waiting on the next sunny day to set them free:)