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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Top customer reviews
Yes there was indeed a most unfortunate design failure for us. One of our caterpillars was unzipped over the top of while we were looking for it actually. HORROR! Try telling your 6yr old you zippered their caterpillar. We did our best to rehabilitate. We got to watch the other caterpillar crawl over and curl up next to the injured one (completely on its own) as if to motivate it. It shrunk down but then with care got bigger and began to move around/ eat normally. In the end it did not make it. (Bad milkweed or the injury.) :'(
We raised two successful butterflies. It is quite the MAGICAL experience, even as an adult.
We recommend a side door and larger habitat if you have room. We tried placing a plant in ours (milkweed/ our monarchs food) which seemed a natural solution for all of the poop which there will be a ton of. (How can such a tiny thing poop so much?) Caterpillars face a challenge for survival, I recommend reading up to give them their best chance! Sick caterpillar/chrysalises should quickly be separated and cleaned up after. Lots of great advice out there. Oh and should you have a monarch and be purchasing silky milkweed keep a watchful eye or you will end up with caterpillar after hungry caterpillar after hungry caterpillar after hungry caterpillar.
Even with all of the poop and the endless quest for silky milkweed we were led on over the summer, we can't wait to do it again! In fact we are now growing silky milkweed of our own.
But in spite of that, this is a GREAT little science kit. My 4 year old son was fascinated by the caterpillars that arrived. They come sealed in a little plastic tub with a layer of food on the bottom, so you don't have to feed them or tend to them at all, just make sure they are neither too hot nor cold, and watch them grow! They eat the food on the bottom and hang on the top and turn into chrysalises. About a week later they turn into butterflies, and then you can feed them fruit or sugar water, which is a lot of fun too.
We received 6 caterpillars and all 6 of them turned into butterflies. So beautiful and really great learning for the little ones (and us big ones too).
A note: Make sure you are going to be home for at least 3 weeks when you order the butterflies. If you go out of town you might miss the transformation, and also once they turn into butterflies you need to be home to feed them.
5 very hungry caterpillars arrived and it became a daily event for us all as a family to sit and review their development. This will teach your kids more about the life cycle of butterflies and metamorphosis than 100 books or art projects or videos on the subject. 5 beautiful butteries emerged about 2 weeks later and we released them all into the garden.
Highly recommended and the garden can be reused with new caterpillars in future so even better value for a classroom