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Insect Lore Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher
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- Waterproof PVC Fabric Shell
- 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
This is a great set. We bought the set that includes everything. (Some sets come with the caterpillars - we ordered the set with 2 cups for $29; other sets come with a voucher for you to order the caterpillars separately. So you can choose the type of set you want.) One caterpillar was DOA and we accidentally moved the caterpillar cup right as it was forming the cocoon and 2 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 reason I am writing is that, as of May 2016, they changed how the product works, but have not updated the booklet. I therefore made it a lot harder on myself and figured I should save others the same irritation.
LIDS: All the pictures and diagrams 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. I wish they would have changed the booklet or at least put a paper insert into the booklet. I read that booklet carefully and there was no indication of an alternative method and I wished I would have seen it beforehand. (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!
Now, if I had carefully gone through everything in the kit, I would have noticed those items. But I didn't, I just read the booklet...
So, once the booklet has been updated you can disregard this post, but until then, I hope this review is helpful to you!