Fun for the whole family!.
This has been fun, exciting and educational. The kids and parents have bonded about this experience. It's a great gift that will spark questions out of small children... and adults. The customer service is also fast and fantastic. One of our chrysalis fell and within minutes, I had a response via e-mail on what to do. I will be a repeat customer buying this program for gifts and probably again for our family!
2 Time Owner, Never Saw Results (in classroom).
Not sure if we just kept getting duds, it was too cold in our center or we weren't patient enough but this was our second year trying out the mantises and we never saw a single one hatch. Followed the instructions, word for word (keeping the temperature warm enough was a challenge and may have been our downfall) but alas, never saw a single nymph. After the 10 week mark came and passed, we didn't bother putting the cases in the fridge as suggested and decided to just throw the cases outside. On another note, we've seen a lot more praying mantises outside than usual...?
Review by School Secretary - Northern California, CA
Include shipping charges.
When making a purchase for a live butterfly certificate for use later, there is a $7.95 shipping charge which their website doesn't inform you of. The true cost for a "certificate" is $19.99 PLUS $7.95 for a total of $27.94.