We always love these- looks dead and then all of the sudden thousands are born. very fun to release- as they like trees and small bugs. They have even returned to our house for a visit! Started to find a full grown about 3 inch praying mantus on my door more than once- returning to his birthplace! Plus they eat the pests around here- what could be better! have to release almost as soon as they are born- as others have stated they will die without water and food.
Awesome experience, great company.
This will be the 4th year that I've ordered this kit. My son enjoys watching the transformations as the caterpillars grow, weave their cocoon, then come out as beautiful butterflies. The kit comes with 5 larvae and the food for them to eat. It is extremely easy to handle. I have always had great luck in that all 5 develop into butterflies. It's pretty cool to see the cocoons hanging from the top of the container. We have had no problems moving them from the jar to the mesh habitat. It's amazing that all the butterflies emerge from the cocoons within hours of each other. In addition to the sugar water, we put oranges and flowers on the bottom. We enjoy watching them for a few days then release them. My son loves to watch them fly away. One butterfly stayed on his hand for a while before flying off. The last time I ordered this kit, when it arrived, the jar with the larvae and food was crushed and completely broken. I emailed customer service, and they immediately replaced it. I received the container within days. Not only is it such a wonderful experience to share the growth and transformation with your family, but it's also nice to know that the organization has such great customer service. I would recommend this butterfly garden and this company to anyone.
Ordered the kit last year and had a blast watching them hatch and releasing them in the yard. My then 2 yr old asked to go look for them every day that summer! Just ordered an egg case today!