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Cup of Caterpillars


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Check temperatures in your area. Please ensure that daytime temperatures are 55 degrees fahrenheit or above at time of release. Some areas of the US may be too cold to raise and release insects now.
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Raise caterpillars to butterflies with Insect Lore's Cup of Caterpillars. It's an experience your children will never forget! Please note this item now includes a Deluxe Chrysalis Station.

  • Watch butterfly metamorphosis up close at home or in the classroom

  • The entire process takes 21 to 30 days to complete

  • Insect Lore's proven bestseller for 50 years

  • Once your butterflies emerge, observe and feed them for a few days, then let them go!

INCLUDES: 8 oz Cup of 5 caterpillars and all the nutritious food they need to grow into beautiful butterflies, FREE Deluxe Chrysalis Station, Instruction Guide

3 out of 5 caterpillars are guaranteed to become butterflies.

Please monitor the weather in your area before beginning your project. Temperatures must be above 55 degrees F and below 90 degrees F when you release your butterflies.

Ages 4+

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I teach a Sunday School class of 4&5 year olds. Each year I order I send a couple of cups home with parents. Then when our butterflies are ready we release them at class. The kids love this and it's a great way to talk about transformation or this year the Easter story.




Review by Miss Susie Posted on 4/12/2016

I wish the cost wasn't quite so much for the caterpillars, but it so worth it to see the kids faces when the "magic" happens!

I plan on ordering another cup of caterpillars this year, I did it the last couple years with my granddaughter and a long time ago with my daycare children in my home...they all loved doing that! A great science/nature project to get them thinking!




Review by Roxy Posted on 4/11/2016


it is AWESOME did it with my mom so fun loved it really cool




Review by jdog Posted on 4/7/2016

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