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During this time of year, it is important to monitor weather conditions in your area. Daytime temperatures should be over 55 degrees Fahrenheit to safely release your butterflies.
Insect Lore's Cup of Caterpillars is a live refill for your Original Butterfly Garden, the Giant Butterfly Garden or the Butterfly Pavilion. It includes caterpillars (larvae) and nutritious caterpillar food. If you are purchasing a Cup of Caterpillars, be sure to have a habitat ready for your butterflies!
Cup of Caterpillars Includes:
- A cup of 5 caterpillars with all the nutritious food they need to grow into Painted Lady Butterflies.
- The Caterpillar Quick Guide. This is a brief overview to get you started. For in-depth instructions regarding caterpillar and butterfly care please see our Caterpillars to Butterflies Instruction Guide.
Watch Your Caterpillars Grow!
Your Cup of Caterpillars will arrive at your door in a clear plastic cup complete with nutritious food. This cup will house your caterpillars until they change into chrysalides, so be sure to keep it in a safe place away from direct sunlight or drafts. Everyone will marvel at how much caterpillars eat and how quickly they grow! After seven to ten days, the caterpillars will stop eating and will climb to the top of the cup. Once there, they will attach themselves to the lid of the cup, hang upside down and transform into chrysalides.
Once your chrysalides have hardened, it’s time to move them into their butterfly habitat. Use our handy Deluxe Chrysalis Station to suspend your chrysalids.
Let Them Go!
Children often become attached to their butterfly friends but it is best to release them into the wild within a week of their emergence from the chrysalides. After you have watched and cared for your butterflies for a few days, take the habitat outdoors and let your children experience the special joy of setting them free.
Please Note: This item contains live insects.
We guarantee that at least 3 of your caterpillars will develop into healthy butterflies.
There’s so much more to learn about the metamorphosis of the Painted Lady Butterfly. Be sure to visit our Butterfly FAQ.
Shipping: Live caterpillars are shipped to destinations within the Continental USA and Alaska. We cannot ship live caterpillars to Hawaii.
Manufacturer Recommended Age: 4 and up with adult supervision
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- The entire journey of our pained ladies was fascinating!
The entire journey of our pained ladies will forever be in the memories of my toddlers (2 and 3 yr old) From the moment we received the cup of the very tiny caterpillars to them growing into a pupating stage to emerging from their shiny chrysalis into a beautiful butterfly!
- Awsome experience~
I bought this for my grand-kids (2 &4) and the experience was awesome! I know the expectation is for 3 of 5 to make is but all 10 of our caterpillars made it! The boys were so fascinated, every day they checked on them and then when the time came to release them we let them out in our screened in canopy and the butterflies (painted ladies) landed on the boys. It made letting them go free hours later so much easier and made the whole experience memorable for a lifetime~ We still see several of them around our home!