Welcome to Insect Lore

Customer Service

  • Our Happy Customer Guarantee

    Insect Lore is the Original Butterflies-By-Mail Company. We have been delivering the Magic of Metamorphosis to families and classrooms for almost 50 years! We take great pride in the quality of our educational products and the reliability of our Live Insect Kits. If you are receiving live insects, it is important that you track your order and remove the package from your mailbox promptly. Upon receipt, please inspect your shipment and notify us immediately of any damage or if you are dissatisfied with your purchase. If there is a problem, contact our Customer Service Department at customerservice @insectlore.com within 10 business days of receipt of your order.

    Please Note: Live products are non-returnable, but each live insect order guarantees that a specific number of specimens will grow to full adulthood. For orders that include caterpillars, we guarantee that 3 out of 5 of the caterpillars will become healthy butterflies. For orders that include ladybugs, we guarantee that 5 of the ladybug larvae will become friendly ladybugs. If your live kit does not fulfill this guarantee, please contact us within 30 days of receipt of your live kit and we will send you a replacement.

  • Contact Us

    Please click the “Contact Us” link at the top right of your screen and fill in your information. Include your name, address, email address, phone number and your order number (if you have it).  We will respond within 1 business day. If you would like to fax an order, our fax number is 661-746-0334.

    Email : customerservice@insectlore.com

  • Ordering

    Customers must be prepared to receive and raise their live insects. That’s why we provide three ordering options:

    • Shipped with Live NOW. This is the ideal option when you are ready to receive and raise your live insects NOW
    • Shipped with Live NOW with future ship date. You can choose this option if you know when you want your shipment of live insects to arrive in the future.   When you reach the product page, select SHIPPED WITH LIVE NOW. When you check out, choose the future date you would like your product shipped up to one year in advance. This is the perfect option for teachers planning class projects. Be sure to account for delivery times.
    • Shipped with Certificate LATER. If you are not sure when you will be prepared to receive your live shipment, this is the option for you. It allows you to make your plans and then redeem your certificate for your live insects when you are ready for them. This is a great option if you are planning to give a Live Kit as a gift. Please note that a $5 shipping and handling fee is required when the certificate is redeemed.
  • Shipping

    At Insect Lore, the safety and well being of your live specimens is of utmost importance. As you can imagine, shipping live insects adds an additional level of complexity to the shipping process. When your order includes live insects, Insect Lore always recommends that you choose 2nd Day Air as your shipping method. This will ensure that your special insects will arrive quickly, safely and comfortably. Plus, choosing faster shipping means you'll have more time to watch your insects grow and change! 

    • Select a ship date that allows you to observe and enjoy the entire life cycle of your live insects. Plan for any school breaks, holidays or extended weekends that might interrupt your project. You must be prepared to watch over your caterpillars on a daily basis. Keep in mind that you will release your adult insects between 3 to 5 weeks after you receive your live shipment.
    • Ship your insects to an indoor address, if possible. It is best to have live shipments sent to a building, where temperatures are controlled, rather than to an outdoor mailbox, where temperatures may be extreme.
    • Track your package online so you are prepared to receive them. You must be available to open the package containing your live insects immediately upon receipt. They will not survive in a hot mailbox or warehouse. Please do not leave live shipments unattended.
    • During extreme weather, it may be necessary to delay shipping our insects for their protection. Our insects travel all over the country. Even though it may be cool in your area, traveling through Arizona or Texas in the heat of the summer may be very dangerous for our insect friends. If you have an urgent need for your insects, please select expedited delivery. This should enable your insects to be shipped quickly enough to protect them from most extreme weather conditions.

    Shipping charges are based on the items in your order, your location and your preferred delivery method (standard, rush, etc.). Once you enter your order online, you will be given delivery options. Select your preferred delivery method and you will be given an instant quote before you finalize your order.

    If you choose standard shipping, please allow 3 to 7 business days for delivery. Expedited orders received by 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST, Monday through Friday are shipped the same day and arrive within 1 to 2 business days. Drop shipments may take up to 3 weeks. Due to import restrictions, Insect Lore cannot ship outside the Continental United States. We cannot ship live specimens to Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii or Mexico. We also cannot ship live product overseas.

    Orders shipped to California are subject to California Sales Tax.

    Sorry, a $25 fee will be charged for returned checks

  • Track Your Order

    Once you submit your order, you will immediately receive your order number. Use this number to track the status of your order by clicking on the "Track My Order" link at the bottom of the page. Enter your order number, last name and either your email address or billing zip code. If your order has not arrived within the specified shipping time, please contact Insect Lore. Click the "Contact Us" link at the top right of your screen to notify us of your issue. Remember to include your name, address, email address, phone number and the order number (if you have it).

  • Update Your Account

    Have you moved? Do you have a new email address? Or do you work at a new school? Log in to Your Account now to update your information.

  • Customer Service FAQ

    Our most frequently asked customer service questions are answered here.