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Original Butterfly Garden With Live Cup of Caterpillars


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Conditions are safe to ship insects from our facility in California.
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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Watch the Miracle of Metamorphosis Up Close

A family and classroom favorite for almost 50 years! This educational kit offers children, students and families an unforgettable opportunity to watch caterpillars change into chrysalides and then emerge as beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies. Raise and feed your very own butterflies and then release them outdoors! The entire transformation from caterpillar to adult butterfly takes about three weeks.

The Original Butterfly Garden With Live Cup Of Caterpillars® Includes:

See An Amazing Transformation

5 caterpillars will arrive in a clear plastic cup with all of the nutritious food they need. Place the cup in a safe place away from direct sunlight. The caterpillars will remain in the cup and will eat, spin silk and grow to TEN times their original size! After seven to ten days they will hang upside down and harden into chrysalides.

Raise Your Very Own Butterflies

The Insect Lore butterfly habitat is a reusable, cylindrical mesh container perfect for up close butterfly viewing. When not in use it folds flat for easy storage. Once the chrysalides have hardened, gently move them to the pop-up butterfly habitat. It will take about seven to ten more days for them to complete the transformation to adult butterflies. Keep a close eye on the habitat so you don't miss the fascinating birth of your Painted Lady Butterflies.

One to two hours after emergence, your butterflies will be fully formed and ready to eat and fly! Place fresh flowers in the habitat for your butterflies to rest on and then use the feeding pipette included to drip sugar water, or nectar, on the flowers.  Watch your butterflies eagerly sip the nectar with their long proboscises. Butterflies also love to feed from fresh slices of watermelon and oranges!

Set Your Butterflies Free!

Enjoy your butterflies for a few days, and then experience the excitement of letting them go to continue their amazing life cycle.  Release your butterflies within a week of their emergence from the chrysalides when daytime temperatures are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Simply take the butterfly habitat out to your yard, unzip the cover and let your butterflies go. Butterflies will often land on little hands and faces before flying away. Watch for your butterfly friends, as they may decide to remain in your garden for a few days!

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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Awesome experience!

My mom is a teacher and has used these for years, so when I had my kids (now age 3 and 19mo), I was excited for them to learn. These caterpillar cups were perfect and my son loved to watch them grow bigger. He would be so excited if he could see them moving. Once they spun their chrysalises, he would tell everyone he met about the life cycle of a butterfly. Though only 4 of our 5 made it to this stage (one died as a caterpillar), he loved naming them and watching them flutter around the habitat. Tomorrow is our release day, and I can't wait to watch his excitement!




Review by KCJ Posted on 5/17/2017

Wonderful & Educational

This was a great experience for the kids and myself (mom). Would highly recommend for anyone at any age to "grow" butterflies.




Review by momof2 Posted on 5/10/2017

Great learning experience!

My 3 yr old daughter and 8 yr old son received this as a Christmas gift and they equally enjoyed the process of transformation! It was so exciting and even my husband and I were fascinated! We're definitely buying more.... I recommend to any and everyone! It's a great gift!




Review by Steph Posted on 5/7/2017

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