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A Family Favorite since 1969, from the Original Butterflies-By-Mail Company!

Watch the Miracle of Metamorphosis in your own home or classroom!

The Live Butterfly Garden offers children the invaluable lessons of metamorphosis, science, patterns, patience, and life cycle studies. Give the Magic of Metamorphosis to a child you love.

Insect Lore provides two options when you order the Live Butterfly Garden. Order your Live Butterfly Garden with Cup of Caterpillars NOW, or order your Live Butterfly Garden with Certificate, which allows you to redeem your Cup of Caterpillars LATER.

"Shipped with Live Caterpillars NOW" is usually the best choice. You'll save valuable time and you will receive everything you need in one convenient, exciting package.

"With Certificate for Caterpillars LATER" is a good option only if you are not sure when you will be ready to receive and raise your butterfly larvae. This option includes an additional cost for shipping and handling the larvae later.

 

Availability: In stock

Product Name Price Qty
Live Butterfly Garden Shipped With Live Caterpillars NOW (#02221)
$19.99
Live Butterfly Garden With Certificate For Caterpillars LATER (#01010)
$19.99
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“This kit provided my children with a wonderful, exciting learning experience they will never forget!”

 “Releasing them was the best part and they stayed in our yard for several days.”

 

Watch the Miracle of Metamorphosis Up Close

This educational kit gives 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 into the wild! The entire transformation from caterpillar to adult butterfly takes about three weeks.

 

The Live Butterfly Garden Includes:

  • Pop-up, reusable 11.5-inch tall mesh habitat perfect for butterfly viewing!
  • Feeding Pipette
  • Complete Live Butterfly Garden Instructions.
  • A cup of 5 live caterpillars either: included NOW, or redeemed online or by mail LATER using the certificate included in the box. Choose the option best for you. Please note that an additional $5 fee is required when you redeem your certificate. This fee covers the cost of shipping and handling your Cup of Caterpillars. 3 of the 5 caterpillars are guaranteed to develop into perfect specimens.

 

See An Amazing Transformation

5 caterpillars (a live butterfly culture) 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 (chrysalides are also known as pupae).

 

Raise Your Very Own Butterflies

The Butterfly Garden 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. Everyone will want to keep a close eye on the habitat so they can witness the fascinating birth of their Painted Lady Butterflies.

 

Once your butterflies emerge, children will love feeding them! To make the butterfly nectar, thoroughly mix 3 teaspoons of sugar with 1 cup of water. Place fresh flowers in the habitat for your butterflies to rest on and then use the feeding pipette included to sprinkle the nectar on the flowers daily.  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 temperatures are above 55 degrees. 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!

 

Experience Metamorphosis Again and Again!

Cup of Caterpillars refills for your Live Butterfly Garden are available here.

 

Did You Know Butterflies Taste With Their Feet?

Find interesting butterfly facts and answers to many butterfly questions by visiting our Butterfly FAQ as well as our in-depth Live Butterfly Garden Instructions.

 

Recommended for Ages 4 and Up with Adult Supervision.

  • A family and classroom favorite for over 40 years!
  • Insect Lore has shipped over 50 million butterflies since 1969.
  • Experience the Miracle of Metamorphosis up close.
  • An unforgettable learning experience for ages 4 and up
  • Your choice to receive The Live Butterfly Garden with 5 caterpillars NOW, OR to receive The Live Butterfly Garden with a certificate to redeem your 5 caterpillars online or by mail LATER
  • 5 caterpillars (a live butterfly culture) and nutritious food shipped to your door
  • Watch your caterpillars grow, harden into chrysalides and then transform into beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies.
  • Insect Lore guarantees that at least 3 of the 5 caterpillars will successfully metamorphose into adult butterflies.
  • Butterflies are coldblooded, so it is important to release them when temperatures are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If temperatures are below 55 degrees, keep your butterflies indoors and in their habitat for their entire life cycle.
  • Live caterpillars are shipped to destinations within the Continental USA,  Alaska and Canada. We cannot ship caterpillars to Hawaii.
  • It is best to have your live caterpillars sent to a building (where temperatures are controlled) rather than to an outdoor mailbox.
  • Please be prepared to receive shipment of your live caterpillars. Shipments of live caterpillars must be opened upon receipt. To ensure the survival of your live caterpillars, do not leave live shipments unattended.
  • Cup of Caterpillars refills are available here.

 

Dimensions:

Weight: 0.00 lbs

 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

Warning: Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not recommended for children under 3 years.

  1. wonderful Review by Kynda - Corpus Christi, TX
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    My 6 year old recieved this as a gift. We couldn't have been happier with it. Seeing her little face light up with the emerging butterflies was truly a magical moment I will always cherish. (Posted on 11/24/14)

  2. Crazy awesome! Review by buglover'smom - New Berlin, WI
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    My son is a bug MANIAC and got this for his birthday this spring and has since filled it with everything from dragonflies to hummingbird moths. Most of this summer it has held up to the task of housing the many monarch caterpillars we've found outdoors and raised into butterflies. I haven't even ordered our painted lady caterpillars yet and I rate this 5 stars for all the entertainment and learning experiences it has brought him!! I trust the caterpillars will arrive well because he also got the live lady bug land and the ladybugs came and grew without a hitch!! I'd rate that 5 stars too. The little ladybugs are adorable. I think they eat each other though because we had more when it came and only ended up releasing 6 full grown ladybugs when it came time....? either way my son has gotten LOTS and LOTS of enjoyment out of both products. If we didn't have pet birds I would order the praying mantis egg case too =D Thanks insectlore for a great line of educational products for the little bug lovers out there!!!!! (Posted on 8/12/14)

  3. wow! Review by Lexi's Mom - Omaha, NE
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    Wow! My daughter received this as a gift for her 8th Birthday and this was by far her favorite present. Everything you need comes with it (except food for butterflies, which was fun to shop for with the kids) and I was very excited that all of our caterpillars survived and turned into butterflies. Very fun, exciting project to do with your kids and would reccomend to anyone! Very good value as well. I would definitely buy from Insect Lore again! Thank you! (Posted on 8/5/14)

  4. absolutely perfect Review by aunt cookie - rittman, oh
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    Bought this as a gift for my nephew's 4th birthday a couple weeks ago and all 5 butterflies have now successfully "hatched". All that's left to do is release these beauties. Turned out even better than I had hoped! (Posted on 7/9/14)

  5. A awesome experience Review by Granny - Wildwood, Florida
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    We gave the butterfly kit to our great-granddaughter for her 4th birthday. She was very excited and extremly interested in the whole process. We had one mini-caterpillar that did not attach to the lid until after the nine chrysalides were removed to the habitat. Out of the 9 moved, 2 died. Not sure the reason.We did have two pairs that appeared to be mating. When releasing the remaining seven it was very exciting and several of them landed on our great granddaughter before flying away or landing in the flowers near by. The last one flew into the yard, landed on the grass so she went to it and it flew away and the same thing over and over a few times. Finally a week later,the mini was ready to release, it did get on her hand and arm while in the hatitat, but instantly flew away. Overall, a great experience. We plan to order more and maybe the Lady Bug kit. (Posted on 6/21/14)

  6. great customer service Review by Barbie - Miami , Fl
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    I must admit i had read negative comments and thought twice about purchasing this. Im glad i did purchase it, i had some questions and they got back to me within 1 hour! Very prompt response i was definitely impressed. My daughter and i are really looking forward to having our butterflies! (Posted on 6/21/14)

  7. Such a great, educational experience for my daughters! Review by Lauren McCauley - VA, Stephens City
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    I got this for my daughters 3rd birthday and it was amazing. My 10-year-old and 3-year-old both LOVED watching the caterpillars change into their chrysalis's and become butterflies. Such a wonderful, educational experience and they both got so much joy and excitement from the whole experience. The only downfall...my 3 year old cried when they were released because she missed her butterflies so much, as she said :) Will definitely be getting a new set of caterpillars ASAP! HIGHLY recommend! (Posted on 6/16/14)

  8. Wonderful Experience Review by Sondra T. - Carle Place, New York
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    My two and a half year old daughter was mesmerized, and so were my husband and myself. What a fabulous experience to watch the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into the butterfly, and then release the butterflies into the world. We became quite attached watching them. Only 6 butterflies came out of their chrystalides on the same day and I thought that we lost the others. I was heartbroken. I carefully detached the remaining chrystalides from the paper and put them on the bottom of the butterfly habitat, and they eventually emerged the following day. Only one had slightly tattered wings but was still able to fly. At first, we didn't get enough silk and frass off of two of them (but I resolved that when I removed them from the paper) because it sounded like the butterflies were trying to escape from the chrystalides already and we were afraid to harm them, but it turns out that they were merely wiggling inside the chrystalides in an effort to scare away predators. We were all relieved when all of the butterflies finally made it out (4 of them 24 hours later). We only have warm weather for a few months a year, but I will totally be ordering this kit on an annual basis. The butterflies were beautiful and were our little family members for a few weeks. I definitely recommend this product. (Posted on 6/16/14)

  9. Love it Review by Shana - Stilwell, Oklahoma
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    this is one of the best gifts i have ever given my daughter. she was so happy to watch the whole process. a great learning tool that is also fun for kids. (Posted on 5/20/14)

  10. GREAT EXPERIENCE Review by JCHUN - WHITTIER, CA
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    My 8 year old was given this kit as a gift from his Uncle. He has done the butterfly kit in school before but nothing compares to the at home experience. What an amazing experience it was watching the caterpillars grow into butterflies before our very eyes. I plan on buying another cup to do it all over again. (Posted on 5/17/14)

  11. Fun for everyone. Fascinating! Review by Gigi - Homosassa, Florida
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    So far so good. Made sure to check the mailbox so they wouldn't overheat & they came in healthy. Within days there were 5 times the size bigger. it's been fascinating and can't wait to see the butterflies and introduce them to our garden! Sent a kit to our grandkids and hope they're having as much fun. (Posted on 5/13/14)

  12. Amazing and fun Review by Sandy - Yorba Linda, California
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    Watching these 5 caterpillars turn into butterflies has been amazing and fun. We are releasing them today, after enjoying the process. Taking videos of their release.
    Empty nest. We will do this again. (Posted on 5/4/14)

  13. Loads of fun! Review by Carrie - Rockford, IL
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    We have always wanted to watch this process and this kit gave us that opportunity! We all enjoyed being a part of it and couldn't believe how quickly the stages happen! Be ready, don't miss it! (Posted on 4/22/14)

  14. Big hit with the kiddos!!! Review by Arkansas Mom - Prescott, Prescott
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    We have actually rased 2 sets of butterflies! My kids loved it so much the first time, they wanted to do it again! Every day they would rush home to check and see what changes they had made that day! on the day we let them go, the butterflies were apparently so used to my children, they would land on their hand and let them hold them for a minute before they flew off! I am sure we will be raising another batch again in the future! (Posted on 4/7/14)

  15. best present ever! Review by spidermonkey - mill valley, ca
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    After buying this for my own kids, I realized this was the best present to give for birthdays. Works for most ages, for both boys and girls, and it's only $20. I always hear about how much the recipients loved the butterfly kit and how it was the "favorite" present. Parents also love it because it's educational. I've given it so often that I have to keep track to make sure I don't give it to the same kid twice. :) (Posted on 4/3/14)

  16. Fun for the whole family! Review by Kris10 - Scottsdale, Arizona
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    This has been fun, exciting and educational. The kids and parents have bonded about this experience. It's a great gift that will spark questions out of small children... and adults. The customer service is also fast and fantastic. One of our chrysalis fell and within minutes, I had a response via e-mail on what to do. I will be a repeat customer buying this program for gifts and probably again for our family! (Posted on 2/12/14)

  17. Great Service Review by Jeannine - Boulder, Co
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    Our package of caterpillars was delivered to our neighbors by mistake. It sat in the sun all day before they gave it to us and as a result the caterpillars were all dead. I wrote to Insectlore and they sent out ASAP. (Posted on 8/30/13)

  18. So fun! Review by HIlary - Columbus, Kansas
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    I love using the Butterfly Gardens! Such a great learning experience in the classroom or at home. (Posted on 8/26/13)

  19. GREAT Review by mary - nc, usa
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    so fun!! the butterflis wher biutiful (Posted on 8/23/13)

  20. fun Review by Deanna - Jacksonville, Florida
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    We enjoyed the Chrysalides turning into butterflies. Unfortunately, we never got to see the caterpillars. They were already hanging from the top of the cup when we received them. (Posted on 8/20/13)

  21. Great Summer Project! Review by MissAubrey'sMom - Stephens City, Va
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    My 3 year old daughter LOVES butterflies and she had so much fun doing this project. I paired it with the Dr. Seuss' My oh My a Butterfly book and she learned so much about butterflies and had a blast doing it. Her favorite part was setting them free and having them land on her hand before flying away. I highly recommend this fun and educational project for anyone with a toddler. :-) (Posted on 8/2/13)

  22. Good purchase Review by Dawn - Centerville, Ohio
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    This was a good purchase, and my son was very happy when we were able to release the butterflies. It was a bit messy when adding the food for the butterflies, so be sure to place on plenty of layers of newspapers! But, overall a great teaching tool for my son :) (Posted on 7/31/13)

  23. kids loved it! Review by Angela - SAN DIEGO, CA
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    everything worked as the directions explained (Posted on 7/26/13)

  24. What Fun Review by Lionllg - Bear, DE
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    My kids loved this product. It was so cool to watch the caterpillars grow and turn into beautiful butterflies. All 5 of our butterflies came out. Great learning exp and great fun. Highly recommend. (Posted on 7/26/13)

  25. So much fun for small children! Review by Malinda - Centerburg, Ohio
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    I tried this kit last year, when my daughter was 2.5yrs old and my son only a baby. This year, I purchased the caterpillar refill so we can do it again. Even as young as the kids were the first time, my daughter was fascinated with growing "baby butterflies" and helping them out into the world. We live in the country and see many animals and insects regularly... but this left a lasting impression on her. Some months ago, she noticed the butterfly enclosure in the garage in storage and excitedly asked (out of the blue) if we were going to help more baby butterflies. Considering her age, I am often impressed with her memory...and this was no exception! Obviously, this kit made a very positive impression on her. I cannot wait to bring my young son into the mix as they watch the new babies emerge!
    Highly recommend! (Posted on 6/21/13)

  26. Wonderful Learning Project Review by John - Royal Oak, Michigan
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    I purchased the Live Butterfly Garden for my 4 year old grand-neice. We followed the instructions and the product worked exactly as described (helps to watch the Youtube instructions in addition to the instruction pamphlet). It was a great learning experience for both of us. On the final day of release, the butterflies sat on my grand-niece's hands for a few minutes before taking flight I highly recommend it! (Posted on 6/14/13)

  27. Its great 5 stars Review by Dylan - staten island, NY
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    I been getting these butterflies for my son since he was a baby now its a tradial that every year we get one we are now getting them for this year. (Posted on 6/13/13)

  28. Watch the weather.. Review by KBD - Montauk, NY
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    This was a great experience to watch the caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies. We can not release them because the weather temperature outside is just too chilly. Before ordering them wait until it is warmer out at night. We are very lucky not to far from where we live to have an aquarium which has a butterfly exhibit. They are willing to let our butterflies be released inside their exhibit where the temperature is best for them. Next year when we do it again - it will be during the last summer months when the
    the weather is better for them to be released. (Posted on 5/29/13)

  29. loved it Review by Kacismom - Los Angeles, California
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    I got this for my daughter for her 4th birthday. I may have enjoyed it more than she did. We followed all of the instructions and now have 4 butterflies in our habitat. We feed them daily and will let them go soon. It was totally interesting to watch the caterpillars eat and grow. Way cool!
    Highly recommend! (Posted on 5/17/13)

  30. Love it Review by Liz haisler - Taylor, Texas
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    Using it at Assisted Living in Taylor, they are so excited watching the changes. Love it, thank you. (Posted on 5/14/13)

  31. good Review by puppy - bufflow, new york
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    it helps kids learn about butterflies life cycle. (Posted on 5/13/13)

  32. A Must Have Review by Niki - OAK GROVE, Mo
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    I bought this for my 10 year old daughter. We had so much fun, watching the teeny, tiny caterpillars go through the stages of their life. Lots of emotion from not knowing if they were alive, to one hurting their wing, and bleeding all over our garden. 4 of our butterflies made it, they are so sweet, and they love to sit on my daughters hands. Thank you, this is a great idea. I just ordered my second set to surprise my daughter.
    (Posted on 5/12/13)

  33. Love it! Review by Preschool teacher - Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska
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    I love doing this with my preschoolers. The first thing that they do every morning is to check on what is happening in the butterfly garden. They love to watch them fly. (Posted on 5/8/13)

  34. Excellent Review by K3 Educator - Goose Creek, SC
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    I have been buying this kit for my son (10) for years and he really enjoys watching and waiting on the butterflies. This year I bought it for my class of 3 year old children and they were absolutely amazed. They learned from it and enjoyed it! (Posted on 5/5/13)

  35. GREAT! Review by Allie - San Jose, California
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    I got this for my 5 year old son and he is super happy with it it is everything he expected! The only thing was we got 5 caterpillers and 1 was way smaller than the other ones and they were not able to transform at the same time so the smallest one died :( (Posted on 5/4/13)

  36. Lots of fun! Review by GREAT! - Wilkes-Barre, PA
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    I thought this was great! I wasn't sure how it would work. All 5 of my caterpillars turned into butterflies and when we were setting them free one of them hung around for awhile and I got some great pictures of my kids holding it :) It did then fly away. I recommended this product to others and would get this again! (Posted on 5/4/13)

  37. Excellent Review by Mom of 5 - Washington, Missouri
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    My son recieved a certificate for a live butterfly kit for his 4th birthday. He is 12 now and we have been getting one every year since. It was the most wonderful, educational, experience for him and his 4 siblings. It's so much fun for the kids, they don't realize they are learning. I highly recommend this for anyone with kids. They are easily contained until the time to set them free. My children usually name them (Posted on 4/25/13)

  38. Lots of fun Review by Butterfly girls - Lehi, Utah
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    I have 3 girls and we had a great time watching the caterpillars grow and turn to butterflies. They all lived and developed into beautiful butterflies. (Posted on 4/23/13)

  39. Should not have an extra fee. Review by prek fun - Houston, TX
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    The container is sturdier than the box type I have had in the past but the fact that there is an additional "processing" fee of $5 when you send in your coupon is a total rip off. The purchase pice should be all inclusive. So sorry that your policy has chnged on htis. (Posted on 4/22/13)

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