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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.
You can also choose to order your School Kit Refill With 33 Live Caterpillars with a future ship date. 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.
New! No more need for pins or tape! Velcro Dots are included in your kit so you may conveniently affix the vial lids (with the caterpillars attached) to the inside of your mesh butterfly habitat.
Once your chrysalides have hardened and it is time to move them to the habitat, you're ready to use the Velcro dots. Simply remove a Velcro dot from the backing and attach the sticky side of the dot to the back of the lid. Then attach the lid with the hanging chryaslis to the inside of the habitat by pressing the Velcro teeth firmly into the mesh. Take a second velcro dot, with the sticky side facing out on the outside of the habitat and press the velcro sides into each other until they lock in place. The lid will hang there securely while you wait for your beautiful butterflies to emerge.
- NEW! Velcro dots are now included in your kit so you may conveniently affix the vial lids (with the caterpillars attached) to the inside of your mesh butterfly habitat
- 33 caterpillars in one large cup
- Enough nutritious caterpillar growth food to supply all 33 caterpillars until they transform into butterflies
- 33 vials with lids - one vial to house each caterpillar
- Transfer brush
- Plastic Spoon
- Feeding pipette
- In-depth Butterfly Pavilion School Kit Instructions
See the Birth of Your Very Own Butterflies
The caterpillars grow so quickly, children will want to check on them several times throughout the day! After about seven days, the caterpillars will crawl to the top of the cups, hang upside down and change into chrysalides. After two or three days it’s time to move the chrysalides into the Butterfly Pavilion Habitat. Keep an eye on the ever-changing chrysalides; your butterflies will emerge approximately five to seven days later! Allow yourself about 3 weeks for the entire transformation.
Your students will love feeding their hungry butterflies. To make your butterfly nectar, thoroughly mix 3 teaspoons of sugar with 1 cup of water. Lay some fresh flowers in the habitat for your butterflies to rest on and then place a few drops of nectar on the flowers with the feeding pipette provided. Or, feed your butterflies using our new flower-shaped Insect Lore Butterfly Feeder! Butterflies love to feast on slices of watermelon or oranges as well. A cinch to maintain and use, the handy zippered habitat allows for easy feeding and releasing of your butterflies.
Let Your Butterflies Go!
Your loveable butterflies are a joy to observe, but it is important to release them outdoors within a week of their emergence from the chrysalides. Try coordinating the release of your butterflies with a school event or celebration! The release of your butterflies teaches children yet another valuable lesson about the necessity to allow their butterflies to continue their important life cycle.
There’s so much more to learn about the metamorphosis of the Painted Lady Butterfly. Be sure to visit our Butterfly FAQ.
Please note: This kit contains live insects.
We guarntee that at least 22 caterpillars will develop into healthy adult butterflies.
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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We bought the habitats (pavilions) last year, so this product helps us from starting all over again. There are 8 teachers in our team of Kindergarten teachers.