Raise 5 Painted Lady butterflies while learning all about metamorphosis with this award-winning Butterfly Garden! See each caterpillar's transition as it matures, changes into a chrysalid, and finally emerges as a Painted Lady butterfly! After observing your butterflies, experience the joy of releasing them into your backyard!
Includes colorful habitat, certificate for 5 butterfly larvae with special food (requires $3 shipping and handling when you mail the coupon), and complete instructions. Three butterflies are guaranteed to be perfect specimens. Please allow approximately 3 weeks for your larvae to develop. During extremely hot or cold weather, delivery of live larvae may be delayed. Available only in the Continental U.S. and Alaska.
Ages 4 & up
Please note: Insect Lore will only ship caterpillars to the continental US and Alaska.
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8-26-2008 - by Linda Langham from La Porte, TX
I was very pleased as to how fast we received the butterfly garden. This was a gift for my grand-daughter's birthday and she was very excited and can't wait for the caterpillars to arrive. I now have to order another garden for my other grand-daughter. I certainly hope the morph into the butterflies they expect.
5-30-2008 - by John from Chicago, IL
I bought one of these last year for my nieces. I also got one for me, and I'm in my 30's. I waited until the spring time to send in my caterpillar certificate. They came in their own little container with just enough food. So you don't need to feed them anything. I tried to put some real food such as leaves from the plants they like to eat in the wild, but they preferred the food that came with them. I think I received 6 caterpillars and they all turned into butterflies. I let them go a day or two after they emerged. Kids are completely fascinated by the process from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. One word of caution, it may not be the best thing to get for Christmas since you may have to wait until spring to get your caterpillars. They will send them in the winter, but I didn't want the butterflies to die on me or freeze to death if I let them go.
5-3-2007 - by Susan from Merritt Island, FL
We used this product and received our caterpillars in May. It was already hot in Florida, and when the caterpillars arrived, several had not survived. We called the vendor and they sent us replacements for free, all of which arrived healthy. 4 of the 5 produced beautiful butterflies. (Unfortunately the 5th had a problem expanding its wings, which hardened all crumpled up.) The best part was holding them on our hands and then letting them fly away. Our son really did well with them, even at 3 years old.
Our toy experts have indicated that the Butterfly Garden strengthens the following Intelligences:
Children with strong focus in this intelligence will exhibit an affinity for all things nature. These students will enjoy and thrive when learning about nature topics, such as flora and fauna.