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Butterfly metamorphosis is more exciting than ever with the Butterfly Garden Gift Set With 5 Caterpillars from Insect Lore. The perfect gift for family and friends, this enchanting educational kit includes everything you need to raise beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies – plus, exciting butterfly-themed bonus items. This attractive gift set comes with a cup of 5 caterpillars and everything they need to grow from caterpillar to butterfly. Feed and observe your very own beautiful butterflies for a few days before releasing them into the wild! The entire transformation takes about three weeks, depending on the temperature and humidity in your area. There is no need to feed your caterpillars; all the nutritious food they need to become beautiful butterflies is included in their cozy cup. The adorable flower-shaped butterfly feeder doubles as a handy cup holder while you watch your caterpillars grow to ten times their original size! Once your caterpillars become chrysalides, its time to move them to their airy mesh habitat – perfect for butterfly viewing! Use the feeding pipette to place delicious sugar water, or nectar, on the sponge in the butterfly feeder; your butterflies will thank you! Complete instructions are also included with your kit. The Butterfly Garden Gift Set also comes with a packet of Live Butterfly Garden Flower Seeds, specifically chosen because they grow into flowers that attract real butterflies! Beautiful 3D Butterfly stickers are also included; these 2-layer foil stickers let you add glittery butterfly fun to almost any crafty project. They're great for decorating notebooks, greeting cards or scrapbooks. Colors and styles may vary. There's more – see how high your Wind-Up Butterfly can fly! The colorful Wind-Up Butterfly is a rubber band powered flying toy that will keep kids busy for hours. It's easy to wind and release. Again, colors and styles may vary.

Customer Reviews

100% Success for us!

30 people found this helpful.
 on May 14, 2016
By Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms
Love this! We had a 100% success rate with our caterpillars, today the fifth butterfly emerged. I have taken a butterfly out from time to time and enjoyed having it sit on my finger. After about a day they got better with their wings and we set the first bunch free two days after they emerged. They seem to emerge from their chrysalides very fast. Three emerged the same day and we were barely able to catch one in the process of emerging. I did notice a couple signs, in my opinion, that one is on the verge of emerging: it seems the chrysalide darkens very much and you soon see through it to see the spots on the wings. That is a good sign it will be emerging within minutes almost. I will be saving my kit to do this again. I would definitely recommend this brand. Thank you!

Will buy again and again

35 people found this helpful.
 on February 3, 2016
By Claudia
I bought this Butterfly Garden kit for my two toddlers who are 2 and 4 years old. We have watched youtube videos of the Life Cycle of a butterfly and thought that this would be neat to see in real life. We received the caterpillars 14 days ago and they were all alive. We were so excited because it was around 10 degrees they came in the mail. We left them in their box for an hour as the instructions stated. It has been fascinating to watch these caterpillars grow from a 1/2 inch to about 2 inches and now they are in the chrysalis stage (as of last night). My 4 year old and I were watching them shed their exoskeleton. This is a truly amazing experience and wonderful for kids to see in person. We are looking forward to placing them in their net this weekend. The instructions are very helpful and they provide everything you need in the kit. I will be purchasing more caterpillars in the future. Once you purchase the kit, you only need to purchase a cup of caterpillars (5) and re-use the net. You may need to purchase more food.

Beyond Expectations

36 people found this helpful.
 on November 16, 2015
By Amazon Customer
I bought these for our homeschool science project during our animals unit. After reading reviews, I expected only 2-3 caterpillars to survive. But we were sent 6, and all 6 have made it! I was really surprised at how small the caterpillars were. But they grew quite large! I was also surprised at how much silk they make and how many times they shed their exoskeleton. We are in the chrysalis phase right now, which is boring to watch, but still very full of excitement because we know what’s coming. Even my 2 year old enjoys watching these little guys. Highly recommended! We will definitely be doing this again!

They might not actually be dead….

20 people found this helpful.
 on March 28, 2016
By CampDad
I never write a review but wanted to post that when we received our kit I was certain that all but one of our caterpillars was dead. With research learned that the caterpillars kind of go into almost a stunned state during travel. After 24 hours it was certain that all 5 were alive. It is now five days since we received them and we love watching our active little critters. They are fascinating and have engaged the whole family: ages 4 to 42.


4 people found this helpful.
 on June 16, 2016
By Ashlee Herche
I purchased the Butterfly Garden Gift Set with Live Cup of Caterpillars and it’s been an amazing experience for my whole family. It arrived before the estimated delivery date and everything was included. The caterpillars were all safe in the small container. They progressed very rapidly and it was remarkable to watch them develop. Once they hatched from their cocoon we kept them just a few days and then released. We were able to keep everything, minus the caterpillar’s original container. This will be something we do yearly. If you are an expecting parent and have kids this would be a great lesson to them to see the development and how rapid it takes place. This kit is phenomenal. I purchased it as a gift for someone else also because it’s so great.

Next time, a bigger enclosure.

One person found this helpful.
 on May 2, 2017
By J. Meriwether
It took a while to get this, but once we had it, it worked really well! My one year old is super into the very hungry caterpillar, so I thought this would be a good experience for her. She loved it! The caterpillars start out very small, but they grow really quickly. There is a noticeable change in size from one day to the next. Even at one year old, my daughter could tell they were growing. After about a week, they hung themselves from the lid of their container and went into the chrysalises. Once inside, they became less entertaining, but we read hungry caterpillar and talked about how they were turning into butterflies. That kept the excitement going. Once they emerged as butterflies, my daughter couldn’t get enough of them. We fed them sugar water for a few days before releasing them. If we do this again, we will likely get a bigger habitat. There wasn’t room in the enclosure for the butterflies to actually fly around, so they most just walked about.

Terrific educational gift!

26 people found this helpful.
 on September 5, 2015
By Agnt. Coop
I got this as a gift for my son to help teach him about insect life cycles. He was so excited to see the caterpillars crawling around in the cup when the box arrived (he referred to them as “baby butterflies”).

Must have science project!

 on April 27, 2017
By Tricia
This kit is AWESOME for kids! My kiddo was learning about butterflies at school so I bought this for us to do at home. It comes with 5 caterpillars in a cup along with a net cage, feeder and instructions plus stickers and a little toy. It’s also mess free if you are worried about the caterpillar to butterfly process. The caterpillar cup comes with food and everything. Find a good spot for it per the instructions and watch them eat and grow until they do their thing and then you transfer them to the net to wait for them to hatch. 4 out of the 5 survived to hatching which was really good. It was fun letting them go and watching them fly high into the sky for the first time ever. One stuck around for a few days and let the kiddo follow it around and would land and let him see the colors of the wings.

Insect Lore is reliable, have been ordering from them for over ten years!

7 people found this helpful.
 on May 26, 2016
By Rhea M.
I have been ordering Insect Lore butterfly kits for over 10 years. Have used these kits in both the classroom and at home with my own kids. The caterpillars are always alive and they usually all successfully turn into butterflies. The kit has been upgraded in the past few years. There are now a few more pieces that didn’t come with it before, such as the chrysalis stand that you can put the lid of the caterpillar cup in to stand free after all of the caterpillars have formed their chrysalis.

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