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Raising Butterflies: Butterfly Kits for Children

The Educational Experience of Raising Butterflies


5 yr-old Dwight Smith of Beach Park, Illinois reared Painted Lady Butterflies with a butterfly kit.

Parents are always looking for the most unusual, interesting gifts to give their kids that the children will love to receive and that they can learn from. Raising butterflies is truly an educational experience that every child will want to do over and over again. You can take the kids on a hike to search for butterfly eggs and collect them, then make a home for them so you can observe their development. OR you can make it easy on yourself and buy butterfly kits for children to raise Painted Lady Butterflies (although the hike to find the eggs in their natural habitat is a good idea, too, just don't collect them).

The educational experience of raising butterflies is something that your children will never forget. They will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly because they will watch the transformation day by day from the small caterpillar state all the way through the metamorphosis to a butterfly. Be sure to watch each stage of butterfly development carefully. You may observe how the caterpillar eats and moves, and how it changes features and perhaps color as it grows. Check on the pupa often so you can release the adult outside soon after it emerges. If it drops below 55 degrees during the day where you live, you can keep the adults inside for their lifespan on 2-4 weeks. These kits come with directions and supplies to keep the adult butterflies. Order butterflies online (below) from one of the largest butterfly kit suppliers in the country. We like Nature Gift Store, who specializes in Painted Lady butterfly kits for children. Ages 4+.

Order butterflies online (below) from one of the largest butterfly kit suppliers in the country. We like Nature Gift Store, who specializes in Painted Lady butterfly kits for children. Ages 4+.

Medium Butterfly Rearing Kit - butterfly kit

Cup of 5 Caterpillars
Cup of 5 Caterpillars
5 Caterpillar Refill Kit
5 Caterpillar Refill Kit
School Size Refill
School Size Refill

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Watch the release of a Painted Lady butterfly

Cup Caterpillar Refill

Watch Caterpillars grow into Chrysalis

Complete Butterfly Kit – Painted Lady Butterflies

  • LIVE Painted Lady Butterfly Caterpillars with food ship WITH your kit.
  • Comes with: 3 foot tall hanging net cage with easy access zipper. Collapses for storage.
  • Plus a Mister, butterfly feeder, sugar, eye dropper, instructions, coloring page, cage and hanger.
  • 5 caterpillars are sent in 1 cup, 10 are sent as 2 cups of 5, and school size of 30 are sent with 30 little cups for the students.
  • Guaranteed! We guarantee 3 out of every 5 caterpillars to become happy adult butterflies.
  • You can release them outside after observing them if it’s over 50 degrees.
  • Please do not order if below 40 degrees or above 85 degrees in your area. Our live arrival guaranty will be void if ordered during these temperatures.
  • Complete Butterfly Kit with 5 LIVE Caterpillars Sent NOW $19.95 Add to Order

    Complete Butterfly Kit with 10 LIVE Caterpillars Sent NOW $29.95 Add to Order

    Complete School Size Butterfly Kit with 30 LIVE Caterpillars Sent NOW $52.95 Add to Order

    REFILL ONLY for Painted Lady Butterfly Kit

  • Ready to rear butterflies again? Buy more caterpillars here!
  • Includes everything you need EXCEPT the net cage.
  • You get: a Mister, butterfly feeder, sugar, eye dropper, instructions and coloring page.
  • 5 caterpillars are sent in 1 cup, 10 are sent as 2 cups of 5, and school size of 30 are sent with 30 little cups for the students.
  • Guaranteed! We guarantee 3 out of every 5 caterpillars to become happy adult butterflies.
  • Please do not order if below 40 degrees or above 85 degrees in your area. Our live arrival guaranty will be void if ordered during these temperatures.
  • 5 LIVE Caterpillars: REFILL ONLY (All Except the Net cage) $14.95 Add to Order

    10
    LIVE Caterpillars: REFILL ONLY (All Except the Net cage) $24.95
    Add to Order

    30 LIVE Caterpillars: School Size REFILL ONLY (All Except the Net cage) $42.95 Add to Order

    Butterfly Kit with CERTIFICATE for Caterpillars LATER

  • Want to purchase a kit but you are not ready for the caterpillars yet? Use our FREE certificate option.
  • Mail or fax the FREE certificate that comes with your kit when you are ready for caterpillars.
  • You get: a certificate for caterpillars, mister, butterfly feeder, sugar, eye dropper, instructions and coloring page .
  • When sent, 5 caterpillars are sent in 1 cup, 10 are sent as 2 cups of 5, and school size of 30 are sent with 30 little cups for the students.
  • Guaranteed! When they arrive, we guarantee 3 out of every 5 caterpillars to become happy adult butterflies.
  • Please do not order if below 40 degrees or above 85 degrees in your area. Our live arrival guaranty will be void if ordered during these temperatures.
  • Butterfly Kit with FREE Mail-In Certificate for 5 Caterpillars Later $19.95 Add to Order

    Butterfly Kit with FREE Mail-In Certificate for 10 Caterpillars Later 29.95 Add to Order

    Butterfly Kit with FREE Mail-In Certificate for School Size 30 Caterpillars Later $52.95 Add to Order

    The Educational Experience of Raising Butterflies

    Buy live monarch caterpillars or painted lady caterpillars to watch them grow.
    These kids got to observe live Painted Lady caterpillars turn into Butterflies.

    Parents are always looking for the most unusual, interesting gifts to give their kids that the children will love to receive and that they can learn from. Raising butterflies is truly an educational experience that every child will want to do over and over again.

    You can take the kids on a hike to search for butterfly eggs and collect them, then make a home for them. Make sure to provide them with the appropriate food for the caterpillars to eat (the plant you found them on), something for them to climb on to make their cocoon, and something for the butterflies to eat once they emerge. Make sure you have adequate fresh food growing nearby for your hungry caterpillars! Punch small holes in a jar lid, or cover the top with a fine screen mesh held on with a rubber band. Keep a damp paper towel in the container. Frequently clean the cage of frass (droppings). Replace the food plants as necessary, when the leaves have been eaten or turn dry. As the newly hatched caterpillars grow, they will need plenty of food and space.

    Teachers can buy a live School Size Painted Lady Butterfly raising kit.
    Teachers can buy a live School Size Painted Lady Butterfly raising kit.

    OR you can make it easy on yourself and buy butterfly kits for children to raise Painted Lady Butterflies or Bright White butterflies (although the hike to find the eggs in their natural habitat is a good idea, too, just don't collect them).

    The educational experience of raising butterflies is something that your children will never forget. They will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly because they will watch the transformation day by day from the egg state all the way through the metamorphosis to a butterfly. Be sure to watch each stage of butterfly development carefully. You may observe how the egg changes color before hatching, how the caterpillar eats and moves, and how it changes features and perhaps color as it grows. Check on the pupa often so you can release the adult outside soon after it emerges. (Biology)

    School Size Refill

    The children will also learn about the conservation of butterflies, and they will be helping to save them. Butterflies are disappearing at an alarming rate, as are many insects, because of urban development. There is just no place left for them to lay their eggs that is safe enough for the caterpillars to survive. Raising butterflies, and then releasing them into the wild once they transform, is one of the best ways to help save the species. (Ecology)

    Children will be responsible for cleaning the butterfly house, as well as making sure that there is enough food and spritzing the butterfly house regularly (according to the directions on the Painted Lady Butterfly kit, if you choose to go that way). This is a wonderful alternative to, or practice for, a more permanent kind of pet, like a dog or a cat. (Responsibility)


    Watch Caterpillars grow into Chrysalis

    Once the butterflies have emerged from their cocoons, the children should be allowed to watch them for a day or two, but the butterflies should be released within that time so that they can reproduce in the wild. Also, it should be noted, that butterflies only have a life span of a few weeks once they have turned into butterflies, so it is probably best to make sure that they are released before their life span ends. Remember your first goldfish? The death of any pet is tragic for a child, but the feeling that they are saving the butterflies is a wonderful experience and they will be proud of themselves for letting them go. (A little growing up)

    You can order butterflies online from one of the largest butterfly kit suppliers in the country. We like Butterfly & Nature Gift Store, who specializes in Painted Lady butterfly kits for children.

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