Butterfly Garden

Watch butterflies develop from caterpillars.

Butterfly GardenDid you know that painted ladies (the butterflies, that is) taste with their feet and have 10,000 eyes? You and your kids will be fascinated by all you learn about these beautiful creatures with the Butterfly Garden from Insect Lore. The kit comes with a relatively easy-to-assemble observation chamber; supplies for feeding the butterflies (you provide only sugar and water); an informative booklet of clear instructions and butterfly facts; and a certificate for three to five free painted lady caterpillars. The metamorphosis from larva to butterfly takes about three weeks from when you receive the caterpillar larvae (which arrive in a small container with all the nutrients they need). Your children can watch the larvae increase dramatically in size, form chrysalides, and finally emerge into full-fledged painted ladies (it's suggested that they release the butterflies after a few days of observation). This would make a wonderful activity for families with kids of any age, but younger children will need help assembling the observation chamber and reading the instruction booklet. Note: Butterflies should not be set free in temperatures lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Witness the miracle of live butterfly metamorphosis first hand. Watch caterpillars mature, change into chrysalides, emerge into butterflies, then release them. The kit includes a butterfly house, a mail-away certificate for live caterpillars, instructions and more.

Learning from the Lifecycle of Butterflies

The lifecycle of butterflies, often referred to as metamorphosis, is a captivating subject that offers a plethora of educational insights. Here's what one can glean from studying this intricate process:

In essence, studying the lifecycle of butterflies not only reveals the wonders of metamorphosis but also provides broader lessons about ecosystems, adaptation, and the intricate web of life on our planet.