The Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher gives children, students and families an unforgettable opportunity to watch caterpillars change into chrysalides and then emerge as beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies. Raise and feed your very own butterflies and then release them into the wild! The entire transformation from caterpillar to adult butterfly takes about three weeks.
Includes a pop-up, reusable 11.5-inch tall mesh habitat perfect for butterfly viewing, feeding pipette, complete Caterpillars to Butterflies Instruction Guide, a cup of 5 live caterpillars redeemed online or by mail using the voucher included in the box.Conditions apply for the voucher.
If you have a little time on your hands this month, you can watch an amazing transformation called metamorphosis. Some insects go through incomplete metamorphosis where a nymph (that mostly looks like a tiny version of the adult) hatches from an egg, then the nymph eats and grows and eats and grows through several instars (basically sizes of being a nymph) until it becomes an adult. Grasshoppers and katydids are some insects that undergo incomplete metamorphosis. Butterflies go through complete metamorphosis instead, which means they have four phases: Egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
When you receive your caterpillars from the kit (they can’t be packaged before you’re ready for them) they are in the larval phase, which is really the gobbling-tons-of-food-to-get-lots-of-energy-and-grow-bigger-phase. After that, they’ll turn into a chrysallis (the name for a butterfly’s pupa stage) and appear nearly stationary, but things are dramatically changing inside the pupa. After all the transformations, the adult butterfly finally emerges (we say it ecloses). Its wings initially look squashed and floppy, but the butterfly pumps fluid called hemolymph from it’s abdomen into the wings to extend them. After they harden into their final form, the butterfly can actually….fly! Once metamorphosis is complete and they are capable of flying, the painted lady butterflies are ready for release -- they are native to most of the world (not Australia or Antarctica) so they are not an invasive species and will not cause harm to your neighborhood ecosystem.
Other things to try: The next time you see a caterpillar outside munching away, take a picture of the caterpillar and the plant it's on and then try to figure out what butterfly it will turn into (parents and the internet can help with this)!