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Insect Lore Butterfly Garden

by Insect Lore
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  • Watch a Caterpillar Grow..... Let a Butterfly Go!
  • Raise 5 LIVE butterflies from caterpillars and release them to Nature with our Butterfly Garden Kit.
  • This kit contains reusable, collapsible Hatching Habitat, Caterpillar Coupon (P&P fee required), instructions and activity booklet and feeding pipette.
  • Redeem your coupon to receive your caterpillars with food at your requested date (p&p fee required). Caterpillars sent March through Mid-September.
  • Witness one of Nature's most spectacular transformations up close. Recommended age 4 years and up.
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Frequently Bought Together

Insect Lore Butterfly Garden + Caterpillars and Butterflies (Beginners) (Usborne Beginners) + Butterflies Sticker Book (Usborne Nature Sticker Books) (Usborne Spotter's Sticker Guides)
Price For All Three: 21.47

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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight272 g
Product Dimensions33 x 33 x 7.6 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:4 - 3 years
Item model number1010
Main Language(s)English, English original, English published
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 35 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight318 g
Delivery Destinations:Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
Date First Available21 Mar 2007

Product Safety

This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 3 years. For use under adult supervision
  • Warning: Toy inside. Adult supervision recommended
  • Warning: To be used under the direct supervision of an adult
  • Warning: This toy does not provide protection

Product Description

Product Description

Experience nature up close with the Live Butterfly Garden from Insect Lore. This enthralling educational kit gives kids the opportunity to observe butterflies through every stage of their lifecycle. Children ages four and up can observe five real caterpillars eat and grow to form their chrysalis and then emerge as Painted Lady butterflies. Children will love feeding the butterflies in their included observation habitat and then releasing them into the wild.

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Live Butterfly Garden
At a Glance:

Age: 4 years and up

Requirements: Larvae, which are available with the included mail-in coupon (£2.99 shipping and handling required).

Warranty: Insect Lore guarantees that at least 3 of the 5 butterfly larvae sent through the mail will metamorphose into adult butterflies.

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Live Butterfly Garden

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Live Butterfly Garden - What's in the Box

12-inch habitat, guide, dropper, and coupon. View larger.
Live Caterpillars Mailed Directly to You
The Butterfly Garden comes with a coupon to send away for five caterpillars. The caterpillars are hatched from eggs in a butterfly nursery and mailed to your home in a special clear container, complete with caterpillar food.

Live Caterpillars

Live caterpillars and food

Keeping the caterpillars out of direct sunlight, children can watch them eat, grow, and after seven to ten days, form their chrysalides and begin their transformation into butterflies. The transformation from caterpillar to butterfly normally takes two to three weeks: seven to ten days in caterpillar stage, and seven to ten days in chrysalis stage. Insect Lore guarantees that at least three of the five caterpillars you receive will grow into adult butterflies.

Observe the Metamorphosis Up Close
The Butterfly Garden comes with a pop-up butterfly observation habitat, which is a cylindrical mesh container measuring 12 inches tall. Once the caterpillars become chrysalides, they can be transferred to the habitat, where they will complete their transformation into adult Painted Lady butterflies. Children will be excited to keep a close eye on the changing chrysalides and watch this seemingly magical metamorphosis.

Your Very Own Butterflies
Once the butterflies emerge, children can have lots of fun feeding them and watching them eat. The kit comes with a dropper for squeezing sugar water into the habitat for the butterflies to drink. It is recommended that flowers be placed in the habitat for the butterflies to rest on while they enjoy their meals. Kids will delight in observing the butterflies unfurl their proboscises to suck up the sugar water.

Enjoy your butterflies for a few days and then experience the excitement of letting them go to continue their amazing life cycle. Insect Lore recommends that butterflies be released within a week of their emergence, when temperatures are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure the safety of your live specimens, delivery may be delayed if temperatures are extreme in your area.

If you receive a USA certificate within your please send this into; Insect Lore, Unit 11 IQ Trade Estate, Warren Road, Indian Queens, TR9 6TL. Postage and packing fee also applies to the USA certificate.

What's in the Box
Mesh butterfly habitat, feeding dropper, activity guide, complete instructions, and mail-in coupon for five caterpillars, and food.

Box Contains

Reusable, collapsible net for easy storage (30cm tall), feeding pipette, voucher for 5 Painted Lady caterpillars with food to be redeemed (p&p fee required), complete instructions for habitat. Please note that a small postage and packing fee of £2.99 is required to have your caterpillars sent at the time of redeeming your coupon. If you receive a USA certificate please send this into; Insect Lore, Unit 11 IQ Trade Estate, Warren Road, Indian Queens, TR9 6TL. Postage and packing fee also applies to the USA certificate.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
128 of 132 people found the following review helpful
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a fantastic set for children, and the company produces many others as well (stick insects etc). In the box, you get:
-pop-up butterfly habitat (essentially a nicely decorated net cylinder that is light enough to hang pretty much anywhere, but also free-standing)
-instructions (very detailed but clear and simple, and my children (10 and 5) read them with ease)
-voucher code to order 5 caterpillars from the company

You do not get any caterpillars, and there is a P&P charge (currently 2.99) to be paid when you order the beasties, which come with their food. You can also only order them between March and September, so this would be a consideration if planning a Christmas gift for example. They are sent by first class post, on limited days.

You can order future caterpillars and food direct from Insect Lore online, who also produce larger sets aimed at schools. Their website is easy to navigate and the ordering process is very straightforward.

We have ordered our caterpillars, which were due to be posted out yesterday, and await them impatiently. I'll update this review once they are with us...

04.07.13 Day 1
Caterpillars arrived today, in a small transparent plastic tub (the size of a small tumbler), with 1cm or so of wax-like beige gunge in the bottom which they were eating happily. They are tiny - each under 1cm long, and 1mm wide - black and hairy. 4 are very active. One is dead (3 are guaranteed to make it to butterfly-hood; they come with a guarantee through which you can claim another pot of 5 if not). They arrived with another superb (but more concise) instruction sheet.
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209 of 217 people found the following review helpful
By Quango
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Absolutely superb present for the kids that amazes them and provides daily interest as they watch the tiny caterpillars transform into butterflies over a few weeks.

The kit contains a colourful pop-up enclosure with a feeding pipette and a coded voucher to redeem for a couple of quid for 4 or 5 tiny caterpillars. They can't put live caterpillars in the box of course. The voucher must either be sent by post or the code used on the Insect Lore website. I went for the web option used PayPal and effortlessly received the caterpillars within 2 days. You are sent a small clear plastic jar with half a cm of some kind of fatty substance at the bottom. The caterpillars remain in the jar (it has tiny air holes) eating away at the fatty food and growing at an incredible pace into large, black hairy ones. No additional feeding is necessary whilst in the jar and the lid must remain tight until they form chrysalises and hang from the paper that is on the underside of the sealed lid. Then, the paper from which they all dangle must be carefully removed with them attached and pinned into the enclosure and left undisturbed until they hatch into butterflies. Place in some flowers from the garden and a bit of orange, banana or other fruit, drip some sugar water via the pipette and they'll be very happy indeed. Three days later, release into the outside provided the weather is warm.

The kids were fascinated by the whole process, ran downstairs in the mornings to see the progress and took delight in observing nature so closely. I totally recommend this for any kids say aged 4+. You'll be happy to see the pleasure they get from it and somewhat chuffed as a parent (or relative) to have bought something unusual and educational.

And don't worry if the caterpillars hardly move or even stay completely still for some time - that's normal. They probably need all the rest they can get - as butterflies they will cover over 3,000 miles in the 5 weeks they live!
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150 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 8 Aug 2007
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My 3 year old daughter loved this and we did too! Her favourite story at the time was The very hungry caterpillar so she knew what to expect. We bought her a proper magnifying glass so she could see the caterpillars as they grew (they are very tiny when they arrive). I was annoyed that I failed to see one single butterfly hatch and missed all 5. I sat and watched one for over 30 mins as I could tell it was imminent but was distracted and by the time I'd looked back I saw that I'd missed it! This is not the fault of the butterfly garden though! If you look around the internet you can buy more caterpillars another year and use the garden again. So it's great value for money and gets 6 stars for educational value.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 20 July 2013
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Length: 2:11 Mins
This is much more durable than it looks (by this I mean the net casing and the creatures within). It stands up well to my nearly 5 year old who was VERY excited. It looses a point as the zip is stiff and needs a big tug & for the first few goes we were scared it would break.

However all was well in the land of butterflies although we got one that came out deformed and can walk around but not fly :( this is all part of the learning experience - as is letting them go (we had tears until I suggested filming this).

Had to keep the cat away from fluttering wings.

By the way - in the VERY hot weather we did the life cycle in about 10 days!
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140 of 153 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent product but with hidden costs. 29 Aug 2010
By Kryton
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I agree with the majority of reviews written with regard to educational value. It is an excellent idea and when my daughter was bought this as a birthday present I was very impressed, so much so that I bought a couple of extra sets for friend's Christmas presents.

Unfortunately when I opened it up I discovered that there additional postage costs to receive our caterpillars - a bit cheeky for a [...] product!

I am still confident that the item is a good buy but the price of the item is misleading.
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