Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden Review [Part 1] + GIVEAWAY
It’s been almost 2 weeks since our caterpillars arrived at our front door. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you’ll know we’ve been updating about our Insect Lore Live Butter Garden and we’re super excited about it! While hosting live bugs as house guests might not be everyone’s idea of fun, we’ve been very entertained watching the little caterpillars’ journeys to becoming beautiful butterflies. We’re predicting we still have about 2 weeks until the metamorphosis is complete, but we’re SO excited we had to share the progress!
Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden Review
To start your own Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden, you can purchase a kit for around $20. We bought ours from Amazon, of course The kit comes with one collapsable butterfly habitat, a pipette, instruction manual and certificate for live caterpillars. The certificate can be redeemed online or by mail in order to receive your 5 live caterpillars; it’s free with the kit but you’ll be required to pay $5 for shipping and handling.
When your live insects arrive, you’ll want to open them quickly. The contents of the box will include 1 cup with 5 live caterpillars, instruction manual and a small pipette. Inside the cup you’ll notice there is a layer of brown substance that covers the bottom; this is the food. Everything the caterpillars need to grow and survive is within the cup and it should not be opened (doing so may introduce mold or bacteria into their habitat and make them sick and/or die).
At first, your caterpillars we be small and slow moving. When they first arrived, I actually thought all of our caterpillars were dead. Slowly but surely, they began to crawl about in the little cup! You may notice silk strands that form in the cup but don’t worry – these webs are used to protect them from any dangers.
Boy do those little guys grow quickly! They’ll shed their skin 4 times and you’ll notice lots of little brown balls that collect in the bottom… a.k.a frass. …we call it caterpillar poop.
It’s taken our caterpillars approximately 10 days to “pupate” and start becoming chrysalides. You’ll know they’re ready to do this when the caterpillars hang from the top of the cup in a “j” shape. That’s currently the state in which our caterpillars are! We’ll update in about 2 weeks when our Painted Lady Butterflies emerge!
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