Who doesn’t like butterflies? I know that my children do and after seeing Insectlore advertised all over my facebook in my homeschooling groups, the choice was made to order and try it out for our own enjoyment.
Insect Lore is a wonderful company that supplies home schoolers and even actual schools with a fun butterfly garden pack that includes live caterpillars, a place to keep the butterflies when they hatch, due to the sheer popularity of Insect Lore when you place an order you have to select a set time in which you will be receiving your kit, I ordered mine to be delivered at the end of May and ill be honest, I sort of forgot about it all until it arrived at my front door.
Coming in such a lovely box with all the instructions on how to feed and care for your butterflies which I found perfect for children to look over and read I couldn’t fault this company or their care of their insects and products. The caterpillars come in a small plastic tub which contains the food in which they eat during their growth period which took roughly a week for them to become bigger and eventually reach up to the top where there is a fabric that is attached to the lid for them to curl up and become chrysalis.
The whole process from stage one of the tiny little hairy caterpillar into beautiful painted lady butterflies took roughly two to three weeks, it was wonderful being able to see them move around and grow each day. every single day we looked at them they had grown bigger and bigger, everyone found this stage so interesting just because of how small they were and how large they had gotten.
After roughly a week of them growing they began to attach to the top and become their hard chrysalis which was pretty uneventful, we did lose one of them as they had fallen while in the process of changing but once they had all completely hardened in transferred them over into the netted butterfly ‘garden’ ready to watch them turn into beautiful butterflies.
The butterflies that you will eventually get greeted by are beautiful Painted Ladies and once they start to appear you are able to watch them flitter and flutter about for roughly a week before letting them go, I recommend releasing them when the sun is bright and beautiful so their wings can warm up, after waiting for my children to come home we got them outside and let them go, I had intended on videoing this experience but I was so preoccupied with aiding them out of the net that I just didn’t grab my camera.
I can safely say this has been such a rewarding and positive experience for both me and my children who have loved every second of watching them grow, we also incorporated it into our home school projects and I highly recommend you give them a go when the next butterfly season is upon us.
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