Insect Lore Butterfly Garden Instructions
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Insect Lore Butterfly Garden Instructions

Welcome to Insect Lore’s world of
butterflies and the Live Butterfly kit that will
allow you to observe the life cycle love real Painted Lady butterflies. Your kit is complete with a pop-up
butterfly observation habitat, a dropper to feed your butterflies, and
your portable caterpillar habitat with three to five Painted Lady larvae inside. If you’ve chosen to receive a
coupon instead of live caterpillars, make sure
that you’re ready to care for them before redeeming your coupon. Remember to plan for school breaks,
holidays, or extended vacations that may interrupt your project. When you’re ready, write your name and address on the certificate, and mail
it to the address listed. Once we receive your certificate, we’ll
mail your tiny Painted Lady caterpillars from our laboratory. Please allow one to two weeks for your
larvae to arrive, and approximately three weeks for the
butterflies to complete their metamorphosis. Now that you have your caterpillars,
let’s get started. To ensure that your caterpillars
grow into happy butterflies, keep the cup upright, at room temperature,
and out of direct sunlight. If you ever see condensation on the
walls at the cup, you need to move the cup to a more shady
spot. If at first they don’t move around much, don’t be worried. That’s normal. If you’re concerned that
they might be dead, gently roll the cup. If they remain where
they are, then they’re just fine. All the food your caterpillars need is
already inside. So be sure to keep the lid on to keep
their environment safe and clean. Watch them eat and grow as they double in size every day, until they become ten times
their original size! Look for silk webs that they’ll create
for protection and to help them move around inside the
cup. The green balls that you see in the cup for called frase, or the caterpillars’ waste. If you see black
fuzzy balls appear inside the cup that’s actually your caterpillars’ molted skin. A caterpillar will shed its skin several times before forming a chrysalis. After seven to ten days,
you’ll see your caterpillars make their way to the top of the cup and hang upside down as each one begins
to form a chrysalis. Be very careful not to disturb your
caterpillars as you watch them perform this
fascinating task over the next one to two days. This is their most delicate stage. When
all your caterpillars have completely formed their chrysalids, its time to move them into your pop-up
Butterfly Garden habitat. Pop the plastic lid off of your Caterpillar Cup and gently
peel off the paper disc with the chrysalids attached. Use a safety pin or paper clip to attach
the disc to the inside mesh wall of your butterfly
habitat about four inches from the bottom. When your butterflies are ready to
emerge from their Chrysalids, they’ll already be inside their new home. It’s
important that you place your butterfly habitat in an area where it won’t be
bumped or disturbed. A flat surface like a
counter or desk is a great idea. Or you can hang
your habitat by it’s carrying handle to keep it extra safe. If you have pets like cats or birds, you’ll want to be extra careful about where
you place the habitat. You’ll also want to keep it away from
direct sunlight or any air vents that might cause
dramatic changes in temperature. If you notice your chrysalids shaking,
you’re actually seeing their natural instincts in action. This is how they scare off
predators to keep themselves safe. If at any time a chrysalis falls from
the paper disc, gently just lay it on a napkin on the
floor the habitat. And don’t worry, there’s still a good chance that a
healthy butterfly will emerge with the others. While it might seem that the
caterpillars are merely sleeping inside the chrysalis, the old caterpillar body parts are undergoing an amazing transformation called metamorphosis! The result – a beautiful butterfly! After seven to ten days of just hanging out, your chrysalids will emerge as adult
Painted Lady Butterflies. Pay close attention, you’ll notice how
the chrysalids become darker in color just before a butterfly emerges. You
might just be able to witness the remarkable change. As the butterfly emerges, it will rest
for a moment and pump its wings until they are stretched out to full-sized. After an hour or two of forcing blood into its
wings, the butterfly will be ready to fly. Don’t
worry if you notice a red blood-like liquid come from the butterfly. That’s called Meconium and is actually
the left-over color in tissue from the new butterfly’s wing and body formation. Now that your adult butterflies have emerged from their chrysalids, make your pop-up habitat even more like
a garden by placing a fresh bouquet of flowers on the floor the habitat. Butterflies love Chrysanthemums
and Carnations. Mix three teaspoons of sugar into one
cup of water, and use the provided dropper to sprinkle
the mixture over the flowers to make them extra juicy. If you don’t have flowers handy, you can do the same with the wad of
facial tissue or a cotton ball. Simply soak in sugar water and place on
a paper plate on the floor the habitat. Watch as
your butterflies unfurl their Proboscis, and drink
the nectar. Butterflies also like to drink from
freshly cut oranges or watermelon. Just place a couple slices at the bottom
of the habitat and watch them enjoy. To ensure that your butterflies
always have enough nectar to eat, sprinkle the flowers or facial tissue
with water every day, and remember to keep that sugar water
refrigerated in between feedings. And after observing your butterflies
for a few days, if the weather is right, at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit for
several days in a row, just unzip the habitat outside, take a
quick look at the skies to make sure there aren’t any hungry birds in the area, and watch them fly away! You might even
be lucky enough to get up-close and personal before you say
“goodbye”. And, several days after release, butterflies can often be seen in the
vicinity of their release. For fun butterfly facts, activities, and
games, visit And remember, when you’re ready to watch
the magic again, head to our website or call 1-800-Live-Bug for more Painted Lady caterpillars.


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