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Cup of Painted Lady Butterfly Caterpillars

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Cup of Painted Lady Butterfly Caterpillars
Perfect as a refill if you already have a mesh house or want to build your own butterfly habitat.
Watch butterfly caterpillars grow, create chrysalises and then emerge as beautiful butterflies, ready for flight, in just 2-3 weeks. An extraordinary experience for children and adults.

  • Cup of 3-5 Painted Lady Butterfly Caterpillars (with food and paper layer)
  • Full color lifecycle poster with care information
  • More butterfly information and activities available for download FREE on this website.

Tiny butterfly caterpillars arrive in their own cup, complete with food, paper cover and ventilated plastic lid. Watch the caterpillars eat and grow, grow, grow! Once they have reached full size, caterpillars will migrate to the top of their cup, hang from the paper and form beautiful chrysalises. Gently remove the perforated plastic lid, peel back the paper layer with attached chrysalises and lift away from the cup. Use tape or a piece of wire (an unfolded paper clip or trash bag twist tie work well) to hang paper with chrysalises from the wall of the habitat you’ve chosen. One by one, chrysalises will slowly open to reveal a new butterfly emerging! New butterflies will slowly open their wings to dry; red pigment may drip to the floor of the mesh house. Once you see butterflies actively flying around the mesh house, you may feed and keep them up to a week or release immediately. It’s warm enough for them outside once daily temperatures reach at least 55 degrees F.

Availability: Can be shipped March through October.
For instructions on how to care for your butterfly caterpillars, view or download:
Ready to learn more about butterflies? Get your students reading, observing, counting, writing and drawing with these free downloads.
What do we call the different parts of a butterfly? What stages does the butterfly go through on its journey from caterpillar to flying insect? This comprehensive resource serves as a study guide and worksheet for older children and as a reference for those developing curriculum for younger ones.
Learn all the parts of your butterflies! Worksheet and key.
Observe and record your butterfly caterpillar growing, growing, growing! A single-sheet chart for noting date and measurements.
Watch those caterpillars eat and grow! A single-sheet for recording caterpillar growth.
What stages does a butterfly go through on its journey from a tiny egg to a beautiful, flying insect? Here’s all the information you need to teach the lifecycle, plus a cut-and-color worksheet for older children. Have younger children in your classroom? Go to the FUN STUFF tab and download the 5 page "Butterfly Lifecycle Coloring Book” instead!
Do you know the difference between moths and butterflies? This worksheet and key will teach you the answers to that question.
Here are some butterfly-related activities that are just for fun!
Don't just read a book... make your own! Color, cut and fold. Then share with friends and family.
Print out sets of this 5 page coloring booklet. Great for younger students.
A single-sheet coloring template. Download and print multiple copies. Students can draw the colors and patterns they observe on their adult butterflies – or, they can get creative and draw butterflies they might like to see!
Now that you've been learning about butterflies, you can learn and sing this song. Share with friends and family!
What’s a word scramble? A fun way to work with letters! Instructions and templates for printing out the words CATERPILLAR and BUTTERFLIES. Students cut out letters, then see how many smaller words they can form from the vowels and consonants available. If you have older students, challenge them to make sentences as well!