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Insect Lore Butterfly Garden: The Gift Parents Love to Gift

Updated on October 14, 2013

Need For Nature Toys For Kids

Searching for kids nature games or butterfly habitat for kids or a live butterfly garden for kids? Then the Insect Lore butterfly garden is the one you will love to know about. It is a gift more loved by the parents than the kids who are going to receive it.

“If you want your children not to pluck leaves and flowers from trees, teach them to plant flowering plants.” Anonymous

We all know the need of toys for the development of our children, whether they are educational science toys or science games. What about a toy which demonstrates children the importance of nature and the fun they derive in nurturing nature!

We are living in a time when flora and fauna are recklessly exploited for mere selfish needs as if they are totally unnecessary on the face of earth. Our lack of awareness of the inevitability of interdependence of all living things is the main reason we have no love lost for the nature around us. Though we debate about living a green life in a green planet, we do very little ourselves, except blaming each other. It is certain that it will be a great and prolonged effort in our part and our children will have to take even a more active role in preserving nature.

Then what can be a better toy than one which involves a child in observing a live butterfly garden at home, where the circle of life completes itself? The Insect Lore butterfly garden is such a toy, where children participate in the life cycle of caterpillar to pupa to butterflies.

Insect Lore Butterfly Garden


Before going any further let me give you an important detail. This lovely pack is not for children under 4 yrs. It contains small parts and there is a potential CHOKING HAZARD for small children.

Insect Lore Butterfly Garden is a complete butterfly habitat kit. It comes with everything a kid will ever need to grow butterflies at home and to observe butterflies through every stage of their lifecycle. Children will love feeding the caterpillars and butterflies in their habitat while they observe five real caterpillars eat and grow to form their chrysalis and then emerge as Painted Lady butterflies. Now they can keep the butterflies till the completion of their life cycle or they can release them into the wild when temperatures are above 55 degrees.

After you receive the Butterfly Garden, send the accompanying coupon for caterpillars. These caterpillars will be mailed to your home in a special clear container, complete with caterpillar food. These caterpillars eat, grow and after seven to ten days, form their chrysalides and begin their transformation into butterflies. Out of the five caterpillars you receive at least 3 will grow into adult butterflies.

An Important Note

The larvae are supplied separately.  Though this includes a mail-in voucher for five butterfly larvae and special food, there is a $5.00 fee for processing. If you do not know it before gifting it to some body you will find yourself in the inconvenient position of gifting a gift which incurs additional cost.

What can you do to avoid this?

Get the toy delivered to you in advance. Then use the coupon to place the order for the larvae with the additional $5 payment to get the larvae delivered in time. Then you can gift it to your loved one in time.

The inconvenience is understood, but looking at the excitement it will bring to the little one, I consider a pain worth it. As this is a natural toy pack involving living caterpillars, there is not way to pack it and keep it on shelf. There is no “Pause” button for stopping life. Amazon is doing a great job by supplying the larvae separately, exactly when we are ready for the action to watch.

Now what? Keep buying the butterfly larvae?

I personally love this product and idea. The problem starts when the butterflies complete their life cycle or you release them before that. Now your butterfly habitat is empty and need more larvae to repeat the experience. What are your options?

Firstly buy fresh larvae

  What I find is butterflies on their own are a lot more expensive than ordering the whole kit where you will get the net or habitat. For an example; the whole butterfly garden pack is only $13.00 at present and comes with the certificate for 5 butterfly larvae, but if you want to just get more larvae it costs $16 and you don't get the whole garden with them. In this case one will prefer to buy the complete pack. This may be a marketing trick of the company because it suits them best.  This simply does not make sense to me. I just wish ordering  only the butterflies was cheaper than ordering the whole kit so that I can  get more larvae at a reasonable price. Hope, looking at the popularity of this pack the company will sooner do something about it.

 Secondly, collect your own larvae and grow your own butterflies

 What the main purpose of this Insect Lore butterfly garden kids nature games, by the way?

 To make the little ones aware of nature, you will agree. Why not making them to do small, hands on practice?

If they look around in the neighborhood, they will certainly find some butterfly eggs beneath some leaves. Butterflies are omnipresent and during spring time it is very easy to spot some eggs. If you keep these eggs in your transparent jar they will hatch into tiny caterpillars. These wild caterpillars do not discriminate much on the type of leaves they are offered. They are most of the times in a feeding frenzy and accept fresh tender leaves. With little experiment you will certainly find out their favorite vegetation. Now keep feeding them till they form the cocoons and now you can transfer them to the net.

Butterfly Eggs You Can Find Around Your House
Butterfly Eggs You Can Find Around Your House

Can we teach our children to be responsible citizens of the future? If yes, then how?

The general idea people have is you can teach a child by giving him books, because it works. It works because it gives them different perspectives and their curiosity takes over from there. To seal that positive learning experience so that it becomes permanent, we have to make them experience it physically. Know about the "Lizard brain?"

The children should learn to nurture life and the nature all around them, then only we can dream of a greener world.

In my opinion this toy will be an exercise of love for your child and a better learning experience which will truly achieve the purpose Insect Lore butterfly garden is designed for. You will be happy that you purchased this butterfly habitat for your kids.

Buy Insect Lore Butterfly Garden

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Insect Lore Butterfly Pavilion - Large Habitat Hatching Kit With Voucher For 10 Caterpillars


CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.


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      satto61 6 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thank you jacqui2011.

      It will be really a wonderful gift for any child. If we do not give something worthwhile to a child, it will pick up something of its choice. Nature does not allow a void.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Great information. I think this would be a wonderful gift for children, not only do they get to explore nature and the environment. I would much prefer my daughter to be doing something like this that she can learn from than be indoors watching too much tv or on her wii. Great hub. Voted up and very informative.

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      satto61 6 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thank you kdupree.