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Insect Lore - Where to find Insect Lore Live Butterfly Gardens, Butterfly Pavillions, and Ladybugs Habitats

Updated on September 20, 2011

Insect Lore Live

Insect Lore came out with their first Butterfly garden in 1969 and the company has not stopped growing since!

Kids absolutely love watching nature in action and Insect Lore has spent many years perfecting ways that children can not only watch the stages that butterflies, lady bugs and ants naturally go through, but can also participate in the caring for these fascinating insects.

While the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden is by far their most popular product, they have now also come out with a bunch of other great educational live insect kits that keep children wonderfully entertained while learning about nature at the same time.

Insect Lore Live products are perfect for both home and the classroom. Students can witness the day to day development and behaviors of these live creatures as teachers explain along and it is the perfect way for parents to help get their children in touch with nature as well.

There are also other unique benefits to these live insect kits. They not only get children naturally interested in nature, but they also help teach them responsibility in caring for their insects and they are perfect for families who might not want larger animals in the house.

All of the Insect Lore Live kits are safe and kid friendly and pretty much come with everything you need to get started.

Listed below are the most popular Insect Lore Live kits explained in further detail.

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

The Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden is the perfect way for little ones to watch every stage of a butterflies lifecycle. As a matter of fact, judging by the reviews and comments on this item, adults enjoy each minute as well.

The Butterfly Garden comes with a coupon that you send away ro receive five live caterpillars. These caterpillars have been hatched from eggs in a butterfly nursery and are mailed to your home in a special clear container, complete with caterpillar food. (Please keep this in mind if you want to give this as a gift. You can send away for the caterpillars in advance so your child's present can by opened and enjoyed immediately.)

Children can then watch the caterpillars eat and grow. At between seven to ten days you will then see them form their chrysalides and start to begin their transformation into butterflies.

The transformation from caterpillar to adult Painted Lady butterfly normally takes two to three weeks. Insect Lore guarantees that at least three of the five caterpillars will turn into butterflies, though most reviewers have stated that cases all five of them have transformed. (Just be sure to keep caterpillars out of direct sunlight.)

It is easy to watch the metamorphosis up close because the Butterfly Garden comes with a pop-up butterfly observation habitat. It is a cylindrical mesh container that measures 12 inches tall.

Once the caterpillars reach the chrysalides stage they can then be transferred to the habitat where they will complete their transformation into Painted Lady butterflies. This is the stage that most people love most as they watch this magical metamorphosis.

Once the butterflies emerge, children can then have lots of fun feeding them and watching them eat. The Butterfly Garden even includes a dropper for squeezing sugar water into the habitat for butterflies to drink and children can even place flowers in the habitat for butterflies to rest on while they enjoy their meal.

In warmer weather (55 degrees and above) Butterflies can then be set free and children can delight in watching them fly away. In cooler weather they can keep their fully grown butterflies in the habitat for their lifespan which is usually between two to four weeks.

There are also additional mail in certificates available for you to order, so once your original butterflies have been released you can simply order more caterpillars and start the metamorphosis all over again.

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Pavillion

The Insect Lore Butterfly Pavilion is an awesome item for Butterfly fans.

It is a two foot tall reusable habitat that you can use to watch, feed and care for butterflies that you either raise yourself or for butterflies that you catch.

It is made of lightweight, durable construction that makes for easy hanging or you can pop it up to free-stand on a counter top.

It is see-through mesh with a zippered entry that allows easy access for care and feeding, and keeps butterflies inside until you set them free.

Perfect to hang on a deck or tree in the yard for children to observe their butterfly friends.

It includes a certificate for 6-10 caterpillars, the 2 foot tall pop-up pavilion with zippered entry, a feeding eyedropper and an instruction guide.

Insect Lore LadyBug Land

Insect Lore LadyBug Land is another great item for kids and adults alike!

With this awesome kit children can watch the entire lifecycle of pink spotted ladybugs!

Ladybug Land comes with a coupon that you send away for 15 to 20 ladybug larvae. They will arrive in a tube that contains all of the food that the larvae will need for this part of their life cycle.

Soon the crawly little larvae will enter the pupae stage where they will attach themselves to the habitat dome and begin their metamorphoses into adult ladybugs. (Insect Lore guarantees that at least 10 larvae will grow into adult pink spotted ladybugs.)

Kids can then have fun watching them, feeding them, watching them crawl around and even carefully removing them and holding them.

They can feed their ladybugs raisins that have been plumped in water or feed them aphids from your backyard.

The kit comes with a pipette and a watering pad for giving the ladybugs water.

Other Great Insect Lore Items

Here are a bunch of other great Insect Lore items for kids who love nature and insects.

There is the Insect Lore Ant Hill, Insect Lore Creature Peeper, Butterfly Bungalow, Insect Lore Praying Mantis Pagoda, Butterfly Catcher, and the awesome Watch a Bug wrist band perfect for kids to catch fireflies and other summer bugs!


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