If you missed the deadline for Live Painted Lady Butterfly orders in 2019, we look forward to serving you in Spring, 2020! Watch for your email from CHER with all the details. Not on our email list? Sign up
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We will also post on the CHER website, Facebook, and Instagram.The Live Painted Lady Butterfly Rearing Kit
is the perfect kit for families to raise butterflies from larvae to butterfly. The Rearing Kit includes 3-5 larvae.
Did you know Painted Lady Butterflies are found on every continent except Antarctica and are virtually as widespread as the Cabbage White - and all of this without human assistance? They are common throughout Canada. The upper surface is orange, black and white, with a wingspan of 50 - 60 mm.
Have you ever wondered at the beauty and majesty of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis? Now you can watch the cycle in your own home. Each Butterfly Kit comes with clear instructions, feeding information, artificial diet and is self-contained. These kits are a wonderful spring project. Please read carefully as some details have changed from last year.
See the information below to order your Live Painted Lady Butterfly Kit for spring 2019!
The Butterfly Rearing Kit includes: :
- 3-5 larvae
- Paint brush
- Feeding vial
Larvae do not come with a flight cage to house adult butterflies. You will need a larger container for your chrysalis to emerge.
The whole project takes about a month :
Plant a Butterfly Garden!
- 1 - 3 weeks as a caterpillar
- About one week as a chrysalis
- Then your butterfly emerges.
- Release your butterflies in 5-7 days.
Plant a corner of your garden or flowerbed with butterfly friendly plants and include host plants for all life stages. Don't be discouraged if you don't have much space, butterflies appreciate hanging plants and container gardens too.
Here is a list of some of the plants you may want to add to your garden to be "butterfly friendly".
"We recieved our butterfly larvae yesterday.The kids are so excited!" MB AB
- Herbs: Sage, Hyssop, Thyme, Dill, Parsley, Chives, Mint
- Flowers: Asters, Cosmos, Pansies, Marigolds, Violets, Lilac, Hollyhocks, Lupines, Coneflower, Faillardia, Phlox, Primrose, Sedum, Yarrow, Calendula, Dahlia
- Wildflowers: Queen Anne's Lace, Goldenrod, Red or White Clover, Milkweed, Purple Coneflower, Dandelion, Asters, Bearberry (Kinnikinik), Gooseberry
- Vegetables (Left to Flower): Carrots, Broccoli, Kale, Cabbage.
Please note: We can only ship Painted Lady Butterflies within Canada. This is a Special Order item. It is non-cancel and non-returnable. Any promotions offered by CHER are not applicable to this Special Order item.
"This was our first year ordering butterflies and we had an awesome experience. We just realized our butterflies today and my kids are already asking if we can get more caterpillars again next year. We had 5 caterpillars, which all turned into chrysalis and ended up with 4 butterflies. I was so worried that it wouldn't work out or that we would mess it up but we just followed the directions that came with the butterflies and we had great success. We found the whole process to be easy and very rewarding. The only thing I wasn't aware of when we ordered the butterflies was that we would need a habitat to move the chrysalis to. Perhaps I didn't read the description properly when I bought them but I was under the impression that we would have everything we needed to raise them when we bought them. It all worked out and we made a habitat that worked. We will definitely order them again next year. It was one of the highlights of our year, for sure! Oh and we also had our neighbour kids over to see the caterpillars and then the chrysalis and of course the butterflies. They were just as excited as our kids and they were here today when we released them. What a thrill!
Thank you so much!
p.s. I've attached a photo here that I took this morning of our release.