If you have a Butterfly Garden habitat and are ready to raise your caterpillars now, order the Cup of Caterpillars Refill for immediate delivery.
Caterpillars shed their exoskeletons FIVE times before they pupate!
There’s so much more to learn about the metamorphosis of the Painted Lady Butterfly. Be sure to visit our Butterfly FAQ.
Recommended for ages 4 and up with adult supervision
This is a good option only if you are not sure when you will be ready to receive and raise your butterfly larvae. This option includes the additional cost for shipping and handling the larvae later.
Please note: This product is a REFILL VOUCHER ONLY. Be sure to provide a habitat in which to hatch your butterflies. If you don't have one, you may wish to order our Butterfly Garden Habitat Only.
Insect Lore guarantees that 8 of the 10 caterpillars will become healthy adult butterflies.
Due to import restrictions, Insect Lore cannot ship outside the Continental United States. We cannot ship live insects specimens to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, or Mexico. We also cannot ship live product overseas.
About the Seller
Insect Lore is the Original Butterflies-By-Mail Company, founded by entomologist Carlos White. It was Carlos’ dream to provide children with the opportunity to witness the wonder of butterfly metamorphosis up close in the home and classroom. After years of research and development, Insect Lore launched in 1969 with the creation of our beloved flagship butterfly-growing kit, the Live Butterfly Garden. Decades later, Insect Lore ships hundreds of thousands of caterpillars and butterfly kits to excited families and students across the US, the UK and Europe each year. Our innovative product line now includes ladybug, praying mantis and ant growing kits, as well as hands-on educational products that make science more approachable and relatable to young learners.