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Where can I get one of those "grow your own butterfly" kits?

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Elf Mon 04-Aug-08 19:14:19

(Couldn't think where to put this but fingers crossed ...)

I've read about this kit but can't remember much detail. I'm sure you know what I mean. You send off about £1million and someone sends you a friendly environment box thing housing caterpillars and you watch them gradually turn into beautiful butterflies. Which you then set free of course.

Sounds lovely doesn't it?

Any leads welcome. Thanks.

MrsWeasley Mon 04-Aug-08 19:18:44

I get mine from insectlore

They have different kits.

HTH

LadyMuck Mon 04-Aug-08 19:21:38

There are home kits here for just under £20. Ds2 did one and had a very high success rate (much to my surprise).

MrsWeasley Mon 04-Aug-08 19:25:33

I quite fancy the ladybird set, this year.

Elf Mon 04-Aug-08 20:03:58

That is perfect. I can't decide which one to get now. Do I go for the more expensive big one or settle for the smaller garden one. Decisions decisions.

Thank you both.

charliecat Mon 04-Aug-08 20:21:39

how cool..just ordered one!

MrsWeasley Mon 04-Aug-08 23:26:39

I bought this one a few years ago and re-use the house every year. Its a pop up thing so if doesnt take up much room when not is use. Have also use and old tank like this before we got he pop up.

Elf Tue 05-Aug-08 08:56:31

Just ordered one, thanks again.

charliecat Tue 05-Aug-08 10:51:37

What do they eat? DO you have to go branch picking for leaves?

MrsWeasley Thu 07-Aug-08 00:49:44

The caterpillars come with all their own food, you dont need to do anything. Once they become butterflies you can pick flowers and put them in the container. They will also send you details about adding sugar and water I think it is.
You can then release them into the garden.

charliecat Thu 07-Aug-08 01:14:33

Oh lovely thanks

powpow Thu 14-Aug-08 15:10:29

my daughter was given 5 caterpillars last year for a birthday present.
it was the best present she ever got.
we all loved watching the pillars and when they made their cocoons it was magic.
we just missed them hatching out.

totally worth it!

Mung Thu 14-Aug-08 20:59:24

What age child would you recommend these for?

powpow Fri 15-Aug-08 11:29:54

5 and upwards,BUT they have to have some self control not to shake the net terrarium and disturb the pillars.
my girl was 6 at the time and still she wanted to pick up the cage. it shouldn't be moved, especially when they are climbing to make their cocoons. if they can't get to the top or are knocked off, they will die.
we lost one pillar out of 5 and ended up having to put it up high where they couldn't reach it without help.

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