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Insect Lore Butterfly Garden

£16.97
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Overall, I think I enjoyed this just as much (if not more) as my daughter did. It was great watching the caterpillars transform

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Jennifer Watts

6th July 2017

By Jennifer Watts

Mum, Wife, Gadget Lover & Foodie


My daughter’s school class had a butterfly garden kit, and all the parents were invited to the local park to watch the children release the butterflies. My daughter and her friends absolutely loved it so as soon as we got home we ordered the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden. It looks exactly the same as the one that the school had (I think it might actually be the same kit!) so she had an idea of what to do when we got it.

What is the Butterfly Garden?

The kit comes with everything you need to grow your own butterflies (except the caterpillars!). It has an instruction manual, tiny feeding tube which you use to feed your butterflies with sugar water, and a pop up mesh bag for the butterflies to live in. The mesh bag is actually quite good quality and I think I’ll probably reuse mine in the future for small toy storage (or maybe another lot of butterflies next year!).

Caterpillar to Butterfly

One thing that I didn’t even think to consider when I ordered the butterfly garden was… where on earth do the caterpillars come from? I know that it’s possible to send bugs through the post (we’ve had a delivery of ladybirds before!) but I wasn’t sure what the setup was here. When we got the package and opened the box, there was a voucher inside that was good for 5 caterpillars. Ordering them was easy enough, we just had to go to the website and type the voucher code in, but it charges you for postage! It wasn’t much, but I think if you’re paying out for a butterfly garden, you should get the caterpillars free! It was also a bit annoying that we weren’t able to get started straight away, and had to wait for delivery.

Just something to note: the company sends the caterpillars out between March and September, so if you buy this kit for Christmas or winter birthdays you won’t be able to get started straight away. The voucher for the caterpillars doesn’t have an expiry date though, so you won’t lose out by buying in advance.

The Transformation

Once the caterpillars finally arrived, it took about a week for them to become chrysalides. I thought my daughter was going to get bored during this stage, but she actually liked ‘taking care’ of them, even though she did think they were a bit gross and had to get her Dad to move them to the mesh bag because she wouldn’t touch them. If you’re funny about creepy crawlies, you don’t actually have to touch them to move them, you just move the chrysalis station into the bag and it’s done. It took about another week then for the butterflies to form, and she did get a bit bored now, with nothing going on. We managed to get 4 butterflies out of 5, which I think was pretty good going for our first attempt.

Release

We kept the butterflies for a few days before releasing them. We took them to the same park that the school butterflies were released at, but the whole thing went a bit slower this time. The butterflies didn’t want to leave the bag and it took ages for them to fly off (we actually thought one was dead, but it flew off when we weren’t looking!). They stayed close for a while and it was nice to see them flying around.

Overall

Overall, I think I enjoyed this just as much (if not more) as my daughter did. It was great watching the caterpillars transform as this wasn’t something that was done when I was at school. It’s rare to find a ‘toy’ that’s as much educational as it is fun. Not only did it give us a chance to talk about nature, it was also a chance for us to discuss death when one of our caterpillars died, which I think is important for kids who are around 5-6 and just starting to take more and more in. I wouldn’t hesitate to do this again!

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  • Age: 3 and Over
  • Features: 1 x Manual, 1 x Pipette, 1 x Mesh Habitat, 1 x Voucher
  • Caterpillars Included: No
  • Batteries Required: No

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