If you have been looking for a present for your children that will get them a little more in touch with nature then this is possibly one of the best toys that you can get for your child. The Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden is actually a “kit” or “set” if you like where you can actually grow your own butterflies. Your children can watch these little caterpillar larvae go through the caterpillar, then the chrysalis and finally the butterfly stage of its life.
I have to be honest here and even though I was hoping that this toy would be as interesting to my children as it would be to me, and really get them interested in science and nature, I did initially have rather low expectations. I am very happy to let you all know however that this toy lived up to my expectations and more. My kids nagged me almost every day before wanting to me come look at the caterpillar to see how it had changed.
The process gets even more interesting when the caterpillar begins transforming into the chrysalis. Once it has begun transforming you can then safely transfer the chrysalis into the cylindrical mesh chamber where it will eventually transform into a “painted lady butterfly”. The process takes anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks from the larvae arriving to it becoming a butterfly. It takes about 7-10 days in the caterpillar form and then a further 7-10 days in the chrysalis form.
Once the butterflies hatch from their chrysalis (apparently the manufacturer “guarantees” that at least 3 of the 5 larvae that you receive will successfully hatch into a butterfly. There is one thing that irks me a little about this Butterfly Garden and that is the fact that you don’t actually get any larvae with the initial set that you buy. When you buy the set, you receive a coupon to send off for your caterpillar larvae. While it does annoy me that the set is seemingly not complete, I have to remember that out local store themselves cannot stock the caterpillars and so this is the only way to know when a customer is ready for their caterpillar. The eggs that the caterpillar larvae hatch from are kept in a butterfly nursery. The larvae come in a special container and with enough caterpillar food for the journey.
Thanks very much for taking the time to read my review of this Insect Lore Live Butterly Garden. I hope that you can see what a present idea this toy is now.