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Carolina makes it easy to teach the concept of life cycle with live painted lady butterflies! Order a prepaid living material coupon that lets you request shipment of painted lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) and their food later at your convenience. Larvae pupate and emerge as adult butterflies in about 30 days.
Carolina makes it easy to teach the concept of life cycle with live painted lady butterflies! Order a prepaid living material coupon to receive your painted lady butterflies, Vanessa cardui, and their food. Once the coupon arrives, you can plan ahead to request shipment of the larvae at your convenience. The larvae pupate and emerge as adult butterflies in about 30 days. Witnessing metamorphosis is an experience that children never forget! At least 3 out of 5 larvae are guaranteed to emerge as healthy adult butterflies. Larvae come with care instructions.
After the adults emerge, try breeding them. All you need is the proper host plant for the adults to lay eggs on. The Mallow Plant (item #144042) is the painted lady’s natural host. Once your new generation of caterpillars hatch, they will be hungry, and the mallow plant is the perfect source of food for them.
Painted lady butterflies are appropriate for all grade levels but especially effective for grades K–8. They enable students to observe complete metamorphosis, from caterpillar to chrysalis to adult butterfly. Students can then compare the butterfly life cycle to that of other animals or investigate how temperature affects insect development time. General life science topics can be addressed as well, including how form fits function and what organisms need to survive.
We are committed to producing quality, exclusive painted lady butterfly kits and cultures for educators. The hallmark of our commitment to quality is our highly trained scientific staff. They continually monitor butterfly production and work to improve our kits and cultures. And if you ever need assistance, their expertise is at your disposal. Our exclusive painted lady butterflies are cultured in the laboratory so they do not deplete natural populations, and they are backed by the Carolina Pledge: 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.
We offer free online care sheets to help you care for your organism properly. Find them at www.carolina.com/caresheets.