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Painted Lady Butterfly Larvae Mini Cup Set, Pack of 3

Item # 144024
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Vanessa cardui. Ideal for individual student use. Two larvae are shipped in 1-oz. rearing chambers with food. Larvae pupate and emerge as adults in about 30 days. Three 1-oz. containers. With instructions.



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Witnessing metamorphosis is an experience that students and children never forget! Six painted lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly larvae are shipped in three 1-oz rearing chambers (2 larvae per chamber) with food. The larvae pupate and emerge as adult butterflies in about 30 days.

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 hatches, they will be hungry, and the mallow plant is the perfect source of food for them. Set includes three 1-oz containers and care instructions for larvae.

  • This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery to arrive on a date you specify during Checkout. To ensure freshness during shipping, a Living Materials Fee may apply to orders containing these items.

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Butterflies Color Your Students' World

  • Self-contained
  • Easy to set up and maintain
  • See the complete life cycle in just a few weeks

Address Multiple Life Science Topics

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.

Committed to Quality

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.

Buying Butterflies?

We offer free online care sheets to help you care for your organism properly. Find them at www.carolina.com/caresheets.