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Butterflies in the Classroom Kit (with live caterpillars)

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Butterflies in the Classroom Kit (with live caterpillars) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 51.
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These Carolina™ butterfly kits make keeping live butterflies simple, fun, and affordable. Each butterfly kit comes with everything you need to raise painted lady butterflies from larvae to adults - including our improved, freestanding, mesh Butterfly Sanctuary. It's simple to set up, easy to clean, great for viewing, and collapses for convenient storage. Classroom Kit allows students to work hands-on with living butterflies.

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$63.95

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This Carolina™ butterfly kit makes keeping live butterflies simple, fun, and affordable. The Classroom Kit comes with everything you need to raise painted lady butterflies from larvae to adults - including our improved freestanding mesh Butterfly Sanctuary. It's simple to set up, easy to clean, great for viewing, and collapses for convenient storage. The kit allows students to work hands-on with living butterflies. From a culture cup that contains 33 larvae and food, each student (or pair of students) transfers a larva and food to its own culture vessel, creating an individual chamber for observation.

You can also enhance your butterfly classroom experience with the V-Scope Explorer: Butterfly Life Cycle Interactive Activity (item #522464). Each kit includes 1 year of FREE single-teacher license access to butterfly videos and images that can be used with interactive whiteboards and teacher presentation stations.

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Components Qty Included?
Painted Lady Butterfly Culture (33 larvae with food)   1 Included
Painted Lady Butterfly Culture Medium (food)   1 Included
Carolina Butterfly Sanctuary 1 Included
Cups with Lids, 1 oz 33 Included
Wooden Craft Sticks 5 Included
Sorting Brushed 5 Included
Kimwipes® 10 Included
Foam Flower 1 Included
Cotton Wick 1 Included
Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Spray Bottle 1 Needed, Not included
Small Bottle or Vial 1 Needed, Not included
Sugar Needed, Not included
Water Needed, Not included
Food Coloring (optional) Needed, Not included
Host Plants (mallow, thistle, daisy, etc. - optional) Needed, Not included
Rated 5 out of 5 by from better, but not butter this is an excellent kit -- easy to set up, and the caterpillars become build their chrysalis and the butterflies step out -- we had only one failure to launch that we could detect. the two nits i would make are both regarding the caterpillars -- by placing them in a very tight fit, it puts pressure on the students to get the distribution of food right, and that's unfortunate because one can't really know if we overdid a cup until we discover if it hasn't room to make its chrysalis ... and we didn't loose any to that, so the emphasis on it being just exact is unfortunate, i think. there is wiggle room. but, more importantly, there is nothing to really engage in the entire caterpillar set of molts in the cup. we were looking at the beautiful ornamentations on caterpillars in a book, and everyone was disappointed in an opaque cup. so we took one or two out, using someone's makeup brush, and placed them on an acorn to its embryonic leaves to watch it move, and see the breath of its behavior. that is our nit. the caterpillar matters. the lifecycle has to include it, although, like a flower, we clutch our hands at the beauty of a painted lady. but this is science, and the caterpillar is father to the butterfly, so to speak. and we think you need to give move thought to its display. for example, after we finished our cups, we had about 5 left over, and rather than end their lives we choose to place them in the feeding cup which we hadn't emptied in distributing the food. it was more interesting to see 5 interacting, plus it was easier to see, and they didn't seem the worst for it. it would not therefore we suspect be difficult to add a caterpillar module in place of the cups -- although we leave it to you fine people to work out the details. i could not for the life of me get that yellow flower through the wick and it ripped. instead, i decided to feed them, in addition to the sugar water through the wick -- by the way, you do not indicate the amount of sugar per ounce, or whatever. and so i cut up a tangerine into wedges, then we panicked initially when none were eating, and hoped it involved putting their mouth part together, which you mention, but did not give a time frame. so, those are our suggestions: give the caterpillar an environment with its food, like a plastic small 5x7 terrarium where the food can be accessed but it is easier to observe. and please be more precise in identifying intervals, or mixtures. but all that pales against the delight of the painted ladies ... particularly if one or so should fly free and suddenly we have a butterfly house. on a sadder note, it does involve a sequence of little deaths, and so one needs to be prepared to integrate that -- they just fall over on their side, and you have decide whether to allow them for example to be discovered. it was such a great experience, and we all are deeply grateful for you making an experience like this available to well domestic city humans who may never see an actual caterpillar their entire lives.
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Complete Set This set worked great for our small butterfly class.
Date published: 2015-11-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Way too much work! I got this for my preschool classroom. It took hours for me to set up the little cups and half of them died. You have to use your fingers to put the nasty food in the bottom of each cup! They ate right through the tissue so they were stuck on the lids of the cups and were extremely hard to tape on the top of the netting - on the plastic. The kit should come with tape for that. I would not recommend this product it is way too much work!
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value- engaging for students! Just wish we could control when the butterfly emerges Ü
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Live caterpillars provide a life experience to a scientific life cycle students read about in books. We purchase butterflies for our first grade classrooms every year. The excitement on the children's faces as they journal daily the changes they observe is priceless. They compare the size of the caterpillar as it grows. They note that not all caterpillars create their chrysalis at the same time. Students become emotionally concerned for the last caterpillars to wrap in a cocoon. All classroom activities stop when the butterfly begins to emerge and the children squeal with joy and wonder at the process that has been explained in a book and come to life before their eyes. They talk about where the butterflies have been sighted after we release them. I have sixth grade students that still talk about metamorphose of a caterpillar and how it is the same as other creatures such as frogs, beetles, and ladybugs.
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Display! We put the butterflies out as part of our summer reading program which had a science focus. It was wonderful! During three classes of Story Time, I brought the preschoolers into the lobby to see the chrysalises up close and personal. I let them touch one gently. They were so excited! Families would come in every few days and watch the butterflies' progress. One thing to note is to make sure to tape the chrysalises on carefully, using thin tape or the butterflies might have a hard time emerging. The price was great, especially considering the extra caterpillars sent. We had more than enough!
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from engage & experience in an array of cross-curricular & multi-disciplinary instruction The PPCS Kindergarten & 1st grade Scientists are our school's resident "Lepidopterists!! The use of the live caterpillars affords our young scientists the opportunity to engage & experience in an array of cross-curricular & multi-disciplinary instruction . From the life-cycle, to hands-on interaction with the larvae & butterflies , to the flowers best suited for a butterfly garden... This engaging, hands-on experience is one that will not only be remembered for a life-time, but will certainly inspire a love of and for Science!
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 14% make it to butterflies Great products and easy to use, but out of 63 larva that was sent only 9 actually made it to butterflies. This was split between 3 classes ( 21 larva each) we each had only 4 chrysali to put up and only 3 came out. The students were still engaged and excited about the butterflies. I just feel as a public school teacher I used my money to buy these and I was disappointed that we barely got any butterflies.
Date published: 2014-06-02
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Butterflies

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.


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