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Painted Lady Butterfly 5-Larvae Culture, Living

Product Highlights
  • Caterpillars ship with their food in a cup where they will form chrysalises
  • The entire process—caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly—takes about 30 days
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Witnessing metamorphosis is an experience that children never forget! This 8-oz cup comes with 5 painted lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly larvae and their food. The larvae pupate and emerge as adult butterflies in about 30 days. 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 hatches, they will be hungry, and the mallow plant is the perfect source of food for them.

Note: Cannot be shipped into Puerto Rico.


Shipping Information or Purchase Restrictions
  • Exclamation icon Painted lady butterflies cannot be released in CT, ND, and WA. Cannot be shipped into Puerto Rico. This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery.
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