Instructions for Butterfly Kits
Back to Live
Butterfly Kits Section
Congratulations, you are about to
watch part of the incredible life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly!
Expect the change from caterpillar to butterfly to take approximately 3
weeks and for the resulting butterflies to live 2 to 4 weeks.
You will need to Provide
Caring for your Caterpillars
Important: Keep your caterpillar Cup at room temperature (68° to 78°F) and out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight may cause condensation in the Cup, which is not healthy for the caterpillars. Also, keep the lid on the Cup at all times to prevent introducing bacteria into it.
Changing from Caterpillar to Chrysalis
The chrysalides will get darker as the time to emerge gets closer. Keep your eyes on them now as you may get to witness the birth of a butterfly! As a butterfly emerges, it will hold onto the Disk in a vertical position while stretching its wings to full size. Don’t be alarmed if you see a red liquid, which may look like blood, coming from the tail of the butterfly. This is called Meconium. It’s a waste product left over from the butterfly’s metamorphosis.
When a butterfly emerges its wings are soft
and folded and it cannot fly. Over a period of 1 to 2 hours the
butterfly stretches and strengthens its wings by forcing blood into their
veins. During this time be careful not to touch or jiggle the
habitat and do not try to touch the newly emerged butterflies. Only
1 to 2 hours after emerging the wings will be full-sized and completely
hardened. Your butterfly is now fully-grown and ready for flight. You can
then reach into the habitat and remove the Disk and chrysalis remains.
Butterflies eat by unrolling their proboscis (like a tongue) and drinking sweetened water. When they are finished they roll their proboscis back up. Butterflies taste with their feet. You can use the Eye Dropper to place a drop of sugar water near the feet of a butterfly resting on the side of the cage to see if they feed on it. Butterflies also like to drink from slices of freshly cut watermelon, banana or orange. Once every day use the Mister to give the butterflies a gentle mist of room temperature water.
To feed your butterflies make a sugar
solution by mixing a single sugar packet in 1/4 cup of water. Fill
the feeder cup almost to the top and replace the lid. The cotton wick will
stay moist and the butterflies will drink the sugar water from the moist
wick. Set the feeder on the floor of the Habitat. Keep extra
sugar water refrigerated between feedings. Rinse and refill the feeder (no
soap) once a week. If you run out of sugar solution you can make more by
mixing 1tsp of real sugar with 4 oz of water.
Back to Live Butterfly Kits Section
Visit The Butterflies Website - The #1 Butterfly Information Resource on the Internet!
Question? E-mail: Help@NatureGifts.com
© Butterfly & Nature Gift Store
Some other items you may like:
|Christmas Gift Ideas||Mother's Day Gift Ideas||Pictures of Butterflies||Butterfly House|
|Butterfly Gift||Butterfly Art||Nature Gifts||Butterfly Gifts|
|Toad House||Butterfly Picture||Live Butterfly Releases||Butterfly Decorations|
|Butterfly Kits||Dragonfly Jewelry||Butterfly Releases||Butterfly Garden|
|Butterfly Prints||Butterfly Houses||Butterfly Feeders||Bat Houses|
|Butterflys Website||Butterflies for Sale||Venus Fly Traps||Grow a Frog|
|Dragonfly Pictures||Sea Monkeys||Butterfly Lesson Plans||Ant Farms|
Welcome to the LARGEST Butterfly and Nature Gift Store on the Internet! We carry everything from Butterfly Art and Nature Jewelry to Butterfly Feeders and Bird Houses - all perfect as a Butterfly Gift or Nature Gift! Our prices range from $8 to $680. Many of the unique, handcrafted butterfly items display Real Butterflies for best visibility of their striking natural colors and shapes. The above items are all available in our store. They have been listed in this way to help you find the exact item you are searching for.