Butterfly Larva Metamorphosis
Kits & Presentations:
Observe the changes caterpillars go through to become
beautiful butterflies. Grown in Manitoba and delivered to
your classroom, with life cycle materials and activities
appropriate for kindergarden to grade 6. Delivery charge
is @ $25. per school. There is no GST /PST this year.
Delivery of Kits will be in May in time to emerge by the end
of the school year. It takes approximately 3 - 4 weeks for
the larvae to develop and emerge as butterflies depending
on the weather. Cold weather slows the process down
and in warm weather they grow rapidly.
Please note these are very teacher friendly kits. There is
no mixing of food or transfer of larva. Everything is done
for you. Just observe the changes in the larvae and when
they hang as chrysalis, the filter is moved the emergent cage.
If you are new to the experience of raising butterflies in the
classroom, you might want to consider a presentation on the
life cycle and metamorphosis process. The children love it.
The presentation is a hands on experience for the kids to see
all the stages. The children are involved socratic style with
questions. They are very good with sharing what they already
know as well as remember from the poem that we start with,
as it reinforces the experience . The children get very excited
when the different components are passed around . They see
the tiny eggs through a magnifying glass, and view each of the four instars of the larva. They love to see the larva directly out
of the container . (With the kits -- I don't encourage opening
the lid or taking them out as they might not make it)
The larvae are really funny and will lift up their heads and look
around at the children. The kids giggle and shriek. It is quite
exciting for them. Then they see the chrysalis and how it
wiggles. What goes on inside the chrysalis is discussed
and the children are amazed. Also included is a comparison
of Monarchs to other butterflies and the Painted Ladies and
also comparison to moths, what butterflies are good for, how
they hear, see ,smell, crawl, fly and communicate; what and
how they eat, and especially what happens in the magical metamorphosis into a butterfly. There is a lot of information.
At the end they get to see and hold a butterfly in their hands.
The butterflies are amazing. But the children have to be quiet
or they will fly away. So this encourages the children to quiet
down after the initial excitement. It is best to use a room with
a window and not high ceilings so a classroom works fine. So
if they fly they will go to the window and are easy to retrieve.
The butterflies will "talk" to the children, so information about
how to talk to the butterflies delights them Teachers love to
take lots of pictures.
There is information about development of each stage with
the materials included with the kits. The materials for each
project can be xeroxed. There are games, coloring pages,
and charts to plot development. The exciting part is the
observation of life changes. But the eggs and early stages
of larvae are too fragile to include in the kits, so are only
available in the presentation. The presentation ends with
the North American Native People's Legend of the Butterfly.
The presentation works fine for 4 yrs up. It is adapted to the
younger ones with different questions for older children Kids
seem to go through a stage at 4 - 7 years where they are
enamoured with bugs and they are most interested of all.
However the presentation is mostly geared to the Life Cycle
curriculum of grade 2 and fits very well as a project for this
grade. But the presentation works great for any age.
Whole schools sometimes take on a project and the older
grades get information about the environment and other
aspects not relevant to little ones. Even the teachers love it.
Some teachers repeat it every year and some just give the
children the info themselves in subsequent years. It works
well for a whole school if they have a project like a butterfly garden. Information about the plants and how to attract
different kinds of butterflies, is also included in this kind of
Each presentation is designed for about 45 minutes. But it
usually goes an hour.
The presentations are very popular so now the presentations
are done in April and delivery of kits is in May. Butterflies
can be kept for about a week before they are released if the
weather isn't warm enough or raining. There is a legend of the
butterfly for the release where the children make a wish before
they let them go. It makes a nice little ceremony.
The deliveries of the School Kits are done by the end of May
so there is still lots of time to emerge before the end of the
Please inquire if you have more questions about the kits or presentation.
Presentations are available for single or double classrooms.
A single classroom is 25 children or less. A double is no
more than 45 children. Please! The children get very excited
and have a richer experience if numbers are kept to these
limits. Arrangements can be made for whole schools with
several single classes or doubles. When arranging for
presentations. please include with your order a time schedule
for lunch and recess as schools all differ with times.
Single Classroom Presentation $86.
Double Classroom Presentation $105.
For several classrooms or whole schools, each successive single presentation is $55. or double $75.
PAINTED LADY BUTTERFLY LARVA KITS:
Classroom Kit $108.
Includes larva for each child (25 larva)
Please specify if more than 25 in a class.
Artificial Diet for Larva/ include Containers
Instructions for Raising & Releasing
Life Cycle and Habitat Materials,
including butterfly activities
Classroom kits come with a LARGE
reuseable screened emergent CAGE
Classroom REPLACEMENT Kit $85.
25 Painted Lady Larva
Artificial Diet / Containers
Instructions, materials & release legend
This kit is the same as the Classroom Kit but has no cage.
Instructions are included for making a tulle emergent container.
Starter Kit $85
Includes 16 Painted Lady Larva
Artificial Diet/ Container
Instructions for Raising & Releasing
Life Cycle and Habitat Materials
This Starter Kit includes a MEDIUM size
reuseable screened Butterfly Cage.
Starter REPLACEMENT Kit $60.
Includes 16 Painted Lady Butterfly Larva
Artificial Diet/ Container
Instructions, Materials & Legend.
THIS KIT IS THE SAME AS THE STARTER KIT BUT NO CAGE
Instructions are included for making a tulle emergent container
SMALL REPLACEMENT Kit $40.
Includes 8 Painted Lady Butterfly Larva
Artificial Diet / Container
Instructions, Materials & Legend
There is no cage with this kit.
Small cages suitable for 8 larva are available @ $12.
These small cages are child size and hold 4 - 8 chrysalis.
It is suitable for home hay care, home schooling projects
and for a children's home kit.
Instructions for making a tulle container are also included
with all the replacement kits.