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Butterfly Kits

Do you know what it feels like to release butterflies? I can tell you that this is an absolutely amazing experience! It feels like your soul is dancing. My elder daughter is grown-up and has her own daughter now, but she still sometimes joins us when we release the butterflies we have raised and she enjoys it immensely! And the baby seems very excited too:)

Another excitng thing about it is that you don’t necessarily part with your butterflies when you release them. They can stay in your garden and produce new caterpillar eggs which you can take car of! You only need to know how to attract them to your garden. The Caterpillars in the Field and Garden answers that question, too.

Butterfly kits are designed to safely raise caterpillars indoors, discover and observe how they turn into butterflies and then release. Actually, they can become the first step for you and your kids to such a fascinating hobby as butterfly gardening. We started with the kits listed below. Painted Ladies were our first nurslings and now we use these kits for other species.


Butterfly Garden kit by Insect Lore is our first kit and probably the best of what we have tried so far.
Butterfly Garden Butterfly Garden

Watch them Grow then Let them Go with the Award-winning butterfly raising kit! Watch the incredible metamorphosis from caterpillar to pupa to butterfly, and then experience the joy of releasing them!

The Butterfly Garden by Insect Lore is an wonderful discovery kit that includes:

Learn more and read reviews…»


Butterfly Kit The Butterfly Kit by Fascinations is also fairy good if you have some experience.

This kit enables you and your kids to observe the enigmatic metamorphosis of Painted Lady butterfly from caterpillar into a wonderful adult. This Butterfly Kit was specially designed to hatch and raise live butterflies and moths. A convenient, see-through net habitat allows to see the complete lifecycle of insects. The habitat will protect your caterpillars, it can be refilled and used multiple times.

The Caterpillar & Butterfly Kit includes:

Ages 4 and up. Investigate and discover amazing butterfly world with the Butterfly Kit by Fascinations! Learn more and read reviews….»


You are not limited to raising Painted Lady butterflies with these butterfly kits! Painted Ladies are good for beginners. Caterpillars are mailed together with good supplies sufficient for the entire caterpillar growth period.

But you can help many other caterpillars turn into butterflies, the Caterpillars in the Field and Garden; A Field Guide to the Butterfly Caterpillars of North America Field Guide to the Butterfly Caterpillars of North America will help you inedtify caterpilars you find in the garden and in the field, tell what different caterpillars eat and even help you organize your garden to attract egg-laying butterflies.

It is recommended to raise caterpillars and butterflies that live in you area because it is easier to provide nectar and host plants for local species.