Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden Kit

A Look at the Contents of The Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden Kit

This Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden is probably the world’s number 1 in terms of popularity. It’s sold all over Europe, the UK and the US so let’s take a look at what it is and the contents of the kits.

What is a Butterfly Kit?

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden Kit
Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

A butterfly kit is a simple collection of items that will allow people at home, at school or anywhere else, to ‘grow’ a caterpillar into a butterfly. All you need do is supply a sugar solution to feed the emerging butterflies and a few twigs and greenery. That’s it. You get supplied with everything else you need including the caterpillars. Most butterfly kits contain caterpillars for the Painted Lady butterfly, and Insect Lore’s Live Butterfly Garden Kit is no exception.

The Painted Lady butterfly is a common butterfly in Europe, UK and the US, but out of these countries, is really only native to the USA. In Europe and UK, the Painted Lady tends to be an immigrant from North Africa. Releasing Painted Lady butterflies in any of these countries though is not harmful to the environment or a threat to other butterflies.

What Does The Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden Kit Offer?

Along with most other butterfly kits, the contents are simple and few:

  • You get a caterpillar certificate or voucher, for ordering your caterpillars when you want them. In the UK and Northern Europe, this will generally be March to September when the climate is warmer. In other countries you may have a little more freedom in the times you choose to raise the butterflies. Whichever country you’re in, you’ll receive 5 caterpillars with a guarantee that at least 3 will turn into butterflies.
  • You get a set of instructions, in English, German, French, Swedish, Netherlands, Danish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Norwegian. There are also 3 pages of activities for the younger user.
  • You get a butterfly feeder which is basically a dropper or pipette. You will use this to distribute your sugar solution onto fresh flowers etc.
  • You get the butterfly habitat. This is a mesh enclosure which measures approximately 25cm wide (10 inches) by 30cm tall (12 inches). The top is clear plastic with a zip for accessing the inside and for butterfly release.

Butterfly Kit Contents

Please note that when you come to redeem your certificate or coupon to receive the caterpillars from Insect Lore, you’ll need to pay for shipping. This is normal practice because you can’t store caterpillars in the main Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden box for months on end in the hope they will be bought! So caterpillars are sent separately when you decide you want them.

So you can redeem the coupon now, but specify a date some weeks or even months ahead. The shipping costs, payable at the time of application, are as follows [2015]:

UK:          £2.99
Europe:    €3.49
USA:        $5.00

Here’s a roundup of the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden Kit features on the following video I made of the Insect Lore Garden Butterfly:


You can also see this video of the live butterfly garden on YouTube.

What happened next? Did I receive the caterpillars OK? Did they all survive in my little pot? Read the next page to find out how my caterpillars grew.


I’ve looked out the best sources for the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden for the UK and USA, and you can see these below:

For the UK: For the US:

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