Raise Butterflies For Your Homeschool Life Science Curriculum

Butterfly Larvae Kit

Simple Butterfly Larvae Kit

A Painted Lady Butterfly Larvae Kit will provide hours of scientific educational enjoyment for the entire family. What a perfect hands-on supplement to your home-school science curriculum!

As your child watches tiny caterpillars turn into butterflies right before his or her very eyes, they will learn the complete process of the Painted Lady butterfly’s metamorphosis.

So how does it work? Easy, order a larvae kit!  You don’t’ need anything fancy here, just the butterfly larvae, which comes in a cup with food, and that’s all you will need.  No need for a fancy habitat unless you plan on keeping or breeding your butterflies.

Next, watch as the tiny larvae eat, grow and change through each stage of develop as it happens right inside the cup.

Once all your caterpillars have become chrysalises, your child can either leave them inside the cup or place the chrysalis into a butterfly habitat and wait for the adult butterflies to emerge, which will be in about 7 to 10 days. Throughout the entire process, your child will keep a butterfly growth journal and learn amazing facts about the Painted Lady butterfly, such as she may travel 1,000 miles in her lifetime, she has 10,000 eyes, she can lay up to 500 eggs, she tastes with her feet and more!

What could be more exciting to a young scientist?

Once the Painted Lady butterflies have hatched, your child can experience feeding the butterflies, learning how and what they will eat. We feed our butterflies slices of oranges and other ripe juicy fruits.  And since Painted Lady butterflies live throughout North America, you can safely release them back into the environment anywhere!

Click here to watch a video on how to care for your Painted Lady Butterfly larvae.

Thank you to Carolina Biological for the learning video.

Enjoy the butterflies!

Vickie

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

girl with butterfly painted lady web

space

space

Release

Love

space

Let

it

take

Wing

space

Unfold

your

Heart

space

Free

the

Butterfly

space

~K. D’Angelo

 

Butterfly heart, valentine vector illustration. Element for design

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4th Annual Monarch Day

Fourth Annual Monarch Butterfly Day

Saturday, February 2
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708 For more information:
(714) 973-6600 or email milesquare@ocparks.com

Remember to bring your cameras!

Male Monarch Butterfly on Daisy

Western Monarch Butterfly (male)

Orange County Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures at the fourth annual Monarch Butterfly Day event at Mile Square Park!

The free event takes place in the Butterfly Garden inside the park’s Camp Sycamore located near parking lot E. Children can assist in planting more than 150 native plants to attract Monarch Butterflies. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure.

Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens.

Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting, a balloon artist and guided nature walks. Each child will receive native seeds to plant in the butterfly garden or take home and plant to continue to help build safe habitats for Monarch Butterflies and other creatures.
Recommended for ages four to 12.

Download or Print Monarch Day Flyer

Rain will cancel event!

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California’s State Butterfly

Female California Dogface

Male California Dogface 

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Monarch Magic Day at Gibbs Butterfly Park

There will be lots of Monarch Magic in the air on September 16th 2012 at Gibbs Park in Huntington Beach.

Gibbs Park is a newly restored butterfly habitat for monarch butterflies to overwinter in.  In recent years the butterflies have returned to the park that has been landscaped and groomed perfectly for the monarchs to to roost for the winter.

This wonderful family FREE event will include plenty of activities including a Dress Up Parade, Puppet Show, Face Painting, Crafts, Games and More.  There will be an Opportunity Drawing for Prizes!  Monarch Magic Day at Gibbs Butterfly Park is from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm but stop by the park anytime to enjoy a show of monarch butterflies most anytime of the year!

 

Gibbs Park
16641 Graham Street
Huntington  Beach, CA 92649

Free Family Event
2:00 pm- 4:00 pm

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Butterfly Face Painting …

A Day at the Fair…

Butterfly flutters tickle

the drowsy heart,

awakening imaginations,

curiosities,

wonders and dreams.

Where will you fly

once touched

by a

Butterfly’s Wing?

~K. D’Angelo
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A Shadow’s Dance

A Shadow’s Dance

Amoungst timbered
Shades of noon
Waltzing flyers sing

Flutters dark
Whisper glimpses light
Via painted Wing

Aerial dramas
Stellar set
On terra verdant stage

Of graceful Angels
Canopies hint
Mysteries are played

Ever musing
A Shadow’s dance
Created from on high

Wishing I may
Chance to glance
The fleeting Butterfly

~K. D’Angelo

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NABA Butterfly Counts 2012

NABA July Butterfly Counts

Join in and help members of the Orange County Chapter of NABA (North American Butterfly Association) conduct a butterfly count that will help to monitor butterfly populations in Orange County. Butterfly enthusiast get a chance to socialize, go on a leisurely hike, while learning about our local Orange County native butterflies and flora.

Blue Butterfly on Pearly Everlasting

July 7th, 2012
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
30952 Oso Parkway
Coto De Caza, CA 92679
(949)923-2265 or (949)923-2266

Meeting at the first parking lot on the right near the main entrance at 10:00 a.m. (be sure to let them know at the entrance gate that you are there to count butterflies with NABA for free parking)

July 8th, 2012
O’Neill Regional Park
30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
(949)923-2260 or (949)923-2256

Meeting at the main parking lot at 10:00 a.m.

Morman Metalmark Butterfly

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Hi, we are Vickie and Kristen and we are both admittedly "Obsessed With Butterflies, so together, we created "Flutter-Blog" and ObsessionWithButterflies.com as a means to spread an awareness of butterflies and the need to preserve their natural habitats. . . Read More About Us »