We bought our best girl a butterfly kit for her birthday because we went with the "experience gifts"! She has loved watching them change from caterpillars to chrysalis to butterflies! I honestly was a little nervous to even purchase this for her, because we don't have the best track record on keeping things alive. Flowers, plants, fish.. at least we're good at keeping tiny human alive, amiright?


We purchased the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden from our local Hobby Lobby!
It came with a coupon to purchase our Cup of Caterpillars from the Insect Lore website.

Step 1 was complete and I knew that we were hopefully headed in the right direction!

I loved that everything was self-explanatory and that the brochure was informational and clear on what to expect at each stage of the transformation.


We had 5 cocoons! 
They have to hang like this for several days to ensure everything is nice and secure and then we were instructed to move the lid to the Chrysalis Station.





We loved checking on the butterflies each day to see if they were close to emerging. It took the full 10 days for the first one to emerge from the cocoon, but then the rest quickly followed. We didn't purchase the feeding kit, so we just sliced up some watermelon and they seemed to like it fine.




THE RELEASE
This was a bittersweet day, as McKinlee loved checking on them each day and watching them flutter around the habitat. I told her that they would most likely come back to visit and that they need fresh air to survive. Once I talked her into it, the look on her face as they flew away was so priceless. I'm so glad she got to experience the beauty of these sweet butterflies up close.








We loved the experience and will definitely be repeat customers! We plan to try the Lady Bug Land next!