Back in May, I attended a local Dine Out For Hunger event. They had a bunch of giveaways and I let my kids buy tickets and put them into the raffles that most interested them.
Nate stuffed almost all of his tickets into the Insect Lore giveaway – five winners being selected to win a Butterfly garden with live caterpillars. He won one of the sets. I had seen these advertised and around forever but had always shied away from getting one.
I’m one of those squeamish Moms – the type that makes girly screams when a spider runs by. But ya know, with two boys that sometimes doesn’t go over so well and receiving 5 live caterpillars and watching them turn into butterflies over the course of a few weeks – well the coolness of it ended up trumping the gross factor because this entire thing was truly awesome to watch and do with my kids.
So this is what we got – a live butterfly garden. It shipped to us and arrived with a tub of five butterfly larvae (caterpillars) that looked like this picture on the right. Over the course of a week, the caterpillars crawled up to the top and went into their chrysalis. Four of the five went into their chrysalis and ended up hatching a few days later.
The day the the second butterfly emerged, we were headed to the beach for a two week vacation. I hadn’t timed it well so we decided to try and take them with us. I wasn’t sure they would make it but they did.
A week later, we set our butterflies free at the Jersey shore.
I can’t tell you all what a cool experience this was for us. You can order your own set by using coupon code buggieswithstyle for 10% off your entire order at the Insect Lore website.
Giveaway: Or win your own! We have 5 sets to giveaway on our site this week.
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Five winners will be selected at random after July 30, 2010.