In its current form, The Chrysalis kit is a unique product invented by Butterfly Adventures.
Experience the magic of a butterfly chrysalis (pupa) turning into a gorgeous butterfly. This butterfly hatching kit is perfect as a birthday, housewarming gift, as a powerful healing symbol, or as a unique romantic gift.
Evoke those childhood memories of ‘a wish upon the wing’ by whispering your wish to the butterfly before releasing it. Butterfly Adventures guarantees that the wish will be carried up to the sky and come true…:)
The Chrysalis kit is perfect for the classroom as an inspirying education experience. Studying Minibeasts unit and the Butterfly Life Cycle has never been so much fun! Butterflies are very safe and popular insects that all kids can relate to strongly and positively. The butterfly life cycle is a perfect example of the complete insect metamorphosis with an egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis) and the adult butterfly. If you need curriculum based activities, we have put together chrysalis kit related lesson plans for every primary level from pre-school to year 6.
Your butterfly will emerge from the chrysalis within 4-12 days depending on the temperatures in your room and during the transit.
Here Dr Harry himself is explaining how the kit works:
How long does it take to deliver?
While we will try to send your items as quickly possible and as close to your selected date, please allow up to two weeks before the dispatch date. If there are any delays, we will notify you. If AusPost cannot deliver, we will refund your purchase. We send Butterfly Hatching Kits via overnight Express Post service to minimise the transit time as much as possible. We usually send orders on Mondays. Even with Overnight Express, they may take a few extra days to arrive to regional and remote areas. Please, enquire via email or contact form, if you have any delivery-related questions.
Will I always get the same chrysalis?
We will try to send you the Monarch chrysalises (see images below) when we can but, at different times of the year there are limitations in availability and we will send the species available at the time. So the butterfly hatching kit may come with chrysalises of very different textures shapes and colours: green or brown, smooth or slightly spiked and some can even wriggle! Please let us know, if you only want a Monarch but this could mean a longer wait.
Releasing or keeping your butterflies.
Butterflies require 20C or higher to fly. They will be sleepy at lower temperatures. The mesh cube supplied is NOT suitable for keeping butterflies for longer than 1-2 days. If it is cold where you are, you have an option of making a larger enclosure yourself or buying one from our shop. It is not ideal but it is better than keeping butterflies in a very small cube.
The butterflies can be kept as pets in a larger enclosure for 3-4 weeks but need to feed them. It is easy (and fun!) to feed butterflies. Soak a paper towel in sugary water (1-2 teaspoons of sugar per glass of water) and place it on top of the enclosure. Butterflies are attracted to light and always hang out at the top of the enclosure. This is where you place your paper towel. Alternatively, you can get your butterflies to walk on a cotton wool ball soaked in sugary water. They tase with the tips of their legs and as soon as they step on their liquid lunch their proboscis will begin to unroll. Additionally, it’s a very good idea to mist the mesh of your enclosure with water to keep the butterflies hydrated.
What if things go wrong?
A birth of a butterfly, like a birth of any living creature is a rather delicate process. We wish we could say that there is 100% guarantee of success but that would be unrealistic. What we can guarantee, however, is that we will be there to answer your questions, support you and in a rare case of the birth going wrong to replace your chrysalis.