Instructions & Frequently asked questions

The caterpillar cup contains Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars.

The reasons for Painted Lady butterflies are:

  • The Painted Lady is a butterfly native to Europe.
  • The Painted Lady butterfly is particularly colorful and beautiful to look at.
  • The Painted Lady butterfly is easy to breed. and therefore particularly suitable for children’s education.

By raising caterpillars into butterflies children learn about the development and metamorphosis of butterflies. Breeding kits are not only suitable for children but also for adults for example in therapeutical or care units.

Dear teachers,

Are you looking for an exciting project for your class or the entire school?

Together, you can witness the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly up close over three to four school weeks. Butterflies are particularly suitable for this, as they are very popular with children and are hardly associated with fear. At the same time, they are relatively stress-resistant and can “live” in your classroom for several weeks.

With this project, the children not only learn about the subject of “insects” in their curriculum, but also have to take responsibility for the animals. Their care is uncomplicated and works according to the principle of “less is more”.

For a high success rate in raising caterpillars, they should not be removed from their container and should be placed in a shady location. This prevents bacteria from entering and the caterpillars from drying out. As pupae, they are then moved into a butterfly cage. Once the butterflies have hatched, they can stay here for another 3 to 5 days with fresh fruit. The project ends with the release of the butterflies in good weather.

By purchasing your caterpillars at buy-butterflies.com, we also provide you with free teaching material to make an entire lesson unit appealing and varied.

The material includes worksheets and knowledge cards on the topics of body structure, nutrition, metamorphosis, enemies, growth, and distinguishing between day and night butterflies.

In addition, there is clear chalkboard material on the body structure and metamorphosis of the thistle butterfly, as well as interdisciplinary offers for music and art.

Recommendation for the shipping date: Choose a date immediately after the holidays, but at least 4 weeks before the next holidays.

The rearing of caterpillars is recommended for the period from beginning of April to the end of September.

If the caterpillars are being used as part of a school project we recommend scheduling the caterpillars to be shipped directly after the holidays, if not then at least four weeks before the next vacation. This helps ensuring that the butterflies hatch before the holidays. This way children can experience full butterfly development.

If you need the caterpillars at a certain date, you should pre-order the caterpillars. Placing the order, you can choose the exact date.

The delivery time is 1-2 working days for delivery addresses in Germany.

For shipments to other EU countries and Switzerland, the delivery time is 2 to 5 working days. In order to receive the caterpillars before the weekend, we recommend that you choose Monday as the shipping date. More information about country-specific duration of shipping times can be found here.

If the timing of arrival is important, we recommend selecting an earlier shipping date, ideally around one week prior, to ensure the caterpillars arrive on time. We ship relatively small caterpillars. Never mind if you use the caterpillars one week delayed, they will still be good then.

You can change the shipping date by clicking under “My Account” > “Orders” > “Edit” > “Edit” > Select a new shipping date > “Update”.

The deadline for accepting changes is set at 6 p.m. on the evening before shipping. Even the shipping date might be a Monday you can submit changes until Sunday 6:00 p.m..

You can give the caterpillars away as a gift for example for a birthday.

When placing the order select “Ship to another address?” to specify a different delivery address.
Next, choose a shipping date correctly. We recommend that you choose the shipping date at least one week before the occasion.
Make sure the package can be received personally.

After your order has been dispatched, you will be informed by email from the shipping service provider who will offer several delivery options, so you will have a choice adapting your delivery specifics.

Don´t worry the price of the butterflies will not be indicated on your butterfly gift package.

Yes, as soon as we prepare your order for shipping, you will receive an email notification (usually one day before the desired shipping date). Prior to delivery, you will receive another email from our shipping provider with delivery options (usually in the evening of the selected shipping date).

We offer you a free voucher to print yourself.

Click on the button below to access the voucher.

You will receive the caterpillars in a caterpillar cup supplying the necessary food, sticking at the bottom of the cup. You will receive the caterpillar cup in a shipping box.

The caterpillars remain in the cup until the pupae have hardened.

Yes, we send the Cup of Caterpillars and the Butterfly Habitat in one package.

Would you prefer to have the habitat and container with the live caterpillars delivered separately? Not an issue! In our shop, you can buy the desired products separately and in the quantity you need. You can also place separate orders for each preferred shipping date.

Purchasing on credit is mainly requested by public institutions such as schools and kindergartens. Therefore we only offer the option Pay by Invoice for public institutions in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. This payment method is only shown to logged-in regular customers. You can log in via My Account.

You can also Pay by Invoice via Klarna.

Please select payment method during checkout.

Whatever payment is chosen, as soon as your order has been prepared for shipping, you will be receiving an invoice email from us.

For Pay by Invoice by “Public Institutions Only” please transfer the invoice amount to the account details indicated in the invoice footer.

If you are paying on invoice via Klarna, please follow their payment instructions.

If you do not complete the payment process (transmission to PayPal or Klarna), the payment process will be canceled. You will then receive an email confirming the cancellation of your order.

You now have the option of paying for your order by bank transfer. You can also place a new order.

You can see if your order has been received and paid for in your customer account. To do this, go to “My Account” > “Orders”.

For your information in order for us to be able to ship your order, it must be indicated “In process”.

You will receive an email with the invoice as soon as we have transmitted your order to our shipping service provider (subject: “Invoice & shipping confirmation”). You also find the invoice in your customer account under “My account” > “Orders”.

We offer the Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars in two different cup sizes.

The large cup contains 5-7 caterpillars and the small cup 1-2 caterpillars.

The advantage of the large cup is a good value for money. With the small cup, it is possible to give each child their own cup. This way, each child takes responsibility for his own caterpillar. Thanks to the size of the cup, children are even closer to the caterpillars. Students can focus on a few caterpillars and follow the development better and in more detail.

Most of our customers prefer small caterpillars to observe the development for as long as possible. That’s why we strive to send young caterpillars.

If you would like larger and older caterpillars, please tell us by using the comment field during checkout, comment “W1 large caterpillars“. So we send you caterpillars that are just over a week old.

The larger caterpillars are a great option for schools and kindergartens, especially when there are only 2-3 weeks left before holidays.

We offer two different sizes of Butterfly Habitats, a small and a large one.

  • The smaller Habitat measures 30 x 30 x 30 cm.
  • The larger Habitat measures 40 x 40 x 60 cm.

The small Habitat (30 x 30 x 30 cm) is perfectly sufficient for the butterflies to hatch from the chrysalis and then fly in the wild.

In the large Habitat (40 x 40 x 60 cm) you can also place plants in pots or flowers in a vase.

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Discover the Key Features of our Butterfly Habitats

Discover the fascinating world of butterfly breeding with our high-quality butterfly habitat! It has been specially designed to lead your butterfly breeding to success and offers a variety of useful features.

The robust two-way zipper allows easy opening in any size, so you can add or remove breeding animals, supplement food plants, or clean the container with full control over your butterfly environment.

Our small butterfly habitat is perfect for mobile use and impresses with its space-saving construction. Ideal for traveling or when you have limited space available.

The large butterfly habitat provides ample space for your butterflies to fly and unfold. It also allows you to add host and nectar plants, creating a diverse and natural environment.

The five mesh surfaces ensure healthy air circulation, while the transparent vinyl surface gives you a clear view of the interior. This way, you can observe your butterflies up close during their fascinating developmental process.

Our butterfly habitat is durable and reusable, saving resources. It folds effortlessly and is perfect for storage, shipping, and transportation during trips, in schools, kindergartens, and exhibitions.

Hygiene is of utmost importance to us, which is why the butterfly habitat is easy to clean, ensuring an optimal environment for your butterflies. The fine mesh prevents pests from entering, while the water-resistant fabric creates a perfect environment for butterfly breeding.

With the practical carrying loops, you can hang the habitat flexibly or secure it to the ground as needed. It is resilient, cost-effective, and suitable for other insects as well.

Dive into the fascinating world of insect breeding with this fantastic butterfly habitat – your reliable companion for successful and inspiring butterfly breeding! Get your butterfly habitat now and experience the wondrous metamorphosis of your own butterflies!

A Butterfly Breeding Kit contains everything needed to raise and care for butterflies. The kit is designed for children, but can also be used by adults.

The kit includes a butterfly net, food and an instruction describing the life cycle of butterflies. Children can watch the caterpillars transform into pupae and then emerge into butterflies.

A Butterfly Breeding Kit is an educational tool that can be used by kindergartens and schools to teach students about animals and life cycles.

Butterfly Breeding Kits are a great way to introduce children to the world of science. They provide hours of fun and teach children about nature.

The advantage of owning a Butterfly Breeding Kit is its educational value, it teaches about life cycle of butterflies, and it is a great way to introduce your children to biology.

As butterfly farmers, we benefit from untouched nature. We are happy to make our contribution to the conservation of resources.

Our nets are reusable and high quality.

All materials we need for shipping and breeding are reusable or recyclable:

  • Cups and lids can be reused as flower pots. Feces and food remain in the organic waste.
  • A Habitat can be self-made out of the shipping box.
  • Wrapping paper is suitable as an underlay to protect furniture.

Shipping is CO2 neutral with our shipping service provider.

At buy-butterflies.com, we consciously offer solely online materials, encompassing instructions and learning resources. This decision emerges from a meticulous consideration of factors that address both our customer base’s requirements and our business objectives:

Customer Familiarity and Efficiency: Our loyal customers are already well-acquainted with our products. By exclusively providing materials online, we enable swift and direct access to crucial information, eliminating delays associated with physical shipping. This also avoids overloading regular customers with unnecessary materials.

Online Resources for Problem Solving: We provide comprehensive online resources for addressing queries or uncertainties. These dynamic resources are consistently updated, ensuring customers have access to the latest information, facilitating effective and prompt solutions.

High-Quality Learning Material for Children: Our extensive learning materials for kindergarten and elementary school children are thoughtfully tailored to cater to both kindergarten students and pupils in grades 1 to 4. This diverse online learning experience supports the unique needs of young learners.

Multilingual Versatility: To cater to the diverse needs of our international clientele, our materials are available in German, French, and English. This linguistic variety widens our customer reach and contributes to cost efficiency for our breeding sets.

Environmental Responsibility and Cost Efficiency: Our focus on digital materials not only aligns with environmental responsibility but also reduces the need for physical printing and shipping. This minimizes environmental impact and allows us to maintain competitive prices for our breeding sets.

Quality and Adaptability: Our online platform ensures consistent access to current and high-quality materials. We can continually adjust content to meet evolving customer needs. Additionally, the platform encourages the exchange of breeding experiences, fostering an interactive community with shared interests.

Importantly, all our online materials are available in PDF format. Customers can download and print resources as needed, enabling physical use without waiting for printed versions.

In summary, our exclusive emphasis on digital materials reflects an efficient, environmentally-conscious, and customer-centric approach. This creates a mutually beneficial scenario where customers access superior resources while we reduce environmental impact and offer competitive prices with a low-price guarantee.

The painted lady butterfly, a butterfly native to all of Europe, typically flies in Europe from April to the end of September, and in warmer years, even until October.

To ensure that your adult butterflies can fly in warm weather, we recommend starting your butterfly project in a timely manner, as the raising of the butterflies takes about 3-4 weeks. You have the option to select a later shipping date during the purchase process. However, please note that this may result in the butterflies not being able to fly due to low temperatures at your location. In such a case, you would unfortunately have to skip the release of the butterflies in your project. We kindly ask you to consider this when making your purchase.

For a successful release of the butterflies, you will need a warm day with at least 17°C and sunshine.

Our shipping dates are flexible and include later options. We ship our butterfly breeding kits throughout Europe. In southern countries such as Italy, Spain, and Portugal, where the painted lady butterfly is active and flying longer due to generally warmer conditions, you can choose a later shipping date. In northern EU countries, we generally recommend an earlier shipping date. The decision of when to start your butterfly project is up to you and should be based on your location and the current weather forecasts.

If unfavorable weather conditions prevent the release of the butterflies, you can care for and feed the butterflies in their habitat at room temperature for an additional 3 to 4 weeks.

We do not sell butterfly eggs or butterfly pupae.

When you buy butterfly caterpillars, they turn into pupae after a short time. After the butterflies mate, they lay the desired butterfly eggs.

This way you receive your butterfly eggs or pupae.

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Thanks for your interest! You can buy the caterpillars via the following button:

Please follow the instructions below.

Warning: Not suitable for children under 3 years old. Risk of suffocation.

Caterpillar

  • Store the cup with the butterfly caterpillars at room temperature. Avoid direct sunlight!
  • If you notice condensation inside the cup, open the lid until the water drops are gone. Condensation water is no issue if the caterpillars are in the process of pupating.
  • Do not touch the food or the caterpillar. If necessary use a paintbrush or spoon.

Pupa

  • About 2 weeks after arrival the caterpillars will start to hang upside down on the paper towel or lid to pupate.
  • Please do not disturb them during this phase. Allow the pupae to dry. It takes 2 days to cure.
  • Afterwards, remove the lid and hang the paper towel containing the pupae into the Butterfly Habitat if using a large cup with 5 to 7 caterpillars (see item 1 in the picture below). For easier handling, you can also place the paper towel with the pupae on the floor of the Butterfly Habitat (see item 2 in the picture below). For small cups with 1 to 2 caterpillars, place the lid with a paper towel between the lid and the pupae on the bottom of the Butterfly Habitat near a netted side (see item 3 in the picture below).
  • Please remove any silk fabric around the pupae carefully with a paintbrush or your fingers to enable the hatching of the butterflies.
  • If a pupa detaches from the paper towel or lid, carefully place it on the floor of the Butterfly Habitat (see item 4 in the picture below).
To place a butterfly pupa in a butterfly habitat, hang or lay it near the side of the net using a paper towel
To place a butterfly pupa in a butterfly habitat, hang or lay it near the side of the net using a paper towel.

Butterfly

  • A Painted Lady butterfly hatches about 10 days after pupation. Immediately after hatching, the wings are crumpled and soft.
  • In that stage, the butterfly climbs to a place from which it is able to pump up its wings. Shortly afterward, the Painted Lady butterfly excretes a red liquid (meconium). After one day, the wings are dried. Now the first flight attempts can start.
  • Feed the butterflies with juicy fruits such as watermelon or oranges. Alternatively, mix a 10 % sugar water solution in a cup. Put 9 tablespoons of water in a cup and mix it with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Now you can take a paper towel, soak it in the solution, then put it on a plate and place it in the Butterfly Habitat.
  • Release the butterflies 3-7 days after hatching. Wait for good weather, temperatures above 17°C and sunshine are recommended.

Do you have any unanswered questions? You can find detailed instructions and tips on raising the butterfly caterpillars in our FAQ (https://buy-butterflies.com/faq/).

Access the learning material conveniently through the QR code or link located on the cup lid.

The learning materials are provided digitally. You will receive the link to the materials in the email with the subject “Invoice & Shipping Confirmation” which we will send you as soon as your order is shipped. The link is also included on the invoice that you receive from us.

Typically, you will receive your learning materials at least 1-2 days before the caterpillars arrive. This will give you enough time to prepare your lessons and ensure that you have all the necessary resources on hand to make the most of your project.

The caterpillar food in the cup is sufficient for up to 7 caterpillars. If there are more than 7 caterpillars in your cup, we recommend using the brush to place the extra caterpillars on a nettle or thistle immediately after receiving the delivery, so that there are 7 caterpillars remaining in each cup.

You can also raise the extra caterpillars directly in the habitat on a nettle. How this works is explained here: Raising Butterflies on a Nettle.

When you receive your caterpillars, they are a few days old.

You can determine a more accurate age using the following chart.

Just measure the size/length of your caterpillars. For example, a 10 mm (=1 cm) caterpillar should be about 7 days old.

The diagram shows the growth of the caterpillar at a constant temperature of 24°C. If the temperatures are lower, the caterpillar develops more slowly. At a constant temperature of 18°C, for example, it takes about 20 days for the caterpillar to turn into a chrysalis. If the temperatures are higher, the caterpillar develops more quickly. At 30°C, for example, it only takes 7 days for the caterpillar to fully develop.

At 44 mm, the caterpillar is fully developed and is big enough to turn into a chrysalis.

Like other animals, caterpillars will play dead if they feel disturbed. Leave the cup with the caterpillar for 1-2 days. You will soon notice the first movements.

Another reason may be cool temperatures. At temperatures below 17°C, the caterpillars go into hibernation. Store caterpillars at room temperature, to encourage growth.

It is also important to note that young caterpillars are relatively small when they arrive at your home. Due to their size, their movements may be difficult to observe.

Sometimes, caterpillars also take shelter under a silk fabric that they have woven themselves.

Have you been waiting for 2 days and still no movement? Try opening the container and gently touching the caterpillars with a brush to test their reaction.

Please avoid direct contact with the butterflies to ensure the best possible survival rate.

When handling the caterpillar cup, please be gentle and avoid shaking it. Do not open the lid during pupation, as this can introduce bacteria, fats, and salts that may harm the caterpillars.

Only open the lid once the butterfly pupae have fully developed, at which point you can transfer them to the Butterfly Habitat.

After the Painted Lady butterflies hatch, you can release them back into the wild by opening the Butterfly Habitat.

Butterflies prefer temperatures between 18°C ​​and 30°C, so it is best to keep the caterpillars at a constant temperature of 24°C. Temperatures above 40°C should be avoided at all costs.

Additionally, it is important not to place the cup with the caterpillars in direct sunlight, as this can raise the temperature in the cup, and to avoid large temperature swings.

Avoid large temperature fluctuations and keep the caterpillars away from areas such as windows, fans, and air conditioners, as these areas have the greatest fluctuations.

The safety pin is used to hang the tissue that is clamped between the cup and the lid together with the pupae in the habitat later.

As long as the caterpillars are in a safe place without direct sunlight or sudden temperature changes, they can be left alone for a weekend or a few days.

It is important to ensure that the caterpillars are properly cared for under suitable conditions over the weekend. If the room where the caterpillar container is located does not experience excessive heat or extreme cold during the weekend, you can leave the caterpillars at the kindergarten or school. However, make sure that the caterpillar container is not exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. Avoid leaving the container in a hot or cold car as well.

If the room is expected to experience significant heat or cold over the weekend, I recommend taking the caterpillars home for care. Ensure that you create appropriate conditions for the caterpillars, such as maintaining the proper temperature and humidity in the rearing container. Avoid condensation forming on the inner walls of the container, as this could negatively affect the caterpillars.

The lid of the caterpillar container should only be opened once the pupae have formed or to remove condensation from the inside of the container. During the caterpillar stage, the caterpillars require a closed container (including paper towel and lid) to prevent the caterpillar food at the bottom of the container from drying out and becoming inedible for the caterpillars.

The holes in the lid are large enough to provide sufficient air for the caterpillars while also being small enough to protect the food from drying out. It is important to keep the lid closed to maintain optimal conditions for the growth and development of the caterpillars.

Yes, the holes in the lid are sufficient for air circulation. Air also passes through the fabric.

Having more or larger holes could cause the caterpillars’ food to dry out.

The spun fabric of the caterpillars in the cup should definitely remain intact. It serves as protection and is crucial for the natural development process of the butterflies. It’s important not to disturb the caterpillars during this phase, as the fabric provides them with protection during their development and helps them hold onto the caterpillar food source better.

In the picture below, you can see the silk threads that the caterpillar has spun for protection. The silk threads are harmless until the pupal stage and can remain in the container.

The provided food in the caterpillar cup is sufficient for the complete development of up to 7 butterfly caterpillars.

However, if more than 7 caterpillars are delivered in a caterpillar cup, the additional caterpillars should be removed from the cup using a brush and raised in the butterfly habitat with fresh nettle leaves.

If you have 7 or fewer caterpillars in your caterpillar cup, the provided food is enough for the entire development of the caterpillars until the pupation stage.

The caterpillar cup contains a food made of a nutrient-rich mixture of roasted soy flour, vegetables, vitamins, minerals, and water.

Caterpillar food is not suitable for human consumption.

The food has the consistency of modeling clay or clay and sticks to the bottom of the cup.

Butterflies are very sensitive to air quality and the food they eat. The following products among others are toxic to butterflies:

  • powerful detergents and disinfectants, 
  • essential oils, 
  • scented room sprays, and 
  • biological and chemical plant protection products.

No. There is enough moisture in the food for the caterpillars.

Remember to protect the caterpillars from direct sunlight, as direct sunlight can heat up the cup and create condensation, which can lead to the formation of bacteria and disease.

If condensation forms on the inner wall of the cup, the lid should be opened to absorb the water using a clean cloth.

The little balls are caterpillar droppings. These excretions indicate that the caterpillars are eating and growing.

No, the caterpillar container only contains caterpillars of the Painted Lady butterfly. However, it is possible that the caterpillars grow at different rates and are in different stages of development. This can create the impression that there are different butterfly caterpillars of various species in the caterpillar container. However, this is definitely not the case.

The different developmental stages of the butterfly larva are depicted in the picture below.


In the picture below, the different developmental stages of the butterfly are depicted.

The molting of a painted lady caterpillar typically lasts a few hours to a day, depending on its developmental stage. During this process, the caterpillar sheds its old skin and forms a new exoskeleton to protect its growing body. The duration of molting can be influenced by factors such as temperature and humidity, as they can affect the metabolic and growth rhythms of the caterpillar.

Caterpillars are more sensitive and susceptible to changes in their environment during molting. Therefore, do not disturb them during the molting process and keep the environmental conditions stable. If you want to observe the caterpillars, be patient and look for signs that molting is approaching, such as a change in the color or shape of the caterpillar’s skin.

No, it is best not to open the lid before pupation.

The food in the caterpillar’s cup is weighed relatively accurately and with some certainty. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish feces from artificial food.

If the cup is cleaned too carefully, it can happen that good food is taken away from the caterpillars, which they need for full development.

Additionally, opening the cup can introduce pathogens into the environment.

The silk fabric serves as protection for the caterpillars from potential attackers.

It may happen from time to time that one of the caterpillars eats the paper towel. There is no need to worry. The caterpillars can still turn into pupae on the paper towel.

If you wish, you can replace the paper towel with a new one.

The paper towel is only in the large cup with 5-7 caterpillars per cup. In the small cup with 1-2 caterpillars per cup, there is no need for a paper towel.

In the picture below, a partially eaten kitchen towel is visible.

After the caterpillars have pupated and the pupae have hardened, wait at least 2 days before transferring them to the Butterfly Habitat. It takes 6 to 14 days for the chrysalis to hatch into a butterfly, depending on the temperature.

Transfer the pupae to the Butterfly Habitat 2-4 days after pupation. At 30°C, the butterflies will hatch after 6 days. By transferring the butterfly in a timely manner, you are ensuring that the butterflies will not hatch in the caterpillar cup.

The pupae shake themselves to defend themselves. If the chrysalis wiggles its hindquarters, it may feel disturbed. It could be that the chrysalis is tickling something, such as the silk fabric.

It is completely normal for the pupa to wiggle. The wiggling can last up to 10 minutes. By wiggling, you can see that the pupa is alive.


In the picture below, the wriggling behavior is graphically depicted. When the pupa is on the ground, as shown in the image below, the pupa moves its legs. If the pupa is hanging with its abdomen attached to the surface, as is typical, the upper body of the soon-to-emerge butterfly sways back and forth due to the wriggling.

Please ensure the butterfly pupae are free of silk fabric before placing them in the Habitat.
If there is silk fabric around the chrysalis, carefully remove it, using a paintbrush or your fingers.

If the silk fabric is not removed, it may prevent the butterfly from hatching or result in deformed wings. It is important to remove the silk fabric to allow the butterfly to have enough time to inflate its wings and prepare for release.

The image below illustrates how the chrysalis should be carefully freed from silk threads or remnants of food using a brush.

The upper-right image shows how the chrysalis should ideally appear. The skin from the last molt, which still hangs on the abdomen and appears black, is harmless. Since butterflies emerge headfirst downward, it is particularly important to ensure that this path is free from silk threads.

In the 5-7 caterpillar cup, the pupae are attached to the paper towel between the lid and the caterpillar cup. To transfer them, remove the lid and hang the paper towel with the pupae in the Butterfly Habitat. The enclosed safety pin can be used to secure it in place.

It’s important to note that only the pupae from the large cup with 5-7 caterpillars should be hung on the paper towel (see photos above). The pupae from the small cup with 1-2 caterpillars should be placed on the ground in the Butterfly Habitat, using the lid and a paper towel as a base for hatching (see photo below).

Note: Adult butterflies have different legs and are no longer able to cling onto flat surfaces (such as glass or plastic) as they did when they were caterpillars. For this reason, it is important to let the butterflies hatch on a paper towel close to the mesh side of the Habitat, so they can walk and have a surface to climb onto while they dry and expand their wings

Don’t worry, it’s quite simple, but it may require a bit of practice. Here are the steps on how to unfold and fold both the small and large butterfly habitats:

Unfolding the Butterfly Habitat:

Carefully take the butterfly habitat out of the packaging and unfold it gently.

For the small butterfly habitat: Open the packet and unfold the two surfaces. Hold the habitat with both hands and spread it out like a fan. Gently pull the sides until the habitat is fully unfolded. Ensure that the mesh surfaces and vinyl are smooth to provide an optimal habitat for the butterflies.

For the large butterfly habitat: First, release the loop, if it was used during folding. Hold the packet with both hands and spread it out like a fan. Gently pull the sides until the habitat is fully unfolded.

Folding the Butterfly Habitat:

For the small butterfly habitat: Simply fold the excess mesh surfaces inward and bring both surfaces together. Now the habitat is ready to store.

For the large butterfly habitat: First, fold the front edge between the zipper and vinyl inwards. Then, fold the excess material and bring both surfaces together. Hold the habitat at the bottom with the loop in your left hand, and with your right hand, bring the top edge into your left hand. Now fold the whole thing together like a fan and secure it with the loop. This creates a neat and easy-to-store packet.

With a little practice, you will quickly become a pro at unfolding and folding the butterfly habitat. The habitat will become a practical and useful tool for butterfly breeding and observation. Enjoy the fascinating world of butterflies and experience their unique metamorphosis up close!


In the following video (from minute 1:20 onward), it demonstrates how to set up the habitat and fold it back into a space-saving form after the butterfly project.

To set up the butterfly habitat optimally, we recommend placing it in a well-ventilated area protected from direct sunlight and strong winds. Ensure that the habitat is stable and securely fastened to prevent it from tipping over.

Please note that you should not use the window side as the floor for the butterfly habitat. The butterflies may have difficulty walking on the smooth vinyl surface and might not find their way to the netted side to inflate their wings.

We suggest using the window (vinyl) side facing upward and positioning the habitat in a horizontal position.

By following these tips, you will create an ideal environment for your butterflies, promoting their well-being and successful development.

Caterpillars can crawl on smooth surfaces such as the walls of the cup. Their eight abdominal legs work like suction cups and allow them to do this.

However, adult butterflies do not have these legs and are not able to walk on smooth surfaces.

It may happen that a chrysalis falls to the bottom of the cup and hardens there.
Allow the pupae to harden for 2 days. Now you can pick up the fallen pupae with a spoon, for example.

Next, remove any silk fabric, food, and droppings clinging to the pupa. Then place the pupa on a paper towel on the floor of the Habitat, near the mesh side of the Habitat.

Newly hatched butterflies cannot climb the smooth side of the window, so it is advisable to place the pupa about 1 cm away from the side of the net.

Also, butterflies may feel uncomfortable if another chrysalis is too close, so it is also advisable to keep a safe distance of at least 1 cm between the pupae.

Caterpillars may develop at different rates.

If you have a straggler, you can place the hardened pupae in the Habitat as described above and stretch a new paper towel between the lid and the caterpillar cup. This will give the “slow” caterpillar the opportunity to pupate on the paper towel at a later date.

If the caterpillar does not pupate in the caterpillar cup, it is best to release it outside, preferably on a nettle or thistle leaf, or place it in the Butterfly Habitat and feed it fresh nettle or thistle leaves.

About 24 hours before the butterfly hatches, the pupae turn dark.

Shortly before the butterfly hatches, the colors of the wings become visible through the thin shell of the chrysalis. Please refer to the picture below for clarification.

You can observe the butterfly hatching at any time!

To do this open the Habitat and place it a bit higher so that the children can see the ceiling. Don’t worry, butterflies don’t fly out of the Habitat immediately after hatching. Only after the wings have hardened (about 24 hours) is the butterfly ready to fly.

Each child can take turns observing for 10 minutes and sounding the alarm as soon as a butterfly begins to hatch, so that everyone can see the butterfly hatching.

If you missed the butterflies hatching from the chrysalis, you can watch the video below showing the process in real time.

Once the butterfly has emerged from the chrysalis, it only has a few minutes to climb, stretch its wet wings, and pump hemolymph (insects blood) into them to expand and stiffen. After that, it takes a while for the wings to dry out and become stiff.

If this process is disturbed, the wings may dry out before the butterfly has even had time to inflate them.

To increase the chances of success, it is important to pay attention to the following:

  • Make sure to remove all silk fabric from around the pupae.
  • Place the pupae on the floor of the Habitat, leaving at least approximately 1 cm between each other and the side of the netting wall.
  • Keep the butterflies at temperatures between 17°C and 30°C. If the air is dry, lightly mist the pupae with water once a day.
  • Avoid rapid changes in temperature, such as those caused by direct sunlight, which can create condensation inside the cup and lead to the formation of mold, which can make the caterpillars sick. Keep the caterpillars in a shady place.
  • Minimize the risk of introducing bacteria and viruses by keeping the environment as sterile as possible. Avoid opening the cup prematurely or rearing the caterpillars on wild-collected plants.

Unfortunately, the butterfly with deformed wings will not be able to fly and survive in the wild. In this case, it is best to humanely euthanize the butterfly. You can release the butterfly by placing it in the freezer for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can discreetly place the butterfly on a flower and leave it to the laws of nature.

The red spots indicate the presence of meconium, a natural excretion of butterflies that is harmless.

To safeguard furniture from meconium, it is advisable to lay down newspaper or a similar protective layer under the habitat.

In the picture below, it is shown how a freshly hatched butterfly has excreted meconium (red spot) onto the paper towel shortly after emerging.

Immediately after hatching, the butterfly proboscis is split into two parts. It takes about 2 or 3 days for the two “C” shaped parts to join together and form a tubular shape. Once the butterflies find food, they will begin feeding for the first time using their fully developed proboscis.

In the picture below, the proboscis of a butterfly is photographed. Upon close examination, you can discern that the proboscis is comprised of two C-shaped pieces.

The Butterfly Habitat is not suitable for long-term housing of Painted Lady butterflies.

It is best to release them back into the wild within 3 to 7 days of hatching. To ensure successful flight, the butterflies should be released when the weather is warm (at least 17°C) and sunny.

If the weather is not suitable, you can provide the butterflies with a sugar water solution by mixing 1 part sugar and 9 parts water. Dip a paper towel in the mixture and place it on a plate in the Butterfly Habitat.

Alternatively, you can mix the solution in a bowl and offer it to the butterflies being careful to avoid creating a “puddle” that the butterfly could drown in.

Remember to replace the food source after 2 days to prevent mold growth.

Additionally, it is important to note that butterflies have difficulty walking or climbing on smooth surfaces such as porcelain, glass, or metal, so it may be helpful to place a textured surface such as a paper towel on these surfaces to assist them.

A permit may be required to release butterflies in order to protect and manage local ecosystems. Releasing non-native butterfly species into an area can disrupt the balance of the ecosystem and potentially harm native species. Therefore, it is important to obtain a permit to ensure that the release of butterflies is being done in a responsible and controlled manner.

To request permission from your local environmental authority, you can send an email with the following information:

“Dear Sir or Madam,

We would like to release our [number] butterflies on [date and time] at [place].
The butterflies are Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui), which are native to this area (no field collection).

I would like to request permission to carry out this project.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

In some cases, the authority may ask for a quality document from the breeder. In this case, you can forward the following page to the authority: Quality document for the release of cultivated Painted Lady butterflies into the wild

If you do not plan to release the butterflies into the wild, a permit is not necessary. You can keep the butterflies in the Habitat without releasing them.

Open the Butterfly Habitat outdoors with the opening facing the sun.

Butterflies are most active and able to fly during the day when the sun is shining and the temperature is above 21°C.

After opening the Habitat, the butterflies may fly around a bit to orient themselves before they start searching for nectar. They will often visit nearby flowers, and as they move from flower to flower, they help to pollinate them.

If the temperature is between 17 and 21°C, the butterflies may not immediately take flight. This temperature range is a good time for taking photos of the butterflies.

If the temperature is below 17°C, or if there is heavy rain or wind, it is best to wait to release the butterflies until the weather improves. In the meantime, you can feed them until the conditions are more suitable for flight.

If you are not sure whether the butterflies are ready to fly, you can open the Habitat on a sunny day and see if they want to come out. If they prefer to stay inside, you can place them in a sheltered spot, such as on a flower, until the temperature warms up.

In bad weather, it is best to cover the Habitat with a dark cloth and place it in a cool room. This removes the stimulus for flight and reproduction and the butterflies will be less active, conserving energy and sparing their wings for future flights in the wild.

The net has a finely meshed design to prevent predators, such as wasps that are 6 mm in size, from reaching the butterflies.

The fine mesh netting of the Butterfly Habitat allows for the observation of the butterflies while protecting them from potential predators. However, the view of the butterflies may be somewhat limited due to the mesh size. It is still possible to observe the butterflies well through the window of the Habitat.

To thoroughly clean the habitat and remove stubborn stains, we recommend the following approach:

Firstly, you should carefully empty the habitat and then gently vacuum it to remove loose dirt.

Next, we advise immersing the habitat in warm soapy water and letting it soak for approximately 24 hours. The soapy solution will help dissolve ingrained stains and dirt.

After the soaking time, take the habitat out of the soapy water and rinse it thoroughly with clear water to eliminate all soap residues. Be sure to rinse out all soap remnants diligently as they could be harmful to the butterflies.

Following the rinse, hang the butterfly habitat in a well-ventilated area to dry. Ensure it is completely dry before using it again for the butterflies.

With this careful cleaning process, you should be able to effectively remove the red stains (meconium) and other stubborn dirt, preparing the habitat in a clean state for the butterflies.

The butterfly habitat is reusable.

It is possible to breed the caterpillars of the Painted Lady butterfly on nettle or thistle leaves, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

The nettle or thistle should be free of other insects, pesticides, and wet leaves.

It is recommended to place the plant in a vase or pot. If using the vase method, be careful to prevent the caterpillars from falling into the water by closing the opening with cotton, for example.

The food should be changed daily and any caterpillars on the old food should be carefully transferred to fresh food.

When using the pot method, make sure the plant is large enough to accommodate all the caterpillars – a 40 cm high thistle can support 1-2 caterpillars.

Check to see if the caterpillars are accepting the host plant, and if not, return them to the caterpillar cup and replace the plant if necessary.

Keep in mind that plants cannot be easily sterilized and viruses or bacteria on the plant can make the caterpillars sick and decrease the success rate. For this reason, we recommend inexperienced butterfly breeders to start with only 1-2 caterpillars for the first trial. If the caterpillars do not consume the offered food, you still have the caterpillars from the cup that will likely develop as expected.

For optimal development and observation, it is recommended to place the vase or pot in a Large Butterfly Habitat (40x40x60 cm).

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After the caterpillars have transformed into pupae within the Butterfly Habitat, it is important to ensure that the pupae are free of silk fabric so that the butterflies can hatch without any obstacles.

Once the butterflies have emerged, you can place nectar flowers in the large Butterfly Habitat for them to feed on.

There are some key differences between raising caterpillars with artificial food in a cup and raising caterpillars with plants in a Habitat. The table below outlines these differences.

Feed caterpillars with artificial food in a cupFeed the caterpillars with plants in the Habitat
Recommended temperatureBetween 18°C ​​and 30°C.Between 18°C ​​and 30°C.
Direct sunlightMust be avoided at all costs → condensation.It’s good and it helps the growth of plants.
Maintenance effort at the caterpillar stageCaterpillars do not require any care. Caterpillars need fresh food every day. The Habitat should be cleaned of droppings and other insects, if necessary.
Pupal Stage Care EffortFree the chrysalis from the silk fabric and then transfer it to the Habitat.Release the pupae from the silk fabric. A transfer is not necessary.
Chance of successSurvival rate of 70-90%.Depending on purity. Survival rate of 5 to 80%.
The biggest dangers during breeding– Condensation.
– Temperatures above 30°C.
– Silk fabric around the pupae.
– Pathogens such as viruses and bacteria.
– Predators in the Habitat.
– Feed on plants that have been treated with pesticides.
– Wet leaves.
Differences between raising caterpillars with artificial food in a cup and raising caterpillars with plants.

If your butterflies have laid eggs, there is indeed a chance to successfully raise the “eggs.” Here are some steps that can help you in this process:

Rearing container: To protect the eggs, gently detach the leaf with the eggs from the plant and transfer it to a suitable rearing container. It is best to use a container with ventilation options and provide fresh nettle leaves as food. Our caterpillar container can be cleaned and reused for this purpose.

Monitoring environmental conditions: Ensure that the temperature and humidity in the rearing container meet the requirements of the specific butterfly species. Clean the caterpillar container daily, remove any droppings, and replace nettle leaves daily to prevent mold formation.

It is important to note that raising butterflies requires patience and care, and it may also require experience. We cannot guarantee success in this endeavor. Additionally, when using eggs solely from a breeding kit, there is an increased risk of inbreeding, which can lead to developmental issues. Therefore, we recommend using butterflies from nature and/or a second breeding kit for outbreeding purposes.

In the picture below, a female Vanessa cardui is shown depositing tiny turquoise-colored eggs on the underside of a leaf of its host plant.

When breeding Painted Lady butterflies, it is possible to achieve a higher survival rate of 70-90 % in captivity compared to the average rate of 5% in the wild.

To maximize the chances of survival, caterpillars are typically shipped when they are a few days old and the environment should be kept at a stable temperature. Additionally, removing debris such as silk and frass (insect droppings) from the pupae before placing them in the butterfly habitat can also help improve their chances of survival.

Painted Lady butterflies have a lifespan of up to one month. Approximately two weeks after emerging from their pupae, the females will lay their fertilized eggs.

These eggs will hatch into caterpillars within a week, and the caterpillars will begin to eat and grow.

After 2-3 weeks of development, the caterpillars will transform into chrysalises.

Finally, after about a week, adult butterflies will emerge from the pupae.


The eggs of the Painted Lady butterfly have an average diameter of approximately 0.6 mm and a height of approximately 0.7 mm. They typically weigh around 0.000145 g, making them similar in size and weight to a grain of sand.

After hatching, the caterpillar grows to be about 40 mm long and 0.5 g in weight within 14 days at a constant temperature of 24°C.

The chrysalis weighs approximately 0.5 g and measures about 2 cm.

The adult butterfly has a wingspan of about 6.5 cm, making it one of the largest butterflies in Europe. It weighs between 0.3 and 0.5 g.

The Painted Lady butterfly is a migratory species, following a path similar to that of migratory birds. At the end of September, the butterflies migrate to southern regions to breed, with their offspring returning to the north, in the spring.

During the winter, the Painted Lady butterflies can be found in North Africa. When living conditions there deteriorate, usually in early April, the butterflies fly to the Mediterranean region and southern Europe. As they migrate to Germany, they cross the Alps, flying at altitudes of up to 3,000 meters.

Throughout their lives, Painted Lady butterflies can travel up to 1,000 km, with the ability to fly at speeds of 50 km/h and cover distances of up to 300 km per day. They use the sun for orientation.

In nature, butterflies have more space to pupate, which can help them avoid silk fabric and other caterpillars.

However, it is still common for butterflies to not hatch properly in nature.

By removing the silk fabric, you can give the butterflies a better chance of successfully hatching.

Insects are a diverse group of animals that are found all over the world, in almost every habitat, and on every major landmass. There are over a million different types of insects, making them the most diverse group of animals on the planet. They also make up more than 75% of all living beings on Earth.

There are three main groups of insects:

  • wingless insects (such as ants),
  • insects with wings (such as butterflies), and
  • wingless insects with hard outer shells (like beetles).

Yes, butterflies are insects.

Yes, butterflies are pollinators.

Butterflies play a vital role in the health and diversity of ecosystems through their role in pollination and their place in the food chain.

Pollination, the process of transferring pollen from the male plant to the female plant, is essential for the reproduction of many plant species. Butterflies contribute to pollination by collecting pollen on their bodies as they feed on nectar from flowers, and then transferring the pollen to other flowers they visit. This process allows different plant species to fertilize each other, leading to a more diverse and robust ecosystem.

In addition, many animals, including birds, lizards, and bats, rely on butterflies as a food source. Without butterflies, these animals may struggle to find other food sources, leading to potential declines in their populations.

Butterflies also add beauty and life to the world, reminding us of the incredible diversity of life on our planet.

Butterflies and moths are both insects belonging to the order Lepidoptera, but there are some key differences between the two.

One major difference is that butterflies are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day, while moths are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night.

Other differences include the shape and appearance of their antennae and the way they rest with their wings. Butterflies tend to have thin, curved antennae with a club-like tip and they usually rest with their wings held upright over their backs. Moths, on the other hand, have thicker, feathery antennae and they tend to rest with their wings spread out flat.

No, butterflies are not moths.

Yes, butterflies can see.

Butterflies have eyes that are sensitive to ultraviolet light, which allows them to see colors that are not visible to humans. This gives them a unique perspective on their surroundings and makes the colors of their wings appear more vibrant.


How similar is viewing through a faceted lens to the visual experience of a butterfly?

It is difficult to say exactly how similar viewing through a faceted lens is to the visual experience of a butterfly as the visual systems of butterflies and humans are quite different.

Butterflies have compound eyes, composed of many small facets or lenses, which allow them to see a wide field of view and detect movement quickly. Each facet provides a separate image, which is then processed by the insect’s brain to create a composite image.

Humans, on the other hand, have a single lens in each eye, which provides a more detailed and focused image. Viewing through a faceted lens may provide a similar wide field of view to a butterfly, but it is unlikely to provide the same level of detail and clarity. Additionally, the way that the brain processes the image would be different.

Butterflies do not have ears and are unable to hear sounds. Instead, they use their antennae to detect vibrations in the air.

Butterflies undergo metamorphosis, a process by which they change form and become capable of flight. The process begins when a butterfly lays an egg, which hatches into a caterpillar. The caterpillar grows and eventually forms a chrysalis, within which it undergoes transformation into a butterfly. Once the transformation is complete, the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis and is able to fly.

The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae), European Peacock (Inachis io), Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album), Map butterfly (Araschnia levana) and Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) are known to utilize nettles as a food source for their larvae.

The adult butterflies will lay their eggs on nettles, and the caterpillars will then consume the plant as they grow.

A chrysalis is a stage in the life cycle of an insect that comes after the larva and before the adult stage.

A cocoon is a protective casing made from silk, which is created by some species of caterpillars, to encase themselves while they undergo pupation.

Most butterflies start their lives as eggs, which hatch into caterpillars within two weeks. After a period of growth and development, the caterpillar forms a pupa, from which an adult butterfly eventually emerges.

Butterflies are not able to fly in heavy rain because their wings become wet and heavy, making it difficult for them to hold them up and beat them fast enough to stay in the air. As a result, they are not able to fly in such conditions.

Some species of butterflies sleep on tree branches, while others sleep on the ground or on flowers. It is common for butterflies to find a sheltered spot to rest in during the night or when the weather is inclement. Some butterflies even use their wings to create a canopy to protect themselves from the elements.

Butterflies do not have the same ability to feel pain as humans and other animals with a central nervous system.

While they can perceive touch through their sensitive bodies and antennae, they do not have the same pain receptors that allow for the sensation of pain.

This means that they are not able to feel physical pain in the same way that humans and other animals with a central nervous system can.

The most common predators of butterflies include: mice, spiders, ants, parasitic wasps, and birds.

Additionally, human activities such as mowing down plants that caterpillars feed on or the use of pesticides can also negatively impact butterfly populations.

Butterflies have different colors for a variety of reasons, including camouflage to blend in with their surroundings and avoid predators, as well as to attract mates.

Butterflies are considered beautiful due to their wide range of vibrant colors, intricate patterns and delicate wings.

The variety of patterns and colors, some being bold and striking while others more subdued, adds to their beauty.

Additionally, their graceful movements and the way they flutter their wings make them pleasing to watch.

Butterflies breathe through a system of tiny branching tubes called tracheae which extend from their mouth to their air sacs and allow them to take in air.

Other insects, such as beetles, ants, and bees, also breathe through a system of tracheae. However, unlike butterflies, many of these insects do not have specialized air sacs. Additionally, many other invertebrates, such as arachnids and crustaceans, also have tracheae-like respiratory systems.

Butterflies regulate their body temperature by using their wings to either absorb or reflect heat from the sun.

Butterflies do not have the capability to bite.

Most butterflies have a long, straw-like proboscis that they use to sip nectar from flowers.

They possess taste receptors on their tarsi (the last segments of their legs) which they use to taste their food when they eat it.

Butterflies have long, tubular proboscis because it allows them to reach deep into flowers to extract nectar.

The proboscis is a long, straw-like tongue that is folded up when not in use. When a butterfly feeds, it extends its proboscis, uncoils it, and uses it to sip nectar from flowers.

This elongated structure allows them to reach deep into flowers, which they could not do otherwise, and thus feed on a variety of flowers.

Yes, butterflies can drink sugar water. They use their proboscis, which is a long, tubular tongue, to sip nectar from flowers or other sources of sugary liquids.

Some butterflies eat bananas, but not all. You can try to offer a banana to a butterfly, but it may not be interesting.

Butterflies that like bananas include Limenitis archippus and Asterocampa celtis.

Yes, butterflies eat honey.

We recommend diluting honey with water.

Some species of butterflies can eat strawberries, but this is not common.

Yes, butterflies eat watermelon.

Butterflies can be either male or female.

Butterflies mate by touching their abdomens.

Butterflies reproduce through a process known as complete metamorphosis.

This process involves four distinct stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The eggs are laid by adult butterflies, which then hatch into a larva or caterpillar. The caterpillar then transforms into a chrysalis or pupa before emerging as an adult butterfly.

Some species of butterflies lay their eggs on the ground or on the undersides of leaves. The eggs hatch into caterpillars which break through the shell and begin to feed on the surrounding leaves. The caterpillars grow and molt several times during their development. When fully grown, they pupate and after a period of around a week, they emerge as adult butterflies.

There are two ways to determine the sex of a Painted Lady butterfly.

The first way is to examine the genitals and identify the presence of specific sex organs.

The second way is to observe the behavior of adult butterflies, as the female is typically the one who lays eggs.

The sex of the Large Cabbage White butterfly (Pieris brassicae) can be determined by the pattern of black spots on its wings and the size of its body. Females tend to be larger than males.

Yes, butterflies are invertebrates, which means they do not have a backbone or spinal column. They belong to the phylum Arthropoda, which also includes insects, spiders, and crustaceans.

Butterflies are not endangered as a whole, but some species of butterflies are facing a decline in population due to habitat loss, pollution, pesticide use, and climate change.

Some species are considered endangered, threatened, or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

It is important to protect and conserve habitats and ecosystems to ensure the survival of butterflies and other wildlife.

There are several species of butterflies that are considered rare or endangered in Europe, including the Large Blue (Maculinea arion), the Large Copper (Lycaena dispar), the High Brown Fritillary (Argynnis adippe), the Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus), and the Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina).

Other species, such as the Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) and the Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) have also seen declines in population in recent years. These declines are often due to habitat loss and degradation, pesticide use, and climate change.

There are a few species of butterflies that migrate to Germany each year.

Some examples include the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), the Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), and the Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus).

These butterflies typically migrate to Germany from the south in search of warmer temperatures and a more favorable environment for breeding and feeding.

Some other species of butterflies also migrate to Germany, but these are some of the most common.

Butterflies are often associated with various symbols and meanings, such as:

  • Transformation and change: the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is seen as a powerful symbol of the transformative process of personal growth and change.
  • Freedom and lightness: butterflies are known for their graceful and free-flying nature, which can symbolize the freedom to be yourself and the ability to let go of old patterns and beliefs.
  • Love and romance: the delicate and colorful appearance of butterflies is often associated with love and attraction, making them a popular symbol of romance and courtship.
  • Spirituality and enlightenment: in many cultures, butterflies are seen as messengers of the soul and are associated with the spiritual journey of self-discovery and enlightenment.
  • Renewal and rebirth: the emergence of a butterfly from its chrysalis is often seen as a symbol of new beginnings and the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
  • Hope and resilience: the butterfly’s ability to overcome adversity and emerge as a beautiful and powerful creature is often seen as a symbol of hope and the resilience of the human spirit.

There are a few reasons why butterflies may land on you. One reason is that they are attracted to the color of your clothes. Another reason is that they are attracted to your body heat.

If you dip your finger in sugar water, chances are a butterfly will land on your hand and eat it.

If a butterfly lands on you, it could be a sign that you are about to embark on a new adventure. Butterflies are also a symbol of transformation, so this could be a time of big changes in your life.

There is no specific answer to this question, as butterflies can enter homes for a variety of reasons.

However, the most common reasons are seeking shelter from bad weather, finding a mate, something to eat, or a place to lay eggs.

Most species of butterflies are not poisonous.

A small number of species in the family Lycaenidae (blues, coppers, and hairstreaks) have larvae (caterpillars) that feed on plants containing toxins. These toxins are then passed to adult butterflies, making them toxic to predators.

There are a few reasons butterflies can be considered evil.

Some species can be a nuisance to farmers as they often feed on crops.

Butterflies are often associated with death as some are attracted to rotting fruit, which may contain harmful bacteria.

In some cultures, butterflies are also considered evil spirits that can steal people’s souls.

Some people think butterflies are spiritual creatures.

Butterflies have been associated with various spiritual and cultural meanings throughout history. In many cultures, they are seen as symbols of transformation, rebirth, and spiritual growth. They are also sometimes associated with the soul or spirit. However, whether or not butterflies are considered spiritual is a matter of personal belief and interpretation.

Butterflies, also known as Lepidoptera, have evolved over millions of years through the process of natural selection. Fossil evidence suggests that the earliest known butterflies appeared around the mid-Eocene period, around 50 million years ago.

Their evolution can be traced back to a group of moths called micromoths, which had similar characteristics to the modern-day butterfly. Butterflies have undergone many changes in their physical characteristics and behavior throughout their evolutionary history, adapting to different environments and food sources.

The diversity of butterfly species we see today is a result of millions of years of evolution.

Another source mentions a story that has been told by many cultures and religions over the centuries. The most popular version of the story is that a group of gods and goddesses were playing a game of chance. One of the goddesses, named Psyche, was so beautiful that the other goddesses were jealous of her.

To punish Psyche, they used their powers to make her fall asleep. While she slept, they placed a curse on her that would turn her into a butterfly when she woke up. Psyche eventually wakes up to find that she has indeed turned into a butterfly.

Catching a butterfly is not so easy and requires a little patience. The important thing is to catch the butterfly without hurting it.

There are two ways to catch a butterfly. It is best to use a net. Alternatively, butterflies can be caught by hand.

To catch a butterfly, you must first find a butterfly. If you can see it, try to follow the butterfly until you are close enough to catch it with a net or your hands.

If you are using a net to catch the butterfly, the fabric of the net should be as soft as possible so that the butterfly is not injured.

It is more difficult to catch a butterfly by hand. However, this is often the only solution because you do not necessarily have a net with you. If you are trying to catch the butterfly by hand, we recommend following it until it lands on a flower to rest. You can now pick up the butterfly by its closed wings between your index and middle finger.
The cool hours of the morning are particularly conducive to this method.

You can also try to catch a butterfly with a trap. Here you often need to have a lot of time and luck.

Caterpillars shed their skin in the same way as snakes, for example. Butterfly caterpillars shed their skin because it does not grow with them.

You visit a butterfly house to observe tropical butterflies. In most butterfly houses, the pupae of the butterflies are imported from tropical countries in order to present the colorful giants here.

Strikingly in the butterfly houses, you never see dead butterflies on the floor. The reason for this is the industrious quails.

Quails are natural predators of butterflies and keep the butterfly house clean. Other insects such as ants or spiders are also eaten by the quails near the ground.

Chickens are rather unsuitable for this, as they are too fast and thus also like to grab butterflies that are still alive.

The higher the temperature, the shorter the development time.

This effect can only be observed in the temperature range between approximately 17 °C and 30 °C. If the temperature is longer or significantly higher or lower, this has a negative effect on the survival rate of the butterflies.

Temperatures above 40°C must be avoided under all circumstances.

The average body length is 30 mm.

Similar to humans, there are large and small Painted Lady butterflies. This does not necessarily have anything to do with gender.

A Painted Lady caterpillar has 16 legs. These are composed as follows:

  • Three pairs of real legs and
  • Five pairs of fake legs (also called prolegs).

The prolegs differ from the “real” legs in that they are not segmented and act more like suction cups!

Although the prolegs are not “real” legs, essentially the caterpillars use the prolegs for locomotion.

The adult Painted Lady butterfly has 6 legs like all insects. However, the front two legs are shorter and usually only folded in. The front pairs of legs are used exclusively for preening. 

The adult Painted Lady butterfly stands on its rear 4 legs. 

Metamorphosis describes the entire transformation from egg to fully developed butterfly.

The Painted Lady butterfly flies from North Africa to Europe in spring (from April). In late spring, it flies back to North Africa to spend the winter.

The proboscis is rolled up.

Normally, butterflies are relatively quiet. However, there are butterflies that make sounds.

These include, for example, the African death’s-head hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos), which makes squeaking noises when it feels disturbed.


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