Each butterfly kit for schools contains everything you will need to capture your students’ full attention. You will receive 30 caterpillars in a closed cup, and a separate cup of concentrated caterpillar food. You will also receive all necessary equipment – small cups with lids, filter paper, transfer brushes, and a pop-up butterfly habitat which will allow you to keep the butterflies in an enclosed space in order to witness each stage of their life cycle. Everything else you require will be buy morel spawn included in the pack, and all you will need to provide will be some sticky tape, scissors, a small bowl and a permanent marker.
The butterfly kit for schools gives you instructions as to every step of the process. You will need to feed the caterpillars on a daily basis, which will also be an exciting opportunity for students to take part. Another exciting fact about caterpillars is that they spin silk, and this can be observed with the use of this pack. It is important that the caterpillars are kept out of any direct sunlight which could cause condensation in the cups. It is also advisable that the lids are kept on the cups at all times to encourage maximum growth by preventing bacteria getting into the cups.
Once the butterflies are moved into the pop-up habitat, you will start to see the really exciting part of the transformation. The most fascinating part of their cycle will be when they start to emerge from the chrysalis as a butterfly. Be sure this stage is not missed. You will be provided with information as to how to care for and feed the butterflies once they have hatched.
When the main part of the life cycle is over, and they have been in butterfly form for a few days, we do ask that you release the butterflies into the open, which can also be a fun task for students to take part in. If, however, the climate at the time is too cold, you could keep the butterflies in the pop-up habitat until they eventually die.
Butterflies can be ordered throughout the year and therefore it is not necessary to wait until the natural season commences. The butterflies require little work but watching the transformation is an experience which should not be missed by any student. It is particularly beneficial to teachers who are hoping to teach their students about the cycle. Pictures are a good aid to learning, but experiencing something first hand and getting involved in the process will allow every stage of the cycle to remain in the memories of those students for the rest of their lives.