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Painted Lady Butterflies (Vanessa cardui)

Avg. Ratings: 5.0 (2 Reviews)

Butterfly larvae embody life cycle lessons.

  • Complete Habitats in Three Different Sizes
  • Students Experience a Full Life Cycle
  • Development Spans between 14 and 26 Days
Students watch caterpillars form chrysalides and then transform into colorful butterflies.

The three available habitat options are based on how many larvae teachers want to raise. Development can take between 14 and 26 days.

Ordering Information:These products contain living or perishable materials. Habitats include a pop-up mesh pavilion, larvae, setup instructions, and enough media to take them from caterpillar to butterfly. Media pack refill includes powdered media, a spoon, 30 culture cups, a paintbrush for transferring larvae, and setup instructions.

Delivery:Please specify a delivery date. Ward's holds valid USDA permits allowing us to ship to most Continental US States. Please call Customer Service for permit details. FOR CANADIAN CUSTOMERS: Please see the Butterfly Order Form on the Product Resources Tab for larvae spring shipping schedule.



Item # Description Unit Availability Price Quantity
6706200 Large Butterfly Habitat (30 Larvae)
Live Product
Kit of 1 Retrieving
4745290 Medium Butterfly Habitat (10 Larvae)
Live Product
Kit of 10 Retrieving
2899890 Small Butterfly Habitat (5 Larvae)
Live Product
Case of 6 Retrieving
Kit of 1 Retrieving
6700700 Large Butterfly larvae refill (30 Larvae)
Live Product
Kit of 1 Retrieving
875652 Small Butterfly larvae refill (5 Larvae)
Live Product
Kit of 1 Retrieving
470215-426 Pop-up Butterfly Pavillion
Each Retrieving


Length 53 cm
Slide Type Animal
Width 86 cm


Item # Description Finish Orientation Unit Availability Price Quantity
922486 Butterfly, Wing
- Whole mount Each Retrieving
330283 Butterfly Life Cycle Poster
Unlaminated - Each Retrieving
922485 Siphoning Tube Type, Butterfly
- Whole mount Each Retrieving
380600 Stonefly Heliothis Diet, 1kg Bag
- - Each Retrieving
146105 WARD’S Insect Mounting Kit
- - Each Retrieving


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Total Ratings: 2
Avg. Ratings: 5.0 out of 5

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ND Software Development / Software Developer / near Ottawa, ON
Yes, I recommend
I received a medium kit (10 larvae - each of the cups actually had 7 larvae for a total of 14) on June 29th. It was fascinating to watch them develop. All 14 larvae formed a chrysalis. The first two butterflies emerged yesterday (July 16th). As of this morning, 10 butterflies have emerged. I will see if the other 4 emerge or not. The butterflies are doing well and a pleasure to observer. This is definitely something I would like to repeat next yeat, but starting earlier in the season. Thank you for the opportunity to raise these butterflies.
Reply associate Published 04/10/2017
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Curious Kelly! Etobicoke, Onta
Yes, I recommend
Amazing!!! - I got this kit for my daughter and me last year to watch the process of larvae turn into a butterfly and it was great!! And the best part was setting them free and letting them climb on our hands to fly away, some of them didn't want to leave!! The steps were very easy to follow, so this year I want to get another replacement kit to share with my neighbors younger kids, they will just love the e
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