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  • It's back to school time! Are your children studying a mini-beast project this term? Our butterfly kits are both educational and fun.

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  • Release day of 5/25

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  • Getting a closer look at some brand new butterfly friends!

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  • Little Arthur loved seeing a butterfly for the first time

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  • #insectloreeurope my daughter Kate loved releasing her butterflies this bank holiday! Xx

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  • Bringing some wildlife to our building site of a garden this morning

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  • Butterflies are bolder than you think, you never know what kind of friends they'll end up making!

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  • Did you know? Creating just one square metre of pollinator-friendly plants in your garden provides the nectar butterflies and moths need to survive. Our friends over at Butterfly Conservation have created a FREE guide to transforming an area of your outdoor space into a pollinator paradise!

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  • Is it nearly time to release your butterflies? It's more important than ever to know the safest conditions for releasing your butterflies!

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  • Yesterday we said goodbye to our butterflies! My girls were sad but happy at the same time! It's been a lovely experience watching the caterpillars become butterflies! Thank you.

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  • Our last wee guy having a rest in the sunshine ☀

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  • So magical

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  • It's almost time to pick a lucky winner for May's photo competition. Remember to share your photos with us and include the hashtag #insectloreeurope for a chance to win an Insect Lore goody bag worth £100

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  • We hope you're all enjoying your bank holiday as much as this little guy is

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  • Experience the Miracle of Metamorphosis at your fingertips

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  • Amazing experience releasing such beautiful creatures

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  • Congratulations to the lucky winner of May's photo competition...Keighley Miles

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  • https://www.facebook.com/Lasswitcamera/posts/1964229193588214

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  • Wow what a fun experience it was for my 6 year old daughter Millie! She loves creepy crawlies and insects, so to bring up her own butterflies was a brilliant thing for her to do. We really enjoyed watching the process, learning more than we thought! Once our butterflies fluttered off....my daughter says ‘so when are we getting the ladybirds’ ☺️ Thanks for a fab thing to do together as a family! #insectloreeurope

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  • #insectloreeurope our 2 kids are so excited

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  • Vanessa cardui being released in the sunny Angus Glens by Vanessa, her mum & little sister Nova. Their baby brother and themselves are named after butterflies so getting caterpillars from InsectLore has become an annual tradition now. #insectloreeurope #secondyearrunning #welovebutterflies

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  • My daughter loved releasing the butterflies #insectloreeurope

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  • We set our butterflies off today! Only one stayed with us in the garden tho and took a shine to my son #insectloreeurope

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  • Today Miss Stevie set her beloved butterflies Pluto, Jesse, Daphne, Tom and Jerry Free

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  • Louisa is ready to go with her caterpillars that arrived today! They're all wriggling which is a good sign :) #insectloreeurope

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  • #insectloreeurope The big release. We are now on our second batch

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  • Such delight when the Trio of Rampaging Rascals found their butterflies had emerged from their “sleeping bags”!

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  • This is Melody from Hertfordshire she is 3 years old and this is her first hatched

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  • Billy absoulety loved watching his butterflies grow #insectloreeurope

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  • #insectloreeurope Instead of Easter eggs, we get caterpillars!

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  • #insectloreeurope We love our butterflies, we've had them several times now.

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  • Thank you Insect Lore for the unforgettable moments and those magical touches of these amazing creatures...

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  • Our first time doing this, it’s so exciting!!! They grow so fast

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  • https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2180685762164839&id=1904785219754896

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  • My daughter having a chat with her butterflies before releasing them. Such a lovely moment.

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  • My daughter was over the moon with her butterflies for her birthday! This is our second time of having the butterflies and certainly won't be the last. What an amazing experience #insectloreeurope

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  • Very excited to see our beautiful butterflies take flight today ! ❤️

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  • Freedom!

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Butterly Facts
  • Butterfly Fact # 21

    Painted Lady butterflies can cover a lot of ground - up to 100 miles per day during their migration.

  • Butterfly Fact # 32

    A Painted Lady butterfly is capable of reaching speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour.

  • Butterfly Fact # 100

    Butterflies taste with their feet!

  • Butterfly Fact # 5

    The Painted Lady butterfly is the most widely distributed butterfly in the world.

  • Butterfly Fact # 4

    Painted Lady butterflies feed from over 100 different plants; this makes them incredibly vital pollinators.

  • Butterfly Fact # 24

    Caterpillars have twelve tiny eyes located near the mouth on both sides of the head.

  • Butterfly Fact # 47

    Butterflies will often feed from mud puddles to ingest minerals and salts, which are important supplements to their diet.

  • Butterfly Fact # 42

    Caterpillars have false legs at the rear of their bodies, which can be used for grasping or as "suction" cups.

  • Butterfly Fact # 71

    Butterfly wings are formed by layers of "chitin", the protein that makes up an insect's exoskeleton.

  • Butterfly Fact # 11

    When a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis, its mouth is made up of two separate pieces. The butterfly must "fuse" or "zip" these two parts together to form one tubular proboscis before it is able to eat.

  • Butterfly Fact # 99

    Caterpillars spin silk using tiny spinnerets located on the lower part of the head. When you see a caterpillar moving its head from side to side, it is usually spinning silk.

  • Butterfly Fact # 19

    Butterflies belong to an order, or group, called "Lepidoptera". The word "Lepidoptera" means "scaly wings" in Greek.

  • Butterfly Fact # 14

    Most butterflies prefer to feed on nectar, but others will feed on the juices of rotting fruit or animal dung.

  • Butterfly Fact # 20

    If butterflies get too cold, they cannot fly, feed or mate. That's why we recommend you release your butterflies when daytime temperatures are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Butterfly Fact # 41

    Painted Lady butterflies can adjust to almost any habitat. They are found in suburban, agricultural, swamp, bog, marsh, tundra, desert, meadow, forest, rainforest and mountain environments.

  • Butterfly Fact # 52

    All butterflies have a long, tube-shaped mouth called a "proboscis" which they use to drink liquids such as plant nectar. When not in use, this proboscis stays curled up and out of sight.

  • Butterfly Fact # 64

    The vibrant colors of a butterfly's wings warn predators to stay away. These bright colors signify that the butterfly may taste bitter or may even be poisonous.

  • Butterfly Fact # 3

    Butterflies have no lungs. They breathe through openings on their abdomen called 'spiracles'.

  • Butterfly Fact # 29

    Butterflies use their antennae to feel, smell and hear.

  • Butterfly Fact # 53

    A butterfly's proboscis is almost as long as its entire body.

  • Butterfly Fact # 7

    A group of butterflies is known as a "flutter", "swarm", "rabble" or "kaleidoscope" of butterflies.

  • Butterfly Fact # 13

    Painted Lady butterflies have six legs, though sometimes it looks as though they only have four. Their forelegs are shorter than the others and are tucked up tight against their bodies.

  • Butterfly Fact # 10

    Butterflies are nearsighted but can see many of the same colors that we can - as well as ultraviolet colors that we are unable to see.

  • Butterfly Fact # 8

    Once released, Painted Lady butterflies can live outdoors for as long as an entire year.

  • Butterfly Fact # 27

    Painted Lady caterpillars will shed their exoskeleton five times as they eat and grow.

  • Butterfly Fact # 73

    The largest threat to butterflies is the loss of their habitats. The increase in farming, forestry, land and building development and climate change result in the decline of butterflies and moths.

  • Butterfly Fact # 13

    A caterpillar's first meal is often its own eggshell. The outer shell of the egg is rich in protein and gives them a nutritious boost.

  • Butterfly Fact # 62

    Butterflies produce a special adhesive to "glue" their eggs to host plants.

  • Butterfly Fact # 34

    Painted Lady butterflies inhabit every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

  • Butterfy Fact # 85

    A butterfly cannot fly or eat immediately after emergence. It needs time to prepare itself for life as a butterfly.

  • Butterfly Fact # 1

    Painted Lady butterflies lay their eggs on thistle, malva (or mallow), hollyhock and fiddleneck.

  • Butterfly Fact # 22

    Painted Lady caterpillars spin silk. They use this silk to attach themselves to their host plants. You'll see your caterpillars spinning silk when your Cup of Caterpillars arrives.

  • Butterfly Fact # 101

    One caterpillar has as many as 4,000 muscles in its body - with 248 in its head alone.