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  • Arrived today

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  • Poppy and johns beautiful butterflies

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  • Sending his brother in heaven his birthday butterflies

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  • 4 out of 5 have hatched so far ❤ #insectloreeurope

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  • All 5 are now beautiful butterflies #insectloreeurope

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  • Watching caterpillars turning into beautiful butterflies was an incredible experience for the kids and their teachers ! After 2 days, it was time to free the butterflies...

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  • Our caterpillars are starting to get into their "J" shapes... we're watching for the final moult. Can't wait to see our beautiful butterflies!

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  • Fascinating

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  • Our butterflies have emerged from their chrysalis' over the last few days. Today we released them into our garden on such a beautiful day! We were able to hold them and have some stunning photos of them on the children's hands! Thank you, yet again it's been a wonderful experience.

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  • 5 lovely chrysalids - grass carefully removed with a paintbrush. BUT because of where they formed there is no way to put them in the stand without at least one resting on it. They are right in the edge of the disc as well so can't peel the disc off to safety pin to the side like we did last year. Will they still be ok?

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  • My daughter letting the butterflies go at the weekend #insectloreeurope

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  • Thank you Katherine Murray for emailing us these great photos. Don't forget to us your photos with the #insectloreeurope to be in with a chance of winning an bundle of goodies. A winner will be announced on the 24th April.

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  • Thank you Insect Lore for the caterpillars received last week. The Easter holiday 2017 butterflies project has been going well so far. Keep updated on their progress via Twitter @insectlore @TsuiAllen

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  • Our caterpillars at day 5 #insectloreeurope

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  • We have loved our butterfly project. One of the best birthday presents ever! Here Zach is releasing his beauties.

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  • We saw our first butterflys today. What a transformation.

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  • Don't forget to post your photos with the hashtag #insectloreeurope before the 24th April to be in with a chance of winning a goody bag of all things Insect Lore. A winner will be announced on the 25th April.

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  • We were very happy to get 5 successful hatchings this year, especially as last year only one butterfly made it. My daughter really wanted one to land on her, but having one crawl onto her hand was just as exciting

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  • Releasing 3 out of our 5 butterflies..

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  • Releasing the butterflies. Thank you insect lore for giving my girls so much pleasure in doing this project.

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  • Merveilleux moment passé avec mes enfants aussi bien tout au long de la transformation que lors du lâcher des papillons!! ❤

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  • These photos and this lovely message is courtesy of Lindsey Baker and her daughter Leonie

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  • We have just received our caterpillars!

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  • Will have 3 very excited kids when they get home from school !! Post man has just delivered a surprise ❤

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  • Butterfly

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  • Did you know? A butterfly feeds upon nectar with its elongated proboscis. The proboscis acts as a tube through which the butterfly sips its food. The proboscis remains curled up until it is time to eat. #paintedladybutterfly #facts #nature

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  • Butterfly release day in Devon :)

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  • My 6 and 2year old daughters can't wait to meet there new friends and then release them into the world thanks for this amazing experience

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  • So today we said goodbye to our 5 butterflies this one said special goodbye#insectloreeurope

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  • Think we have some action here in one of our 2 pots!

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  • Mummy loves butterflies! Our wedding was butterfly themed years ago and i think they are the most beautiful thing in the world

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  • Time to fly #insectloreeurope

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  • Releasing the butterflies #insectloreeurope

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  • Just transferred to their butterfly habitat

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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.