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  • 5 painted ladies successfully released :)

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  • This is happening right now!!! There is so much excitement in the house!!!

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  • One very happy little boy on release day!!! Thank you do much, he has really enjoyed this experience, we will definitely be doing it again!! ❤️

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  • One very happy 5 year old and 4 new additions released into the garden today. Butterfly 5 was a little unsure so we're looking after him a bit longer. Teeny caterpillars to butterflies in under 3 weeks, brilliant fun and a great way to involve young children in the world around them.

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  • Serenity's butterfly release! Watching these little guys has been amazing and the girls have learnt a lot. Can't wait to do it all again!

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  • Release day for us today, it's been absolutely wonderful

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  • Butterflies released yesterday on a beautiful and sunny day

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  • Our surviving caterpillar has metamorphosised! Beautiful painted lady

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  • Our beautiful butterflies released today

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  • Moments before we set free our butterflies. I was hoping for some lovely photos of them hanging about or landing on our 2 children but nope they all just flew of into different directions

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  • Thank you insectlore for an amazing experience. Look at my sons beautiful face..... we are off to the insect shop tomorrow to buy bugs.....yay

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  • Goodbye butterflies.....

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  • We loved watching our caterpillars grow and were so sad to say bye to our butterflies!! We miss them but we're privileged to be part of their early life. Thank you.

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  • Well moved into there habitat. Waiting for the magic to happen.

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  • We have loved growing our butterflies! What an amazing experience. All 5 released today.

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  • Our first butterfly didn't want to say goodbye yesterday but our second one was a little more eager this morning.

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  • Every year we do this. And this year my boy tom got very brave and held one. One proud mummy xxx

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  • My daughters life cycle of the butterfly

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  • Lake District, West Cumbrian Butterflies

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  • Butterfly release​

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  • We loved watching our caterpillars grow into beautiful butterflies. Xx

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  • Great activity at Little Hands Childcare. The children watched every day and were fascinated when the butterflies arrived

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  • One of our lovely butterflies!

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  • We have 2 butterfly's so far

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  • Second year doing this and glad to say this year they wanted to stick around!

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  • My daughter loves handling the butterflies, they also love sitting on her hand x

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  • We had some butterflies to release at the side of my dads grave who passed suddenly. Very touching. Xx

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  • Someone was happy that he got butterflies just before his birthday.

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  • My 9 year old Kelsey releasing her butterflies!

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  • How beautiful was the colour on that caterpillar

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  • Our 2nd year of watching butterflies emerge! Fab! Thank you!x

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  • We got our baby caterpillars on Friday and we can't believe how big they've got!!

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  • My Daughter let her butterflies go yesterday and she was so excited that she got to hold one before they flew away and today I'm sure we saw one back In the garden.

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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.