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  • Lexie releasing her butterflies into nature

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  • I love this action shot! #insecoreeurope

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  • The detail!!

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  • From tiny caterpillars to beautiful butterflies

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  • My daughter got her caterpillars for her birthday, it's been the best present! She's loved watching them grow from caterpillars to butterflies. We let them go today, 1 of them wanted to stay with us for a while!

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  • release day! A really wonderful experience.

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  • Just released our 2 babies into the big wide world

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  • Official release day, always a special event especially when they linger around the garden for a while.

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  • All 10 emerged beautifully , we released them yesterday morning ❤️ #InsectLoreEurope

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  • Quick melon pit stop before spreading their wings! #insectloreeurope

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  • Such a sweet little face! #insectloreeurope

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  • Release day (17/07/17)

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  • Just released our butterfly's.. we have loved every minute ☺️

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  • We've loved watching our tiny caterpillars grow and transform into beautiful butterflies. Today, sadly, we waved them goodbye. #insectloreeurope

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  • #insectloreeurope Amazed by the "teeny caterpilllars" Leo asked, "why is there a spiders web inside?"

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  • #insectloreeurope we released 3 of our butterflies yesterday, waiting for the other 2 to emerge .

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  • Really enjoyed our experience with our butterfly's we managed five

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  • #insectloreeurope Our first butterfly emerged yesterday. Been such an amazing educational experience. Will definitely be making this a yearly summer tradition for the children

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  • Right before their release

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  • Letting our painted lady's free #insectloreeurope

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  • We released our butterflies today ☺️ #insectloreeurope

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  • Seeing butterfly no4 emerge while on the way to Granny's house to share the InsectLore love...was another highlight. This experience is hands down the top favourite and we can't wait to order more caterpillars #insectloreeurope

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  • The delight and surprise is real when holding your painted lady for the first time #insectloreeurope

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  • For the second year we have successfully hatched all of the butterflies. Kids love it.

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  • It was lovely meeting you and your family Buttercup, enjoy flying free. Thankyou for the experience #insectloreeurope

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  • My favourite picture, soon to be framed. A little wild haired baby watching her painted lady dry her wings. Beautiful!! #insectloreeurope

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  • We loved watching the caterpillars turn into butterflies and then setting them free such an amazing thing to watch #insectloreeurope

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  • We took our butterflies down to Cornwall with us and released them in Crantock...not too far from where they originated!

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  • Long awaited, finally in today's post delivery! All 10 alive and well.

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  • Goodbye Buttercup.#insectloreeurope

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  • Emilia letting her friends go

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  • today, our last 3 butterflies emerged from their chrysalides. we are enjoying watching all 10 butterflies, each and every one is absolutely stunning. Jett is an indoor cat so he is enjoying watching our butterflies too

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  • We released our butterflies today

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  • Watching the metamorphosis of these intriguing insects has been an amazing experience for my daughter Poppy, and for me too

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  • Mesmerised

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  • #insectloreeurope We've had a fab time watching our little friends grow & change!

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  • Daniel taking great delight in releasing the painted lady butterflies!

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  • Finlay releasing the painted ladies.

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  • My little girl over the moon with 3 out of her 5 butterflies on her last month

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  • Letting our beautiful butterflies free

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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.