Raising Butterflies in a Butterfly House

Raising Butterflies with Kids

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Raising butterflies with kids is magical and rewarding! Start with a butterfly house and caterpillars and watch them turn into chrysalises then butterflies.

Raising Butterflies with Kids

This post contains affiliate links.Have you tried raising butterflies with your kids?

We do this almost every year and LOVE it. I mean, really, really love it. The kids get so excited about every step of the process.

We use this butterfly house and send away for the caterpillars, although sometimes we also bring in caterpillars from the garden.

And we watch…

We watch the teeny tiny caterpillars eat the caterpillar food inside the container they come in.

Raising Butterflies from Caterpillar to Chrysalis to Butterfly

And we watch them grow and grow.

We watch them create their chrysalises.

Then we attach the little chrysalises to the top of the butterfly house.

And we watch them some more.

We wait and watch and wonder.

And then, one day, the butterflies emerge!

It is the most magical process to witness!

Raising Butterflies in a Butterfly House

We feed the butterflies fruit and flowers and sugar water and watch a bit more…

Raising Butterflies with Kids - Releasing the Painted Ladies

…before taking them outside (usually to the garden, but in the photos above we were at the beach)…

Raising Butterflies with Kids - Releasing the Painted Lady Butterflies

…and releasing them with ceremony.

Raising Butterflies with Kids - Releasing the Painted Lady Butterflies

It’s such a magical process to share with kids!

If you’ve been wondering how to raise butterflies, I highly recommend giving this a try. It’s super easy with a kit like this, especially the first time or few that you do it.

Raising Butterflies in a Butterfly House

We use this butterfly house and order our caterpillars from the same company. (The house comes with a voucher for free caterpillars the first time and you can buy them separately each subsequent time).

Even though we raise our butterflies from a kit, know that you can also bring in your own caterpillars and even make your own butterfly house without too much difficulty.

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And if you’re really getting into butterflies, try some butterfly crafts, do a simple butterfly art activity, and read some butterfly books, too!

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    Dena
    May 3, 2016 at 10:33 am

    We do this every year at our house. It’s a ritual now. We use the same house but do not send for butterflies anymore. We grow milk weed, fennel and passion flower so we have a variety of butterflies. We have already released 2 monarchs and are just now seeing tiny swallowtail caterpillars on our fennel. It really is magical every single year. :)

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      Jean Van't Hul
      May 4, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      That’s wonderful, Dena! I just planted some milkweed and am hoping to be in your situation sometime soon. Perhaps we’ll plant some fennel and passion flower, too…

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    Lori harris, salt Creek butterfly farm
    May 3, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Hi…so glad to see you encouraging raising butterflies. I give away thousands of monarch caterpillars every summer here at salt Creek butterfly farm. Kits are great but wonderful to see relationship between caterpillars and their natural food source. Monarch butterfly conservation is very much in the news lately. Let me know if I could be a resource any time regarding planting a butterfly habitat (rather than butterfly garden) with children.
    Great work! I enjoy your ideas and posts very much!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      May 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Yes, please, Lori! I would love to learn more about planting a butterfly habitat and I’m sure many others here would too!

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    Anna
    May 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    We are in the process of this at the moment! Our caterpillars are very big – our boys love it!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      May 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Sweet! Our batch just arrived and they are teeny tiny!

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    Marieke
    May 6, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Our kids love to raise butterflies too! It is so magical to see their transformation. So much to learn from the process! I’ve planted milkweed in the garden last year too but it didn’t survive so I need to plant some more!

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    Jenny
    May 9, 2016 at 11:40 am

    About how long does the process take?

  • Reply
    jumbootoys
    May 25, 2016 at 5:21 am

    I think all kids loved to raise butterflies and its a perfect blog and pictures after watch this they also like to do it this, thanks for sharing.

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