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    Morning,
    I saw on here last year a lot of you had been hatching butterflies. I'd really like to do this with my mindees this year. Is it easy to do, where is the best place to get the kit from? There seem to be several companies out there and I'd prefer to use one that was recommended.

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    We got ours from Insect Lore last year and will be getting more again this year

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    I've currently got 5 caterpillars They came from insectlore. I think it was £25 inc postage. That was with the butterfly house! They come in a little pot with all the food they need. So simple and the kids absolutely love it

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    I bought my kit from baker ross and you get a voucher with it to order the caterpillars. Was £13.99 a couple of weeks ago. Fab watching them

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    I'll be able to use last year's butterfly house so will just be buying the pot of caterpillars this time

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    Those with the caterpillars/butterflies how long do they take to do their stuff?

    I'm thinking of getting one but I work TTO and with only 3 weeks left of this half term and 5 weeks the half term after I don't want mindees to miss out (nor do I want to leave the caterpillars home alone when we go on holiday!)
    Life is all about how you handle plan B

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrstom View Post
    Those with the caterpillars/butterflies how long do they take to do their stuff? I'm thinking of getting one but I work TTO and with only 3 weeks left of this half term and 5 weeks the half term after I don't want mindees to miss out (nor do I want to leave the caterpillars home alone when we go on holiday!)
    Website says 3-5 weeks from caterpillar to butterfly

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    Quote Originally Posted by sing-low View Post
    Website says 3-5 weeks from caterpillar to butterfly
    Thanks!
    Life is all about how you handle plan B

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    When is the best time to get them

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    The hotter the weather, the quicker the process. Some years we have had butterflies in 2.5 weeks. I think I'll order mine for just after Easter this year.

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    So excited to do this, going to order mine beginning of June as most of my children are TTO, don't want them to miss any of the fun xx

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    I absolutely love this idea and will definitely be ordering one when I'm all up and running! Although the extent of my 'wish lists' may cost me a small fortune at this rate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by natlou82 View Post
    So excited to do this, going to order mine beginning of June as most of my children are TTO, don't want them to miss any of the fun xx
    Me too - will aim to have them delivered for 2nd June (just after half term holiday) then have a clear run of quite a few weeks

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    I got mine from amazon for £13. It came with a voucher for 5 caterpillars which we have now. Ive had them a week today and they have grown so much, I would say 4-5 times their original size! The children are fascinated and so am I!

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    This sounds fantastic-i am looking into it now!!

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    Where do you get the pot of caterpillars from?x

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    Wow I'm going to look at it now Amazon?

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    Do you keep them indoors or outdoors? x

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    I have done these for the past 3 years and the kids love them. I have them for the last half term before summer hols. Times vary but usually takes 3 weeks. I bought some last year as pressies for a couple of mindees too. Ours stay on the sideboard then we hang the net up when the butterflies appear because our cats are very interested in them once they start fluttering

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    Can they escape?! I'd be worried about the caterpillars getting out...also have 2 cats, it would be my nightmare to wake up one morning and find the house knocked over and empty...! But would love to have them if they can't get out!

 

 
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