How to cultivate and care for your butterfly larvae (plus a free activity!)

Elementary/Middle School

These painted ladies are more than just a pretty face - they're a robust teaching tool for your life science classroom. 

Painted Lady Butterflies, or Vanessa cardui, sp. can be used to:

  • Demonstrate a full life cycle
  • Visualize development quickly - most develop between 14 to 26 days
  • Study habitats and environments

In this video, we'll show you how to cultivate and care for live butterfly larvae so you and your students can watch their transformation unfold before your eyes.

You'll earn about proper setup, care, media, and habitats to give your butterflies an environment to thrive at every stage of their life cycle. 

Ready to start the transformation? Discover more butterfly resources below. 

Download the Care and Handling Guide

Download a FREE Butterfly Activity

Shop for Painted Lady Butterflies and Habitats


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