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Ward's® Painted Lady Butterflies

Avg. Ratings: 4.9 (16 Reviews)
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Vanessa cardui Butterflies form chrysalides and transform into colorful butterflies right before your eyes.

  • Complete habitats available in 3 different sizes
  • Students experience a full life cycle
  • Now available with pre-mixed or powdered food options
  • Quick development - occurs between 14 to 26 days
All complete culture kits include a pop-up mesh pavilion, larvae, setup instructions, and enough media to take them from caterpillar to butterfly.

Ordering information: These products contain living or perishable materials. Please specify a delivery date at time of ordering.

Ward's holds valid USDA permits allowing us to ship to most Continental US States.

Delivery information: FOR CANADIAN CUSTOMERS–Please see the Butterfly Order Form on the Product Resources Tab for larvae spring shipping schedule.



Complete Culture Kits
Item # Description Food Type Unit Availability Price Quantity
470188-574 Small Butterfly Kit (5 Larvae on Food and Habitat)
Live Product
Pre-mixed (moist) Case of 6 Retrieving
Kit of 1 Retrieving

Live Larvae Sets - Without Habitat
Item # Description Food Type Unit Availability Price Quantity
470177-326 5 Larvae Refill Kit
Live Product
Pre-mixed (moist) Kit of 1 Retrieving


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Total Ratings: 16
Avg. Ratings: 4.9 out of 5

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Yes: 0 No: 0 user Education / Teacher Librarian - Primary Chairperson / Toronto, Ontario
Yes, I recommend
"Order. Learn, Enjoy. Repeat." That sums up our amazing learning experience (and future mandate by my colleagues) with the Painted Lady Butterflies that we ordered from Boreal Science. The instructions were extremely clear and simple, the learning was fantastic, and the consensus was unanimous by all 13 Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes to order and repeat this wonderful experience. That's for the great way you partnered with us in our learning this past year.
Reply associate Published 09/11/2018
WOW! We love hearing about your experience!
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Yes: 0 No: 0 user Education / Teacher / Hamilton, ON
Yes, I recommend
Our kindergarten class was so excited when our box arrived from Boreal and the excitement only grew from there. We will definitely be ordering in the future. Thanks!
Reply associate Published 08/27/2018
Thank you for your feedback. We're happy to hear about everyone's enthusiasm for our Ward's® Painted Lady Butterflies!
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Nadia Jasmin Education  / Teacher / Beaconsfield, Quebec
Yes, I recommend
The painted ladies were delivered on time. We did have an issue with one of the orders and a solution was found quickly and efficiently.
Reply associate Published 08/27/2018
Thanks for the feedback. We're happy to hear we could resolve the issue in a timely manner.
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Yes: 0 No: 0 vuser Education / Teacher / Stoney Creek, Ontario
Yes, I recommend
Our students learned so much from observing the life cycle of the Painted Lady butterfly. It was a wonderful opportunity and easy to do. I recommend it to elementary school teachers .
Reply associate Published 08/27/2018
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Yes: 0 No: 0 user Education / Teacher / Surrey, BC, Canada
Yes, I recommend
The 30 set of larva arrived on Friday of the delivery week with 29 alive.
Reply associate Published 05/16/2018
Thanks for letting us know. If you ever encounter an issue with loss of your live specimens in the future, please do not hesitate to contact Customer Service for a replacement at 800-962-2660.
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Yes: 0 No: 0 user Education / Teacher / Mustang, Ok
Yes, I recommend
The products were delivered quickly and safely. My students loved getting to watch the caterpillars go through their life cycle.
Reply associate Published 11/14/2017
Thank you! Glad to hear the students are enjoying our Ward's® Painted Lady Butterflies.
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Amanda C Education / teacher / Laval, Quebec
Yes, I recommend
I have ordered this product more than once and the students love it. Unfortunatley last year there was a mistake during the shipping (not Boreal's fault) and we got it late. When I called Customer service I spoke to a lovely person and she assured me that should there be a high mortality rate when my order arrived they would replace it free of charge. Lucky for me, everyone was safe and alive.
Reply associate Published 01/31/2018
Thank you for the feedback. We're glad to hear you contacted customer service right away for a no-charge replacement. We stand behind the quality of our products, and we want you to be fully satisfied with your purchase. If you are not completely satisfied with your order within 30 days from your date of invoice, we will gladly replace the item, or issue a credit or refund. Thanks again for sharing your experience.
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Yes: 0 No: 0 user Education / Admin Support / Sundre, AB
Yes, I recommend
We order these kits each year for our school. Always impressed.
Reply associate Published 09/12/2017
We're thrilled to hear that you are "impressed" with our Ward's® Painted Lady Butterflies! Thank you for the feedback.
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Yes: 0 No: 0 user education / farmer / Nova Scotia
Yes, I recommend
These butterfly cages are worth the money- they are secure and easy to clean- there are alternatives out there BUT they don't compare to the ease of using these!
Reply associate Published 08/15/2017
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Yes: 0 No: 0 user Teacher / Head teacher / Burnaby, BC
Yes, I recommend
Fantastic!! Only 3 did not survive. The children loved learning about the cycle and watching them grow. An excellent hands on learning activity.
Reply associate Published 06/14/2017
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Yes: 0 No: 0 user education / Learning Support Teacher / Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Yes, I recommend
I have ordered the 30 larva kits two years in a row. I have about a 90% success rate of butterflies emerging. The students love seeing the living caterpillars and following the change. I usually have some of the larva feed on thistle so they can see the difference between natural food vs the medium and it helps students to see the connection to the natural world. Thanks for the opportunity to raise these amazing creatures.
Reply associate Published 06/14/2017
We're happy to hear your enjoying our Ward's® Painted Lady Butterflies. Thank you for your feedback!
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Sandra K. Education / Teacher / Mississauga, Ontario
Yes, I recommend
I put in an order for two of these full kits and bought an additional net for three classes to enjoy. Students absolutely loved it as well as the teachers - including teachers that saw it for the first time. They want to do the same thing with their class next year! I wrote student names on the larva cups using a permanent marker. I let students name their caterpillar and I wrote the name of the caterpillar on the top of the lid. They really enjoyed that. When transferring the chrysalis into the enclosure, make sure to use a strong tape, such as duct tape to fasten the lids to the top of the enclosed net.The net is reusable and can get stained with the colouring from the butterfly wings (students thought it was blood at first). Hopefully we can wash them for next year. I would definitely order these again.
Reply associate Published 06/14/2017
Thank you for sharing! We love your tips and tricks! If you do need another habitat, they are available separately, item 470215-426 Pop-up Butterfly Pavilion.
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Yes: 0 No: 0 user Education / Teacher / Fonthill, Ontario
Yes, I recommend
This product was great! It was delivered on time- with email updates. The caterpillars were shipped with the food so there wasn't any extra preparation needed. The children in Kindergarten enjoyed watching the caterpillars get bigger and bigger and follow the life cycle stages that they had learned about. They are currently in their chrysalis and we are still anxiously awaiting the butterfly stage Thanks!!
Reply associate Published 06/14/2017
Thank you for your feedback. We're happy to hear you found our email updates informative! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
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Yes: 0 No: 0 user Education / Principal / Dryden ON
Yes, I recommend
The students thoroughly enjoyed this unit in science class this year. We were satisfied with the ease to order the kit online, the efficiency of the reception and the quality of the product. The instructions were easy to follow also. I recommend this kit to teachers who would like to give their students the opportunity to experience this wonderful life cycle.
Reply associate Published 06/14/2017
Thank you for sharing! We're happy to hear you had a wonderful experience from start to finish.
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ND Software Development / Software Developer / near Ottawa, ON
Yes, I recommend
I received a medium kit (10 larvae - each of the cups actually had 7 larvae for a total of 14) on June 29th. It was fascinating to watch them develop. All 14 larvae formed a chrysalis. The first two butterflies emerged yesterday (July 16th). As of this morning, 10 butterflies have emerged. I will see if the other 4 emerge or not. The butterflies are doing well and a pleasure to observer. This is definitely something I would like to repeat next yeat, but starting earlier in the season. Thank you for the opportunity to raise these butterflies.
Reply associate Published 06/01/2017
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Curious Kelly! Etobicoke, Onta
Yes, I recommend
Amazing!!! - I got this kit for my daughter and me last year to watch the process of larvae turn into a butterfly and it was great!! And the best part was setting them free and letting them climb on our hands to fly away, some of them didn't want to leave!! The steps were very easy to follow, so this year I want to get another replacement kit to share with my neighbors younger kids, they will just love the e
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