Caterpillar Kit + free delivery

$225.00 inc. GST

The caterpillar kit is perfect for a classroom or home.  Observe the metamorphosis and the butterfly life cycle for 4-6 weeks!

A large Orchard caterpillar can be hard to spot among the branches

**We will send either Monarchs or Orchard Swallowtails in your caterpillar kit depending on seasonal availability.  If you require a specific species, please specify on your order and we will do our best to fulfil this **

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*Send Date – This is the date that we will hand your order to Australia Post.  We use Express Post which is their fastest method of delivery (Arrival date will depend on your location – Refer Aus Post website) – Butterflies require over 20 degrees to be released.  Please consider this when selecting your send date.

* WINTER: We are now sold out for Autumn.  Next availability will be Orchard Swallowtail kits from the 29th July.  These are only for locations that have temperatures above 22 degrees daily.  The next availability for colder locations will be October.  

* OCTOBER: We have opened orders for limited numbers weekly in October.  In September once we know how our plants have over wintered we will then open up more spots if we can increase numbers.

Shaw Street Childrens Centre
Shaw Street Childrens Centre
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We have watched as our caterpillars made their chrysalis’ and emerged as butterflies. We were lucky enough to capture the transformation of caterpillar to chrysalis and the emerging of butterflies on video which the children have loved watching over and over again. We have had a 100% success rate with our caterpillars with all them emerging as butterflies. They are very happy and healthy and we will be releasing them before Easter. All the children and families have loved going on this journey with us and can’t wait for us to do it all again!
St Brigid's Primary School
St Brigid's Primary School
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I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing experience you gave my students in supplying the caterpillars in Butterfly Adventures. We recently released them after having the experience of watching their lifecycle. The students were completely engaged, happily coming in each morning to see what had happened overnight.
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Just wanted to touch base after we released the last of 6 successful monarchs today! Wonderful experience, we all loved learning about them and observing them through all the stages.
L. L.
L. L.(Home)
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We had our first kit – swallowtails. My children thoroughly enjoyed documenting their growth and metamorphosis. We went on to purchase the monarch butterfly kit. The activities included in the booklet were fun and comprehensive. I would highly recommend this heart fluttering experience and their service.


The CaterpillarKit is a fantastic way of studying an insect life cycle and the magic of metamorphosis in a classroom or just have fun observing it at home.  An unforgettable learning experience that lasts 4-6 weeks.  The kit allows you to closely observe the caterpillars development and their metamorphosis into pupae (chrysalises) and butterflies.  Butterflies can be kept in the folding enclosure and fed sugar solution and fruit juice using the feeding sticks provided (refer below).  Alternatively, they can be released during the warm time of the year when temperatures reach above 20C.

Additional chrysalises can be purchased with this kit.

The kit includes:

  • A foldable Enclosure (37x37x60cm)
  • Plants cuttings
  • 6 healthy caterpillars
  • Detailed setup instructions and National Curriculum linked activities handbook – 78 pages of teaching goodness! – Downloadable PDF document. The instructions (5 pages) will be emailed ahead of time.
  • Butterfly feeding sticks
  • A magnifying glass
  • A brush to handle caterpillars
  • A water mister to spray water on chrysalises
  • Unlimited online and phone support
  • Guaranteed to produce at least 3 butterflies!

Caterpillar Kit Video instructions:

Cost and Delivery:

The cost of the full kit is $225.  This price includes Express Post delivery. We pack and send all Caterpillar kits on Mondays for Express Post* delivery.

*Australia Post notification: Next-business-day guarantee currently suspended – Express Post remains our fastest postal service – please refer to their website directly for delivery times to your location.
How to Order:

Use the cart option above to place your order and you will be issued with an invoice on your order confirmation email. Payment options:

  • Bank transfer (use this option for Purchase Orders – place no. in note section or email through)
  • PayPal and
  • Credit Cards
If you would like a specific species, please note this on the order.

Releasing or keeping your butterflies:

Butterflies require 20C or higher to fly.  They will be sleepy at lower temperatures.

The butterflies can be kept as pets in your pop-up enclosure for 3-4 weeks or longer but you need to feed them every second day. It is easy to feed butterflies.   Soak a paper towel in sugary water (1-2 teaspoons of sugar per glass of water) and place it on top of the enclosure. Butterflies are attracted to light and always hang out at the top of the enclosure.  This is where you place your paper towel.  You can also put one at the bottom of the cage, just in case. Additionally, it’s a very good idea to mist the mesh of your enclosure with water to keep the butterflies hydrated.  (** Orchard Swallowtail butterflies must be released the following day due to their large delicate wings.)

Monarch Butterfly: 


Orchard Swallowtail (excludes Tasmania): 

A young Orchard caterpillar is black and white. It tries to look like a bird poop!
A mature Orchard caterpillar changes its colour to green and looks alot like a green branch.
A mature Orchard caterpillar changes its colour to green and looks alot like a green branch.
An Orchard chrysalis positions itself with its head up and is attached to a branch by a tuft of silk at the bottom tip and a silken “belt” in the middle. Its colour can be green or brown depending on its surrounding and it can wiggle its abdomen to surprise predators and unsuspecting kids..
A mature Orchard swallowtail butterfly is magnificent with large wings bearing red and white markings. It glides gracefully among the trees.