• Our warranty. Butterfly Wings n'  Wishes guarantees our caterpillar kits. We will replace legitimately failed kits in-season immediately, at no cost to you. 
  • We guarantee our shipping - we ship all orders priority overnight​ and by private courier, so that your larvae arrive safe & healthy the very next day.
  • Food: we use a specially formulated scientific diet full of every nutrient your caterpillars need to grow up healthy.
  • All kits come supplied with everything you need to feed and raise your caterpillars - this includes instructions, feeding vials, transfer and handling equipment, and extra food.
  • Customer service: We pride ourselves on our personnel. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
  • Cleanliness: all plants, larvae, and equipment we use is carefully vetted and under quarantine to guarantee the safety of our products before they reach you.
  • Disease & genetic management: our entomologists carefully inspect all of our animals to prevent introducing diseases or genetic issues into the wild. Our facility is federally approved and CFIA regulated.
  • Environmentally friendly: all of our caterpillars are hand-raised, never wild caught. They are a native species and a beneficial pollinator - you're helping the ecosystem and boosting pollinator populations with every butterfly you release. Our lab practices high levels of environmentally friendly recycling and waste management procedure.
  • Easy to use: we pride ourselves on our comprehensive instructions, now available online.

Prices and Descriptions

Orders are shipped priority overnight on the first day of a workweek: which usually means a Monday, unless the Monday is a holiday.

Typically, you receive them on a Tuesday or Wednesday. 

​*We include 10% extra larvae on top of the numbers listed as insurance against natural mortality rates. The numbers listed in the kits are your expected survival rates.
*Flight cages are sold separately from larvae kits. 

CLASSROOM STUDY KIT (#4)               $79.00 
28-30 Painted Lady Butterfly Larvae in Caterpillar Cup
with 30 individual 1 oz rearing vials and lids to transfer them into. Enough food for all the caterpillars is included, plus paint brushes for safely moving them,  and a feeding vial for the adults. Great for big groups!​ 

*Flight cage for housing your adult butterflies not included.

LIFE CYCLE KIT (#3)                              $49.00 

12-15 Painted Lady Butterfly Larvae in Caterpillar Cup, with 15 individual 1 oz rearing vials and lids to transfer them into. Enough food for all the caterpillars is included, plus paint brushes for safely moving them, and a feeding vial for adults. Our classic kit that started it all.

*Flight cage for housing your adult butterflies not included.

REARING KIT (#2)                                  $24.00 

3-5 Painted Lady Butterfly Larvae, pre-set up for ease of use. Caterpillars come together in a single 16 oz rearing chamber with enough food for their entire development (no transfer into smaller containers is necessary). Includes a paint brush for handling, extra filter paper, and an feeding vial for the adults. Perfect for your own kids at home, small groups or back yard garden projects!

*Flight cage for housing your adult butterflies not included.

Small (suitable for kits #2 & #3)             $24.00 
Large (suitable for kit #4)                        $34.00​​​

Your adult butterflies will need a place to live; many people choose to make their own out of things like Ikea laundry hampers, or embriodery hoops and netting. If you need a cage (ours are collapsible for easy storage, parasite resistant, reusable, have a full zipper for easy access, and are simple to clean), please include one of these in your order. 

Please see our full shipping page
(HERE) for more info. 

The date you choose is the date we send the package out, not necessarily the day they arrive.

Shipping in Edmonton (no pickup)           $15.00

40-KM radius of Edmonton:                      $15.00
Shipping in Alberta:                                   $25.00

Shipping in Canada (price quoted by location)                                                                                        $35.00+

​​Prices do not include taxes.

We do not currently offer pickup in Edmonton: however, our retail partner Education Station does. Contact them if this is a service you would prefer.

Butterfly Wings N' Wishes respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Saulteaux, Niisitapi, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Dene, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our business, our way of life, and our community. Their spiritual and practical relationships with the land create a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community.

Bookings for the 2022 caterpillar season will open for preorder at 12:00 PM MST September 1, 2021. Click the "shop online" link to the top right to shop.

Please note that for 2022 we are instituting firm control of school VS general public orders:

  • Early dates are now exclusively available ONLY to school facilities
  • With the decreasing number of breeders in Canada, we must do this in order to accommodate the schools who order caterpillars to accompany their units, and who lose the use of their facility in June. 
  • Schools can of course order anytime (providing that date is available), however, if you select one of the early school-specific dates, you MUST indicate the school you are ordering so that we can verify the school. Otherwise your order will be automatically adjusted to a later week at our availability.

Caterpillar kits are in limited supply on a seasonal basis, and we reach capacity quickly.  ​Larvae kits are first-come, first-served - once our butterflies are done laying eggs each week, we can't get more, and we can't always guarantee what we'll have "in stock" during the spring. We recommend placing your yearly  order as soon as you can when our shop opens to avoid long wait lists or missing out entirely. 

 The earlier you place your order, the earlier in line you will be.

The metamorphosis of the butterfly is one of nature's most inspiring transformations. 

Invigorate your class or child's education with an incredible opportunity to see their metamorphosis at it's most hands on!  

Rearing Kits are available for anyone: at home, in schools (whatever format), care centers, or just for fun!

All kits come with everything you need to raise caterpillars: and our instructions are very comprehensive. The only extas are the flight cages, which come into use when the animals reach their chrysalis stage (and those are only separate because we hope you'll re-use them from year to year).

Painted Lady Caterpillar Rearing Kits​
​Experience the remarkable life cycle of the butterfly!