Other Living Science Projects​

Enrich your classroom, home, or children`s life with some of our fascinating projects designed to connect you with your environment.

Mantis - Red Wiggler Worms - Mason & Leafcutter Bees - Isopods


​​​​​​​ISOPODS

​Available year round. 


​Raise your own colony of these amazing little backyard allies - actually not bugs, but tiny land crustaceans which breath through gills.

 Also called the rolie-polies, wood louse, doodle bug and potato bug, these fascinating arthropods are simple to feed and maintain in colonies, will reproduce in captivity, and one species can even cohabitate with red wigglers for a compost bin that is abut 3 times as efficient as worms on their own. 

Most species will need to be on a soil-based substrate with decomposing plant material: hardwoods such as oak, apple, or birch are good for them. They also eat some household veggies and fruits, occasional protein scraps, and with their habit of skeletonizing leaves, they make a fantastic in-class addition to a composting program.

They are friendly and cannot climb glass or plastic, nor do they stink or bite and can be handled with care. 


​Some species of isopods do very well in reptile or community vivariums as a clean-up crew, though you will need to research which species of isopod is appropriate for the habitat you have. 


No isopods can be released outdoors. Cultures may come with some microfauna.




Porcellio laevis, "COMPOSTING ISOPODS"

Ideal for volume composting, will eat things Red Wigglers will not. When combined with red wigglers, the bin is more efficient, but castings are harder to harvest. Great science project companions. 

SMALL  (12-15 isopods)                                 $15.00

LARGE  (30-35 isopods)                                 $30.00







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Armadillium maculatum, "ZEBRA ISOPODS"


Specialty care required: these are not a composting isopod, but rather a specialist. Their diet consists primarily of decomposing plant material such as hardwoods.
SMALL
(12-15 isopods)                                   $25.00





Armadillium vulgare "ALBINO"

A cute variation of a relatively common species, these are not a true albino but are very pale in color. Not a composting isopod but rather a specialist.
SMALL (12-15 isopods)                                    $25.00






Armadillium klugii "Dubrovnik"

Specialty care required: these are not a composting isopod, but rather a specialist. Comparatively rare in the hobby.
SMALL (12-15 isopods)                                    $60.00



​​MANTIS

Ootheca are available in March and April. 

Hatchlings are sold in batches of 3, and are available from April to October, as quantities last


Mantis: available as ootheca (egg cases) or as hatchlings. We do not sell adults. All are Tenodera sinensis, the Chinese Mantis, and though they are approved for agricultural release in most of Canada,  we do not advocate for releasing non-native predators into the wild. These mantis grow to be 4 inches long and eat everything from butterflies and bees to wasps and spiders. 
They will not naturally survive most winter temperatures across Canada, though there are some regions they are naturalized
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MANTIS OOTHECA (egg case)                     $16.00 

Egg cases need to be hatched. Note that wait times for hatching can be extremely lengthly: though the average is 4 weeks, it`s common for them to take up to 10.


MANTIS HATCHLINGS KIT (NEW!)           $34.00
Includes 3 mantis nymphs in 3 rearing containers, and a cup with a lot of flies

FRUIT FLY CULTURE KIT                           $19.00

For feeding mantis or whatever other small mouths you have. Includes 1 living culture of flies and food, and supplies to make a second habitat after the first expires




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.​

Photo via TCAN tarantulacanada.com

Photo via TCAN tarantulacanada.com

The following isopods are in limited quanities and not available online: please call us at 780-462-1839 to order.

​​​​​​​RED WIGGLER WORMS

Currently sold out - please phone us to be added to a waitlist. 


​Red Wiggler Worms (Eisenia fetida) are one of the best indoor composters there are. Compact, efficient, and odorless, they provide an excellent in-classroom enrichment project for a vermiculture unit such as Waste And Our World.

They are also popular for use in homes to efficiently recycle your kitchen plant waste into a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer called vermicast, or worm castings. 

Worms are sold by the half pound, and we provide approximately 5 pounds of substrate.

Housing and additional substrate not included. 

Red wiggler worms cannot be released outdoors. They are non-native and destructive.

These are NOT bait worms: do not use them as fishing bait. 



RED WIGGLER KIT                                     $45.00

1/2 pound of worms  in 5 pounds of custom mixed substrate, including cocoons, mature castings, and some food. Bin not included. 

Also included is our very amazing instructions, and a lifetime membership to the Worm Rancher Club, which gets you all the worm advice you'll ever need from our laboratory experts. 


BULK RED WIGGLERS - PRICE UPON REQUEST

Please inquire with us directly f you are ordering more than 4 pounds of worms (8 units): we will provide you with a quote based on bulk and we will set you up with some economic packaging alternatives.