Adopt A Butterfly Instructions


(Photo by Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News)

Watch a miracle as you see the remarkable transformation of the life of a butterfly…

Caterpillar Stage – 7 to 10 Days

Enclosed is a cup with two caterpillars inside. The goal of the kit is to hatch one butterfly; statistically 70% will hatch two.

Each cup has a paper cover and food on the inside walls. This food is sufficient nutrition to bring the caterpillars through maturation.

LEAVE THE LID ON! – Feel free to open the lid and make as many observations through the day that you like. However, make sure you always replace the paper and lid. The food will dry out if the lid is left off. Don’t worry, the caterpillars get enough air.

Pupa or Chrysalis Stage – 7 to 10 Days

The caterpillars will attach the paper cover of the cup and mutate into pupa form.

Once the pupa has formed, carefully remove the paper and trim to a smaller size. Then tape the paper to the top inside of the box. DO NOT DETACH THE PUPA FROM THE PAPER.

Butterfly Stage – 2 to 4 Weeks

When the butterfly begins to hatch a red fluid will excrete from the pupa. THIS IS NORMAL!

Allow the butterflies wings to fully dry before handling.

Place a small dish of Gatorade and/or a slice of cut orange in the butterfly box for food.

We recommend releasing the butterfly within two weeks, weather permitting.


  • DO NOT keep in direct sunlight.
  • DO NOT place on a windowsill.
  • LEAVE THE LID ON unless making an observation.
  • Average room temperature is ideal.

For questions, more information or butterfly facts, call 248-885-0447.