Summer butterfly, moth, or FROG?! kits? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-21-2010, 08:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
elanorh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 2,235
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi all,

Just looking for advice and tips - we would like to do a butterfly kit with the girls this summer (3 and 6) -- I went looking online and it looks like a dizzying assortment of sources etc.

We want to make sure that whatever we get, is indigenous to our area and that we're not introducing a crop pest or something that will compete with native species (or be released and lack any food). I noticed one place had a moth which eats tomato leaves as a larvae, for instance. Since I grow our tomatoes -- I don't really want to introduce that here! Yikes ....

I noticed there were even frog kits (tadpole to frog) - which seem soooo cool, but again, wouldn't want to keep it as a house pet, would want to release it -- I think anyway, I suppose the girls could change my mind if they fell in love with the frog?

Just looking for suggestions and experiences from others on this topic.

Not all who wander are lost.
elanorh is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-21-2010, 08:49 PM
 
moss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: here and there
Posts: 3,110
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
we've raised butterflies from caterpillars, but didnt use a kit. we just keep our eyes open for caterpillars when we're gardening, make a note of which plant we find them on (their food!) and carry on from there. I think we found instructions on caring for a caterpillar from a nature book originally but there are some great instructions online. Our first caterpillar grew into a beauuuutiful swallowtail! it was amazing.

i've been thinking about raising tadpoles this year, and we'll probably do the same type of thing. i know of a pond that has lots of frogs in it, so we'll go there and catch some young tadpoles, and raise them in a little pool in the backyard. in our area bullfrogs are invasive, so if we end up growing one of them, it might end up on the dissection tray (ds really wants to dissect a frog)

heartbeat.gif

moss is offline  
Old 04-21-2010, 09:32 PM
 
theretohere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 4,519
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by moss View Post

i've been thinking about raising tadpoles this year, and we'll probably do the same type of thing. i know of a pond that has lots of frogs in it, so we'll go there and catch some young tadpoles, and raise them in a little pool in the backyard. in our area bullfrogs are invasive, so if we end up growing one of them, it might end up on the dissection tray (ds really wants to dissect a frog)
What a neat idea! We're on the lookout for a new project- last year we caught a giant water bug- and that's going to be pretty hard to top!

OP- they sell hybrid translucent frog kits that look really neat.

To my husband I am wife, to my kids I am mother, but for myself I am just me.
we're : with and : and
theretohere is offline  
Old 04-21-2010, 11:20 PM
 
Callimom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 2,914
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We've just always done frogs from local tadpoles and gotten caterpillars locally (ask at your nature centre) or you can order indigenous caterpillars from various suppliers. Painted Lady caterpillars are found across North America and are easily purchased from a supplier.
hth
Karen

Blessed partner to a great guy, and mama to 4 amazing kids. Unfortunate target of an irrationally angry IRL stalker.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Buddha

Callimom is offline  
Old 04-22-2010, 01:44 AM
 
babycarrier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: watching them grow
Posts: 2,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I just ordered with InsectLore
babycarrier is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off