Raise A Caterpillar Workshop

Raise Black Swallowtails

Experience the Magic of Metamorphosis

Dates for 2021 TBA

Join local butterfly expert and enthusiast LM Carlson in learning how to raise an Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. During the workshop you will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly, unique characteristics of Swallowtail butterflies, and how to care for both the caterpillar and chrysalis.

Frequently Asked Questions

The fee is $25 plus tax. Each registration includes:

  • 45 minutes of instruction
  • 1-2 Caterpillars
  • Small Critter cage
  • Booklet
  • Host plants
  • 24/7 after workshop assistance by text, phone, or email

Everyone is encouraged to participate to learn how to raise a caterpillar into a butterfly! We often receive feedback from parents that they feel they get more out of the experience than their kids. 

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who will help them provide care for their caterpillar.

We are not a butterfly farm. All of the caterpillars we provide are collected from our habitat on the host plants we grow. What this means is we have little control over how many eggs are laid, or when they are laid. You may receive a caterpillar or a chrysalis, depending on what’s available at the time of the workshop.

There is a chance your caterpillar may die unexpectedly, or has been parasitized. If this happens please let us know and we will replace the caterpillar or chrysalis. We want you to have the intended experience of raising a butterfly. Naturally, our ability to replace any caterpillar or chrysalis is subject to their availability.

You will need to provide daily care for your caterpillar until it becomes a chrysalis, an estimated 7 days maximum.

Once it becomes a chrysalis it will not require daily feeding. It will need to be monitored periodically to see if it has eclosed. If it does not emerge in 7-10 days it is safe to consider that it has gone into hibernation for the winter. You will then need to provide shelter for it for 6-9 months. 

We have a generous attendee policy per registration of 1 adult and up to 2 children which is meant to cover most families.

We also want as many different families or individuals as possible to be able to participate because our  availability of caterpillars is limited.

Once you learn how to raise caterpillars you can do it again every year provided you grow their respective host and nectar plants.

Some additional items from the kit are available for purchase. 

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