These castles actually include beautiful milkweed plant(s) with Monarch eggs laid on the leaves, inside a netted enclosure. Take them home, watch your eggs hatch into caterpillars, grow very large and turn into chrysalis’, followed by the emergence of beautiful Monarch butterflies. Each Kit option includes a “Conservation Pack”, ensuring you have everything you need to provide adequate care for your critters & allowing for future use in your garden! The perfect all natural Life Cycle kit!
Classic Caterpillar Castle: $34.00 Our Classic Caterpillar Castle includes 1 Milkweed plant with 2-3 Monarch eggs laid on the leaves inside of a drawstring netted enclosure, plus a Conservation Care Pack
Deluxe Caterpillar Castle: $40.00 Our Deluxe Caterpillar Castle includes 1 Milkweed plant with 2-3 Monarch eggs laid on the leaves inside of an easy viewing “pop-up” netted enclosure, plus a Conservation Care Pack
Once the butterflies are born, hand feed your butterflies, & release them into the environment. Hurray for you for contributing to the Monarch population — Monarchs are nearly an endangered species — they need our help to continue to be around!
After you release the Monarchs, you can plant the milkweed in your garden. A nice sunny spot works best. Then every year the milkweed will come back, feeding Monarch caterpillars for generations!
Caterpillar Castles are extremely popular – we post crop availability on our website & social media pages. Generally we begin accepting orders for Spring crops in November (ensuring classroom orders are filled promptly after the farm opens each Spring). If you would like to receive email updates about Caterpillar Castle crops please send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers, this is a great way to enjoy the life cycle in your classroom – purchase several plants and caterpillars, watch the cycle, free your butterflies and plant your milkweed in the school’s garden so you can watch the process for years to come!
Remember the natural life cycle of the Monarch for our area begins in late April and ends in early October. Monarchs migrate to Mexico in October to overwinter. We do NOT have life cycle kits in the winter months. These are pick up ONLY, we can NOT ship them.