Sunday, October 17, 2010

Insectlore Review and Giveaway CLOSED

Many of you may remember earlier this spring when i posted about the Insectlore Butterfly Garden. We love to raise butterflies, and had the chance to raise and release painted lady butterflies with the Insectlore Butterfly Garden Kit.


The Insectlore Butterfly Garden comes with everything you need to raise and release your butterflies. It includes this colorful pop-up habitat suitable for hanging or free-standing on a countertop, one cup containing 3 to 5 butterfly larvae with special food, feeding kit and complete instructions. Our also came with an Insectlore catalog, and both of my kids have started a wishlist of bug habitats and other cool and educational toys.


We received 5 healthy caterpillars. They are totally maintenance free, the cup contains all the food they will need. The clear cup makes for easy observation. The caterpillars grow quickly.


They form their chrysalis on the paper at the top of the lid. This is then hung inside the butterfly garden. Once they are in this form the will emerge in about 10- 14 days.


All 5 of our caterpillars survived, and transformed into butterflies. We kept them to observe for a few hours and then released them. Painted Ladies are indigenous to all of the lower 48 states, so they can safely be released into the environment after they emerge.


We also just recently won an incredible frog kit from Cookies and Clogs and Insectlore. The kit included a grow-your-own lily pad, a package of frog lifecycle stages figurines, a Frog Lifecycle Floor puzzle and an eco-aquarium with two Dwarf African frogs. We received the puzzle, figures and lily pad kit first and our eco-aquarium with frog were delivered separately a few weeks later. These are really great tool to help teach kids about metamorphosis and the life cycle of a frog. This would be such a great set for home-schoolers and classrooms. i think it would go great with the frog bog. So kids could watch the tadpoles transform while learning about the process. Insect Lore also sells a Butterfly Bundle,which includes the butterfly garden, a butterfly feeder, butterfly life cycles puzzle and butterfly life cycle stages figurines. Perfect for teaching the butterfly life cycle.


i was really impressed with the life cycles puzzle. It's made from a thick foam, and shows the life cycle of a frog. The frog figurines are also pretty neat. They are made from very hard durable plastic, much nicer than i was expecting. The kids put the puzzle together and took it apart many times. Sage likes to match the figures with the images on the puzzle.

The floor puzzles are 20” by 30”. i also really like the Butterfly lifecycle floor puzzle, the image is just gorgeous!!

Both of my kids were really excited when our frogs came! The Eco-Aquarium is a complete aquatic ecosystem environment that requires no chemicals, filters, or aeration. Change the water only once every 3 months. You do have to use natural spring water, but that is the only real requirement. Special “living gravel” acts as a natural filtration system for the aquarium. The frogs are fed twice weekly, making this a really low maintenance pet.

The Eco-aquarium kit includes aquarium with lid, overnight delivery for two African dwarf frogs, 1 year supply of frog food, cleaning care kit, bamboo plant, large rock and a decorative tip-proof base.


My boy was able to put the aquarium together himself. He placed the 'living' gravel in the bottom. Then he added the decorative gravel, and placed the bamboo and decorative rock in place. We filled the aquarium with room temperature spring water and then i added the frogs.



The frogs are really fun to watch, and are very active. The aquarium is quite small, and the perfect size to keep on your desk, or tv console.

i really love the products that Insectlore sells. We are a family of nature nuts, and bug fanatics. The products that Insectlore sells are fun and educational, and really appeal to kids and adults! Both of children have items from Insectlore on their holiday wish lists. My boy would love the Carnivorous Creations plant growing kit and a Buzzerk Mantis mask, while my girl has her heart set on the Kids K'nex lifecycles set and the tree frog puppet. i admit, i've spent as much time looking through the catalog as they have! So many cool things!


Now for the GIVEAWAY!!
InsectLore has offered one reader a Butterfly Garden of their very own.

*please read directions carefully!

MANDATORY ENTRY
Head over to Insectlore and look around, comeback and let me know what is on your wish list!! This is your first entry!
*Please include your e-mail address or make sure it is visible in your blogger profile so i have a way to contact you if you win. Otherwise a new winner will be chosen!
EXTRA ENTRIESPlease leave a new comment for each extra entry. If you qualify for 5 entries, leave 5 separate comments.

1. Follow Insectlore on Twitter leave your twitter ID in a comment, 1 entry.
2. Tweet about the contest include @insectlore and leave a link to your tweet. 1 entry (can tweet daily)
3. 'Like' Insectlore on Facebook 1 entry
4. Join the Insectlore Mailing list (bottom of left column) 2 entries, leave 2 comments
5. Follow my blog The Enchanted Tree 1 entry
6. Blog about the giveaway link to this post & Insectlore
website. 3 entries, leave 3 comments.
7. Add my button to your page (upper left column) & leave a link where i can find it! 1 entry.

*Disclaimer* I was not paid to try out these products, i won them in other blog giveaways and recieved a product to review ffrom Insectlore. Opinions posted on this blog are 100% mine. We Love insectlore!
**Rules**

  • Giveaway ends Oct, 27, 2010 at 11:59pm EST
  • Winner will be chosen via Random.Org., and contacted by email, and posted on the blog.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or another winner will be chosen
  • This giveaway is open to US addresses only

149 comments:

  1. Oh my kiddos would LOVE the frogs the most! We had ADF, but they came from the petstore and didn't make it very long! I think they'd love frogs out of everything! :)

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  6. i follow your blog

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  7. Tweeted!

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  8. We would love the ladybug kit.

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  9. I am a friend of Insectlore on facebook.

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  10. I already follow your blog.

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  11. I am going to get the Eco-Aquarium for the kids this Holiday season!!!! Love everything!

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  12. I already follow your blog.

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  13. I sent a friend request to Insectlore on FB.

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  14. I joined the Insectlore mailing list!

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  15. I joined the Insectlore mailing list! Entry #2

    Thanks Tree!!!!!

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  16. we love insectlore too! i would love to get praying mantises again ☺
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  17. i joined the insectlore mailing list....

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  18. Sadie would love the Easy Hatch Fish Hatchery!

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  19. I joined the Insectlore Mailing List!

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  20. I am friends with InsectLore on Facebook.

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  21. I follow Insect Lore on Twitter

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  22. Gigantic Butterfly Pavilion all the way!!! I want one so bad just so I can raise a whole bunch of different butterflies without having to search for caterpillars all the time!

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  23. I friend requested their fb page!

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  24. I meant to say I follow your blog but needed to post my second comment for the mailing list subscription! haha

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  25. I'd wish for the Super Duper Worm Bundle. Hmmmmm.... good for composting later?

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  26. I just tweeted!

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  27. I "liked" Insectlore on FB, too!

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  28. I follow your blog - please enter me in the Insectlore giveaway :)

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  29. We'd love to have Ladybug Land :)

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  30. I follow on GFC

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  31. My wish list item is the Anthill with coupons for live ants.
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  32. I Like Insect Lore on Facebook now!
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  33. Either the frogs, or the killfish!
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  34. Liked insectlore on fb
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  35. Signed up for their newsletter
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  36. #2 entry for the newsletter signup :)
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  37. I follow you blog
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  38. My daughter would absolutely LOVE the frog kit or the Ladybug Land one. We're in the middle of learning about ladybugs right now, as a matter of fact. HOW FUN!

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  39. Following InsectLore on Twitter (@Rachel_L)

    p.s. My email is tied to my blogger profile.

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  40. Added Insect Lore as a FB friend.

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  41. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/Rachel_L/statuses/27853218259

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  42. ladybug kit would be great for us we love ladybug kit
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  43. I am loving the praying mantis pagoda!!! However, I think the worms would be cool too!! :o)

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  44. I *liked* Insect Lore on FB.

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  45. that eco aquariam looks awesome!

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  46. I joined the mailing list on Insect Lore. (entry 1)

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  47. I joined the mailing list on Insect Lore (entry 2)

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  48. I follow your blog (privately). :O)

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  49. blogged over at oldgatesfarm.com

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  50. I'm going big! I want the Gigantic Butterfly Pavilion - over 60 Butterflies! :)

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  51. Follow Insectlore on Twitter
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  53. Have your button http://mkokopelli.blogspot.com/2009/08/blog-post.html

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  55. Hey tree! Im going to say we would love ladybug kit:o

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  56. Oh My Goodness where to start!! Is one of each acceptible?!?! LOL I love the fiddler crab set, the frog set you have, the ladybug set, the earthworm set ...I could keep going and going!

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  57. Follow them on Twitter :D MommyRamblings

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  58. Asked them to be my friend on facebook

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  59. Subscribed to their newsletter! :D

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  60. Daily Tweet!

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  61. Ladybug Land with Coupon for Live Ladybug Larvae is on my with list.

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  62. I follow insectlore on Twitter - Janetfaye

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  63. I like Insect Lore on FB - Janet Fri

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  64. 1. I joined the Insect lore Mailing list.

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  65. 2. I joined the Insect lore Mailing list.

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  66. I follow your blog - janetfaye

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  67. We'd love to try the mantis pagoda.

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  68. Their praying mantis kit looks interesting!! survivingateacherssalary at gmail dot com

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  69. follow insect lore on twitter as crapinchuk

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  70. I want the ant hill!Looks like fun!

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  71. I follow insectlore on Twitter
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  72. I follow Enchanted Tree on Google reader

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  73. I subscribe to insect lore newsletter to this address

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  74. I subscribe to insect lore newsletter at this address

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  75. I like the herb kits, but I doubt they would do well at our house!
    So, the Butterfly garden or the frogs are probably our top choices overall.

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  76. I'd love the worm set

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  77. My girls would enjoy Earthworm Nursery Shipped ASAP w/ Live Earthworms

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  78. Following them on twitter @stitchblade

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  79. Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/stitchblade/status/28534549449

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  80. 1. I blogged:
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  81. 2. I blogged:
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  82. 3. I blogged:
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  83. oh dd would love the Carnivorous Creations. mavans@gmail.com

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  84. Tweet:
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  85. I'd love the Ant Giant Lifecycle Puzzle
    Price: $14.99 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  86. http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/28659293344 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  87. i follow them on twitter @desmoinesdealin scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  88. My daughter would love the Ladybug Land Shipped with Live Ladybug Larvae.

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  89. I follow Insectlore on Twitter
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  90. I tweeted about your giveaway
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  91. I 'Like' Insectlore on Facebook
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  92. I joined the Insectlore Mailing list

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  94. I follow your blog The Enchanted Tree

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  95. I love the frog kits, I think Logan would get a kick out of them :)

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  96. We would love the froggy kit! Super cute!

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  97. signed up for the mail list :)

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  98. following Insectlore on twitter :)

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  99. just tweeted about your wonderful giveaway....http://twitter.com/#

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  100. joined inscetlores mailing list chance #1

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  102. already follow your blog, thanks for a chance to win <3

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  103. joined mailing list #2

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  104. It might just be plum crazy, but I would love the Hissing Cockroach Habitat Kit!

    Thanks!
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  105. Insectlore Twitter follower {mom2anutball}

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  106. I sent Insectlore a friends request on Facebook! (Sheila Hickmon)

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  107. Google Friend Connect Follower! {mom2anutball}

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  108. Tweet
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  109. Tweet:
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  110. Oh my kids would love the Earthworm Nursery!

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  111. I follow Insectlore on Twitter @coriwestphal

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  112. I like Insectlore on FB: Cori Eckstrom Westphal

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  113. I'm an Insectlore newsletter subscriber at coriwestphal at netzero dot com.

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  114. I'm an Insectlore newsletter subscriber at coriwestphal at netzero dot com.
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  115. I'm a Google Friend (follower): Cori Westphal

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  116. I have your button: http://asahmlookingforadeal.blogspot.com/2009/09/sahm-looking-for-deals-favorite-blogs.html
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  117. Tweet
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  118. Well honestly, I have always wanted one of the butterfly gardens but if I have to pick something else it would probably be the floor puzzle for my kiddos :) shadygrove79 at aol dot com

    Thanks Tree!

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  119. My daughter would love the Eco-Aquarium .She is totally in love with frogs.We used to have 2 Fire Belly frogs.

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  120. Friend requested them on FB.

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  121. Joined there mailing list.

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  122. follwoing insectlore on twitter usermeadowsgrove :) shadygrove79 at aol dot com

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  123. sent a request to insectlore on facebook :) shadygrove79 at aol dot com

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  125. joined insectlore mailing list post two (grove79 email) shadygrove79 at aol dot com

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  126. Following you of course :O) shadygrove79 at aol dot com

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  127. bloggeda about it, entry 1 shadygrove79 at aol dot com
    http://giveawaymama.blogspot.com/2010/10/win-insectlore-butterfly-garden.html

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  128. http://giveawaymama.blogspot.com/2010/10/win-insectlore-butterfly-garden.html

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  129. http://giveawaymama.blogspot.com/2010/10/win-insectlore-butterfly-garden.html

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  130. added your button to my page, at teh tip top :) http://giveawaymama.blogspot.com/

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