Uncle Milton's Butterfly Jungle Complaint - Butterfly Kit Disfigures/Kills Butterflies
I would like to register a complaint about the Butterfly Jungle that was manufactured by "Uncle Milton" (Butterfly Farm, 5717 Corsa Ave., Westlake Village, CA 91362 (818)707-0800.) The kit is very poorly designed and leads to the disfigurement and death of butterflies.
Two out of the four caterpillars that were sent to me died before becoming butterflies. The two butterflies who emerged from the chrysalides fell and became trapped in the 3-dimensional decorations in the kit. Their wings became permantly disfigured leaving them unable to fly and feed themselves properly. Although these Painted Lady Butterflies have a life expectancy of 2-4 weeks, both died within a day of coming out out their chrysalides.
I have been an Elementary School teacher for over 10 years and have achieved great results with other butterfly kits. I am very disappointed that my son and his pre-school class had such a bad experience with their first nature activity. We had to just wait while the butterflies suffered and died.
Before a consumer orders a butterfly kit or caterpillars, I would make sure that they were not from the company "Uncle Milton." The seemed to have little regard for the well-being of the caterpillars and butterflies and stated on the phone that would not refund the cost of the kit. Please consider this information before ordering products from this company.