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Included: one starter colony of 30+ isopods, and full instructions. Additional substrate and housing not included. 

Isopods are an excellent life cycle resource for the classroom. They are easy to feed and care for, interesting, and do not bite, smell, fly or jump.  They can be housed in everything from a recycled margarine container to an aquarium.  They do not climb smooth surfaces so escape is unlikely. 

Isopods are a fantastic and easy colony organism - not insects, but tiny land crustaeans which breathe through gills - with many uses. As an in-home or in-classroom composter, they eat common household veggies and fruits like apple cores and lettuce. Isopods are also a great beneficial member of your reptile or amphibian vivarium, as they will clean up waste products produced by your other pets. They can be maintained on their own or co-housed in an indoor red-wiggler colony, where they will increase efficiency of decomposition. 

Please do not release your isopods outdoors. 

Isopods can be ordered year-round.


Sorry, no refunds. Remember: you are dealing with living animals. Nature is not perfect; in the wild, survival rates would naturally be very low, with only around 5% of butterflies surviving to adulthood. In captivity, you should expect a much higher rate of 70%-90% survival. Please incorporate these statistics into your lesson plan, and never assign a single caterpillar to a single participant, as some of them will not make it. It is always ideal to observe insects as a population.

SHIPPING: Please review your invoice carefully to ensure there are no mistakes in the information we have been given for you. Ensure your order has been translated correctly. Butterfly Wings N' Wishes is not responsible for shipment delay or failure due to incorrect information on the invoice. If an order is delivered to an incorrect location or is returned to us due to these issues, we may charge an adjustment fee in event that your parcel's delivery must be corrected.

OTHER LIVING SCIENCE KITS: Bees, fruit flies, isopods, worms, and other living science kits are a one-time purchase and are not typically guaranteed. Once the kits are delivered they are the responsibility of the client for their husbandry, feeding and care, although if you do experience a loss you cannot explain, be sure to contact us to explore some solutions. We want the best for our animals and are anxious to do all we can to help them thrive. In the event that you are no longer happy with your animals, please contact us to return them to where they are safe. Under no conditions should any of these animals be released in the event that you no longer want them.

By agreeing to do business with us you hereby agree to abide by all terms and conditions as presented by Butterfly Wings N' Wishes Ltd.

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