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    1. Butterfly Garden
    $29.97
    2. Butterfly Pavilion
    $15.99
    3. Butterflies Kit
    4. The Original Creepy Crawlers Bug
    5. Creature Peeper
    $7.99
    6. Watch a Bug
    $6.99 list($7.99)
    7. Best Ever Bug Jar
    $9.99
    8. Magnetic Bug Catching Game
    9. Grasshopper Hat
    $14.99
    10. Ladybug Puppet
    $5.99 list($7.99)
    11. Kaleidabug
    $14.99
    12. Creature Keeper
    $9.99
    13. Buzzerks Eyewear Hornet
    $3.50
    14. Mini Butterfly Finger Puppet
    $14.99
    15. Lady Bug Hat
    $9.99
    16. Mantis Buzzerks Eyewear
    17. Port-A-Bug Habitat

    1. Butterfly Garden

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    Asin: B00000ISC5
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 155
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Did you know that painted ladies (the butterflies, that is) taste with their feet and have 10,000 eyes? You and your kids will be fascinated by all you learn about these beautiful creatures with the Butterfly Garden from Insect Lore. The kit comes with a relatively easy-to-assemble observation chamber; supplies for feeding the butterflies (you provide only sugar and water); an informative booklet of clear instructions and butterfly facts; and a certificate for three to five free painted lady caterpillars. The metamorphosis from larva to butterfly takes about three weeks from when you receive the caterpillar larvae (which arrive in a small container with all the nutrients they need). Your children can watch the larvae increase dramatically in size, form chrysalides, and finally emerge into full-fledged painted ladies (it's suggested that they release the butterflies after a few days of observation). This would make a wonderfulactivity for families with kids of any age, but younger children will need help assembling the observationchamber and reading the instruction booklet. (Note: The manufacturer recommends that butterflies should not be set free in temperatures lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.) --Rachel Radway ... Read more

    Reviews (62)

    5-0 out of 5 stars So fun I Bought My Own!
    I bought one of these last year for my nieces. I also got one for me, and I'm in my 30's. I waited until the spring time to send in my caterpillar certificate. They came in their own little container with just enough food. So you don't need to feed them anything. I tried to put some real food such as leaves from the plants they like to eat in the wild, but they preferred the food that came with them. I think I received 6 caterpillars and they all turned into butterflies. I let them go a day or two after they emerged. Kids are completely fascinated by the process from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. One word of caution, it may not be the best thing to get for Christmas since you may have to wait until spring to get your caterpillars. They will send them in the winter, but I didn't want the butterflies to die on me or freeze to death if I let them go.

    Our kids loved this
    Our daughters received the Butterfly Garden from their grandfather. The whole family really enjoyed the entire process from catepillar to butterlfy. Very educational for the kids. Unfortunately, though we had three cocoons, only one of the butterflies actually survived. Nevertheless, this is a great gift and one I just bought for my nephew.

    Tons of Fun and Educational too!
    My daughter received this toy from her cousin. She is 5. At first my son was a little grossed out by the worm looking caterpillars but once they grew and I pinned the paper disc with the attached chrysalides to the netted garden, it was worth it. My 2 kids just sit there and watch. It's better than TV. One caterpillar died but 3 have already emerged. My daughter has named the three butterflies and she loves watching "Crystal" balance herself on the orange wedge that she placed in the hut. I find myself checking on them at least 4 times a day because it is so interesting. We are waiting for the last one to emerge before we set the other three free. My daugher doesn't want the last one to be lonely.

    A wonderful combination of fun and education
    My daughter had a wonderful time learing about butterflies and watching them emerge. This is a fantastic teaching tool, with clear instructions and easy to use equipment. I can't rave enough about this toy!!!!

    WOW! This thing is cool!
    I recieved my Butterfly Garden yesterday and boy, was I excited! The pop-up mesh butterfly habita is so neat. I've always wanted one! I sent away for my caterpillars today. If you want to give something or get something GREAT, the Butterfly Garden is a good idea! :) ... Read more


    2. Butterfly Pavilion

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    Asin: B00004U5UF
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 3192
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (16)

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic experience!
    Raising butterflies with the Butterfly Pavilion was an experience that my kids and I will never forget. I'm a single parent trying to raise two young kids on my own. I'm busy and don't have much time to take them outside to experience nature. I wanted to give them something that would nurture their respect of nature. Boy did I pick the right item. We mailed our free certificate and about 10 days later, we received our caterpillars. Within about 7 days, they changed into chrysalides. We waited about a week, then suddenly, the butterflies started hatching. In fact, we got to see 4 of them come out within about 30 minutes of each other. It was the most fantastic experience. We kept the butterflies inside the netted habitat for about 5 days, then released them outside. My little 4-year-old girl cried as she had to free her "butterfries", but understood why it was important to do so. We'll never forget this experience and highly recommend the Butterfly Pavilion to everyone.

    THE best summer project!!!
    The kids have never been so excited about what will happen next. We couldn't wait for the caterpillars to come in the mail...counting the days. They all (10) did what they were supposed to do: eating, growing, spinning web, hanging. One did not turn into a chrysalis, and one chrysalis did not hatch, but we had 8 butterflies. They are easy to care for. They even lay eggs and the eggs hatch into tiny caterpillers. We haven't past the 2nd set caterpillar stage yet, but are hoping...

    FUN, EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING
    I AM VERY HAPPY TO SAY THE LEAST. WE GOT THE CATERPILLARS A WEEK AFTER MAILING OUT THE CERTIFICATE. THEY TURNED INTO CHYSALIDES ABOUT 10 DAYS LATER AND IN A WEEK AND A HALF OUR 1ST BUTTERFLY "PENNY" EMERGED. MY 5 YR OLD WAS EXCITED AND ANXIOUS TO SEE HER OTHER BUTTERFLIES. BY THE NEXT DAY THEY WERE ALL OUT. MY 1 YR OLD GOES CRAZY SEEING THEM FLY. WE JUST REALEASED THEM TODAY AND ONE FLEW ON KAELA'S SHOULDER AND SHE WAS DELIGHTED THAT "PENNY" AS SHE SAYS KISSED HER GOODBYE. WE WERE SAD TO HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE BUT LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THEM AROUND. WE HAD SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE THAT WE ARE ORDERING MORE CATERPILLARS. I MUST SAY THAT IT IS SUPER EDUCATIONAL. MY DAUGHTER LEARNED ALOT FROM THE STAGES THEY GO THROUGH TO THE AMOUNT OF EYES THEY HAVE, HOW LONG THEY LIVE,HOW THEY BREATHE...ETC. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE. ESPECIALLY SINCE NOT ONLY DO YOU EXPOSE YOUR KIDS TO NATURE BUT YOU CAN REUSE THE HABITAT OVER & OVER AGAIN. MY CHILDREN LOVED IT AND SO WILL YOURS.

    Spendid
    Spendid!! Simply, spendid!! Creative,educational-fun!!
    (Coin a new word: Educational-fun!!!) As well as affordable
    and very cleve!! Good show!!

    I enjoyed this as much as my son!!
    Both of us being 'nature buffs', my 6 year old son and I had a wonderful time with this.
    We sent away for our catarpillars (every day he would say, 'have they come in yet'?) and when they arrived, put them in the habitat.

    When I was a little girl, I caught a bunch of catarpillars, put them in a shoebox, with grass, leaves and whatever else I thought they might eat. I punched holes in the shoe box lid and then covered the box, and basically forgot about it until a few days or so, opened it and saw my catarpillars had made cocoons. Before long, they were moths and I remember how excited I was to see them!

    With this habitat, you get to WATCH the whole process of metamorphosis and it is truly amazing AND educational!! When they finally transformed into butterflies, my son was so thrilled, altho a little saddened when we had to set them free.

    I'm thinking about purchasing this again, one for my son and myself, and also one for his second grade teacher so his whole class can enjoy the experience.

    If your child enjoys the wonders of natures and would love to witness the miracle of transformation of catarpillars into butterflies, this is DEFINATELY well worth the money! ... Read more


    3. Butterflies Kit

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    Asin: B00000IS3P
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Balitono, Inc
    Sales Rank: 48
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Re-create Mother Nature's beautiful designs on the wings of butterflies with this kit from Balitono. It includes 4-inch wooden butterflies that can be used as refrigerator magnets, hanging sculptures, window decorations, and toy treasures. The kit offers three butterflies, nontoxic acrylic paints in five colors, shiny varnish, and a paintbrush. Each figure also comes with a press-on magnet, hanging accessories, a suction cup (for window use), and a small gift tag. An easy-to-follow instruction sheet includes compelling facts about the nature of butterflies. Colorful illustrations on the box show a wide variety of butterflies young artists might like to paint. A coded diagram inside identifies each species by name. Children may want to give these items as gifts, use them to decorate their rooms, or simply use them in creative play. --Joan DeClaire ... Read more

    Reviews (15)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Memory!!
    My 8-year old daughter received this Paint the Wild Butterflies as a birthday gift, when we started the project together, I was surprised that my 5-year son got really into it too. We had a really wonderful time painting, imagining and laughing at the table while doing this project. I have never seen activity kits with actual handcrafted wood and the butterflies actually look life-like as opposed to be machined made. The paints are suprisingly good quality, it dried quickly and we were able to change colors and added stripes and spots. I did wish there was more than 1 paintbrush to do all 3 at the same time. My daughter made it into a eye-catching ornament with gift card for her dad and my son and I each made a magnet. It is most definitely a memorable project and it captured my kids' artistic expressions which I am sure will bring smiles years from now.

    Awesome for family fun
    I bought this for my daughter for christmas and we made it a family project, we each painted a butterfly and it was alot of fun, gave her a chance to use her imagination as to what she wanted HER butterfly to look like...She attached the magnets and we now have it displayed on our refridgerator. I would definately reccomend this for a child who loves to be creative.

    Cheap wood pieces
    This kit is a great idea, but the butterflies break apart pretty easily. Need to make them of more durable wood.

    Easy craft project for kids
    My son at age 7 enjoyed this kit. It comes with 3 wooden butterflies, paint, paintbrush, etc. There is a small pamphlet included with some information about butterflies. We added our own glitter glue and other items to make the butterflies more decorative.

    KIDS LOVE BUTTERFLIES!
    Ever since I read j.singh's The Butterfly to my kids they've been obsessed with caterpillars and butterflies and just about the entire insect kingdom. So, undoubtedly, I've been cajoled into buying pretty much every butterfly book on the market (i plan to bill Singh!). Now having read all these books I consider myself a sorta self-proclaimed authority whose mission is to save parents time and money. And so here are the winners according to me and my two wonderful children. The gold medal goes to GOOD NIGHT SWEET BUTTERFLIES (for the illustrations color and content); the silver medal to FROM BUTTERFLY TO CATERPILLAR (for content and pictures); and the bronze to WAITING FOR WINGS (for content). There are plenty of others but these are a good place to start. Hope I've been helpful. ... Read more


    4. The Original Creepy Crawlers Bug Makers

    Asin: B00000JW2G
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Toymax
    Sales Rank: 11747
    Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Why chase bugs when you can cook up your own? Budding (orshould that be bugging?) entomologists will enjoy creating their ownleggy marvels in the special bug oven--actually a heater tray that'spowered by a light bulb. Two tubes of "Plasti-goop" and one of "GoopFX" (for detailing) are included. You need to buy one 60-watt smallbase candelabra bulb. The two included metal molding trays enable youto make eight different bugs, each 1 to 2 inches long. Adultinstallation and supervision required. --Richard Farr ... Read more

    Reviews (64)

    Great toy Hard to find refills
    I bought one of these for my sons bithday from a local Toys R Us store and we love it. we found that the bugs will stick to windows and mirrors well if left just a little tacky.

    The problem of finding GoopFX is driving me crazy. I can't find the GoopFX anywere so I called the manufacture who says they have plenty of it but the stores aren't stocking it along with new molds and they don't have an online store to sell it. The manufacture is supposed to do some research for a supplier but I have yet to hear back from them.

    Good looking bugs can still be made with the regular goop but detailing them takes some practice. All in all a realy cool toy as long as they keep the goop coming.

    Not a good toy for impatient children
    My 5 year old daughter received this toy from a friend for Christmas last year. She thought it was the coolest toy. When we brought the toy home and opened it...there was no bulb, and nowhere open on Christmas to buy one. When we were finally able to get a bulb for the toy the next day, much to her disappointment, it takes approximately 10-12 minutes to "cook" the bugs and another 12-15 minutes for the machine to cool down so the door can be opened (safety feature). She was not very happy with having to wait almost a half an hour for one spider to be made. Needless to say, she dosen't play with that toy much now.

    The making of bugs
    My 8 year old loves having creepy bugs to play with and once we lessened the cooking time (after talking with the products customer service department, which was very helpful) we got the bugs to look very colorful. However, it is very difficult for him to squeeze the bottles by himself - smaller holes help with making better details, which he also has trouble doing - so I tend to do all the work, with his input. We are also dispointed that the FX Goop that is thicker and supposed to be used for filling in the legs and all the detailing like lines, spots, eyes, etc. does not come in many colors (we got pink, yes - PINK! Not a favorite of boys!). It also can not be purchased seperately like the Plastic Goop, the only way to get more FX Goop is to purchase the bug machine or the mold packs - each which only include one small tube.

    Great toy; HOWEVER...no goop refills
    We bought this for Christmas and the kids love it. It isn't too messy... the oven is safe in terms of hotness... the bugs are cute; HOWEVER, no one (no one) has the goop refills... so once you're out of goop you're out of luck. I am very unhappy about useless nature of the toy after the minimal goop supplied runs out. Amazon/Toys R Us sold the goop 10 pk before christmas... but no longer. The links they gave me to look for the refills turned up nothing and neither did my own searches.

    Even fun for big kids!
    I just got this toy to do as a project with kids in the daycare center that I work at, and decided that i had better do a bug or two to test it out. Well, a few hours and 5 bugs later, I found myself on Amazon.com ordering the 10 pack refill of plastigoop and another set of molds. I can't wait to show them to my kids on Monday, they are going to be so excited, maybe even as excited as I am. Working with children is a great excuse to get to play with all of the toys that you never had, but always wanted when you were a kid. ... Read more


    5. Creature Peeper

    Asin: B000066HU1
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 10760
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Great Fun and Learning!!
    These Creature Peepers are wonderful!! Our 4-year-old just loves his! Before we had this, he was always bringing his newly-found "friends" into the house. Yuck!! Since buying the Creature Peeper, he still brings his 6 and 8-legged "friends" into the house- but now I am much calmer about it! He loves to catch all sorts of bugs and study them through the magnifying scopes in the top and bottom of this toy. Great fun for curious children!! ... Read more


    6. Watch a Bug

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    Asin: B000099Z8M
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 3371
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Neat little toy
    I bought this for my 4 yr old last summer and he used it all summer long. It has a durable hook-and-loop strap and the top snaps very securely. It works best for very small insects such as ladybugs, lovebugs, and crickets. My son has even put very tiny frogs in it. Insects such as dragonflies and butterflies are too large for it. It also came with a plastic toy bug in it and he loved using the fake bug to scare grandparents and other relatives. ... Read more


    7. Best Ever Bug Jar
    list price: $7.99
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    Asin: B000099Z8P
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 3655
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    8. Magnetic Bug Catching Game

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    Asin: B00004R8JX
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Melissa & Doug
    Sales Rank: 3794
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Toy
    Summer is the best time of year to observe insects at work--but this top notch puzzle keeps children learning about insects all year long. Fun to play with, a great learning tool, well made. My daughter got this for her fourth birthday and it has provided hours and hours of fun for her, especially since she visited the beautiful live butterfly exhibit at the zoo. Highly recommended for boys and girls alike. ... Read more


    9. Grasshopper Hat
    by Elope Inc.

    Asin: B000034DLG
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Elope Inc.
    Sales Rank: 45656
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    Editorial Review

    Don this gracious green grasshopper hat and be transformed tothe order Orthoptera, where hopping is the primary mode oftransportation and the males fill the air with lively song. The softfuzzy green headpiece comes complete with bulging brown bug eyes andlong green bendable antennae. Should you ever find yourself among achoir of singing grasshoppers, you'll be glad you have this dapperlittle number in your wardrobe. Dress-up is a great way to stimulateimagination and creativity through role-play, so let your child hop toit! --Alison Golder ... Read more


    10. Ladybug Puppet

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    Asin: B00000K2FZ
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Folkmanis Inc.
    Sales Rank: 3923
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Puppets nurture the imagination, inspire creativity, develop interactive play and expandlanguage. This reviewer has found them to be excellent tools for teaching foreign languages--children willcomfortably experiment when manipulating a puppet, but not when simply talking to a friend. As childrenmature, they are able to use puppets in a more sophisticated manner that will help them last a good longtime.

    The interesting fact sheet that Folkmanis always includes with their puppets tells us that this Ladybugpuppet (winner of a Parents' Choice Award) is one of 5,000 species of ladybugs worldwide. Ladybug is red,as she should be to warn predators. Her fleecy soft body is filled with firm foam. Manipulate her on herunderside with a black velveteen glove (cleverly designed with two thumbs for both left- and right-handedpuppeteers) that serves as her legs. This is a simple, well-made puppet worthy of its award. --Sandy Hirsch ... Read more

    Reviews (2)

    Goes Great with the Grouchy Ladybug Story!
    Both my children have enjoyed the story by Eric Carle "The Very Grouchy Ladybug." Having a ladybug puppet just enhances it and makes it so much more interactive. And it was a hit when my son took the puppet and book to school to share with his teachers and friends!

    This will tickle kids of all ages
    My five year old son loves to talk to "lady buggy" as I crawl around him with my fingers in 5 of her 6 legs. She's held up through sharing his powdered-suger doughnuts and falling in the tub. Just a lovely little puppet. ... Read more


    11. Kaleidabug
    list price: $7.99
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    Asin: B000099Z8E
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 7517
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    12. Creature Keeper

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    Asin: B00000ITTA
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Small World Toys
    Sales Rank: 5224
    Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Kids who are fond of nature sometimes enjoy observing an animal or an insect at close range. This mailbox-shaped Creature Keeper makes that a relatively humane and easy activity.Made of naturalwood and a fine, green netting, the container opens at one end, allowing for simple access, along with theeasy removal of a beetle, a butterfly, or a praying mantis.One can also replicate a creature's customaryenvironment by adding rocks, twigs, grass, and flowers to the box.A strap is attached to the top of the boxfor easy carrying. The container looks good and provides adequate, temporary housing for interestingcritters.--Tom Keogh ... Read more

    Reviews (3)

    Dissatisfied
    A family member bought this for my little brother and although he loves to catch all sorts of bugs, he was extremely disappointed with this bug keeper. The mesh was eaten through by crickets and the door broke after he dropped it on the basement floor.

    I found another bug house made by Tweber and bought it in hopes it would hold up a little better for a 7 year old's adventures. It has held up great and he has had it for 2 summers--the mesh is cricketproof(which means no escapees inside the house)! It also has glow in the dark trim for our warm summer night firefly catching adventures. Look for Tweber products---they really are durable---and don't forget a butterfly net!

    It broke!
    It sounded like such a good idea to get this for my 5-year-old son. He was very excited about it . . . until the plexi-glass door broke off of it within the first 5 minutes. Oh well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well built, durable
    This item is extremely well built and very handsome ... Read more


    13. Buzzerks Eyewear Hornet

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    Asin: B000099Z89
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 8337
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    14. Mini Butterfly Finger Puppet

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    Asin: B00000K593
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Folkmanis
    Sales Rank: 12578
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    Editorial Review

    As delicate and ephemeral as a wisp of cloud, this littlebutterfly is a chiffon-winged flight of fancy. The 8-inch-long tinyfinger puppet gains a little substance when your finger fills a stretchyknit tube of midnight black that forms its torso. Eyes are tiny Frenchknots, barely visible. The two antennae are formed by wisps of stringattached at the forehead. And those wings! Dainty snippets of lilacchiffon gracefully shaped and tinted with swirls of amethyst, edged inblack. This could be a rare specimen from the wilds of Myanmar or aprize from the tropical jungles of South America. Because it's small,light, and uncomplicated--and because butterflies aren't generallytalkative critters--it's a perfect choice for a smaller child who hasn'thad much experience with puppetry or performance. And this butterfly makes a goodconversation-starter with those who may be on the shy side. You'll wantto take good care of the wings--or be prepared to iron them--becausethey'll wrinkle if little Butterfly gets tossed carelessly into the toybox. --Julie Ubben ... Read more


    15. Lady Bug Hat

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    Asin: B000034DLE
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Elope Inc.
    Sales Rank: 38026
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    Editorial Review

    A beetle of the family Coccinellidae, the ladybug is hard toignore, with her red-hot bod and black spots. This velvety red ladybughat has a black line down the middle, six black spots, and six curlyblack legs. Dress-up is a great way to stimulate imagination andcreativity through role-play. --Alison Golder ... Read more


    16. Mantis Buzzerks Eyewear

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    Asin: B000099Z8B
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 9552
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    17. Port-A-Bug Habitat

    Asin: B000066HU0
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 22145
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