Live Materials Supplies

Scientifics no longer supplies ants and live specimens for any ant farms or habitats. Click on the links below to find current suppliers for your live materials requirements.

Ordering Live Caterpillars

Painted Lady Caterpillars are not included with the purchase of our Butterfly Cages.

This is handled through a third party supplier. A mail order form is included with the shipment of each butterfly net detailing the ordering process for live caterpillars. For an additional fee of $13.49, you will receive 5 live Painted Lady Caterpillars and rearing supplies. This fee includes shipping and handling (inside the continental United States only). Payment must be made by the customer to the third-party vendor, NOT Scientifics Direct.

After filling out your mailing address, this form can be redeemed in one of 3 ways:

1. Mailed to the vendor with check or money order payment. Address: Butterfly Store, PO Box 4517, Bremerton, WA 98312

2. Scanned and emailed to this supplier with your credit card information. Email:

3. Faxed with your credit card number: 800-955-1497

Please allow 2 weeks for delivery. Please do not order live caterpillars if below 40 degrees or above 85 degrees. Live arrival guarantee will be void if ordered during these temperatures.

Other Sources for Live Material

Wards Science

US Customers:

Live material can also be ordered, shipped and billed from Wards Science +.

Canadian Customers:

In order to provide the best level of service possible, your live material order can be shipped and billed from Boreal Science + located in St. Catharines, Ontario.