*sponsored* The Creature Peeper is manufactured by the Insect Lore
Carlos White, an entomologist founded
Insect Lore in San Joaquin, California. In the year 1965, Mr.
Carlos White was inspired to develop a kit to allow people of all
ages,in their homes and classrooms, to witness the metamorphosis
of real live butterflies. In 1969, the butterfly garden was born. At
that time the concept was revolutionary, customers purchased
educational kits that included a butterfly habitat with a
certificate. The customer would receive live caterpillars by
mailing in the certificate. Carlo's White's special caterpillar
diet began the butterflies by mail magic.
Fifty million caterpillars by mail later,
Mr. White is retired, and his son John now operates Insect Lore USA,
in an enlarged factory in Shafter California. It is complete with a
Bugseum and a visitor center. His daughter Jennifer, is head of Insect
Lore Europe, located in Cornwall England. Painted lady caterpillars
travel from Cornwall to destination throughout the United Kingdom
and the European Union.
Insect Lore partnered with a group working
with NASA and on July 23, 1999 the Columbia Space Shuttle took
aboard Insect Lore painted lady caterpillar. Scientists were trying to
determine if caterpillars would undergo metamorphosis in a zero-
gravity environment. They wanted to see if an adult butterfly would
properly form within it's chrysalis without the aid of gravity to pull
the parts in place. A set of chrysalides housed in a specially designed
habitat. A website was dedicated to the flight, with high school students
near Atlanta monitoring the flight. The results concluded that all of the butterflies emerged from the Columbia Space Shuttle.
The Creature Peeper allows you to see bugs
from above and below. The escape proof periscope-style interactive
viewer provides 3x magnification of your bugs. Recommended for children
4 and up, there are small parts that could be hazardous to children under
4 up. Children can choose from many things to study-ladybugs, crickets,and
they say even pebbles! The Creature Peeper is very easy to use, it is kid
and bug friendly. The kit is sturdy with a durable base.The kit even includes
a beetle replica. It was the winner of the Scientific-American Explorations
magazines "15 Great Science gifts under $15." and the Oppeheim Toy
Portfolio Gold Award.
Kayla 7, Dylan 5, had hours of fun checking out bugs from top to bottom. They checked out ants, bees, crickets and Dylan viewed a spider. Kayla would not look at the spider even inside the Creature Peeper! I guess that could possibly be my fault. *embarrassed laugh* They both enjoyed the Creature Peeper. Asking so many questions, which I definitely did not mind! After they were so interested wanting to know if they could get this and that (which would help them learn even more)! The creature Peeper was obviously a very good choice for us. We like it and I think most children will.
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