How to Make a
CATERPILLAR REARING CONTAINER
Text and Pictures by Bea Laporte
|The materials you will
need are: scissors, an empty, clear 2-litre pop bottle, an old nylon, an elastic band, a
cleaned out sour cream or margarine container, a pencil or something else to punch a hole
in the container, a stick (for placing in the container after the caterpillar pupates, so
it has a place to climb up to dry its wings).
The larvae do not need water because they get all they need from the leaves of their host plant.
Clean out the droppings (frass) and wash the containers at least twice a week, being careful not to hurt the caterpillar.
Once a pupa, a frequent misting will be necessary to keep it from drying out.
Dont forget to keep notes and dates! You may even want to make drawings or diagrams or take pictures of the caterpillars different colors and features of each instar. If you dont already know, see if you can figure out what kind of caterpillar you have. You can do this by checking a Caterpillar Guide, or you can go on the internet. Here are a few websites that may be able to help you ID your caterpillar:
You may be interested in reviewing books about caterpillars available at Amazon.com in the US, Canada and the UK by clicking here.
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