Rearing caterpillars in cages

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  • #24721

    Darren
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    And here are my small castles, along with a laundry hamper chrysalis apartment in action

    small castles in use

    #24709

    Darren
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    Good pictures of Charlotte’s Jumbo Castle here.

    Photos of Jumbo Castle in use

    #24682

    Leslie
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    Ok Im sold. I’ll definitely be in for the second order. ! Yes , I remember the wow factor when I first saw Mary P’s little “travelling show ” ~ butterflies on live flowers in a small netted carrying case. Must be especially Wow for city folks who dont see so many . Wouldnt it be great if all primary schools had one ! ……Thanks Darren.

    #24680

    Darren
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    When I built my box I used a dark grey netting because I reasoned the same as you, but the white of the castles seems to provide better viewing. I’m not sure why, maybe it bounces the light around inside so providing better illumination rather than absorbing it and darkening the interior?

    But the killer feature of the castles is that one side is totally clear plastic. I have them set up right by the front door above the children’s lockers and as the parents walk in they look and go “wow”. Rows of plastic tubs might be more efficient but it just wouldn’t have the “wow” factor!

    There is one little thing I noticed, not exactly a problem, but at first I had the zipper door at the top, and the caterpillars always decided to hang from the teeth of the zip! They must have liked the feel of it, but it was a rather inconvenient place for me. Now I have the zip door on a side so no more problem.

    #24676

    Leslie
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    Hi Darren Im interested in the castles too, but was wondering whether black netting makes better viewing … Do you like the white netting ??

    #24672

    Darren
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    MonarchHealth (http://www.uga.edu/monarchparasites/) have a totally different perspective! check this out
    http://www.uga.edu/monarchparasites/rearingwithoutOE/row-of-tubs.jpg

    Plastic tubs, 1-10 caterpillars per tub, moist paper towel underneath, change paper and milkweed daily. The cats stay in the same container through the chrysalis stage until they emerge. It looks very efficient, but not very entertaining.

    more details at
    http://www.uga.edu/monarchparasites/rearingwithoutOE/index.html
    and
    http://www.uga.edu/monarchparasites/rearingwithoutOE/volunteer%20rearing/volunteer_rearing.html

    #24668

    Darren
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    I agree completely Terry. I have fallen in love with the caterpillar castles from LiveMonarch, and the warehouse pop up laundry basket makes a great chrysalis apartment. I demolished my wooden box not long after the castles arrived.

    I am keen to organise another bulk order on behalf of MBNZT from livemonarch based on the first experiment.

    http://www.livemonarch.com/MBNZT

    #24667

    Terry
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    This gives you an idea of the construction so you can make your own.

    http://www.wwb.co.uk/shop/index.php/cPath/4?osCsid=a0e3b90f655a40e276ea9119318aa4bd

    #24666

    Terry
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    The best rearing cages are the STAND ALONE net cages like these.

    http://www.watdon.co.uk/the-naturalists/acatalog/Breeding_Cages.html

    I know this is a British company, but I am sure someone in NZ could manufacture them at home if you imported or sourced in NZ the correct insect netting. There are a few small suppliers in the UK who are handy with a sewing machine and make these for enthusiasts over here. You will find breeding butterflies so much easier with these cages, we all use them over in the UK.

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