Santa Clarita and Northern Los Angeles County Area
Low and 0-cost ideas for raising lepidoptera. Be Green - recycle!
Butterfly and Moth Site
Collapsable screen cages
These "cages" are actually sold as laundry hampers. They are made in
China out of 4 spring steel hoops and heavy nylon netting side panels
with nylon cloth edges and floor. They can be folded-up much like a
collapsable pocket net for transport or storage. The top is open, but
can be folded closed and held with clamps, or a piece of styrofoam or
other material can be cut to form a lid. (see below)
They are commonly available at low cost stores. If you can't find them
and are interested in obtaining some, please e-mail me. I can supply
them for $3 each (plus shipping, about $2). If you'd like the 2 clamps
also, add a buck. E-mail for pricing on larger quantities.
I found them handy for mating, eclosing and housing adult
butterflies/moths, and for raising larvae (1/2" long or larger). When
suspended by their handles in open air they provide great ventilation,
which is good for larvae that are sensitive to the excessive moisture
and humidity build-up that plague closed containers.
This is the package to look for...
When released from it's folded position, it springs (much like a BioQuip
pocket net) into a fairly large enclosure with an open top, as shown. A
6-inch scale is shown for size.