Santa Clarita and Northern Los Angeles County Area
Low and 0-cost ideas for raising lepidoptera. Be Green - recycle!
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Caterpillar-proof water jars and enclosures
Water jars allow host plant to stay fresh longer than simply tossing
clippings into a container. Because they hold the plant in a more
natural position, the larvae are less likely to wander onto other
surfaces and become lost or starve. The jar and host plant can be placed in
a more open enclosure than typically used closed containers, providing a
drier environment which helps reduce disease.
A couple of ideas I've put to use are detailed below...
The first example is good for medium to large larvae, and uses a transparent
vitamin jar (plastic) and a medium-sized fish aquarium with a screen lid
(it's actually a fish aquarium converted to a reptile cage).
It's important to make the holes in the jar lid just large enough for the
stem to fit with no gaps. Larvae aren't very smart and don't know not to crawl
down into the water and drown. If the hole is too large, use a layer of tape
over the hole(s) and cut a small slit in the tape to provide a tight fit.