The first caterpillars we decided to raise had a very simple tank. It was an old 5 gallon aquarium with some leaves thrown in and a piece of fabric on top.
Then I discovered that making a "tree" with their food meant less work for me.
Well, the top of the tank wasn't the best because we soon had some get out!
Now we have a 10 gallon aquarium with a screen top (with screen that has smaller holes taped to the inside of the top).
When we only had 1 type of caterpillar in the tank:
After we added more caterpillars:
Last year, we left the chrysalises in the 10 gallon and released them from there. This year, the 10 gallon is a little crowded so I made a flight cage for chrysalises. It's just a mesh hamper with some fabric on the bottom (so the butterflies can get their footing if they fall) and garden netting over the opening.
There are 6 Black Swallowtail chrysalises and 2 Luna Moth cocoons in this picture.
The aquarium was needed for the tadpoles we're raising so hubby was so kind to make me a new butterfly cage. Newborn caterpillars are kept in a jar until the second instar to discourage escapees.
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