How do you take care of caterpillars to grow into your own pet butterflies?

  1. thranax profile image44
    thranaxposted 14 months ago

    How do you take care of caterpillars to grow into your own pet butterflies?

  2. ptosis profile image73
    ptosisposted 14 months ago

    have to bring home a piece of the tree that that you found them on.  wait until they almost ready to go cocoon. First time - it crawled to bathroom ceiling. Second time, had it on a shiny smooth metallic foot pedaler place on top of the fridge.  They crap green pellets ... a LOT. 

    9 days of taking pics of cocoon. Unlike in the movie - they come out fast, no slow motion. So I missed that point. Takes 1.5 hours for the wings to dry. DO NOT TOUCH the wings - then the butterfly won't be able to fly.

  3. Cleo Burch profile image85
    Cleo Burchposted 14 months ago

    It would really depend on the type of caterpillars you have. Monarchs, for example, you would break off the branch you found the caterpillar on and move it to an enclosure that has screen or mesh, instead of glass, but this is if you're planning to have multiple caterpillars. A smaller container is fine as long as there's ventilation, and a small number of caterpillars (1-2). You'd have to research the other things that they eat, but milkweed plants would be a good place to start. You would also need to have a sturdy branch that the caterpillars can make their chrysalis's on. You don't need to give them water because they get all of the water they need from the leaves that they eat. Again, what they eat and how long they cocoon for depends on the caterpillar, so I'd look it up based on the type of caterpillars you're going to get.


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