·Tips on how to find common butterfly caterpillars in your neighborhood and community. See http://www.raisingbutterflies.org for details on how to take care of…
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When is a caterpillar set to molt and why is that important?
If you are raising caterpillars on cuttings of host plant and need to remove caterpillars from old plant to new plant, you may want to watch this video to learn when you can move caterpillars and when you can't. If caterpillars are set to molt, they shouldn't be moved. An alternative is to cut around the caterpillar and place the old sprig on top of the new.
Finding caterpillars on isolated host plants
For those of you troopers who want to find caterpillars in the field, this video is helpful because not only does it teach you the value of understanding what varieties of plants support butterfly caterpillars; but also shows the benefit of finding those few isolated host plants within the larger colony--in this case weidemeyer's admiral caterpillars on isolated choke cherry plants surrounded by quaking aspens.
Six Steps to Keep Caterpillars Healthy and Free from Disease
Six Steps to Keep Caterpillars Healthy and Free from Disease--Caterpillars of certain butterfly species are easier to raise than others. In addition to OE that can infect monarch caterpillars, other butterfly caterpillars can get sick and die from viruses or bacteria as a result of many factors. The following helpful hints can help you maintain a safe environment for raising butterfly caterpillars through to healthy adult butterflies.