Caterpillar Setups > Closed Container - Papilio indra

I use a closed container technique for Papilio indra larvae that are fourth or fifth instars whereas I use an open terrarium setup for smaller first through third instars.  Papilio indra larvae can perish in the lab for several reasons. (See Utah Lepidopterist article). Using closed containers for indra swallowtails simply requires that you separate larvae into individual storage containers with a few small holes for ventilation, replace host plant cuttings and remove frass morning and evening.  For most, this can be too tedious.  It works for me because it produces healthy adult butterflies.

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