Female Oviposition Techniques

Sometimes finding eggs and caterpillars on their larval host plants can be very difficult for many reasons including caterpillar camouflage, not knowing what hostplants to look on, too much hostplant to search, etc. 

Another alternative is to try to capture live females and set them up in a cage or container to get them to lay eggs.  Before discussing these strategies, it is important to understand some basics of how to locate and collect live females as well as how to take care of them in captivity.

Different types of containers and cages work for different groups of butterflies. This section will provide multiple picture galleries overviewing different types of cages, containers, and strategies to get females to lay eggs in captivity as applicable to certain taxa.

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