Female Oviposition Techniques > Portable Cages

The term "portable cage" refers to a small, single unit I assemble for live females of smaller butterflies such as checkerspots, crescents, painted ladies, whites, and sulphurs, satyrs, and skippers. Portable cages eliminate the setup/break down time of the open screen cages and can come in handy on when you're looking to get eggs out of butterfly females while traveling. To use a portable cage, simply poor some water into the bottom of the cage and wipe down with paper towel (so the female doesn't get her wings stuck at the bottom of the cage. Place cuttings of the larval hostplant in the holes.