How to Keep Caterpillars and Watch Them Turn into Moths or Butterflies
During spring and fall you might see lots of these black caterpillars, I think known at Tent Caterpillars. There is the Eastern which is fuzzy and the Western that is more leathery. Some say they are pests, but I say “the more the merrier”!
Here’s how to catch and keep, then release when they turn into moths:
- First of all, they are not hard to catch…just pick them up!
- Use a fish tank or box. Fish tank is preferred because they will climb out of boxes.
- Put in some climbing spaces like pieces of wood or branches.
- Feed them leaves of ash, birch, blackgum, oak, maple, poplar, aannnnnd Cherry or other trees of the Rose family.
- They will stay in cocoon for ten days.
- When they turn into moths, release back outside.
What else do you want to catch…