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cage

Here is an outside view of an emerging cage for lepidoptera. This was constructed from a copy paper box with a fitted lid. A window was cut out of the lid and fitted with a piece of screen. One lip of the lid is attached to the left side of the box, in a hinged fashion, using hot glue. After gluing, diagonal cuts were made in the lid so that it can swing open like a door. Paper towels were glued to the inside walls of the cage so that emerging leps will have something to hang on to when drying their wings (very important). I use scotch tape or insect pins to attach the pupae to the side of the cage. The red stains inside are from fluids excreted from butterflies that have emerged from their pupae.

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