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One big problem with rearing caterpillars is getting the larval host plant. When this plant is only available by making a long trip and the desired plant is several feet tall, then you are faced with the problem of getting it back home without the leaves wilting. Instead of cutting the stems I try to pull up the whole plant by the roots, as with this nettle plant pictured. I then immediately wrap the plants in wet newspaper and place them in a styrofoam container with ice in the bottom, sprinkling water on top and closing the top tightly. The container in this picture is about 30" long. I got it my local grocery store's seafood department. After I get home I place the plants in a different container with water and put them in my refrigerator. See next photo.

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