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preparing cuttings photo

October 18th. I decided to keep half of the larvae at home and return the rest to another sleeve outdoors. For the indoor group I am preparing cuttings of mistletoe, the larval host plant. I use an empty tuna can that has been pressed in a block of floral foam and trimmed. I stick the cuttings in the foam and add water. The floral foam allows me to add water to the can but prevents the caterpillars from drowning if they fall off or crawl down the stems.

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