Sonoran Blue Rearing Project
Sorry for this poor picture. What it shows is my method for getting ova from a live female Sonoran Blue butterfly (Philotes sonorensis). I have transplanted the larval food plant, stonecrop, into a small plastic pot (made from a yogurt container, cut down) and put that into a half-gallon plastic jar with air holes in the lid. I placed some fresh flowers inside for the adult butterfly to nectar on while ovipositing. I have also placed a wad of paper towel that has been wetted with 20% honey solution. The butterfly did not go for the flowers but she liked to sip on the honey solution. You can see her feeding on it in the center of the picture. The paper towels lining the bottom of the jar are to absorb water whenever I watered the food plant - in order to prevent the butterfly from possibly getting wet on the bottom of the jar. This setup worked for me; each butterfly I put in here laid about 25 eggs. You can see some of the eggs in this photo. The next photo shows the same idea, different container.