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Butterfly Hotel Update

+MAKE is currently hosting #WeirdScienceWednesday and +Natalie Villalobos posted some nice shots of some terrariums she's made. I mentioned that I had built this hotel, and she kindly requested that I posted some pictures. Some of you may recall my post on building this last month, but in case you missed it you can find it at:

Per Natalie's request, I dashed out and took a few shots of the current state of things. My wife has a nice little pot in there we keep stocked with oak leaves, which are the food source for the Polyphemus moth caterpillars we have in there. The discerning among you may notice that those are moths, and not butterflies, but we have an equal-opportunity hotel. I'm looking forward to seeing them come out, as they are really huge and amazing looking.
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Thanks +Eric Parsons and +Tony T. As to opening the door, as far as I know my wife just harvests baby caterpillars from our yard and transplants them inside. We don't do the egg portion of the life cycle inside of the hotel. The point is mainly to protect a few of the caterpillars from predators.
You're quite welcome, +Natalie Villalobos. I love building things, and having a nice place to share the projects with people is one of the things I like about Google+. I have a section on my profile dedicated to posts about stuff I've built. I expect that will grow over time.
As an addendum, I just looked through the whole album and noticed that the new photos I added today are scattered through the original set. I've now reordered them coherently so it should make more sense looking through them.
Thanks, +Paul Kelly. I'll ask my wife for tips on that, since that's her part of it, but as far as I know it's a matter of looking on the appropriate host plant in your yard and finding either the eggs or the caterpillars hanging around on the undersides of leaves.
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