What to do with eggs?

Sometimes we need to take eggs off a plant before they hatch.  Depending on the species, we may disinfect the eggs or we may simply want to move them off a large plant so we can place them on a smaller plant.  What next?  Where to place them?

We use a plastic cup, from 2 to 5-1/2 ounce size.  The eggs are placed in the cup.  Once the eggs start to darken, we either place fresh tender leaves with the eggs, place the cup in a popup with the tip of the plant in the cup, or attach the cup to the plant we want them to eat.

Once they hatch, they go immediately to the  plant and begin eating.

Monarch butterfly eggs in a 5-1/2 ounce cup
Monarch butterfly eggs in a 5-1/2 oz cup

Click here to see the popup habitats we use for caterpillars.

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