Rearing tents

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That’s what they’re called in North America. Thought you’d like to see a few exmples of them.

Bruce says:

Over time, I have found success breeding monarchs in smaller and smaller enclosures. The one below on the table was purchased a few years back.

It is only about 2′ x 2′ x 2′ and has a zipper front and a sleeve to reach into the tent. It goes up quickly, has mesh and clear plastic sides. I have had 1 male and 1 female breed successfully in this, and right in front of the kids in school the past 2 years!

The other taller, cylindrical shaped one was made from white mesh covering wire fencing I bought on a roll. You can make them just like the tomato towers, and make them any size you want. This one is about 3 1/2′ tall and about 24″ wide.

The other one is up next to the house and is made simply with 1×1’s and L brackets. It is covered with plastic screening and has held up over the past 2 or 3 winters. The “door” is very simple (only because I am not a carpenter) and is velcroed at the bottom. It sits on a dirt floor, but predators cannot get in unless they dig under the dirt. I have planted nectar sources directly in the tent, and also add to it as needed during the season.

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