Instructions for building a catepillar/butterfly cage
This year I am looking to build a catepillar/butterfly cage for my yard. As I grow tomatoes and carrots, I get a bunch of catepillars (last year I got about 3 dozen swallowtail cats) and would like to be able to isolate them in a cage so they can safely grow into butterflies. My wife is on board with the idea and I need some guidance.
I read the FAQ's and I saw a brief guide on how to build one, but I do have a few questions.
Do I want to have a few small trees in there so they can attach themselves to "cocoon"?
Do I want the top of the cage to have the same materials as the sides, or should that be more like a standard roof to provide shade?
Where do I want to place this cage?
In my yard, I want to put it near then garden and it gets late afternoon sun. I do not want to fry the cats, but this would be the best place for me. If there is another better place, please let me know, and I will adjust my plans.
Thanks in advance!