Raising Silk Moths in sleeves?

curiositykatApril 5, 2013

I'm curious if anyone here has raised silk moths in a netted sleeve on a tree? I'm assuming this is how they are commercially raised? I have been raising silk moths for a couple years now and with 3 species plus some butterflies I like to raise I was planning to try some new methods this summer that are lower care involved. My main question is how does one wrap netting around a tree limb/branch to enclose it well enough? Other then the obvious ways... I was planning on using mosquito netting but wondering if there are any better alternatives?

Many Thanks!
CuriosityKat

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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

The commercial guys basically have tree farms with lots of small trees that they fully inclose in big sleeves.

Take a peek at the topic I've linked Also look at this page:
http://lepidoptera.jcmdi.com/p/sleeve/sleeve.html

My homemade sleeves are sort of a hybrid of what you will read about. I use the mesh from Bioquip. I use the parachute cord ladobe mentioned. All my sleeves are sown versus the silicon method. I've never tried silicon so I am not badmouthing that method.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sleeves

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