Over-wintering Silvery Checkerspots
I was wondering if you could give me some info on raising Silvery Checkerspots in Ohio. I have planted many nectar and hosts plants to attact local butterflies. I have been so thrilled with lots of different species and have raised several different kinds through the different life stages. I love every minute of it! Yesterday, for the first time I found the Silvery Checkerspot cats on a new bunch of coneflowers that I planted just last year. I am VERY excited!!! I brought a small "batch" in on some coneflower clippings and put them in my "cat" cage. I then did some research and found that late season cats over winter as immature cats at the base of the host plant. I have over wintered chrysalises but never cats. Here are my questions:
Are these considered late season cats and will over winter as cats?
I am going to buy a coneflower still in the pot today to place them on...will they overwinter at the base of the plant in the pot?
Can I keep the pot indoors during the winter? I know with overwintering chrysalises they will over winter inside even with the temperature not being cold as it is outside...is this true with overwintering cats?
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! This is the first time I have been on this site...I am excited to find it!