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my children had a butterfly net set last year with caterpillars that they loved watching, then they saw them hatch and fly off in the garden, we didn't,t get round to ordering replacements this year, now my daughter has just found a cabbage white caterpiller, and wants to keep it in the habitat net with sugared water and leaves, I've read it won't be a butterfly til next spring, is this cruel or feasible ? Any advice welcome thankyou

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  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    sorry I used hubby's ipad . no idea how I've managed to post 3 times!

  • If you provide it with cabbage leaves until it pupates (no need for sugar water) then keep the pupa somewhere cool then it should emerge as an adult next spring with little difficulty. 

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    Thanks Alan, we've only sprouts in at the mo but it seems well , will grab a cabbage later ( got a nice recipe for soup too,yum!)

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