I thought this would be done by now but I have 19 pupae and 33 cats! Many of them are 4ths and 5ths, so I need lots of plant material. What I have been doing is digging up whole plants and putting them in one-gallon pots, then putting the whole plants in my enclosure. I got myself some of those nice 2-foot by 2-foot by 3-foot enclosures from LiveMonarch.com that they had at the Black Hills that day. Thing is, each time I take another plant, I end up with 2 or 3 more cats!
This weather is incredibly cold for this time of year -- we may even have some snow mix in tonight! We will warm up nicely next week, with several sunny days in the 60s, but the east coast looks to go cold and wet again about 10-14 days down the road. Also, we are looking at a very cold and very snowy winter.
What is the latest we can release from this area? I would think as long as there has not been a hard freeze, they'd be OK? I know they can fly pretty far on a good day.