Compared to most of you, I'm an absolute novice. I am amazed at the great success some of you have. I learned about monarch rearing from a zoologist/conservationist friend from my university days. If I hatch three in a season I am doing well. Mind you, I've become somewhat disabled due to a car accident a few years ago, and can only harvest eggs from areas that are easily accessible -- no longer can I hike through the fields like I used to.
But this year I keep having bad luck. As soon as one of my caterpillars start getting ansy -- you know how they get before they become "j"'s -- it manages to escape! The first time it happened I was all upset for days. Poor thing. I have built a better, larger, container, and now a second one escaped. Man!
I am impressed by your amazing system, John Beaulieu (see his post, "resleasing monarchs" and will ask my husband next summer to make me something similar. For now, I will use duct tape to re-attach the screen and hope that it is secure!