Gwynne wrote:Any ideas for me? I live in an apartment so of course dont have a garden but do have a balcony...
I used to live in little...townhouse I guess it was...and I had a butterfly garden of sorts on my second floor balcony. It was succesful for quite some time.
Initially I just had plants out there and I'd get caterpillars from mom's garden. They'd do fine and eventually they'd pupate, and I'd never find them again. Every once in a while, they'd pupate somewhere still on the balcony. So I built a cage that was 4 ft. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. high. This way the cats wouldn't "get away" (they usually climbed to the top of the cage and pupated up there), and then I could see the butterflies as they hatched. That worked well, but for whatever reason, I couldn't keep the butterflies in there for more than 2 days or they'd begin to die. So I'd keep them for 24 hours (so they could their wings ready to go) and then I'd release them roughly a day later.
It's definitely possible though. Amazingly, even though it was on the second floor, I STILL got aphids, and I STILL got red spider mites, so you can't avoid them!