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by Anthony Gomez

A year ago

Raising Butterflies Blog

So you want to Start Raising Monarch Butterflies? Your Journey Begins here…


So you want to try your hand at Raising Monarchs through the Butterfly Life Cycle? Get Started Here...

A year ago

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By Anthony Gomez

How To Start Raising Monarch Butterflies? The info and tools you need to begin your raising butterflies journey...

by Anthony Gomez

A year ago

Welcome to Raising Monarchs 101

How To Start Raising Monarch Butterflies? The info and tools you need to begin your raising butterflies journey...

If you’re new to the exciting world of raising monarch butterflies, you probably have a few initial questions about how to get started on this amazing journey?

Here are a few quick tips and suggestions to get you raising in the right direction:

1. Milkweed First

Milkweed is essential to growing monarchs so it’s best to have a few varieties established in your garden before you start raising butterflies.

You’ll first need it to attract egg-laying butterflies to your garden. But if you only have a couple plants, you’ll run out of milkweed to feed your caterpillars…not a fun experience! 😱

Here are 25 milkweed varieties to consider and some other helpful tips for starting a butterfly garden.

We also recently published a new PDF guide to help people get their milkweed monarch-ready:

Milkweed Prep Guide for Raising Monarch Butterflies

While you’re waiting for milkweed to become monarch-ready, learn about the raising process and what you’ll need to raising monarchs from tiny egg to magnificent butterfly…


2. A Step by Step Guide

I have created a how to raise monarchs book (available in print or as PDF download) that explains how to raise more monarchs, with less effort. In this book, I share the tips, techniques, and process we use to raise butterflies with a consistent 95% survival rate.

Get your How To Raise Monarchs Downloadable Book Here (New PRINT version added for 2021)

One of first things you’ll need is a caterpillar cage that keeps baby caterpillars in, and small monarch predators out. The most common question I get is…


3. What type of caterpillar cage should I use? Check out this post for info on the cages that have brought us the most success:

Is your Caterpillar Cage Killing Monarch Butterflies?

If you opt for the preferred mesh cages, this is probably your next question…


4. Which caterpillar cage size fits my raising needs?

a. I would suggest the baby cube butterfly cage (15″ x 15″ x 15″) if you’re:

  • starting out and not sure if this is the right hobby for you
  • prefer raising less caterpillars at one time (up to 10…15 max)
  • have limited space floor/table space
  • raising under a cabinet that has limited height
  • like the drawbridge door feature

Get a Baby Cube Caterpillar Cage Here


b. I would suggest the Tall baby butterfly cage (15″ x 15″ x 24″) if you’re:

  • starting out and not sure if this is the right hobby for you
  • prefer raising less caterpillars at one time (up to 10…15 max)
  • have limited space floor/table space
  • like the drawbridge door feature
  • prefer to raise on tall cuttings or small potted plants

Get a Tall Baby Butterfly Cage Here


c. I would suggest the BIG cube butterfly cage (24″ x 24″ x 24″) if you’re:

  • want to raise on large cuttings or small potted plants
  • confident this is a hobby you will continue for seasons to come
  • prefer the option to raise more caterpillars at one time (20 to 30)
  • enjoy a larger viewing window
  • like the drawbridge door feature

Get a Big Cube Cage Here


d. I would suggest the Monarch Tower (24″ x 24″ x 36″) if you’re:

  • confident this is a hobby you will continue for seasons to come
  • prefer the option to raise more caterpillars at one time (20 to 30)
  • prefer to raise on potted milkweed plants

Get a Monarch Tower Cage Here


5. Check out some raising accessories that make growing butterflies easier, so you can sit back and enjoy watching the amazing process of monarch metamorphosis.

Raising Supplies suggestions for getting started:

  • Floral Tubes w/ Holding Racks– floral tubes help keep milkweed leaf and stem cuttings fresh for caterpillars. The racks keep the floral tubes secure and upright and also spread out monarch caterpillars to avoid overcrowding
  • Poo Poo Platter– if you purchase a baby cube or tall baby cage I recommend this removable cage liner for easier cage cleaning and to give the cage a solid floor for better portability.
  • LED Magnifier– to clearly see tiny monarch eggs and baby caterpillars
  • Monarch ER– this mini monarch hospital is for birthing butterflies and nursing sick caterpillars to avoid spreading disease.
  • Monarch Eggs or Caterpillars?- If you can't wait for mama monarch to find your milkweed, check out these recommended vendors

Hopefully, the information and raising supply suggestions posted here will help you avoid many of the raising pitfalls I have encountered over the past 40 years. It’s time to set sail on your journey…Happy Raising! 🌿🐛😊

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Nice Poo Poo Platter Cage Liner.

I did not use the platter cage liners yet because they are small for the large butterfly cages I ordered and since I had 2 large milkweed plants inside, I had to use other liners to fit. Thank you for the prompt delivery!

Thank You for the butterfly cages!

Thank you very much for the butterfly cages that were large enough for me to place two large potted milkweed plants inside. They are easy to clean, and it was a delight to watch the cats in the cages. They were well-packaged and promptly delivered.

Small cages are great . . .

. . . great for small caterpillars or a single large one. I use these for the 2-3 instars, and they are easy to clean, don't take up a lot of space. Perfect!

Great product!

This peg rack and tubes work just great!

Arrived quickly

So thankful for the quick response as my monarch cats where eating so much that I needed another rack and floral tubes! So pleased!