Butterfly Enclosure

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Project by Ph1pps posted 07-23-2014 12:06 PM 1158 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this butterfly enclosure in a rush, my son’s daycare provider got a bunch of caterpillars from her trip to the Agricultural Museum (yes, I live in a city and there is a museum for this, ironically I grew up on and around farms and found this amusing at first) and only had a couple days to finish it. I steam bent a couple pieces of white oak that was old flooring found on a garbage day dog walk. I cut it into 1/8” prices and steam bent them into four hoops, I used scarf joints to make two hoops attaching netting to them and then glued the netting on (after sewing the edges together). I then glued and screwed the next two hoops to over the existing ones to conceal and secure the netting. I just attached brackets and used flexible strips to hold it upright so that it can be collapsed for storage. I ended up using small wedges at the bottom to make it all a little more sturdy. Worked in the end, the kids got to admire the Painted Lady butterflies for about a week before releasing them.

If you have a steam box, this is an easy simple project and fun for kids to observe any insect they catch. There is definitely room for improvement since I only had a few days to do it I didn’t really plan ahead well (or at all).

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#1 posted 07-23-2014 12:47 PM

Nice, your son’s day care will love it.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 07-23-2014 03:03 PM

You did a fine job on that.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 07-23-2014 05:10 PM

Great work, it looks kind of 18th century

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 07-24-2014 12:19 AM

Great quick build, I like it!

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