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Life Science: Brassica & Butterfly System

Brassica Barn

brassica barn


Materials Needed

For Building

  • One 16 oz plastic deli container with lid (will support 10-15 larvae)
  • Five heavy duty toothpicks (for skewering the Brussels sprouts)
  • One paper towel (for the bottom of the container)
  • One nail poke, push pin, or soldering iron (for poking holes)

For Stocking and Maintaining

  • Five Brussels sprouts with top leaf removed
  • Extra paper towels

Building, Stocking, and Maintenance Instructions

  1. Poke five holes for toothpicks at “N, E, S, W” and center locations on the deli container lid.
  2. Poke small air holes in several areas elsewhere on the lid.
  3. Skewer the Brussels sprouts with the toothpicks.
  4. Insert toothpicks through the bottom side of the lid.
  5. Layer the bottom of the container with paper towel.
  6. Place the lid with the Brussels sprouts on top of the deli container.
  7. Add 2-3 larvae from the Brassica nursery to each Brussels sprout. (about Day 10)
  8. Keep Brussels sprouts free of “frass” (larval droppings).
  9. Remove and replace the paper towel every couple of days.

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