some of y'all have seen the photos of my praying mantis hatches. I also buy & release lady bugs, lacewings, & assassin bugs in my vegetable patch. last fall I found a pair of boldly striped caterpillars munching on my parsley. I threw them in a large jar with some parsley stems to show the grandkids. 2 days later they pupated. well one just emerged. I've done this before but they always emerged during warm weather.it's too cold to release this guy outside. has anyone ever kept a butterfly? since I interfered with their natural life cycle I'd like to let this critter live out it's life. I have a lot of plants in the house & I'm thinking about just releasing it in the plants. i'll do some searches online to see what they eat.