Hatching Eggs > Keep egg on original Leaf

The eggs of some species of butterflies can collapse or perish if they are cut out from the original leaf they were laid on, even if the egg remains in tact on the cut-out portion of this original leaf.

When the leaf section dries up with the egg attached, the hatch rate of eggs on some of these species can be negatively affected. Therefore, it is best to keep the egg on the original leaf it was laid on while keeping the leaf as succulent as possible either as a cutting or on potted host.