Butterfly Gardens forum: Raising Five-Spotted Hawkmoth (Tomato Hornworm)?

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Imagedividedsky
Aug 1, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Name: Heidi
Indianapolis, IN
Zone 5b
Does anyone have any advice for raising a five-spotted hawkmoth? My 4-year-old nephew was so impressed with the hornworm on my tomato plant that he wanted to bring it in. We put it in a suitable container with food and a stick, but now I'm reading that they pupate in the soil. What should we do - put some dirt in the bottom of the container?
ImageApopkaJohn
Aug 2, 2011 6:51 PM CST
Name: John Mehner
Central Florida zone 9
Dear Heidi, Guten Tag. my un-expert advice: dry leaves are fine, it will go to the bottom and wriggle out of its skin and leave the shiney chysalis. if the temp is ok it will develop into a moth without drying out.
Imagedividedsky
Aug 3, 2011 5:48 AM CST
Name: Heidi
Indianapolis, IN
Zone 5b
Thanks for the advice! How long does it take? Not more than a few weeks, I hope.
ImageApopkaJohn
Aug 3, 2011 6:23 PM CST
Name: John Mehner
Central Florida zone 9
right a couple weeks. watch the color of the chrysalis for the expected change before it hatches. Put sticks in the container for the moth to climb-up to dry their wings.
Imagedividedsky
Aug 4, 2011 1:46 PM CST
Name: Heidi
Indianapolis, IN
Zone 5b
Excellent. I was afraid that it would take until next spring. Thanks again for you help. The kids at his school are really enjoying this.
Imagewren
Aug 14, 2011 4:12 PM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
If you want to find out which type of caterpillar you have go to this site and inter the information for your location and it will list them. Just put moth in the first spot.
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/checklists

forget to add that there is a number of them in that family
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Imagedividedsky
Aug 14, 2011 6:36 PM CST
Name: Heidi
Indianapolis, IN
Zone 5b
I wish I'd taken a picture of it. We're now trying to figure out if it's tomato or tobacco hornworm. Thanks for the site! That will help us ID it when it comes back up as a moth.
Imagewren
Aug 14, 2011 7:15 PM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
I tip my hat to you.
Imagegardengus
Oct 30, 2011 3:53 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Did you get your moth?
Imagedividedsky
Oct 31, 2011 7:57 PM CST
Name: Heidi
Indianapolis, IN
Zone 5b
Not sure. He took it to school and I bet his dad forgot to ask about it.

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