Raising Hummingbird Moth
After stalking a hummingbird moth around the yard I was able to catch her laying an egg on my arrowwood viburnum that I snatched up to raise. All I have raised up to this point is monarchs and black swallowtails, so this was pretty exciting for me. I think it is Hemaris thysbe.
I ripped up and crumpled up some newspaper and paper towels and put them in the bottom of the container. It looks like it crawled in there yesterday or the day before and purged because there is some brown liquid on the paper towel and it is like glued shut in there. I tried to take a peek and can still see the green body, but I don't want to disturb it too much. How long does it take to pupate typically? Also will it eclose this year and should I peel back the paper towel at some point? I did overwinter 3 black swallowtails last year in a clear rubbermaid container in the unheated garage. Would that work for these guys if they decide to overwinter?
Here are a couple of pics from the last two instars I think.