Advice for rearing sphinx moth cat
I have only ever raised GSTs, have released about 30 now. My husband found a cute little sphinx moth cat on the trumpet vine and I think I may try my hand at raising him, there are so many wasps and other predators on that vine I am worried he might not make it out there. Anyway, he is happily chomping away on the trumpet vine in a container (how great is it to raised something that eats a plant that grows like a weed instead of having to demolish my citrus trees!).
I only wondered what I need to provide for him to pupate, just leaves or does he need dirt as well? I was concerned about putting dirt in there and there being some sort of spider/bug/etc. in the soil that might harm him.
Also, I am in the North Texas area, not sure of the zone, but it is plenty warm through October, will he overwinter or emerge this year?