Carolina sphinx moths!

TomatoWorm59September 3, 2011

My first one just eclosed about an hour ago. Eight more to follow. Soooo happy to be successfully rearing these amazing creatures successfully now, since I'm not in a region overrun with tachinid flies.

I just wish my friend Susan Lynne had not been out of pocket for past 2 weeks or so, so I could have sent the pupae to her, to bring in a few healthy moths to a county nearly devoid of this species.

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Congrats! They are my favorite out of all the caterpillars, butterflies, and moths! I was lucky enough to have 2 this year make it all the way to the moth stage. Normally I find the hornworms after they have been parasitized and it's always so heartbreaking to check in on them and find those wasp larvae! :( This year the 2 I found were itty bitty babies and all was well. The moths are so beautiful!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 7:58AM
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Thank you, mytabbycat. I get so sick and tired of all the propaganda against the Manduca sphingids, when careful gardening measures, such as either simply growing EXTRA tomato plants, allowing related "weeds" to grow as a barrier/trap or even just thinning out by culling all surplus hornworms [if there's too many] will provide safe, reasonable habitat for both man and insect.

I totally disagree with the ploy to never kill a parasitized larva. The parasites need control, too. While the gardening magazines only push the pics of braconid cocoon-covered hornworms, the ugly truth is, they go after any and all butterflies and other moths. They are NOT specific to sphingids!

Keep searching for the smallest of hornworms, rear indoors, release the moths! You are helping conserve our beautiful sphinx moths!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 4:20PM
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