Hummingbird Moths

Corgikarma(6)October 9, 2013

Not a butterfly but I really am fascinated by hummingbird moths. I plan to plant some host plants this fall and I was wondering, does anyone know where to find caterpillars for sale to raise and release?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Leafhead

Depending on your region, it would be a lot easier to plant host plants and attract the moths that way.
Hummer moths use pretty much the same nectar plants as Hummingbirds (Salvia, Agastache, etc).
Depending on the species, Snowberry (Snowberry Clearwing) and Honeysuckle, as well as Viburnum (Hummingbird clearwing)
work great as hosts.Grape and Virginia Creeper also bring in some different species, such as the White Lined Sphinx and others. And of course, the easiest to attract, there is the famous Tomato Hornworm Sphinx.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 8:24AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
weed30

Oh WOW! Thanks Leafhead for responding...I saw a Hummingbird moth for the first time in my garden about a month ago. I was so excited! Now I know why....I have 3 snowberry bushes! I bought them because I liked the pink berries, not realizing they were a host plant! (sorry for all the exclamation points, but I'm very excited :)

I'm going out right now to inspect the bushes - maybe I'll see some cats!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 9:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Leafhead

Good luck finding some late cats, but they should be going into the ground to pupate for the Winter very soon.
I can hardly express the excitement of my first sighting up here in Madison, WI!! (Like seeing a Monarch or Atala Butterfly for the first time.)
My neighbors had never seen anything like it either. Now they look for them:-)

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 3:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Corgikarma(6)

Does anyone know if any type of honeysuckle will work? I just purchased a dropmore scarlett trumpet honeysuckle

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 2:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Leafhead

I think any type will work, but native is always best.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 10:49PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Corgikarma(6)

I always go native when I can. Unfortunately no one has any native honeysuckle in my neck of the woods right now and I needed to get this planted so I can mulch for colder temps. (Most people look at me like I have three heads when I tell them I'm looking for things like milkweed and honeysuckle haha)

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 10:25AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Leafhead

Sounds good to me:) Any honeysuckle should work, esp as a nectar source for real hummers as well as a host for Hummingbird Clearwings.
(People often look at me cross-eyed when I offer to take home their stinging nettles hahaha!!)

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 12:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mary_littlerockar(8a-7b mid Arkansas)

And please don't forget nectar plants. I enjoy visits of both types of Hummingbird moth most of the summer. I don't have their host plants but they nectar each day on various blooming plants. They especially enjoy Butterfly Bush, Lantana and Verbena bonairiensis here in my area.

Usually grown as an annual, the Verbena bonairiensis roots overwinter here and begin to put out new growth very early in the spring, so I have blooms of this plant quite early. All the butterflies, moths and bee's love these little blooms.

Mary

hummingbird moth feeding on the bloom of Verbena bonairiensis

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 1:58PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Did anyone watch the Monarch Butterfly segment on CBS Sunday Morning?
This was interesting and inspirational! The speaker...
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)
Journey of the Butterly
PBS stations are repeating The Incredible Jouney of...
flowerpowerx
Seed Trade
I have a bunch of new packets (unopened, this season)...
msmorningsong
Aristolochia fimbriata seeds for trade
I have a lot (probably 100+) of fresh seed from my...
CrazyPlantLady1
Help for monarchs?
US Fish and Wildlife is spending some money to save...
socalgal_gw Zone USDA 10b Sunset 24
Sponsored Products
Hummingbird Wall Plaque - 132
$38.67 | Hayneedle
Uselen Paper Knife by Alessi
$31.00 | Lumens
Cedar Add-On Shelf - Ventilated
Signature Hardware
Hummingbird Patio Umbrella Finial
$39.50 | FRONTGATE
Hummingbird Mortise Lock Set - Privacy - Blackened Brass
Signature Hardware
Solar Color Change Light Hummingbird Garden Stakes (Pack of 2)
Overstock.com
Elk Lighting 4H Dish - 93-3046
$22.00 | Hayneedle
Tiffany Style Hummingbird Design 19-inch Table Lamp
Overstock.com
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™