HORN WORM chrysalis

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  1. kpixlez

    kpixlez New Seed

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    OK so i have a horn worm chrysalis that i have seen go from a worm to a chrysalis i kept him in the container he turned in and watched him or her when i would touch it ever so gently his bum would wiggle and now a week later it is not is that because he is a liquid turning into a moth ? its just coming up close to the 2.5 week mark and it says that it will come out in 3 weeks as a Goliath moth so i have bought some petunias for it to eat and i have him in a critter keeper with some soil at the bottom and moved him under the leaves of the plant so he doesn't get roasted by the sun i have him in a window as tonight calls for frost i don't want to put him on my balcony any suggestions on what to do with it i work in a pet store and this is where it came from
     
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    Just wondering why you would want a horn worm? We kill those by the hundreds every summer. A hornworm for us is a tomato or tobacco horn worm and is very destructive. I cheer when I see the little white egg cases of the tachnid fly all over one.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    The Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillar becomes the Carolina sphinx moth Manduca sexta http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/spec ... duca-sexta

    Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillars are generally sold in pet stores under the name 'Goliath worm' as feeders for amphibians. But in this case the word goliath is referring to the size of the hornworm caterpillar not the name of the moth it will become. Another instance where a 'common name' can cause confusion.
    Some people do buy them to watch the metamorphosis process but the moth should not be released into the wild because they are very dangerous to crops other than tobacco. They eat other plants in the Solanaceae family, such as tomato plants, potatoes and peppers. And one female moth can lay up to 2000 eggs in it's life time.

    And a couple of bits of info on the moth....
    Petunias are one of the nectar sources for the Carolina sphinx moth, but they don't have mouths as Moths so they can't eat.
    Moths create a Cocoon that they cover in silk.
    Butterflies create a Chrysalis.
     
  4. kpixlez

    kpixlez New Seed

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    well this is a horn worm chrysalis you can google it i saw it create the chrysalis no it wasnt silky like you describe and the moths that what i have been looking up o get nectar from flowers so either way mouth or no mouth he or she will have something to hold on to and as for the reason i have it i work at a feed store and they sell them as feeders this one was turning into a chrysalis so i took it home and have no plans on releasing it as i am aware they can destroy crops this is what it looks like:
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    Any more suggestions?
    cheers kpixel

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    I found one of these in my garden while I was working last year and I suppose putting it in an environment similar to where I found this one would probably be sufficient.

    I guess in a moist media, covered container, don't let it freeze or get hot.


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  6. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Dang that's big! I think I'd have smooshed it on sight.
     

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