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Horn worm moth

Postby Iloverex » Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:10 pm

Quick quick :) what can I feed a horn worm moth in a pinch????
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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby kmwilson042182 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:52 am

The moths drink nectar at that point. In the wild they drink from honeysuckle and petunia. You would have to give it nectar of some sort.

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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby Iloverex » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:19 am

Suggestions?
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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby kmwilson042182 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:23 am

I would try and see if it would eat hummingbird food. That is the most readily available thing closest to nectar that I can think of. Certain fruit juices might work too. I just googled real quick and found a guide that says you can use cotton balls soaked in sugar water in lieu of nectar.

https://www.carolina.com/teacher-resour ... 0.tr#moths

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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby Iloverex » Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:51 am

Thank you.
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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby claudiusx » Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:58 am

Are you trying to breed them?

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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby Iloverex » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:40 am

No I don't know enough. Just a few that cocooned cuz my dragon didn't eat the worm. ACTUALLY, I THINK I HEARD HE CAN EAT THE MOTH??????? :)
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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby AHBD » Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:36 am

Yes he can eat the moth. They are so beautiful though !
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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby Iloverex » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:10 am

They are, but my sweet boy is too, and he's hungry :)
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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby lele » Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:57 pm

Hi,
The adult moths are safe to feed to your Beardie. As for feeding the moth, you will first need to contain in it, preferably in a large cage. They are very strong fliers and will beat up their wings @ night trying to fly off. My suggestion would be to feed to beardie as soon as it ecloses (comes out). I wrote an article, long ago, for a chameleon e-zine & in it I have pics of feeding a crippled moth, you can try similar. They have a very long proboscis (tongue), which can make it difficult to feed in captivity to the inexperienced - even for the experienced!

http://www.chameleonnews.com/05DecCaruthers.html
@ scroll down to ECLOSION
When making "nectar" use 4 parts water to 1 part sugar.

Another option is to put it into container in fridge (not freezer!) to temporarily chill him & make it easier to handle. Just offer to beardie.

Good luck!
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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby claudiusx » Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:43 pm

lele wrote:Hi,
The adult moths are safe to feed to your Beardie. As for feeding the moth, you will first need to contain in it, preferably in a large cage. They are very strong fliers and will beat up their wings @ night trying to fly off. My suggestion would be to feed to beardie as soon as it ecloses (comes out). I wrote an article, long ago, for a chameleon e-zine & in it I have pics of feeding a crippled moth, you can try similar. They have a very long proboscis (tongue), which can make it difficult to feed in captivity to the inexperienced - even for the experienced!

http://www.chameleonnews.com/05DecCaruthers.html
@ scroll down to ECLOSION
When making "nectar" use 4 parts water to 1 part sugar.

Another option is to put it into container in fridge (not freezer!) to temporarily chill him & make it easier to handle. Just offer to beardie.

Good luck!


Thanks for that link. Very detailed.

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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby kmwilson042182 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:09 pm

Very cool! Thanks for that info.

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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby lele » Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:13 pm

You're welcome. Even though I wrote it 14 yrs ago(!) I reference it for keepers from time to time. There is one on silkworms, too.

The manduca moths are nice & hefty so a good meal :)

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Re: Horn worm moth

Postby Iloverex » Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:51 pm

He must have literally just hatched them. Cuz when I was handling it, he was "wobbly." :) not even attempting to fly. Falling over when it walked
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