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Smawg

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Can beardies eat hornworm moths?
These are moths that just broke out of pupa & are 3 days old.
I had them since they was worms they are not wild, I just needed to know if beardies can eat them.
Thanks!
 

Smawg

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No nothing yet, I been looking online & only find a few things, Which all say it`s ok to feed beardie`s those. I`m just trying to make sure. and how long I have to wait after they come out of pupa stage.
 

Taterbug

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I'd think they are fine, if they have only even been fed chow and while I can't assure you 100% I wouldn't have a problem feeding them myself if they are a safe size. I feed pepper silkworm moths and pupae as well.
 

Taterbug

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Smawg":3fck2qup said:
Thank you, & pepper does not get impacted or anything?
The Sphinx moths are bigger than silks I believe, (I haven't fed them personally) but if they are an appropriate size they should be fine. Size them same as other bugs.
 

AHBD

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A large healthy beardie can eat those. They can also eat the largest stage hornworm. The rule of " no longer than the space between the eyes" doesn't apply really to healthy adult dragons. My guys love the huge hornworms, but they sure can make a mess. :)
 

illuminis

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AHBD":eny54s4q said:
A large healthy beardie can eat those. They can also eat the largest stage hornworm. The rule of " no longer than the space between the eyes" doesn't apply really to healthy adult dragons. My guys love the huge hornworms, but they sure can make a mess. :)


I know you say large, but question is 15" approx 6 months (growing 15-20 g each week over last 3 weeks) eating 3-4 inch horn worms? He doesn't eat rest of the day but poos remain normal. He willingly goes after them. Should I keep the rest (3-4) of them away or let him eat them or should I cut them in half?
 

AHBD

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He should be able to eat the worm. Once he bites it it will burst and kind of ooze out....a big mess. The moth might be harder unless you stun it because they are big + active, will try very hard to get away, flapping their wings if the dragon grabs it.
 

Smawg

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Sorry so late on this, But Smawg ate a hornworm moth & loved it & was fine afterwards :) & still is. Planning on feeding her again if she does not eat the hormworms before pupa stage
 

LadyKaylaDay

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I gave my beardie a hornworm and he got it down, but it took him awhile. Hr hasn't moved much since he ate it. I was scared because I don't want him to get hurt. What should I do, or expect?
 

LadyKaylaDay

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It was about 2 inches, and he's atleast 2 years old. I rescued him about two weeks ago from someone who had no idea what they were doing with him.
 

kingofnobbys

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let the moths mate and lay eggs. (You can then raise your own hornworms when the lavae hatch and only need to buy the hornworm food from the usual suppliers).

I expect if the worms are OK to use as feeders, the pupae and moths will be too, as the moths get rid of their intestines and stomach contents prior to pupating (like silkworms do), so there are not likely to be any toxins (from the stuff they've eaten) inside the pupae or moths' bodies.

Your beardie will probably enjoy catching the moths in it's enclosure too.
 
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