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    It really is, the weather will be in the 60's and 70's this week so I think during they day they will go outside and I'll bring them in at night. Spring is finally approaching
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    Finally! Here in the midwest if I put hornworms out for the day they'd be wormsickles by night! LOL
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    Luckily the Northeast is warming up too. So much so, that I finally get to go back to work next week. Definitely will be checking out how the hornworms go Jess. I had thought about trying to raise them too, but man...what a mess when they come out of the cocoons.
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    That's why they are in the KK. I think I will move them to that spare storage tub so they can make a mess in there, once the night time temperatures are above 50-55*, I'll keep them outside until winter comes again. They're still eating and pooping machines and I have noticed they move around more when they do not have a constant food source.
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    Probably constantly searching for food... I wonder if denying them a constant supply of food would help slow down that ridiculous growth rate they have Anyhow, I didn't want the mess since all I have are the 2 small ten gallons for now. I don't see those really being tall enough once they start coming out of the cocoon. I could be wrong though.

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    We shall see. IF the tub is too small, I have some 4ft tall bamboo garden stakes and window screen, and plywood that I can use to make a "cage" where I can lift the screen part to pick eggs off of the leaves. I think I have decided to get a tomato plant and just use that, I don't know if they will lay eggs on anything else besides that. Once I get an abundance of eggs to store, I'll just let the moths die off, freeze any worms that emerge from eggs that I missed and then start again next spring. Once this project wraps up in the next few weeks, I will formally write this up for a submission to Gecko Time and then find another funky weird project to devote my time to....maybe raising lady bugs or something
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    I told myself I was going to go do something productive and get back on here later until this happened....
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    My very first worm that started this experiment has burrowed into the soil! The others should follow within the next week or two. If all goes well, in 2 or 3 weeks I'll have my first Hawk Moth
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    Last update for a few weeks. The last of the 6 hornworms have finally reached the size to start burrowing in the soil. Last night I had 3 not in the soil and when I checked on them today, the last 2 were still in the food/poop container ready to start the pupating process. I removed them from the container and now they both have disappeared into the soil. I will wait a week before I try to dig one up to take a picture of what they look like when they are pupating.

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    Here is what they look like when they are ready to dig and pupate. Not so pretty anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JessJohnson87 View Post
    We shall see. IF the tub is too small, I have some 4ft tall bamboo garden stakes and window screen, and plywood that I can use to make a "cage" where I can lift the screen part to pick eggs off of the leaves. I think I have decided to get a tomato plant and just use that, I don't know if they will lay eggs on anything else besides that. Once I get an abundance of eggs to store, I'll just let the moths die off, freeze any worms that emerge from eggs that I missed and then start again next spring. Once this project wraps up in the next few weeks, I will formally write this up for a submission to Gecko Time and then find another funky weird project to devote my time to....maybe raising lady bugs or something
    You may have seen this, Jess:

    FAQ
    Great Lakes Hornworm | America's Finest Source For Insects
    Are these the things I see on my tomato plant?
    Yes, but you cannot feed the hornworms on your tomato plants to your animals. Hornworms that eat tomato plants have toxins in their bodies that will kill your animals!

    Your goal is not to use these hornworms as gecko feeders?
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    I'll pick the eggs and hatch them out in a different container from the one that the moths will be in. If any eggs remain and worms hatch, those will stay in the cage with the moths to do their life cycle again. I just don't know if they will lay their eggs on just any plants that's why I decided just to get a tomato plant. I'll have more eggs than I know what to do with.
    "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." ~ Winston Churchill

    “I’m being extremely clever up here and there’s no one to stand around looking impressed! What’s the point in having you all?”-The 11th Doctor.

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