Five Spotted Sphinx Moth (Hummingbird Moth) EGGS -- LIVE Moth eggs -- Oregon ONLY
Five Spotted Sphinx Moth Eggs -- Manduca quinquemaculata
Please check back in late summer 2020.
Also known from its larvae as the Tomato Hornworm, this very beautiful and interesting hummingbird moth, is common throughout eastern Oregon and Washington and occurs in the other 48 states in varying numbers.
This species is relatively disease resistant when kept in clean conditions as a caterpillar. A great beginner species!
You will receive ten (10) Five Spotted Sphinx Moth eggs per order
Eggs will hatch about 1 week after they are laid by the female.
We guarantee live eggs, and check for egg fertility by keeping some reserve ova.
Make sure that your mail arrives in a cool location, or that someone is there to meet them on arrival. (Eggs can cook in the sun, and we only refund if our reserve eggs don't hatch)
Caterpillars will need plenty of leaves to munch on after hatching. They feed in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family of plants, so Tomato and Potato leaves work well. Artificial diet can also be used.
General Directions: (If you have questions beyond this, please access online resources.)
On receiving, put eggs into a small (2 cup or so) container and seal with lid. This will protect eggs from the dryness of inside air
DO NOT EVER: have plant leaves in with the eggs in a sealed container. This will smother the eggs. ONLY THE EGGS should be in the sealed container.
Make sure container is in the house and not in direct sunlight at any point during the day, as sunlight will turn the container into a greenhouse and cook the eggs.
Check container daily. Depending on indoor temperatures, eggs will take about 7 days to hatch after laying. So with shipping time added in, these will hatch fairly quickly.
After hatching, carefully move larvae individually with a soft paint brush onto cut leaves in a sealed container. Only a few leaves are needed for five larvae...as in 3 leaves in a quart sized container. They won't eat a lot yet. IT's OKAY to have caterpillars in a sealed container with plant leave, just not okay for eggs. (be sure to check that there are no lady bugs or spiders on the leaves, as they love eating little caterpillars.)
Leaves: try to offer two or three varieties to see what the caterpillars prefer, and stick with that type they start feeding on.
Caterpillars may wander for up to 24 hours before settling down to feed. This is normal. Just make sure you have the right food for them.
Vent container twice daily to make sure moisture doesn't build up.
Change leaves with fresh leaves every three days. Keeping things clean is super important.
When changing leaves, DO NOT REMOVE THE CATERPILLAR from the leaf they are attached to. If the caterpillar is about to shed its skin, this could cause problems with the silk anchor and cause issues with shedding...potentially killing the caterpillar. Caterpillars will shed about 4-5 times before cocooning.
Cut around the caterpillar on the leaf, and place the small cut out part with the caterpillar into the NEW CLEAN CONTAINER with the fresh food.
Keep this processes up until larvae walking around looking for a place to pupate. Expect larvae to clean out their digestive track before this stage....this basically means a huge messy bowel movement rather than the dry star shape nuggets they normally create.
"Walkers" can be moved to a large sealed container with crumpled paper towels. Place container in a dark area. Larvae will settle down over the course of a few days and pupate after about a week and a half.
If raised indoors, pupae will hatch back out into adult moths in about 2-3 weeks.
There are many resources and online groups to handle questions about caterpillars and care. Please use them if you need additional assistance.
Although we would like to help, due to the large amount of time required to answer minute detail questions from excited new butterfly/moth parents, We are typically unable to answer questions quickly. Please use online resources, and the amazing Facebook groups out there...but do reach out if you get stuck :)