White Lined Sphinx Moth (Hummingbird Moth) EGGS -- LIVE Moth eggs
White Lined Sphinx Moth Eggs -- Hyles lineata
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****SHIPPING to ALL 50 States. USDA permits not required for this species.
A lovely hummingbird moth, common throughout the lower 48 states and the Pacific Northwest. Typically seen at dusk nectaring on various flowers, we also see these flying during the day throughout the Columbia Basin.
This species is relatively disease resistant when kept in clean conditions as a caterpillar. A great beginner species!
You will receive ten (10) White Lined 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. Here are a few species of plants that work well: Grape, Virginia Creeper, Four O'Clock, Evening Primrose, Fireweed, etc. Other plants in similar families may be accepted. Artificial diet (Hornworm Chow) has been successful with this species for winter rearing.
General Directions. These are pretty easy to raise, but there are many small details below that are helpful:
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. NEVER put leaves into a sealed container with eggs.
Check container daily. Keep out of direct sun. 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. Caterpillars and leaves in a sealed container is okay, just not for eggs.
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, cut around the caterpillar and place the caterpillar and that leaf part on the new food, in a clean container. The caterpillar will move to the new food when it's ready.
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.
We will do our best to reply to questions as time permits. Please be patient, as we're busy rearing large quantities of hungry caterpillars all season, and sometimes will be out collecting for days at a time too.