06-21-2012, 02:12 PM
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Thats a cool moth, unfortunately I know next to nothing about moths in your location.
My caterpillars started reaching the 3rd molting/instar today. I'm starting to ask around for people or nature centers that want some of them. I am probably still gonna end up releasing 100+ of them into the wild. The 3rd and 4th instars are the prettiest IMO. They look funny right after they shed with huge head and feet lol. FYI these guys are totally harmless and can not bite, sting or even poke you. The spines are not hard to the touch but usually enough to discourage a bird from swallowing them along with the warning colors. They are not poisonous however.
Most the luna caterpillars took to the walnut which I was expecting since that one of the host plants the guy I got them from said he used. Monarchs caterpillars are unique in their single species of host plant. Most have many different ones. The cecropia for example can be raised on lilac, willow, and many other plants. Same with the luna, but they all have their favorites. Once they start eating a host plant however they are reluctant to ever switch to a different host plant. Especially if its from a desirable host plant to a less desirable one, they would more likely die then switch.
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