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Moths!

Postby Nova » Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:59 pm

I'm curious if anyone has experience raising moths from eggs? I've done butterflies a few times but not sure if moths have different needs. Thanks in advance :D
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Re: Moths!

Postby zebrafox » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:01 pm

Yea I have been doing Luna and cercropia this year. I love my lunas.Image

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Postby Nova » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:57 pm

You raise Lunas?!
You have become one of my favorite people, Luna Moths are my favorite!
Any specialty care you need with them? Or tips and tricks?
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Re: Moths!

Postby Splashstorm » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:07 pm

Wow, luna moths are soo beautiful! :D
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Re: Moths!

Postby Splashstorm » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:08 pm

Just curious, but can anyone import those giant rain forest butterlifes, or are they endangered?
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Re: Moths!

Postby Nova » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:47 pm

The big botanical garden I went to all the time did butterfly birthings every year. Even an atlas moth last time. My guess is you can easily get them shipped as eggs, but you have to make sure you have the particular host plant they like to feed them. I know some (very few) butterflies have a false feeding product, but not the rainforest variations from what I've found. It's basically a paste flavored to taste and smell like their host plant so they eat it. I'm hoping that these become more popular so that more variations of butterflies can be raised in homes :)
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Re: Moths!

Postby Splashstorm » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:56 pm

That's very interesting. I always thought it's be fun to raise butterflies, especially giant rainforest ones. It would be so cool to tame them and watch them.

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Re: Moths!

Postby BB » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:57 pm

Zebrafox, why are you breeding moths? Is it commercial or just a hobby?
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Re: Moths!

Postby zebrafox » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:45 pm

hi
i just like moths. theyre SO CUTE
i actually have lots of insects. just a hobby - i like to rear them, breed them and photograph them. let me know if anyone wants to see any of my insect photography. I have hissing cockroaches, millipedes, and dung beetles right now also

lunas are like the easiest thing ive ever reared. you just keep a fresh stock of the foodplant in with the caterpillars. they get real huge, then spin cocoons and pupate. if you start some caterpillars in the spring, they will pupate/enclose/mate/lay eggs in the late summer and then those eggs hatch pretty quick, and will pupate by end of fall and will overwinter that way, to hatch in spring.

no trick to lunas. super easy.
i can send a few cocoons to anyone who wants some :) they will be ready to mail end of fall, and youll have them enclose in the spring.

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Re: Moths!

Postby BB » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:46 am

Pretty cool! I'd like to see some pics of your insects!
Stupid question, but do you have some sort of room for them to fly around or what do you do with them once they hatched?
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Re: Moths!

Postby zebrafox » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:19 pm

not yet. im going to build one next spring though i think.
once they enclose i put them in Image (the large one) for breeding

they dont live very long. then i collect the eggs
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Re: Moths!

Postby Splashstorm » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:27 pm

How long do they live? And how do you collect the eggs without hurting them?
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Re: Moths!

Postby Nova » Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:08 pm

For the eggs, with butterflies anyway, we always used the paper bag method. Super easy to move from there.

What host plant do you prefer to use? I've heard Lunas really love lavender :D I'm excited to work toward Lunas next season (once I finish getting my house all painted).

Also, I would love to see your photography! when I raised butterflies I would actually glass box them at the end of their life span (never live, I couldn't stand to do that). Made for beautiful, beautiful preservation.
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Re: Moths!

Postby Splashstorm » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:35 am

Oh my goodness, do some people actually glass their butterflies alive?!
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Re: Moths!

Postby cheshire fox » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:16 am

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