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    You need a hickory horned devil. They are as big as a hotdog.
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    What do they eat? Hickory, I would immagine?

    And what sort of butterfly/moth do they turn into?

    I am kinda hoping to get a tomato horn worm this year in my garden (and rescue it before the parasitic wasp can get to it). They make the sphinx moth, which is cool.
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    Holy crap!

    http://www.forestryimages.org/images...12/9009030.jpg

    Imagine the horror if you saw that thing in the toilet one day.. I'd pass out.

    Here's the moth.
    http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/imag...ckory_moth.jpg

    http://k43.pbase.com/u41/darter02/up...Day_720niy.jpg

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    That thing is AWESOME!

    Now where do I get one of THOSE?
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    I saw one of those at my school before JLAP.
    they get about as big as a hotdog.

    every year we get tons of Black Swallowtail caterpillars on our Fennel. if you want I could try and send you some.
    they end up almost killing the plants every year, but It's so amazing watching all of them turn into butterflies

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    You're probably right, and that's why I like latin names. Brassicacae is the cabbage family; the cabbage white butterfly is Pieris rapae.

    My dad found what he thought was a patch of mold on the wall. Well it turned out to be a carpet of eggs, and we raised the fuzzy black caterpillars that hatched out, and eventually they grew into arachnis moths like this. It's too bad they aren't predictable the way hornworms are. Once the tomatoes get ripe in the summer here, you see a lot of green fruit beetles. They lay their eggs in the compost and I see their grubs sometimes, but since they breed once a year they're probably a little slow for indoor cultivation. I always wanted to raise stag beetles, but they take 2-3 years and then they only live for a few months in the adult form.

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    Hickory horned devil- hickory, walnut, butternut, bitternut, pecan. In other words, plants of the walnut family. Not to common in areas with planted trees, as these plants are not commonly planted normally. This guy needs soil to pupate. Not that common where i am- usually high in the host tree canopy. You almost always find them in the region of the host plants. well the caterpillars anyway. Fun to raise.

    When i lived out east i always delighted in the big green june beetles, and the hemlock looper was always fun to play with as a kid.


    Tomato hornworm is A sphinx moth. The one i see around here is the whitelined sphinx- has such a huge host range i can never find a caterpillar though. So sad



    If you plant snowberries, you might get lucky and find the Snowberry Clearwing, too!

    http://www.birds-n-garden.com/snowbe...ird_moths.html
    that makes no logic

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    Farmer Dave,
    I would be most obliged! I think you have to be carefull shipping them.....We can talk when you find some.
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