My Elephant Hawk-moth pupae hatched what should I do. it's too early 9th February

My Elephant Hawk-moth pupae has hatched to soon what should I do? It is February 9th. I am in Donegal Ireland

  • Sorry for late reply Marie, here is link to a fact sheet ... www.animalspot.net/elephant-hawk-moth.html
    Initially I would suggest you offer a sugar solution on a soaked tissue & try to find some nectar rich flowers for it to feed on though I've not had much success with flowers even with sugar solution dripped on! Is it male or female?   If female you may find that it will lay unfertilised eggs but they won't hatch!   Highly unlikely it will find a mate this time of year & the weather is not too inviting at present!
    Did you keep the pupa indoors?

     

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  • Could you keep it in a greenhouse with some potted flowers? Drop it off in a local indoor garden centre? At least it may have a chance of surviving. I'm not sure how long they live, our first ones arrive at the end of April.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    It's a male, my cat brought it back when it was a caterpillar, so We got leaves and 3 days later It spun a cocoon, In a old lunch box we've had it since. kept it in our hallway at the front door were it was cooler. I have give him sugar solution and grapes don't know if he is taking any of it. It is snowing today and there are no flowers outside anywhere feel terrible for him
  • The garden centre is a good idea H ... the EHM will only survive for five seeks at most!
    End of last season I had three Garden Tigers which unexpectedly pupated & emerged instead of overwintering as small caterpillars, all males & much too late to mate!

     

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  • At least it will have the appreciation of the staff & customers for a few weeks. It could also hold up in a corner & come & feed when it fancies. It's what I would do.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Thanks for your reply, he is fine for now have given him sugar solution and some fruit taking him to Butterfly house this evening.thanks so much for your advice
  • Thanks for your reply, he is fine for now have given him sugar solution and some fruit taking him to Butterfly house this evening.thanks so much for your advice
  • That's good news Marie, sure he will be happy there!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

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