Live Hornworm Information:
The highest quality live hornworms are now being offered at Oregon Silkworms. Our small hornworms are from .5 – 1.5 inches, and our large hornworms are 1.5 inches or larger. We ship our hornworms with around .75 inches of food, which is enough to get small worms over 2 inches. Our Small cups contain at least 25 small live hornworms, and the large cup contains 12-15 large live hornworms. The hornworm cups must be kept lid side down to allow the waste to fall away from the worms and food. Be sure to clean the cup out every day by taking the lid off and removing the waste. The hornworm cups should be stored around 80 degrees for faster growth, or as low at 60 degrees for slower hornworm growth.
Small Live Hornworms:
If you have purchased small worms and want them to grow larger than the amount of food provided allows there are two options. The first option is you can purchase our hornworm food. The second option is to begin feeding the hornworms off to your reptiles, which leaves the remaining hornworms with more food as the number of worms in the cup decreases.
Large Live Hornworms:
If you purchase large worms, some of them may reach full size. At this time they will leave their food and restlessly wonder around. When this happens they are ready to go into their pupae stage. When they become restless place them in about 4 inch deep fine moist substrate and they will burry themselves. After about 3- 4 weeks, the pupae will emerge as the hawk moth.
If you wish to breed the hornworm moths, ensure they emerge in a cage lined with screen or a burlap like material. The Material on the side of the cage allows the moths to climb and dry their wings. At this time, high humidity is required or they may be deformed. A hummingbird feeder filled with commercially available hummingbird food, the moths will drink from this and it will provide all of their required nutrition. After 3 days, the hornworm moths will begin to lay eggs. To get the moths to lay eggs, place a tomato plant in the enclosure, and they will lay eggs on the underside of the leaves. The eggs will hatch in 3-6 days after being laid.
We fully guarantee our products! We want to make sure your hornworms get to you alive and health. To do this, we ensure we are shipping out the highest quality hornworms. If you have any issues with your order, please contact us within 4 hours of delivery and we will be sure to make it right. If the hornworms died in shipment, we will replace them or refund your order.