Lettered Sphinx, Deidamia inscripta

I've not had good luck rearing sphinx moths even though I keep trying (and they are some of my favorites, both larvae and adults). Marcie has a friend Ian, who rears a lot of them and he told both of us how to do it. Well, his way, although very successful, was too complicated for me so I modified it.

The pupae do not like to dry out so I put them in slightly damp long fibered sphagnum and put the jar in my heated-to-above-freezing garage with the other insect rearing jars. All jars came indoors April 3, 2010. (it should have been earlier but...) Within 9 days 5 had emerged which is much better than in the past.

Egg collected May 4, 2010 on Virginia Creeper

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Egg on May 10, 2010. Larval head is visible as are the mandibles.

Egg shell, May 10, 2010

First instar, May 16, 2010

June 1, 2010

A pupa, with bits of milled peat attached

One of the adults, April 12, 2011

Spent pupal cases

MJ Hatfield
Winneshiek County, Iowa

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