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Collingswood, NJ

June 22, 2009
10:53 AM

Post #6721882

Hi, Thanks for your article on "second shift pollinators." The reviews continue: extremely well done! My attention is now expanded to providing harbor for this member of Insecta... Can you recommend a source for raising (to release) moths?
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Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2009
4:00 PM

Post #6723037

Hi~~Thanks for your nice comments!

Before I looked for a source of eggs or caterpillars commercially (they do exist) I found this superb detailed instruction by Liz Day on the process of raising them.

It includes info on capturing wild moths in your area to get eggs. I'd suggest anyone thinking about raising moths should read this first and prepare for the details needed to help ensure success; like all babies they need to be kept clean, safe and properly fed while growing.

I'm having trouble Googling up a source of moth eggs or cocoons you can buy mail-ordered but they exist.

and another good source of info, (sorry, subscribers only) and maybe where to buy eggs/cocoons would be Dave's Garden Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardening Forum
There are moth lovers in the bunch there.
Good luck on your moth mothering endeavors!

Collingswood, NJ

June 23, 2009
9:04 PM

Post #6728569

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and time to answer my question with throughness.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 23, 2009
10:17 PM

Post #6728854

We aim to please!
(oops, moth foster FATHERing ^_^)

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