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Old Saturday 19th January 2019, 23:23   #1
MothMan228
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Elephant Hawk Moth

Hello all,

I found a elephant hawk moth larvae in my garden sometime last summer. It formed a cocoon not long after I took it. I found out from various websites that it would spend a good few months in it's cocoon state before emerging in late May, however, it has hatched today half way through January. I'm unsure as to why, possibly the conditions I kept it in were too warm. Anyhow, what would be the best option for me to keep it alive until summer time to ensure it completes it's cycle?

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Old Sunday 20th January 2019, 09:13   #2
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Unfortunately, moths do not live that long as an adult, once developed. They're main activity will be to seek a mate and feed on host nectar rich flowers which you wont find in the middle of January. Enjoy the beauty of it whilst it is with you and perhaps garden for wildlife if you can. Perhaps put some ivy or small twig in a container so it can rest.
Its emergence now is as you said down to artificial temperatures interfering with the natural life cycle.

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