margy stewart (2010-10-07)
I would like advice on how best to rear a Schinia gaurae caterpillar. I found the little guy yesterday on a Gaura on which no leaves remained. I found a few leaves on a distant plant and offered him one, which he ate ravenously, out of my hand.
Now I have him in my rearing cage and he continues to munch on fresh Gaura leaves, which, however, are becoming harder and harder to find. What does he need to pupate?
And what will the moth need if/when she emerges?
I put some dirt on the bottom of his cage and a plant of another species--but it would be nice to know what his ''druthers are!
Any info and advice will be appreciated.
Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
11003 Lower McDowell Creek Rd.
Junction City, KS 66441
Gary Anweiler (2010-10-08)
If the natural food source is disappearing, it is probably almost ready to pupate.
Most Schinia pupate at or just below the surface of the ground. They will create a cell in or on the soil surface, in many species binding soil particles together with silk. I suggest you put in about an inch of sandy soil with some loose plant debris (like normal ground litter) and wish it well!
They ARE an usually beautiful little moth.
Good luck !
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