Hey Terry! I would even be happy with one as a shadow box actually,but a larvae would be super sweet to see become the moth,what the heck do they eat I wonder as moths?besides clothes which I heard moths do but never experienced,kinda on some crazy mission again.Hey Kevin, Yep, that's a european spp. We have a lookalike here but at present the sp name is eluding me. Awesome moths!
I had one of those and raised to a moth,got to find the pics,but it was similar.Isn't that what tomato hornworms turn into? If it is I have raised them. They are a lot of work as larvae as they eat so much and are aggressive towards each other and if there is not enough space you will find many getting bit to death. Plus they need a place to climb to molt, they will die if they are forced to molt on the ground. A lot harder than silkworm raising!
If you can get a 10 gallon you can fit around 30 larvae but must supply plenty of branches for them to climb on or tomato leaves. They will also eat chopped up tomatoes too with the tomato leaves.
Once they are full grown they will wander around all the time and get brownish color, thats when it;s time for them to pupate.
They must be able to dig under the soil and not be disturbed to pupate. I bought a huge plastic critter keeper and filled it with potting soil.
Since they all pupated around the same time, after about a week and a half I carefully dug out the pupa and put them in a large tank with mesh around, for when the moths hatch.
Once they hatch you need to let them go on a warm day around dusk, they wont fly during the day and they need to hover to drink flower nectar. It varies when they appear depending on where you live, so when you see wild hawkmoths is when you can release the adults. I put mine on a brown fence so they could fly away when they wanted and they blended in.