Medium Hornworms (Cupped)
What are hornworms? Hornworms are the larvae of the Hawk Moth/Sphinx Moth (Manduca sexta). In the wild, they feed primarily on the leaves of plants such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, tobacco, and others, which makes them a common garden pest. However, in captivity, they are much more desirable as food for insectivorous and omnivorous reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
Our cups contain at 12-24 small worms and enough food to grow them to 1.5-2" in less than a week. The reason we choose to send small worms is to provide the customer with a fresh cup and the ability to grow the hornworms to the size they want, as quick or slow as desired. If you would like them to grow fast, keep them 80+ degrees, 72 for normal growth, or 50 for slow growth.
Moisture — 85%
Protein — 9%
Fat — 3.1%
Hornworms generally have a good calcium to phosphorus ratio, so you don’t need to worry about dusting them with calcium before feeding them to your pet.
Important note: Hornworms can be fed somewhat consistently. However, we never recommend feeding only hornworms to your pet. As long as you are feeding more dubia than hornworms, your pet will be just fine. But when you aren't offering food that is higher in protein and fiber along with the hornworms, it will result in runny stools. When your pet eats both dubia and hornworms at the same time, these foods will mix in the digestive system and result in a more balanced meal.
NEVER feed wild hornworms to your pets, as the leaves that they like to eat in the wild are toxic and can make your pet very sick!
The habitat provided is a fully functioning enclosure for hornworms. After receiving your hornworms, place the cup with the lid facing down. The hornworms will crawl up the screen to the food and the feces will drop to the lid for easy cleaning. Make sure to provide air flow to the lid for adequate ventilation.
OUR CUPS ARE PACKED WITH SMALLER WORMS TO ENSURE FRESH CLEAN CUPS UPON ARRIVAL, BUT THEY CAN GROW TO SIZE WITHIN ONE WEEK! IT IS FUN TO WATCH HOW FAST THEY GROW!