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How to Keep and Feed Hornworms

Hornworms are a great feeder insect for your pets. They're nutritious, delicious, and easy to keep.Hornworms are the larvae stage of  Carolina sphinx moth, also known as the  tobacco hawk moth. What makes these such great feeders are their high calcium and low-fat nutrition values, along with their soft exoskeletons which make for easy digestion.When shipped these worms are small, only about 1/2"" in length. They come in a vented plastic cup with hardened food at the bottom. The hornworms will continuously feed and grow very rapidly. For smaller worms buy the 25 count cups as this comes with less wood, and for larger worms (up to 4 inches) choose the 12 count cup.Once the cup arrived at your door, place the cup lid side down so poop can easily fall away from the food and be cleaned out.Since the food is already provided for your hornworms, storing them is easy. Keep them in their cup and the larvae will continue to grow. To slow down growth, cool the cup down to 50 degrees for a couple of days. Extended exposure to cold temperatures can cause the hornworms to perish.Feeding to your animals is super easy. Since these worms are larger, they're easy to pull out with your hands, or you can use tongs. If you have an aggressive animal or one with poor aim, use tongs to present the food and save your fingers from wayward bites.Want to see hornworms in action? Check out this video below: [button-green url="https://www.joshsfrogs.com/live-insects-feeders/hornworms-3.html" target="_blank" position="center"]Purchase Hornworms[/button-green]