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    breeding horn worms

    Is anyone breeding their own hornworms, and if so, what safe plant are they laying eggs on? Tomato plants are toxic as are peppers. Are you removing the eggs, or letting them hatch on to healthy food? I am speding 50 bucks a week for horn worms and hear you can easily produce 1000 a month on your own. I see alot of posts on other sites, but they dont mention what the eggs are being laid on.

    Thanks!!!
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    Re: breeding horn worms

    Back in the day when I was doing Mile High Bugs I got asked for hornworms a lot..... I found this nifty guide on how to raise them in a classroom setting (from this website), so, like, with non-plant food, etc.... Maybe you can try that? The only time a plant comes into play, I believe (haven't read it thoroughly... ended up never trying it) is for when the moths lay their eggs... and then you pluck the eggs before they hatch and start eating the plants.

    As far as I remember some people feed their hornworms larvae rose plants or mulberry... can't tell you if either of those are toxic, also.

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    Re: breeding horn worms

    Thanks.

    Mulberry is safe. And I happen to have a mulberry tree for silk worm food. They may lay on there.

    I will check out that site.
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