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Gum snout moth caterpillars raised from eggs
Hello.
I thought I'd share pictures and videos of some moths I raised from eggs last year.
The variety is the Gum Snout Moth aka Entometa fervens. I found a female moth that had become trapped in a shed and had just dropped eggs everywhere over a bench so I collected a few from which 12 caterpillars hatched.

This first picture shows two caterpillars and a couple of white empty egg cases just to the left of them. It only took two days for them to get to this size. It only took 3 or 4 eucalyptus leaves to keep the 12 of them happy for the first few days.
![1.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmaGw2r9jNTnfdarJXa888y25nCyJCBRBQyMLW7mVXZKve/1.jpg)

Here they are at about 2cm long. Their appetites were incredible as was their prolific pooing!
![2.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmbQyNvkrPm4qGEHDnJe41yJgVuDVf9mYaYTZS6LzfMtMy/2.jpg)

Now 5cm long and I am having to raid the neighbour's eucalyptus tree for leaves.
![3.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmNxCKrZzGKBLfKK7GiLKVojnvfMwjarxScaZhFv4dmJNC/3.jpg)

Here's a video of one eating. At this stage an individual was stripping a whole leaf in minutes.
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lk1geTlCTIw" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Here they all  are in a glass jar but it was getting a bit too tightly packed for them
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I had to move the into a much larger container and collect (pilfer) fresh leaves for them daily (actually it was under cover of darkness). At the bottom right is the tiny green capped vial I first hatched the eggs in.
![6.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmNPhh6Vv2gRdTyMskH7GFr7HJpwXVUUwe5VuMqZK3tjGA/6.jpg)

Finally they started making cocoons.
![6b.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmXxkijMm96tLECFycNeZzV8iM6aXmjnHJHGWHamR6sTmx/6b.jpg)

It took about 3 months and the cocoons started to hatch. Of the original twelve that hatched, one caterpillar vanished and three didn't hatch from their cocoons. I didn't get to see all of the surviving moths hatch but here are a few of them.
![7.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmch4eaQtHmV3myc18knZF1ksCUxNdoenmA8Ud833QmhUJ/7.jpg)

It took a bit over 4 moths in total to go from eggs to moths. This was a science project from my three sons to study.
I hope you enjoyed it as well.

Regards,
Richo
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Wow! That is one of the best things I've seen all day.  An amazing amount of patience you have! Wonderful for you sons, and for us.
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Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.
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@enforcer48 ·
Nice.

This reminds me of a school project back in grade school when they had us keep silkworms.

I hope your kids had a good time with this one.
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