Subject: Gardenia Munchers in Queensland, Australian‼️
Geographic location of the bug: Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
Time: 07:48 AM EDT
I’ve got these gorgeous specimens chowing down on my Gardenia Buds, Flowers &, to a lesser extent, leaves.
I’ve put two in a glass jar with a little water, with Gardenia Buds, Blooms & leaves.
How long before this big fellow Pupates? Anything in particular that I should do to care for them?
Many thanks for your time👍🏼‼️
Warmest Entomological Regards,
How you want your letter signed: Nikkii
What pretty Gardenia Bee Hawkmoth Caterpillars, Cephonodes kingii, you have. The only image we have in our archives is a green individual. According to Butterfly House: “These Caterpillars when they first hatch are pale green with a short black tail horn. The caterpillars later become black, grey, or green, often with black lines across the back. The back of the head and the final claspers are covered in small white warts. The caterpillars have posterior horn shaped like a shallow ‘S’, and have white spiracles along each side outlined in red. The head colour varies from brown to green.” The site also states: “When threatened, the caterpillars arch back, and regurgitate a green fluid. If the caterpillars are crowded, they may eat each other. The caterpillars pupate under the soil. The pupa is naked and dark brown, with a length of about 5 cms.” You might want to consider moving them to a terrarium with clean, moist, but not wet potting soil in the bottom so they can pupate underground. There is also a nice image on 1000 for 1KSQ.
My apologies – when I went back to your site, it must’ve re-submitted my request. I didn’t realise that was happening, soz