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The Worm Lady Hornworm Facts

(Horn Worm life cycle'Manduca sexta' complete Life Cycle

If you are a vegetable gardener you're probably all too familiar with the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) and/or tomato hornworm (quinquemaculata).  These are the large green caterpillars, which can reach 4" in length and attain a body diameter of 1/2" or more!

They are extremely well hidden among your tomato plants and once you find one you'll wonder how in heaven's name you could have missed it!  Place it back where you found it and - poof! it disappears!  Even their reddish, or black horn, seems to blend right in!  These intimidating caterpillars are actually totally harmless, but they are the bane of many gardeners and crop farmers.

They actually are NOT worms but the larval stage (caterpillar) of two closely related species of Sphinx moths.

Hornworms are great feeder insects for your chameleon, bearded dragon, or any non-vegetarian herps, reptiles or exotics. 

These hornworns do not only feed on tomato and tobacco plants, but all plants in the Solanaceae family which also include: potato, peppers, eggplant, deadly nightshade, petunia, nicotiana, Datura (aka thorn apple or jimson weed).  

Important note

The foliage and stems of all of these plants are TOXIC TO SECONDARY FEEDERS - YOUR CHAMELEON, BEARDED DRAGON, and most herps, reptiles and exotics!  Always buy your tobacco hornworm live feeders for your reptiles only from reputable breeders/suppliers that grow tobacco hornworms in a controlled environment, free of dangerous pesticides and away from any plants, and fed only with the Special Hornworm Yellow Chow to insure their hornworms are healthy and safe for your pets.

The Manduca species (spp.) have developed both mechanical and physiological ways to protect themselves from the toxins, much like monarch butterfly larva and its toxic host plant, milkweed.  You may have seen some of their cousins flitting around your garden on warm summer days such as the “hummingbird” moth Hemaris thysbe or the white-lined sphinx, Hyles lineata.

Many thanks to: Caruthers, B.J. (2204). Hornworms!. Chameleons! Online E-Zine, December 2005. (http://www.chameleonnews.com/05DecCaruthers.html)

Horned Worms make very nutritious live feeders for all your reptiles and all sizes of lizards, fish, frogs, hens, birds, turtles, etc...: 

The Worm Lady hornworm sizes are: 

APRIL SPECIAL

2nd instar: Small         @ $0.65 ea.

3rd instar: Med.           @ $0.82 ea.

4th instar: Large          @ $0.99 ea.

5th instar: X Large       @ $1.16 ea.


Purchase them small to have a good live feeder supply (for 12-16 days) by feeding them with our special Yellow Chow.

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125 Assorted Size for  $  8.15 ( only 6.5 cents ea.)

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4250 Assorted Size for $153.00 ( only 3.6 cents ea.)

Special #2 - SILKWORMS

6 Small  for $3.75  ( only 63 cents ea.)

6 Med for     $4.45  ( only 74 cents ea.)

6 Large  for  $5.10  ( only 85 cents ea.)

Special #3 - HORNWORMS

6 Small for $3.90  ( only 65 cents ea.)

6 Med for   $4.90  ( only 82 cents ea.)

6 Large for $5.95  ( only 99 cents ea.)

6 X-Large for $6.95  ( only $1.16 ea.)

Special #4 - MEALWORMS

100 for   $ 2.20  ( only 2.2 cents ea.)

250 for   $ 4.80  ( only 2.0 cents ea.)

500 for   $ 9.00  ( only 1.9 cents ea.)

750 for   $12.75  ( only 1.8 cents ea.)

1000 for $15.25  ( only 1.7 cents ea.)

1250 for $17.50  ( only 1.6 cents ea.)

1500 for $22.50  (only 1.5 cents ea).

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  50 for  $ 4.50 (only 8.4 cents ea.)

  75 for  $ 6.30  ( only 8.4 cents ea.)

100 for  $ 7.80  ( only 7.8 cents ea.)

150 for  $11.10  ( only 7.4 cents ea.)

250 for  $14.50  ( only 5.8 cents ea.)

500 for  $28.00  ( only 5.6 cents ea.)

750 for  $41.25  ( only 5.5 cents ea.)

1000 for $54.00  ( only 5.4 cents ea.)

1250 for $66.25  ( only 5.3 cents ea.)

1500 for $78.00  ( only 5.2 cents ea.)

1750 for $89.25  ( only 5.1 cents ea.)

2000 for $99.00  ( only 4.95 cents ea.)

Special #6 - SUPERWORMS

 100 for $ 5.90  ( only 5.9 cents ea.)

 250 for $13.50  ( only 5.4 cents ea.)

 500 for $24.00  ( only 4.8 cents ea.)

 750 for $31.50  ( only 4.2 cents ea.)

1000 for $33.75 ( only 3.4 cents ea.)

1500 for $49.50 ( only 3.3 cents ea.)

2000 for $64.00 ( only 3.2 cents ea.)

3000 for $90.00 (only 3.0 cents ea.)

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  100 for   $ 6.50  ( only 6.5 cents ea.)

  250 for  $15.00  ( only 6.0 cents ea.)

  500 for  $26.50  ( only 5.3 cents ea.)

1000 for  $40.00  ( only 4.0 cents ea.)

2000 for  $72.00  ( only 3.6 cents ea.)

Special #8 - BUTTERWORMS

  20 for   $ 7.95  ( only 39.8 cents ea.)

  25 for  $ 9.95  ( only 39.0 cents ea.)

  30 for  $11.40  ( only 38.0 cents ea.)

35 for  $12.95  ( only 37.0 cents ea.)

40 for  $14.40  ( only 36.0 cents ea.)

PRICING: Prices posted in this website are subject to change without notice.

Please Note:  NO REFUNDS on prepaid orders.  If you find any dead grubs upon opening box please email photo same day for credit on your next order.

NOTE:  Processing and shipping of your order may be delayed when temperatures go below 45 F (8 C) or above 75 F (24 C).

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

DO NOT COLLECT HORNWORMS FROM YOUR GARDEN AND FEED THEM TO ANY ANIMAL

There is a readily available artificial diet for hornworms (Yellow Hornworm Chow) which must be used for feeding to avoid poisoning your reptiles.

The Yellow Hornworm Chow is specifically formulated for ideal nutritional values and hydration of the hornworms to produce great live feeders for your pets.

Hornworm Life Cycle

Manduca sexta (man-doo-ka) comes from the Latin: Manduca = glutton (no clarification needed!), and sexta = six-fold, which refers to the six abdominal stripes on the adult moth (hornworm moth).

hornworm moth on tomato plant

Manduca sexta  - Image courtesy of john Himmelman, Connecticut, Jul.1999

Tobacco 'Hornworm' Larvae (caterpillar)

Tobacco hornworm larvae on twig

Manduca sexta larvae - Image courtesy of Dan Janzen

 The Manduca sexta (horned worm) life cycle takes from 39 days (minimum) up to 48 days, depending on the time of the year and the ambient temperatures, from when the moth lays her eggs and the larvae transitions through the entire cycle to the Adult moth.

manduca sexta complete life cycle
hornworm 12 stages of life cycle

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