Hornworms

  • Can I feed hornworms from my garden to my pet?

    No! Wild hornworms' natural diet makes them potentially toxic, which will poison your pet if eaten. Only offer captive-bred hornworms to your pet.
  • How big do hornworms get?

    Hornworms can grow quite large — about 3-4".
  • How do I house/store my hornworms?

    When the hornworms are delivered to your house, they will arrive in a large, clear cup with plenty of food and a mesh divider that they can climb on. The hornworms can be kept in this cup for up to a couple weeks while you feed them off to your pet(s). This cup will need to be placed lid-down so...
  • How do I make the hornworm food?

    This diet makes approximately 5 times its weight when cooked. One dry 2oz packet makes approximately 11 oz of wet food. Instructions for cooking our Hornworm Food: Boil 1 cup of water on the stove. Once the water is at a rolling boil, add dry food slowly while simultaneously whisking either by ...
  • I ordered medium/large hornworms, why did I get smalls?

    We ship all our hornworms small, this is because hornworms grow very quickly! Medium hornworms are shipped in medium-size cups, with enough food to grow them to medium and maintain them for a period of time. Large hornworms are shipped in large cups, with enough food to grow them to large size an...
  • My hornworm turned red — is it still safe for my pet to eat?

    When hornworms turn red, that means they're finished growing and they're getting ready to pupate into moths. Although they may look different, they're still safe for your pet to eat.
  • What are hornworms?

    Hornworms are caterpillars of Manduca genus hawk moths. The hornworms commonly bred for feeding to reptiles, amphibians, and other exotic pets are usually tobacco hornworms, Manduca sexta. In the wild, hornworms are frequently viewed as pests because they like to eat tomatoes and other garden va...
  • What are the nutrition facts for hornworms?

    Moisture — 85% Protein — 9% Fat — 3.07% Ash — n/a Fiber — n/a Calcium — 464mg/kg Phosphorus — 1394mg/kg
  • What do hornworms eat?

    Wild hornworms eat a variety of plants, especially crops like tomatoes and tobacco. This wild diet can make them toxic, which is why you should never feed wild-caught hornworms to your pet. However, when hornworms captive-bred, they're raised on a special diet that makes them safe for consumption...
  • What do hornworms turn into?

    After about 3-4 weeks of growth, hornworms form a chrysalis and pupate into hawk moths. The moths are quite large and may look a little intimidating, but these can also be fed to your pet as a special treat.
  • Will hornworms give my pet diarrhea?

    Hornworms have a very high moisture content, so it's possible that eating hornworms will cause your pet's body to excrete all of that extra water in the form of diarrhea. This is not something to get terribly concerned about as long as it's not a frequent occurrence. However, for this reasons it'...
  • Will the "horn" hurt my pet?

    The horn may look hard, but it's actually quite soft — it's just a defense mechanism to help scare off predators. It will not hurt your pet when they eat a hornworm.