Need butterfly/moth help please?

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Can anyone take a guess as to what this is the pupa for? Found it in my Toronto garden. This means it has spent all winter out there. (I know it looks like it came from the back end of a chihuahua but it IS a pupa!)

It is actually 3cm tip to tip, dark brown - almost black.

Also, is there an easy method to 'hatch' it? Does it hatch due to time, temperature or light exposure? I have an old laptop and camera that I can dedicate to time lapse photography of this if it's easy to 'hatch'. Any information is GREATLY appreciated! :smile:

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Hi Sandi, I would think the expert would be "Bob the Spiderman", you might want to PM him, although I think it looks like a dog turd personally:biggrin: - Jeff
 
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Well, it's 10:30 PM Bob's time so he's probably furrowing his pillow at the moment. I thought someone on this side of the ocean might know....

NO, it's NOT a doggie turd - I checked! :biggrin:
 
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Well, Francois, when I first hit the SUBMIT button for this post, I bet myself $100 that the first answer would say it looks like a dog product, I just didn't know who'd step up to the plate to win first prize!!!
 
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Hi Sandy!

Thanks for the PM. I saw your post when I was in my office today but before I could take care of it I was called away.

Your pupa looks very much like it will be a hawk moth one day - provided it will hatch. I don't have much experience with keeping them. You could either put it back to where you found it or put it in a glass with some absorbent tissue and keep it very moderately humid by putting a few drops of clean (!) water on the tissue. You should not soak the tissue because then the pupa will become mouldy and die. Also keeping it too dry is bad for it. Rearing moths from the larvae or pupae is a science of its own. Hopefully Bob will chime in because he has lots of experience in this.

Cheers

Harry
 

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