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I live in Sulphur louisiana and I'm raising Imperial moth caterpillar was wonder what time of year they enter the ground to make chrysalis. Thank you

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It depends upon the stage the caterpillar is in. Each stage is called an instar and all Saturn moths enter the soil to pupate after the fifth instar. In the south they will usually pupate in March. However yours in in captivity. Since this is June it should be ready now to pupate.

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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