Thursday, 29 May 2014

Day Five - Our first Pupa

What a spectacle!!! Last night at 1:00am our first small tortoiseshell larva became a pupa.

We didn't manage to capture the moment but it's only our first and we'll know what to expect next time.

He first started to twitch a lot, then a portion of the body at the head end expanded and became covered in a layer of bright green "skin". The next stage was even more dramatic as he was writhing around his body started pulsating and the rear end of his body was severed and dropped to the ground. Then the green skin started to cover more of him totally changing shape and size. It was incredible to witness!!

This morning the bright green skin has turned into a brown/green colour and seems to have dried and hardened.

Small Tortoiseshell Pupa

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