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Weird Moth Pupation Technique

Description:

This pupa is about the weirdest one I have ever seen. It was about 1 cm in length, bright yellow and flat with a ring of spines all around the outside. The larva seems to have shed its hairs and then pupated under a secreted mat. It is a technique for pupation I've never seen before. I wasn't able to remove it without damaging it. After a few days I opened the mat with a scapel. The larva inside was almost liquified in its pupation process and was not identifiable.

Habitat:

Semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 2,200 meters.

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5 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 2 years ago

Thank you Sukanya, Hema, Dr.Sherpa and Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Fascinating thing.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Fantastic spotting Lauren.

Hema
Hema 2 years ago

interesting

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Cool trick!

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Apr 11, 2018
Submitted on Jul 25, 2018

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