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Pupa of Moth

Immidae

Description:

This Pupa seems to have construct a mesh/net to protect itself.

Habitat:

Tropical forest

Notes:

Am curious how the Butterfly that emerges from it eventually gets out of 'jail'. Close-up pics of the Pupa was through the mesh/net and not damaged/broken

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5 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 weeks ago

How bizarre! This is a cocoon? I would never have thought of a 'jail break', but ideal to keep those annoying insects at bay!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 weeks ago

Thanks.

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 3 weeks ago

@SukanyaDatta - I saw a post on FB (Mothing & Moth-watching) of similar post and they identified it as pupa of Moth from Family Immidae.

AlbertKang
AlbertKang a month ago

@SukanyaDatta - unfortunately, it is no longer at the place I found it :(
This was found not on overhanging branches, as you can see from the pic, it is on top of the leaf, which is itself a bit unusual as I usually see Pupa attached under leaves. And it is not very high, just less than 1 meter height and just on the side of the trail, and the plant was probably damaged by other hikers. Someone suggested if I could take it to monitor the eclosion as that will be helpful to identify it. Maybe next time, if I see similar thing again in the future.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a month ago

I want to 'see' the jail break too...will it be possible at all to go back from time to time, Albert?

AlbertKang
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AlbertKang

Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Spotted on Jan 30, 2021
Submitted on Feb 21, 2021

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