Sunday, 3 June 2012

catching up (2)

In my last post I mentioned that the 7-spot Ladybird pupates with a series of very quick abdominal stretches. Today I managed to record that brief moment in a series of shots:


The rear end has been attached to the leaf, and the whole body is thrust violently backwards in an attempt to split the outer skin:


The larva then slowly returns to its resting position:



In these last two shots, you can clearly see that the skin has started to split along the yellow line:






I don't know how long the entire process takes, but this one was observed for perhaps 20 minutes without making much apparent progress.

1 comment:

Toffeeapple said...

That's marvellous, well done for spotting and capturing it.