Tersa Sphinx Pupa Top
I ended up with 2 green and 1 brown caterpillars. The first one got a bunch of dead leaves and twigs and spun silk to gather them around it. But when I was needing to clean the habitat, I inadvertently dislodged it. So it was out in the open again. Another one got under the paper towel and spun silk to wrap that around it. I thwarted that too when cleaning. So, I learned that when they go under dirt, they start out using silk to wrap stuff around them before they pupate. What ended up happening is that when they were each ready, the green ones turned brown and they all stopped eating and just sat for about a week. I thought they were dying. I thought I'd spoiled things by not letting them hide. When they would not eat new fresh leaves for 4 days, I did a final cleaning and separated them to three corners on dry paper towel and left them alone, checking on them 3 times a day. They did not make any more attempts to wrap silk since there was nothing to wrap it on and they were not near edges of the paper towel. After a week (different days for each, they staggered their stages) of total inactivity, they each, on different days abruptly shed into a pupa. They were all brown and the pupa all looked the same and I got my shots of what it looks like. Under normal circumstances, this would never have been witnessed since it would all take place inside a silk wrapped cocoon of material around them under dirt.
Tersa Sphinx Pupa Hodges # 7890 (Xylophanes tersa)
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