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Photo#52582
in-branch larva/pupa - Platydema

in-branch larva/pupa - Platydema
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
May 16, 2006
Size: 8 mm
Unfortunately, this pupa seems to have expired. It was wiggling when I put it away last night, put immobile this morning and frozen in the same stage that you see it here. I think my handling of the pupa always presents a risk but I didn't want to miss the opportunity to catch this one emerging from its larval skin.

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Moved
Moved from Platydema.

Moved
Moved from Darkling Beetles.

Moved
Moved from Beetles.

I've changed my mind.
I think the larva was simply too big for its skin and was only trying to shed. The exposed body coming out of the skin looks more like a larva than a pupa.

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