Anatis larva, day 3 - Anatis labiculata
Manayunk, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
May 16, 2012
The larva grew another 2mm in length in the past day. It's getting ready either to molt or pupate, depending on which instar it is; notice the tightly-stretched pale areas in the center of the abdomen. It's starting to move stiffly, and the abdomen tends to curve when it is at rest, so I think it may be preparing to pupate (which would make it a 4th instar). I'll know tomorrow!
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