If you look closely in this picture you can see the shape of the caterpillar that will develop into a moth inside the pupae. It has a segmented body with little holes down the side. The holes are the spiracles that are present on the caterpillar and moth and allow it to breath. The left hand side will be the head end of the moth and you can see the shape of the folded up wings down the side of the body.
Bug Mad Girl has also been given some more Hawk Moth eggs by Uncle Caterpillar. They won't get as big as the Death's Heads, but they will still keep BMG amused for the next few weeks.
These are Silver Stripped Hawk Moths and have started to hatch this morning. They're still very tiny, but will grow fast. They're eating Virginia Creeper, which is good news as we have masses of it growing over the front of the house.
|Silver Stripped Hawk Moths|
These hatched a few minutes ago and are now eating their empty egg shells
|Silver Stripped Hawk Moths - These hatched last night and have started eating Virginia Creeper. |
Note how their tails have turned black already.