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This carpenter bee pupa fell out of its nest--a hole chewed under the handrail of our porch.

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I have no idea what pushed it out. You can see the wings, almost finished development.

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Kind of a cute little monster. Earlier we saw a tiger bee fly in the area--they lay their eggs on carpenter bee larvae. I don't know if this pupa's premature emergence is related or a coincidence.

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cdozo
Aug. 13th, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
The lines are so graceful. It's beautiful.
copperwolf
Aug. 13th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Will it die now that it's out of its hiding place? Or will it continue to develop if you keep it in a sheltered spot at the right temperature?
urbpan
Aug. 14th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
I would guess that if it was placed back into optimum conditions, and wasn't carrying a parasite, it might survive. Maggie came along and ate this one's head, then spit up a bunch of froth, so it won't develop.
badnoodles
Aug. 15th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
Exarate pupae kind of freak me out. At least hymenoptera are adecticous exarates, not like Neuroptera. Pupae should not be able to bite you!
urbpan
Aug. 15th, 2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
OH MAN I wish I was a real entomologist and already knew all this stuff. http://insects.about.com/od/morphology/tp/Insect-Pupal-Forms.htm
badnoodles
Aug. 15th, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: making up new exotic vocabulary is a scientist's way of counting coup.
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