My experience with these things (yes, I am crazy, I do have experience in these things) tells me this is the pupa of a moth, a large moth. We actually found one quite a bit larger than this a few weeks ago but a certain child "forgot"where she put it. Note to self: keep mouth shut when sleeping.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Here's an intesting find of yesterday's strawberry planting project -- the pupa, and what a large pupa he...or she...is.
Okay, that *is* a six-year-old hand, but still. After several minutes were spent tickling the poor pupa and making it sqirm, came the inevitable chorus of, "can we keep him"? So we made a nice home for him, burried him back in some nice loose, black garden dirt, like were we found him, and placed a stick in his cage so that when hatched he may crawl up and dry his wings.
Now we must remember to keep our dear moth-to-be well watered and moist. Drying out is a grave danger to pupae in captivity.