Sunday, July 1, 2012
Dobsonfly Pupae Becomes Adult
The color changes in the wings, legs, eyes, jaws, head and thorax. The wings especially will grow enormously after it emerges, as can be seen in the pictures below.
Even at this point the pupae was very active and trying to bite with its jaws. It was difficult to get it to sit still long enough for the pictures.
The day after I took this picture someone brought a male into the nature center. Its photo is below. The big difference between the males and females is very obvious. The pincers on the male are huge, and he can use them effectively, drawing blood from a finger that is not protected when positioning him for a photo shoot!