Saturday, June 05, 2010
Porch Nesters Reach Pupal Stage
The polistes apachus paper wasps on my front porch have successfully pupated some larvae . . . is this anything like having your kids graduate from high school? The cells of the pupae are capped with papery pulp. Each cap is not at the same position on the cell, seeming to indicate the pupae are various lengths. These pupae will emerge as sterile female adults, whose primary function is to care for the growing numbers of larvae.
Meanwhile the larvae that remain unpupated are waiting to be fed more caterpillar bits.