Friday, January 2, 2009

Agrionoptera sexlineata - Larval Emergence II

This entry is still on the larval emergence of Agionoptera sexlineata. I am fascinated by the stage when the whole body of the emerging adult being pulled out from the larval casing. The whole act of pulling out the whole body from the casing takes less than 30 seconds.

The emerging adult (female) is getting ready to pull out the last part of its body from the casing. At this stage, the head of the emerging adult is still upside down.

The emerging adult is bending over its body to cling the legs on the head part of the casing. The act of bending body is so quick, and it only allows my camera to take one shot.

The emerging adult has its whole body just out from the casing. It will take 2-3 minutes break before continuing the next stage of emergence - the expending of wings.