Acro Posted June 4, 2014 Report Share Posted June 4, 2014 I've been raising 6 Harlequin Flower Beetle (Gymnetis caseyi) grubs and all formed a pupa cell. One of the pupa cells was left unfinished and I could clearly see the pupa inside the cell. I read that this is often a death sentence if a hole is in a pupa cell. I just kept the hole upright and I was able to peek in now and then. Strange and interesting thing #1: The pupa (in the cell with a hole) turned into a beetle! It appears healthy and not the least bit deformed. It moves now and then so I've seen it from several different angles. It has been drying/waiting for a few weeks now and I am excited for it's emergence. Strange and interesting thing #2: One of the other pupa cells developed a hole (similar to the unfinished pupa cell). I thought that it was a beetle getting ready to emerge, but upon inspection . . . it was empty! I found a shed skin (from either a grub or pupa) and nothing else. I am confused as to what may have happened. Did the beetle emerge, and somehow escape from the container? Did the beetle emerge and then hide (dig down)? Did something eat the pupa/grub while leaving an accessible pupa (the one mentioned above) alone? I am unsure what happened with this beetle/pupa. As for the other 4 pupa/beetles, I await their emergence! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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