Tks Alan, That's what I thought, I will keep an eye on it and see what happens, Unfortunately my friend from interstate is going home on Wednesday and taking his AF-S 105 2.8 VR with him ,now I will have to use my 300 f4 and tubes from now on so will have to crop a lot Regards, Gary
I used to have a photographic memory but never got it developed
The reply from Richard. Please try and follow the development of the pupae to the moth. It may take a couple of months. I think Richard will be delighted.
Hi Aart Just a quick reply as its getting late. As always wonderful to hear from you and see your great pics. Mate I do envy you your amazing wildlife.
As for the insects yeh the middle photo shows the really nit cocoon the larva spins prior to pupation where it incorporates the urticating hairs from its body into the cocoon for protection. Interestingly I only recall seeing this a couple of times here and recently found a similar cocoon also under construction on a papaya trunk - unfortunately did not have the camera with me at the time. Are you able to confirm whether this moth is the adult from the larva ? because to me it looks like it is from a different family to the larva. Cheers Richard
Thank you for the very interesting shots. I will be surprised if the moth is from the same species. Remember the sequence. Moth, lay its eggs from which a small worm will develop, growing up to a big worm that will metamorphose into a pupae to metamorphose again to become a moth or butterfly. This will often be a seasonal cycle. It can of course be much shorter as tomato-growers will testify with some of their pest. I will post your pictures to an entomologist near Queensland.