Wednesday, August 17, 2005


All right bug nerds, who is this pupating in my canna lilly. They have made little tubes by rolling the leaves into sleeping compartments as they melt down and reform into...? Posted by Picasa

6 comments:

thingfish23 said...

Most likely a skipper of some sort. That one looks like it is about to emerge from the chrysalis. If the chrysalis was emerald green (like a monarch's) in earlier days, I'd even go out on a limb and say it is a Brazilian skipper. They love cannas.

Have a look here for some examples of larval/pupal skippers.

Photos of the Brazilian skipper in particular can be found here. Let me reiterate - I can't be sure on the ID, but we had TONS of Brazilian skippers on our cannas when I lived in Tallahassee.

Hick said...

I bet it's not a bat, because bats only lay their "eggs" in women's hair. Heh!

I have to do a lot more nature watching and studying before I can even begin to guess what these things are. I'll go with TF23 because he/she always seems to know what he/she is talking about..at least it impresses me.

(PS. Apologies to Thingfish23 for not knowing if you are a he or a she...but, I can't tell from your picture. Heh!)

Hick said...

Oh! My bad, Mr. Thingfish23, sir. Just read your profile.

Hick said...

Nerd Boy, here:

I guess it's a butterfly cocoon like the butterfly in the picture below.

Floridacracker said...

I am betting that Thingfish is correct. It makes sense, we have a lot of skippers around here.

Floridacracker said...

Hey, welcome Nerd Boy. I just realized that was you. Thanks for commenting. Keep an eye out for bats...