Omaliinae pupa

The members of the subfamily Omaliinae are often active during the cooler times of the year. Some larvae that I had recently collected have finally pupated. This individual has started to get some pigment so I decided to take the opportunity and photograph the guy – otherwise the pupae are so lightly colored it gets difficult to distinguish them from the background.

Omaliinae pupa, ~24 hrs. prior to eclosion

Omaliinae have a diagnostic ventral abdominal defensive gland on segment VIII. In this pupa, this defensive gland appears as a darkened band near the posterior end in the ventral shot.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s