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.


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