Subject: What bug is this?
July 17, 2016 5:05 pm
Hey! I live in Stamford, CT and found this bug crawling around. Do you know what kind it is?
This is the ambulatory pupa of a Mantidfly. Here is a matching image and additional metamorphosis images from BugGuide of the pupa of the Mantidfly Dicromantispa sayi. According to BugGuide, the larva: “spins a cocoon, and changes to a pupa within the skin of the larva. Later the larval skin is cast; and, finally, after being in the cocoon about a month, the pupa becomes active, pierces the cocoon and the egg-sac, and crawls about for a time; later it changes to the adult form.”