Continuing Metamorphosis of Emperor Moth Caterpillars from Nigeria

Subject: what is our caterpillar?
Location: Lagos Nigeria
Update:  October 14, 2016
Dear Daniel
Update on Emperor caterpillars week 2
Metamorphosis of Emperor caterpillars
Pupae stage?
When should I transfer to butterfly house?
Kr,
Chi

Emperor Moth Pupae
Emperor Moth Pupae

Dear Chi,
We are not certain what your butterfly house is.  These pupae of an Emperor Moth from the genus
Bunaea should be kept in moist, not damp soil until they emerge.  That may take a few weeks.  They should be kept so that they can crawl up after metamorphosis so that their wings can expand.

Update:  October 18, 2016
Pupae transferred to butterfly house on moist soil.
Every so often one end moves. Is this a mechanism to warn off predators? What if they don’t move ?
Kr,
Chi

Emperor Moth Pupae
Emperor Moth Pupae

Hi again Chi,
Thanks for keeping us updated on the metamorphosis of your Emperor Moth Caterpillars.  Pupae are able to wriggle their abdomens, and some species are more mobile than others.  We imagine they also go through periods when they move more.  We would not worry if they seem more stationary.

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