Sometimes nature throws a bit of a curved ball with an unexpected outcome and here are my photos in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”
I love solving a good mystery and finding the clues to the puzzle. Here in the garden I thought I’d tracked down the culprit of a rather large pupa. We’d noticed severe pruning to our Cape Honeysuckle creeper and tracked down the efforts to one single huge caterpillar: a Death’s Head Hawkmoth caterpillar. So when some weeks later we discovered a pupa in the soil we put two and two together and expected to have a moth chrysalis emerging. Instead it was something more like that creepie movie “Alien”. The pupae oriented to the top of the soil and moved with vigour…….and instead out popped a hundred maggots !!
It is most likely that a bluebottle fly parasitised the pupa laying it’s eggs within the transforming chrysalis.
8 thoughts on “The Mystery of the Maggots and the Death’s Head Hawkmoth”
Yeah, that’s creepy. Maggots of any kind are right up there on the creepy scale. Yuck.
Here’s my Creepy:
Very creepy! And still fascinating! What a lucky sighting Liz. And great photographs too!
No apologies needed – all edited :). Thanks as always for stopping by.
Well this is a unique response Liz. Amazing photos but the maggots are gruesome!
Hehe! Yes gruesome! Those scenes out of the movie with Sigourney Weaver battling the Aliens left a scary impression!
I can’t even look. . . . But love the story!
Gross aren’t they!