I've been meaning to post these pictures for...months. I don't generally get too grossed out by insects or the weird stuff they do, but I'm still haunted by whatever is happening in these photos. I wish I could offer some insight or educational information, but I can't. Anyone? I assume it's in the early early stages of starting the chrysalis? Why is there a bubble coming out of it's head (butt?) and why is it removing it's 'face?' I have so many questions. Side note: it's gross, but awesome at the same time! Nature Notes Macro Monday Our World Tuesday
This just in, thanks to Anna Malcom for the information! It's an 8-spotted Forester and it's in the process of molting. The stages in between molting are called instars, and it's head popping off is part of this. Crazy stuff! The beautiful ooze in the first photo could be something to ward off predators. Pretty cool stuff. Thanks again, Anna!