Sawfly Saga Continues. The Discovery-ning occurred over in this post [link]
I came home from work and the babies were ALL NAKED (?!) and frantically wandering around aimlessly. I have no idea what they want? Maybe they hate each other now and just want to be alone so they can eat grape leaves and pupate. But they are so BAD at moving. Caterpillars seem to have figured out the whole “walking” thing, but even though these sawfly larvae are practically ALL PROLEG they CANNOT hold onto anything and they keep falling off! Some of them are “burrowing” under the paper towel. I have no idea how they pupate and I can’t find any information online (at least, not easily). Well, I guess it’s up to me to figure it out…
An interesting observation: when they were covered in spots, they were gregarious (they stuck together in large groups). But after they have molted and don’t have spots anymore, they seem to be solitary. The “dead” ones I found on the ground when I first discovered these were not spotted, and on closer inspection, they weren’t dead either! They had probably fallen out of the tree (sigh) and were looking for a place to pupate? Maybe?
I have no idea what’s going on. Stay tuned?
Photos from July 2 / Posted July 3, 2018