Two caterpillars of the death's head hawkmoth are in being kept by scientists at the University of Wales, Bangor, and are in the pupating
A female bee will choose a hole and lay eggs in a series of individual cells, each with some pollen and nectar to sustain her offspring as they develop into larvae before pupating
and hatching the following spring.
After the mother bee flies off, the beetle larvae raid the bee's baby food and assume a grublike form, finally pupating
into wingless adults.
At around the age of 12 or 13 they turn into the larval form of human, pupating
while wrapped in their duvets until 11am at weekends.
It has spent the winter pupating
among cracks and crevices in the bark or behind tree ties.
For the past 2 years, American Cyanamid scientists have been field-testing an AcMNPV from which they had deleted a gene that prevents infected insects from molting and pupating
. Since insects stop eating while they molt, removing the gene ensures that larvae infected with the modified virus will eat less than bugs infected with wild virus.