The devil is STILL eating….
I’ve been practicing my pupating skills this past week getting ready for the big devil to pupate. Everyone’s friend, the tomato worm, is also an earth pupator, so it is a good test vehicle for experimenting with earth pupation. I have plenty of tomato worms to experiment with!
I have read there might be simpler ways to do this, but I decided to try to emulate nature as much as possible for my first earth pupation attempt. I grabbed a spare planting pot and filled it half full of saw dust, covered that with a wet paper towel and then threw in a big fat tomato worm + some tomato leaves.
After a couple of days, the tomato worm “disappeared”. I saw a tunnel in the saw dust so I figured it had borrowed into the saw dust. After about 4 days I decided to dig into the saw dust to see what happened. I found a big dull green blob that still resembled a tomato worm, but its legs had regressed to just little bumps!
Finally after about a week, I was kind of shocked to find this! The tomato worm pupae had somehow wiggled out of its “skin” and turned into this cool pupa. The old “skin” is to the right of the shiny brown pupae. Nature sure is amazing sometimes!