It turns out that Flower Hedgehog, who you may remember as one of our rhinoceros beatle larvae, is actually a boy. Sorry about the pink container, man. Hope it hasn’t caused you any confusion.
I noticed the burrow he was digging was larger than the one the other larva had made. He molted last night, revealing the long, pronged nasal appendage from which the species gets its name.
I guess he knew who he was inside all along. If only we humans could be so lucky!
The other pupa, which has been renamed Missy in the hopes that this one will be a girl, molted last night, too. She looks very beatle-like now. Her back is a shiny, auburn color. But we can’t see her head, so I guess we will have to wait a while more to confirm her she-ness.
I don’t know if she will molt again or not. We’ve opened her container and put her into the plastic container that will be her new home. There is dirt, carefully selected leaves, and beatle jelly waiting for her. Whenever you’re ready, Missy.
HamakkoGrandma is staying with us this week. As far as I can tell, she didn’t molt last night. But I wasn’t watching her as closely as the beatles.