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Jan 01, 2018 10:54 |  #1

Cossus cossus larva's head, discarded after a moult, showing jaws powerful enough to chew oak and other living wood - and give you a nasty nip if provoked!


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Jan 02, 2018 00:32 |  #2

Interesting find and shot
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Jan 02, 2018 09:01 |  #3

LordV wrote in post #18531390 (external link)
Interesting find and shot
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Not really a find, Brian, as I have been raising a larva since it was a few days old. Fed it on swede from September 2016 to September 2017 : that's 361 days, 10 moults and at least 23 swedes! It is now hibernating in compost and, come Spring, it should pupate and then hatch during the Summer. I've tried to get close-ups of its jaws during swede changes, but, understandably, it must feel vulnerable when not under cover and is very fidgety. The shot below was taken during its 8th instar.

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Jan 06, 2018 05:55 |  #4

Lovely captures.


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