Episyrphus balteatus larva- to pupa- to adult.

Episyrphus balteatus larva- to pupa- to adult.

Observation - Episyrphus balteatus larva- to pupa- to adult.. Description: This larva dropped onto the car in woodland at night from trees overhead, deciduous woods. I placed the larva in a box with various leaves. 12 days later (25th Aug.) it has pupated on a still reasonably fresh oak leaf. The larva was 15mm long, 18 at full

This larva dropped onto the car in woodland at night from trees overhead, deciduous woods. I placed the larva in a box with various leaves. 12 days later (25th Aug.) it has pupated on a still reasonably fresh oak leaf. The larva was 15mm long, 18 at full stretch. The pupa is 8mm long.

Edit- 28/8/12, 3 days after I noticed it had become a pupa(I dont know exactly when it pupated) I was quite lucky to notice the insect had hatched. The wings hadn't unfurled completely, it happened quickly, less than 2 minutes between the 1st and 4th pics of the adult.