Doomed pupa

27th October 2009, Tuesday

About a week ago I noticed this attractive Painted Lady chrysalis on a wall.  Its bright golden colourings made it very obvious, as well as its location well away from any vegetation.  Luckily it has managed to avoid the attention of any birds so far.

But then this morning I spotted two wasp visitors one of which was in the process of ovipositing.  You can just see the ovipositor at work below.  The second, smaller wasp seemed very interested in the chrysalis at first but in the end flew off without taking any action.