Late Summer Investigation Mystery

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" ~ Albert Einstein

It was a cool summer evening. I decided to close some of the windows.
When I
reached up to close this window I saw an odd object.

Hone your observation and reasoning skills by carefully examining the photos.

right arrow Write your observations. Note as many details as you can.

window pupa

Hint: Click on the photo - a larger view will open. Use your Back button to return to this page.

question mark Solve the mystery. What do you believe is going on here?


right arrow Make a prediction about what might happen next.


question mark Suggest a solution. What should I do - close the window?

I checked the object for a couple days. I did not detect any changes.
Eleven days later, I checked the window and I observed a significant change.

empty pupa

Click on the image for a larger view.

right arrow Make a new set of observations.

question mark Given this new data - explain what I have observed and missed observing.


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Posted 9/2009 Cynthia O'Hora.

Released to public domain for all mystery lovers to enjoy.