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Jarsh83
Greenwood, IN

August 10, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #9237202

This is the first time I have ever seen this pest. Found it in my onion patch. Can anyone tell me what it is and how to get rid of it. I am assuming there are more LOL

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 10, 2012
8:08 PM

Post #9237325

It's a moth or butterfly pupa

"Many species of moth and butterfly donít spin cocoons but instead pupate inside a single hairless pupal casing that may be either hidden in the soil, amongst leaf litter or other vegetation including inside the stems of plants and trunks of trees. The word chrysalis is another name for pupa and it comes from the Greek for gold. However, only those chrysalis that are well hidden, such as those in the ground, are a golden brown and many darken with age as the moth or butterfly develops inside."

Jarsh83
Greenwood, IN

August 10, 2012
8:16 PM

Post #9237329

So should I leave it alone or get rid of it?

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 10, 2012
10:09 PM

Post #9237382

I leave them alone
Jarsh83
Greenwood, IN

August 11, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9237721

Okay will do!!!! Thanks SOOOOOO MUCH for your help!!!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 11, 2012
8:30 PM

Post #9238525

You're welcome☺
purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

August 13, 2012
7:20 AM

Post #9239854

Compare your cocoon to pics of tent moth cocoons. So many are so similar.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 18, 2012
8:10 PM

Post #9246134

Yeah- I dont like moths, they eat everything, and there are far more of them this year than people need...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 20, 2012
7:14 AM

Post #9247444

tent caterpillar pupa are not found in the ground like that, you'll find the white cocoon on leaves and debris like fallen logs

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