Help! Can someone identify this bug.

Greenwood, IN

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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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

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."

Greenwood, IN

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

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

I leave them alone

Greenwood, IN

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

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

You're welcome☺

Opp, AL(Zone 8b)

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

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

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

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

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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